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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Injustice: Year Four #11 reviewBatman-News, October 7th
Basically the New Gods was a Jack Kirby thing from 1971 (which, let's face it, anyone who knows Jack Kirby could have guessed). The New Gods live in the Fourth World on the twin planets of Apokolips and New Genesis, ruled by Highfather, who is modeled ...Read more
Last Page Of Invincible Iron Man #1 - Will It Break The Internet? (MASSIVE ...Bleeding Cool News, October 7th
But in the new Secret Wars, that's the one thing he was unable to do. Did that change? Doom_without_mask. And secondly, that face isn't perfect. It has once scar across it. That was the Jack Kirby version of what Doctor Doom looked like under his mask…...Read more
1965-2015: 50 years of Tony Stark, Nick Fury and 'S.H.I.E.L.D.'Zap2It, October 6th
Fifty years ago, Marvel's Stan Lee and Jack Kirby rode the wave of James Bond mania by taking an old World War II character, wrapping an espionage agency around him, and coming up with their own super-spy, “Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.” The ...Read more
All hail the King: Jack Kirby as the artist idealGeek, September 29th
California State University Northridge's main art gallery is currently hosting the exhibition, Comic Book Apocalypse: The Graphic World of Jack Kirby. The exhibit, curated by Professor Charles Hatfield, features original art, printed comics...Read more
If You Can't Get Galactus, Call Sam, A Mondocon Exclusive Poster By Jack KirbyBleeding Cool News, September 28th
An exclusive metallic Mondocon poster, Sam, by Jack Kirby, from the Lord Of Light project. Only $100 and limited to 100 copies. 24? x 36?, printed in 7 colour metallic inks, from Barry Geller and Jack Kirby, and only available for pickup at Mondocon...Read more
Jack Kirby and Barry Geller's Lord of Light in Full Color – Art ShowComic Book Resources, September 15th
The King of Comics made his Heavy Metal debut with full color versions of his legendary concept art for “Lord of Light.” This fabled collaboration with filmmaker and visionary Barry Ira Geller is best known for it's use as a cover for to rescue six...Read more
Phil Hester's Favorite Sketches From His '98 Kirbys' ProjectComicsAlliance, September 11th
One of the best things about the online celebrations of Jack Kirby's birthday is Phil Hester's marathon sketch project. Each year, in honor of the King, he draws a sketch for every year since Kirby's birth in exchange for donations to the Hero Initiative...Read more
Jack Kirby's Psychedelic Artwork From the Fake Movie in Argo ResurfacesL.A. Weekly, August 10th
On Feb. 28, 2013, Jeremy Kirby, grandson of pioneering comic book artist Jack Kirby, posted to his grandfather's Facebook site: “Have a whole box of Lord of Light/Argo stuff that has barely been sifted through in the last 30 years. Perhaps it's time to...Read more