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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He is Groot: Diesel to star in 'Guardians of the Galaxy'USA TODAY, December 21st
Created by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby and Dick Ayers in 1960, Groot can communicate with plants and has powers of regeneration and growth, has a penchant for saying "I am Groot!" and is best pals with fellow Guardian Rocket Raccoon (voiced by Bradley ...Read more
50 Years of Marvel's The AvengersMotley Fool, December 21st
Creators Stan Lee and Jack Kirby got to work creating a new series in a hurry. With no time to devise new characters who had complicated origin stories, it was decided to instead use Marvel's roster of existing characters in a team-up comic featuring...Read more
Avengers 2 Villain Cast: New Bad Guy 'Baron von Strucker' Joining Joss ...Headlines & Global News, December 21st
Those who are familiar with the comics will know that Strucker is an old-school Marvel bad guy created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby back in 1964. IGN reports he fought in World War II as a Nazi, is one of the main figures of the villainous crime...Read more
Adapting a Christmas Classic to a Comic BookIowa Public Radio, December 18th
Sturtevant says it reminds him of Jack Kirby's work, an artist widely recognized as an influential pioneer of comic books. “Jack Kirby could tell a story by the panels, not by any words.” Sean Eike is flattered and says “Well definitely that is a...Read more
Jack Kirby New Gods Artist's Edition – Can You Help?Bleeding Cool News, December 11th
Scott Dunbier of IDW Publishing posted this to the Jack Kirby Fan Group on Facebook, calling for help on missing art for the Jack Kirby New Gods Artist's Edition. Hello Kirby fans, I'm working on the Kirby New Gods book and I'm looking for four missing...Read more
Comic Book Six Degrees: Jack B. Quick to Jack T. ChanceComic Book Resources, December 10th
for instance, you can use Marv Wolfman from his Teen Titans appearance to connect with Marv Wolfman in his Fantastic Four appearance – you just can't use modern appearances by Jack Kirby from one company to connect to Jack Kirby appearances from ...Read more
Deadpool #20: King Kirby StyleCrave Online, December 6th
Jack Kirby is oft-imitated and never duplicated, but Scott Koblish does a bang-up job imitating him in this flashback issue. December 6th, 2013 Andy Hunsaker. The current run of Deadpool feels like something of a renaissance for the character – at...Read more
Jack Kirby Classic Turkey Shoot to return in JanuaryImperial Valley Press, November 28th
The event was founded by longtime Valley resident Jack Kirby but had its genesis in an earlier family tradition — a friendly game of nine-hole between the Kirby clan and close friends in town for the holiday. Kirby, now 84, passed the torch to sons...Read more