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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BadChronicles: Sua maestà, il Re Jack Kirby - il Nuovo Gusto dei Fumetti (Comunicati Stampa), November 30th

Non potevamo chiudere questo secondo ciclo di BadChronicles dedicato agli autori, senza un tributo al Re: Jack Kirby. Non ci soffermeremo sulla sua immensa produzione e sulla sua biografia che molti di voi conosceranno già e che la Marvel Entertainment ...Read more

Panini: torna Capitan America di Jack Kirby in un volume Marvel Omnibus - il Nuovo Gusto dei Fumetti (Comunicati Stampa), November 28th

Oltre alle novità su Secret Wars e all'annuncio di nuove collane, l'ultimo numero di Anteprima ha regalato qualche sorpresa in ottica riedizioni dei classici: gli adoratori di Jack Kirby saranno felici di sapere che Panini Comics raccoglierà in un...Read more

'The King and Me' Celebrates Artist Jack Kirby
Inverse, November 17th

The King and Me —a play celebrating the life and career of the late American comic book artist Jack Kirby, will have its North American Premiere on Sunday, November 22 in New York City. King will take place at the Jack Kirby Museum and Research Center ...Read more

Jack Kirby: The Stage Show Hits Yancy Street This Sunday….
Bleeding Cool News, November 17th

The King And Me by Ger Apeldoorn is, as he says, “a play about the life and career of Jack Kirby as seen through the eyes of his collaborators Joe Simon and Stan Lee. It's a celebration of his talent as well as an exploration of the relationships he...Read more

Jack Kirby Museum Returns to Native LES for 2-Week Pop-Up
Bowery Boogie, November 13th

For the second time in as many years, the Jack Kirby Museum and Research Center again joined forces with the miLES initiative for a storefront pop-up. This time, the show is more narrowly focused, highlighting Kirby's illustrations of “heroic combat...Read more

Jack Kirby Museum Opens New Pop-Up Space in NYC
Den of Geek!, November 11th

Comics Combatives will feature art and pages spanning the career of Jack Kirby, arguably the single most important comic book creator of the 20th Century. Comics Combatives focuses on Kirby's dynamic, fluid depictions of war, action, and hand-to-hand ...Read more

Lord of the Light di Jack Kirby a colori
Fumettologica, November 11th

Nel numero di agosto – il 276 – della rivista Heavy Metal sono state pubblice le illustrazioni di Jack Kirby per Lord of the Light (del progetto Argo, di cui vi abbiamo parlato approfonditamente QUI). Appositamente ricolorate dal colorista Mike Englert...Read more

“Big Jack” deserves Victoria Cross
Courier Mail, November 10th

THE man who commanded Australian troops at Long Tan has used Remembrance Day to renew calls for unsung war hero Jack Kirby to receive the Victoria Cross. Lieutenant Colonel (retired) Harry Smith, a Company Commander during the Vietnam War, ...Read more