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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BD à Angoulême : Jack Kirby, l'hommage mérité au roi du comics américain
Sud Ouest, January 30th

Jacob Kurtzberg, alias Jack Kirby (1917-1994), a posé les codes de la morphologie du super-héros à l'américaine. Publicité. Les planches de « Thor » et de « l'Incroyable Hulk » ont marqué l'histoire de la BD américaine.© Photo photo thibaud moritz...Read more

After Paris Attacks, Angoulême Festival Adds Security
New York Times, January 30th

The festival's show also includes Jack Kirby, one of the forces behind “Captain America,” and Bill Watterson, the creator of “Calvin and Hobbes.” Even if many cartoonists in Angoulême this year said the attacks didn't fundamentally change how they ...Read more

Mark Evanier Talks Groo, Garfield And The Art Of Simon And Kirby
Comic Book Resources, January 30th

The book contains hundreds of pages of original artwork from Joe Simon, Jack Kirby and others who worked at the studio including Doug Wildey and Al Williamson. With 2015 now underway and "Groo: Friends and Foes" #2 on sale Feb. 18, Evanier spoke ...Read more

From Strip to Script - A Jack Kirby Fight Scene
Bleeding Cool News, January 27th

Welcome once more to From Strip to Script, where I take a shot at reverse-engineering a script from a finished page of someone else's comic. This time, I'm going to attempt to script what I consider to be the unscriptable: a Jack Kirby fight scene. Not...Read more

Why Jack Kirby's Fourth World Needs to Come to the Cinema
moviepilot.com, January 15th

Having just completed a read through Jack Kirby's entire Fourth World Saga, I have come to the conclusion that the next major superhero movie from the DC universe needs to revolve around Jack Kirby's mythological epic known as the fourth world...Read more

IDW unveils Jack Kirby's Kamandi Artist's Edition
Digital Spy UK, January 12th

It is set in a future in which a cataclysm has shattered the world, leaving it populated by strange animal-human hybrids and the last representative of mankind - Kamandi. Written between 1972 and 1978, the series was influenced by Cold War fears of the...Read more

FINALLY: IDW Announces An Artist's Edition For Jack Kirby's 'Kamandi'
ComicsAlliance, January 9th

Of all the concepts Jack Kirby created in his time at DC in the '70s, the most underrated by far is Kamandi: The Last Boy On Earth. If you're not familiar with it, it's essentially Planet of the Apes mixed with cold war fears about the end of the world...Read more

First look at Jack Kirby's 'Captain Victory' #4
Examiner.com, January 6th

Dynamite Entertainment released today a preview of their upcoming "Captain Victory and the Galactic Rangers" #4, due in stores January 7. "Captain Victory" was created by Jack Kirby (co-creator of "X-Men," "Captain America," "Avengers," "Fantastic Four...Read more