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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Marvel Honors Jack Kirby on Veterans Day
Den of Geek!, November 11th

Even though it's Stan Lee popping up in the movies, Jack Kirby is at least as integral to Marvel's very existence. The co-creator Captain America, the Fantastic Four, X-Men, the Hulk, and countless other top of the line, franchise-ready characters has...Read more

Superhero Bits: Shazam, Batman v Superman, Secret Wars, Jack Kirby, Agent ...
/FILM, November 6th

So what was the deal with all those epic Marvel Comics teases? Has Batman v Superman set construction begun in Chicago? What's The Rock saying about Shazam? Why did it take so long for Batman: The Complete Series to hit Blu-ray? When does Agent ...Read more

IDW to publish 'Jack Kirby Mister Miracle: Artist's Edition'
Comic Book Resources, November 5th

IDW Publishing will follow Jack Kirby New Gods: Artist's Edition with a 192-page collection of the legendary creator's work on Mister Miracle. Part of the early-1970s “Fourth World” saga that also spanned DC Comics' Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen, The...Read more

IDW Calls in a MIRACLE: Jack Kirby's Mister Miracle Artist's Edition Coming
Newsarama, November 4th

Jack Kirby: Mister Miracle Artist's Edition. Really, that might be all that needs to be said about this book, but we'll give you more details. After the hit release of Jack Kirby New Gods: Artist's Edition, IDW Publishing is going back to The King's...Read more

Jack Kirby Finally Getting Credit in Captain America, X-Men, Other Marvel Comics
Bam! Smack! Pow!, November 2nd

Jack “King” Kirby was one of the most influential artists in the history of comic books. His work for Marvel from the 1940s through the 1970s gave us such icons as Captain America, the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, the Avengers, Thor, and many, many more ...Read more

Marvel Comics Changes Credits in Wake of Jack Kirby Settlement
Hollywood Reporter, October 30th

The company released new issues of Fantastic Four and X-Men with a credit line that reads “Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. The line was not present in the previous issue of both comics (h/t to the watchful spotters at Bleeding Cool who first...Read more

The Marvel of intellectual property rights: how Jack Kirby will be remembered ...
Lexology (registration), October 28th

This year, the heirs of comic book legend Jack Kirby have done what the heirs of Siegel and Schuster could not, by reaching a settlement agreement with Disney and Marvel Comics. [2] While the terms of the agreement remain confidential, a joint...Read more

The Importance of Jack Kirby's Legacy - Remembering the King
Comic Book Resources, October 24th

In a small room just off the first floor's main hall, a handful of dedicated fans came together at New York Comic Con to celebrate the life and creations of the legendary Jack Kirby. Led by Kirby Museum founder Rand Hoppe, artist Guy Dorian ("COR...Read more