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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Panini riporta in vita Capitan Victory il personaggio nato dalla brillante mente di Jack Kirby. Era il 1981 e la casa editrice Pacific Comics pubblicava Captain Victory and the Galactic Rangers scritto e disegnato da “The King” Kirby. A riportare in...Read more

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Bleeding Cool News, July 29th

Kirby Cal State Northridge will be hosting and art gallery focusing on the work of comic book legend Jack Kirby. The event, Comic Book Apocalypse: The Graphic World of Jack Kirby, runs from August 24th through October 10th (closed Sept 7th) with a...Read more

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Tech Times, July 29th

However, that's not all, because the story in issue #9 also includes a sequence penciled by Jack Kirby and inked by Jim Steranko that's never before been published. Comic book fans know Kirby by his many creations with Stan Lee, one of those being Nick ...Read more

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Sometimes, amazing things can come out of casual conversations. That's what happened this weekend when Luke Herr was plotting out an RPG campaign based around the idea of retelling Jack Kirby's classic Fourth World saga as a western, full of ...Read more

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KEYT, July 15th

According to the Associated Press, the mother, Oriana Garcia, 26, and uncle, Jacob Barajas, 23, were arrested and charged with second-degree murder and first-degree child abuse in the death of Jack Kirby Garcia. They appeared in a Hagerstown, Maryland ...Read more

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Washington Post, July 14th

The boy's mother, Oriana Iris Garcia, 26, was charged Monday with second-degree murder and first-degree child abuse resulting in the death of her son Jack Kirby Garcia. The uncle, Jacob Andrew Barajas, 23, was also arrested and faces the same charges...Read more

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MD boy beaten for taking a slice of birthday cake dies, July 7th

Jack Kirby Garcia died Sunday, police told WUSA-9. Robert Wilson, 30, his mother's boyfriend, will likely face murder charges, authorities added. Court records show that Wilson tearfully admitted to beating the boy after he caught him eating a slice of...Read more