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Jack Kirby

Comic Book Artist and Writer Jack Kirby

Profession: Comic Book Artist and Writer

United States of America

Why Famous: Jack Kirby was the co-creator of Marvel superhero Captain America.

In 1940 along with Joe Simon, Kirby came up with Captain America, a patriotic super soldier for a country at war. The comic was written for Timely Comics, a comic book publisher that would later evolve into Marvel.

Kirby later worked with Stan Lee at Marvel to also create such characters as the Hulk, the Fantastic Four and the X-Men.

Born: August 28, 1917
Birthplace: NYC, New York, USA

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Snake
Star Sign: Virgo

Died: February 6, 1994 (aged 76)
Cause of Death: Heart failure

Biography: Jack Kirby (1917-1994) was an influential comic book artist and writer.

He worked with both of the industry’s main publishers - Marvel and DC, and was responsible for the creation of many of the format’s best-known characters, including Captain America, Iron Man, Fantastic Four, X-Menand The Hulk.

Recent film adaptations of these characters confirm their status as icons of popular culture.

As well as an extraordinary imagination as a creator, Kirby also possessed a pioneering talent in illustration.

His dynamic pencil and ink work expressed movement and action with an explosive energy that became the standard illustration style for the entire format. (OnThisDay.com)

Married Life

  • 1942-05-23 Comic book artist Jack Kirby (24) weds Roz Goldstein

Historical Events

  • 1941-03-01 Captain America created by cartoonists Joe Simon and Jack Kirby is first published by Timely Comics (premiere issue released on December 20, 1940)
  • 1944-02-05 "Captain American" serial film premieres starring Dick Purcell, first appearance of a Marvel superhero outside a comic
  • 1978-03-10 "The Incredible Hulk", starring Bill Bixby as David Banner, premieres on CBS