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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ComicsAlliance, October 6th

Kobra, I've always had a lot of affection for as one of the last things that Jack Kirby created at DC. I've always liked to try to bring some new wrinkles to those original Kirby concepts. I was very glad to see him become a cult leader, because that...Read more

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Comic Book Resources, October 6th

Special double-sized issue with all-new content! • Incentive cover by the legendary Jack Kirby: His only TMNT drawing, now inked by Kevin Eastman! • Film director Robert Rodriguez (Sin City, From Dusk to Dawn) inks a Subscription cover by Kevin Eastman!...Read more

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ComicsAlliance, October 5th

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All hail the King: Jack Kirby as the artist ideal
Geek, 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 Kirby
Bleeding 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 Show
Comic 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

A Crash Course On The Life Of Jack Kirby
Bleeding Cool News, September 6th

With the settlement between Marvel Comics and the Kirby estate, the publisher can show the love for Jack Kirby that fans and creators have been showing for decades. With his recent 98th birthday and Kriby week having just concluded, Marvel had put ...Read more