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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First introduced in 1971, they are part of Jack Kirby's expansive Fourth World tapestry of “New Gods” characters and comics, and the focus of a new collaboration between storyteller Keith Giffen and co-writer Dan DiDio, creators of the New 52?s last...Read more
Tuesday Morning Runaround – The Size Of Jack Kirby's LifeBleeding Cool News, March 11th
A giant Jack Kirby visual biography is being published in France, a 384 page hardcover vovering his life and work from 1917 to 1965, by Jean Depelley. A second volume covering 1966 to 1994 will be issued later in the year. Kirby-Depelley-1. MOORE OR ...Read more
Simon & Kirby Horror!: The Legends At WorkCrave Online, March 9th
During those days, Joe Simon and Jack Kirby put together savage, brutal, and ingenious horror stories. Continuing their incredible work with Simon & Kirby collections, Titan Books has released Simon & Kirby Horror!, a meticulously put together...Read more
Jack KirbyNPR, March 5th
March 05, 2014 7:00 AM. Fantagraphics is out with a new volume of romance comics by Captain America creators Joe Simon and Jack Kirby. Reviewer Etelka Lehoczky says they're "snicker-worthy" and "compulsively quotable." Comments; Facebook; Twitter...Read more
'The Simon and Kirby Library — Horror': Preview new Titan anthologyLos Angeles Times, March 3rd
Joe Simon and Jack Kirby's comics collaborations yielded some classic, spine-tingling tales — and for the first time, the entirety of their work in the genre is being collected, in the new hardcover edition, “The Simon and Kirby Library — Horror...Read more
Superman Story Coming From Jerry Ordway and Steve Rude that Features Jack ...Comicbook.com (blog), March 1st
As created by the great Jack Kirby back in '75? That, I decided, was the character I wanted to feature along with Superman, in the 10-page comic which would mark my artistic debut with DC West. Smartly, editor Alex was from the “let the talent do their...Read more
Black Kirby NOW: An Interview with John JenningsPopMatters, February 20th
John Jennings, Associate Professor of Visual Studies, and Stacey “Blackstar” Robinson comprise the collaborative entity that is “Black Kirby”. The project is an exploration of legendary comic creator Jack Kirby's work through an Afrofuturism lens. A...Read more
Jack Kirby: A master of all genresThe Star Online, February 10th
They would get artists and taught them the ABCs, which amounted to learning Jack Kirby. Jack was like the Holy Scripture and they simply had to follow him without deviation. That's what was told to me ... It was how they taught everyone to reconcile...Read more