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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San Antonio Express-News, September 22nd

He worked with artist Steve Ditko to transform nebbish high school student Peter Parker into the amazing Spider-Man in 1962, and teamed up with frequent collaborator Jack Kirby to craft super squads such as “Marvel's First Family,” the Fantastic Four...Read more

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ComicsAlliance, September 18th

Tom of Finland was the Jack Kirby of gay porn. Working in a section of the comics industry that most fans perhaps spend little time exploring, Tom was a masterful artist, a pioneer, and an inspiration. His work helped establish a gay aesthetic and made...Read more

This Captain America Is Not By Jack Kirby
Bleeding Cool News, September 12th

$_57 No, this Captain America sketch, though signed from Jack Kirby, is not by Jack Kirby. Not even a little bit. That doesn't stop it being sold on eBay as if it were by Jack Kirby for $2000 Australian dollars. The listing reads… Was brought from an...Read more

Jack Kirby: A 'King-Sized' 97th Birthday Tribute Spectacular, Part Two!
ComicsAlliance, August 29th

Jack Kirby is very probably the single most influential figure in the history of American comics. He produced countless stories in a career that spanned seven decades, inventing and re-inventing genres and styles every step of the way. He inspired...Read more

Jack Kirby: 6 things you might not know about the Marvel Comics legend
89.3 KPCC (blog), August 28th

Thursday would have been late comic book artist Jack Kirby's 97th birthday. He's the man who co-created classic Marvel Comics characters including Captain America, the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, Iron Man, Thor and the Hulk, as well as numerous ...Read more

Raising A Birthday Glass To Comics King Jack Kirby
NPR, August 28th

If you've seen Guardians of the Galaxy, you know Groot — the singing, dancing, crime-fighting tree. Groot was created by comics legend Jack Kirby, who's also responsible for Captain America and was the co-creator of the Avengers and the X-Men. Kirby...Read more

Jack Kirby Turns 97 Tomorrow, and Hero Initiative Has a Ton of Plans (blog), August 27th

We've already reported on an Upstate New York event where Jack Kirby's 97th birthday tomorrow will be celebrated with custom beer. What more could a the creator of the Fantastic Four, the New Gods, The Hulk and so many more want? Well, the Hero ...Read more