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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Fantastic Four Scenes We Want to See in the New FilmComingSoon.net, July 5th
Jack Kirby was the first Fantastic Four artist, and still all but indisputably the best. A big part of his talent came from visualizing ideas and concepts that by their very nature couldn't be visualized. One of his most iconic visual conceits was what...Read more
How Many Captain Americas Does Marvel Have?Comicbook.com, July 4th
Created by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby, Marvel revived Captain America during Marvel's Silver Age of Comics, joining the Avengers and becoming one of Marvel's best known heroes. While the effects of the Super Soldier serum has usually kept Rogers young ...Read more
Giant book of scanned art from Jack Kirby's best comic book series: KamandiBoing Boing, June 30th
Born in 1917 as Jacob Kurtzberg, Jack Kirby is recognized as the most important person in comic book history. One could make a good argument that the title belongs to Carl Barks, Robert Crumb, Stan Lee, or Wally Wood. They are all inarguably giants of...Read more
Comic Book Six Degrees – Jack Kirby to Will EisnerComic Book Resources, June 30th
As suggested by Jenos Idanian #13, the idea behind this game is to connect two comic creators to each other through artists/writers that they have jointly worked together with, in as few links as possible. For instance, take connecting John Byrne and...Read more
Dirt Track Stories: Jack KirbyPryor Daily Times, June 26th
Jack Kirby has always enjoyed hot rods in all forms, from restored classics to high performance muscle cars with the dealership tags still on. But it wasn't until a friend let him take the wheel of a dirt track car did he decide to start racing himself...Read more
The 13 Jack Kirby Lord Of Light Prints Will Cost You $2970 For All...Bleeding Cool News, June 23rd
Ahead of their debut in Heavy Metal #276 out for San Diego Comic Con, along with a number of limited blacklight prints, here's a look at all the Barry Geller & Jack Kirby's Lord Of Light artwork in full colour. Use by the CIA as part of the...Read more
Jack Kirby's glorious, psychedelic Lord of Light black-light postersBoing Boing, June 22nd
Heavy Metal is bringing a limited-edition set of black-light posters depicting Jack Kirby's gorgeous Lord of Light concept art, whose beauty is only outstripped by its incredibly strange origin-story. Kirby originally produced the drawings as concept...Read more
Is Kamandi Jack Kirby's Most Beloved Creation?Bleeding Cool News, June 21st
Kamandi-AE With the recent release of IDW's Jack Kirby's Kamandi, The Last Boy On Earth Artist Edition Vol 1… besides it being a really long title, it puts a spotlight on a character that some people love while others don't seem to know that well...Read more