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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50 Greatest Avengers Of All-TimeWhatCulture, April 26th
Created in 1963 by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, the team assembled Earth's Mightiest Heroes to fight the threats that no single hero could withstand. Their first foe was Loki, and in the decades which have followed, the team has battled all manner of...Read more
Fantastic 4 Site Reveals New Twist On Reed RichardsYahoo Movies UK, April 26th
Now, the new official website for the upcoming superhero movie has revealed yet another way this reboot will stand apart from previous portrayals of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby's famous characters - and it's all to do with the unique superpowers of team...Read more
C2E2: Marvel Shares Plans for SHIELD 50th AnniversaryComic Book Resources, April 25th
What's more, the story will feature a previously unused sequence penciled by Jack Kirby and inked by Jim Steranko. The story will find Phil Coulson and Nick Fury, Sr. on a cross-time adventure that will introduce The Man Called D.E.A.T.H. and bring...Read more
Sony Music Defeats "Iron Man" Composer's Lawsuit (For Now)hypebot.com, April 24th
For instance, Marvel fought for years with "Ghost Rider"creator Gary Friedrich and they battled Jack Kirby when the comic book legend attempted to terminate a copyright grant. In those disputes, the issue of whether the artists had created their works...Read more
Action heroNew Jersey Jewish News, April 22nd
it took a tough Jewish kid from New York City's Lower East Side to create the superheroes in Fantastic Four and Captain America (who appears in The Avengers.) Born Jacob Kurtzberg to Austrian Jewish immigrants, Jack Kirby became an iconic American ...Read more
Jack Kirby's Microminds And More, With Dick Cook - Sony Leaks...Bleeding Cool News, April 17th
The key assets are the Jack Kirby projects. These are 30 – 50 properties he developed post Marvel and there are around 100 drawings encompassed by this as well. They have a treatment for the first Kirby related project (which I think is called Microminds)...Read more
Quote of the Day | Mark Evanier on Jack KirbyComic Book Resources, April 15th
“Over the years, when he heard somebody liked other artists more than his work, he was really non-competitive. The thing, though, that I think a lot of people never got about Jack was that Jack wasn't really competitive with most other comic book...Read more
CONVERSATIONS OF CONVERGENCE: DiDio & Wein Talk Jack Kirby at DC ...Comic Book Resources, April 9th
This week, CONVERSATIONS OF CONVERGENCE looks back at the 1970s, a decade which included the birth of the New Gods -- the mythic heroes and villains from the Fourth Word created by the legendary Jack Kirby who continue to play a major role in ...Read more