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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Chasing Chasing Hitler: A New Comic About Comics' Greatest Villain
Bleeding Cool News, February 6th

Thanos? Nope. Darkseid? Nuh-uh. It's Adolph Hitler by a country mile. Jack Kirby and Joe Simon punched him out on the cover of Captain America #1 (months before America entered WWII!), Stan Lee and Jack Kirby revived a clone of Hitler, the Hate Monger, ...Read more

Damon burns ties to the past in ep. 11 of 'Vampire Diaries'
New York Daily News, February 5th

Damon (Ian Somerhalder) realizes he has been in the real world and starts trying to undo the damage and save his friends he previously tried to murder. Is Elena really gone for good? Nina Dobrev left "Vampire Diaries" after season six, but it's always...Read more

Hinckley: Jack Kirby left a legacy of superheroes from the X-Men to Captain ...
New York Daily News, February 5th

(Originally published by the Daily News on Feb. 8, 1984. This story was written by David Hinckley.) Jack Kirby is dead. He is survived by Spider-Man, the X-Men, Captain America, the Fantastic Four, the Hulk and a cast of thousands. Kirby, 76, who died...Read more

'The New Mutants' Is Rooted Both in Scholarship and in the Rich History of ...
PopMatters, February 5th

Jack Kirby's and Joe Simon's Captain America socked Hitler in the jaw way back on the cover of Captain America #1 and he did it months before the attack on Pearl Harbor sent the United States headlong into war. Thirty years later, after superhero...Read more

Quote of the day: As Captain America turns 75, Stan Lee salutes 'the best of ...
Washington Post, January 19th

Captain America was quickly a hit for co-creators Joe Simon and Jack Kirby. And Cap would be fully revived, of course, when editor-writer Stan Lee spearheaded the '60s rise of Timely-turned-Marvel. In advance of the documentary's airing at 8 p.m., The ...Read more

Marvel Universe Co-Creator Jack Kirby Is Having A Moment
Forbes, January 18th

If you have even a glancing familiarity with the comics of the 1960s and 70s that gave rise to today's cross-media franchises, you've probably encountered the work of artist Jack Kirby, even if you have never heard his name. Kirby, who died in 1994 at...Read more

'King Kirby' play profiles the artist behind the superheroes, overshadowed by ...
The Seattle Times, January 15th

If you ever take in a movie, or covet memorabilia or a vintage comic book featuring The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man or Captain America, give a silent thanks to Jack Kirby. A skilled graphic artist with a fantastical imagination, Kirby first drew those...Read more

Jack Kirby Museum Eyeing Permanent Lower East Side Location Next Year
Bowery Boogie, January 8th

You hear a lot about Stan Lee whenever talk of Marvel commences. He's the one who reaps much of the credit for the comics universe. Yet, the guy behind the guy, Jack Kirby, is equally important, if not more so. He was the illustrator who put pen to...Read more