Jack Kirby

Jack Kirby

  • Birthday: 1917-08-28
  • Deathday: 1994-02-06
  • Place of birth: New York City, New York, USA
  • Also know as: Jacob Kurtzberg

Biography

Jack Kirby (August 28, 1917 – February 6, 1994),  born Jacob Kurtzberg, was an American comic book artist, writer and editor. Growing up poor in New York City, Kurtzberg entered the nascent comics industry in the 1930s. He drew various comic strips under different pen names, ultimately settling on Jack Kirby. In 1941, Kirby and writer Joe Simon created the highly successful superhero character Captain America for Timely Comics. During the 1940s, Kirby would create a number of comics for various publishers, often teaming with Simon. After serving in World War II, Kirby returned to comics and worked in a variety of genres. He contributed to a number of publishers, including Archie Comics and DC Comics, but ultimately found himself at Timely's 1950s iteration, Atlas Comics, later to be known as Marvel Comics. In the 1960s, Kirby co-created many of Marvel Comics' major characters, including the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, and the Hulk, along with writer-editor Stan Lee. Despite the high sales and critical acclaim of the Lee-Kirby titles, Kirby felt treated unfairly, and left the company in 1970 for rival DC Comics. While working for DC, Kirby created his Fourth World saga, which spanned several comics titles. While these and other titles proved commercially unsuccessful and were canceled, several of their characters and the Fourth World mythos have continued as a significant part of the DC Comics universe. Kirby returned to Marvel briefly in the mid-to-late 1970s, then ventured into television animation and independent comics. In his later years, Kirby received great recognition for his career accomplishments, and is regarded by historians and fans as one of the major innovators and most influential creators in the comic book medium. In 1987, Kirby, along with Carl Barks and Will Eisner, was one of the three inaugural inductees of the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame. Description above from the Wikipedia article Jack Kirby, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

Filmography

Comic Book Confidential

1989

As Himself

Kirby at War: La Guerre De Kirby

2017

As Self (archive footage)

Once Upon a Time: The Super Heroes

2001

As Himself (archive footage)

Celebrating Marvel's Stan Lee

2019

As Self (archive footage)

Production

Thor

2011

As Draughtsman

Thor

2011

As Original Series Design

The Lego Batman Movie

2017

As Thanks

Black Widow

2021

As Thanks

Thor: The Dark World

2013

As Thanks

Thor

2011

As Thanks

Captain Marvel

2019

As Thanks

X-Men

2000

As Thanks

Dark Phoenix

2019

As Thanks

Thor

2011

As Character Designer

The Incredible Hulk

2008

As Characters

Hulk

2003

As Characters

The Fantastic Four

1994

As Characters

The Avengers

2012

As Characters

Captain America

1990

As Characters

Fantastic Four

2005

As Comic Book

Thor: Tales of Asgard

2011

As Characters

Bride of the Incredible Hulk

1978

As Characters

Fantastic Four

2015

As Characters

Avengers: Age of Ultron

2015

As Characters

Ant-Man

2015

As Comic Book

Captain America: Civil War

2016

As Characters

Black Panther

2018

As Comic Book

Avengers: Infinity War

2018

As Comic Book

Captain America

1979

As Characters

Thor: Ragnarok

2017

As Comic Book

Avengers: Endgame

2019

As Comic Book

Justice League Dark

2017

As Characters

Hulk: Where Monsters Dwell

2016

As Characters

Inhumans: The First Chapter

2017

As Characters

Marvel Knights: Eternals

2014

As Characters

The Incredible Hulk Returns

1988

As Characters

Ant-Man and the Wasp

2018

As Comic Book

The Incredible Hulk

1979

As Characters

Team Thor: Part 2

2017

As Characters

Fantastic Four

2024

As Characters

Zack Snyder's Justice League

2021

As Characters

Thor

2011

As Comic Book

Thor: The Dark World

2013

As Comic Book

Eternals

2021

As Comic Book

Captain Marvel

2019

As Characters

The Invincible Iron Man

2007

As Characters

Planet Hulk

2010

As Characters

Iron Man

2008

As Comic Book

Iron Man 2

2010

As Comic Book

Iron Man 3

2013

As Comic Book

Justice League

2017

As Characters

Thor: Love and Thunder

2022

As Characters

Avengers: Endgame

2019

As Characters

Groot's First Steps

2022

As Characters

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