Born on August 28, 1917, Jack Kirby taught himself to draw when he was a young boy in New York, taking the “Flash Gordon” newspaper comic strip and other sources as his inspirations. He enrolled in the prestigious Pratt Institute but dropped out on his first day, largely due to the financial strain of tuition on his family.

Kirby’s first job as a professional illustrator was as an in-betweener at the Max Fleisher studios, where he helped with “Popeye” cartoons. After working for Lincoln Newspaper Syndicate as a cartoonist and then for Victor Fox as a comic book illustrator, Kirby began drawing for Joe Simon at Timely Comics Company in 1941.

Timely had only two stars—the Human Torch and the Sub-Mariner. Simon and Kirby created a number of new characters, the most notable of which was Captain America. From there, Simon and Kirby went to work for the Detective Comics Company (known as DC), where they created “The Newsboy Legion” and “The Boy Commandos,” both of which fought the evil Axis powers in their adventures.

In the late 1950s, Kirby was doing much of his work for Marvel Comics. In 1961, with Marvel’s head writer and editor, Stan Lee, Kirby helped create the “Fantastic Four,” which inaugurated a new era of Marvel superheroes. In the years to come, Kirby helped illustrate and generate stories for “The Incredible Hulk,” “The Mighty Thor,” “The Avengers,” X-Men,” and more. Often Kirby’s role was to draw the first issue to get it off to a good start, and then let other artists at Marvel take over from there.

In 1970, Kirby resigned from Marvel and began working for National-DC comics as an artist, writer, and editor. At DC, Kirby helped generate the “Fourth World” series, spawning a whole new universe of modern mythology. Kirby returned to Marvel in 1975 but left for the last time in 1978. He passed away in 1994.

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Jack Kirby's Microminds And More, With Dick Cook - Sony Leaks...
Bleeding Cool News, April 17th

The key assets are the Jack Kirby projects. These are 30 – 50 properties he developed post Marvel and there are around 100 drawings encompassed by this as well. They have a treatment for the first Kirby related project (which I think is called Microminds)...Read more

Cover art and bonus features for Justice League: Gods and Monsters revealed
Flickering Myth (blog), April 17th

ALTERNATE REALITIES: Infinite Possibilities – Justice League: Gods & Monsters falls into a category of storytelling where our well-known characters and the worlds they inhabit are re-imagined. This documentary explores the various attempts by writers...Read more

Steve Duin blog: 'Daredevil' on Netflix is vicious, vacuous, April 16th

The corporation spawned in the early '60s by by Stan Lee's ear for humanity and Jack Kirby's sense of the divine believes, a half century later, that this overkill provides "Daredevil" with its charisma. The brutality doesn't, DeKnight insists, warrant...Read more

Arcology: cutaways of the future city-hives that never were
Boing Boing, April 16th

Soleri's arcologies are all in cutaway form, like a full-page Fantastic Four clubhouse diagram by Jack Kirby, ferociously detailed and aching with unfulfilled desire. Soleri wants these things to exist, and he uses his pen to show us how fucking cool...Read more

Quote of the Day | Mark Evanier on Jack Kirby
Comic Book Resources, April 15th

“Over the years, when he heard somebody liked other artists more than his work, he was really non-competitive. The thing, though, that I think a lot of people never got about Jack was that Jack wasn't really competitive with most other comic book...Read more

Quote of the Day | Neal Adams on Jack Kirby
Comic Book Resources, April 14th

jack kirby. “Jack was never bothered when someone liked another artist's version [of one of his characters] more. Jack wasn't really competitive with other comic book artists. They had a different job. When Jack sat down to do an issue, his job was to...Read more

CONVERSATIONS OF CONVERGENCE: DiDio & Wein Talk Jack Kirby at DC ...
Comic Book Resources, April 9th

This week, CONVERSATIONS OF CONVERGENCE looks back at the 1970s, a decade which included the birth of the New Gods -- the mythic heroes and villains from the Fourth Word created by the legendary Jack Kirby who continue to play a major role in ...Read more

Multiversal March Madness: DC's Tangent Universe Vs. Jack Kirby's Kamandi, March 25th

ComicBook.Com's Multiversal March Madness continues! Though DC and Marvel Comics are breaking the piggy bank on their endless realities with events Convergence and Secret Wars later this spring, the bracket fever from the NCAA March Madness has ...Read more