Profession: Comic Book Artist and Writer
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.
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)
- 1942-05-23 Comic book artist Jack Kirby (24) weds Roz Goldstein
- 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