History Creator / JackKirby

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15th Nov '17 10:19:36 PM JulianLapostat
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* MixAndMatch: Kirby was fond of reimagining occult and magical concepts with technological and science-fiction flourishes. Dr. Doom's costume simultaneously has a medieval and modern costume (a Renaissance-hood, cape and clippings but with absolutely modern robotic armour) and according to Kirby was intended to make him look like the Grim Reaper. The Norse Gods are simultaneously SufficientlyAdvancedAlien and HighFantasy beings, Wakanda is likewise a traditional African community and a modern science-fiction utopia.

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* MixAndMatch: Kirby was fond of reimagining occult and magical concepts with technological and science-fiction flourishes. Dr. Doom's costume simultaneously has a medieval and modern costume motif (a Renaissance-hood, cape cape, gold clasps for both, a green surcoat, and clippings but with a medieval belt covering over absolutely modern robotic armour) and according to Kirby was intended to make him look like the Grim Reaper. Magneto likewise has a pulp fiction leotard and cape number but has a helmet with a Dark Ages-style horn, that makes him look like a feudal baron straight from the feudal era (this was Pre-Claremont, where Magneto was still an obnoxious asshole). The Norse Gods are simultaneously SufficientlyAdvancedAlien and HighFantasy beings, Wakanda is likewise a traditional African community and a modern science-fiction utopia.utopia, and the Fourth World of Apokolips and New Genesis takes this to the zenith, with everything have a techno-occult motif.
13th Oct '17 5:01:09 PM dlchen145
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Jack "[[RedBaron The King]]" Kirby (August 28, 1917 February 6, 1994, born Jacob Kurtzberg) is, quite simply, one of the most important and influential artists and writers ''ever'' in American comics. This is the man who created or co-created ''dozens'' of classic characters for [[Creator/DCComics DC]] and [[Creator/MarvelComics Marvel]], and he is universally considered one of the masters of the medium, on a par with Creator/OsamuTezuka, Creator/WillEisner or Creator/{{Moebius}}.

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Jack "[[RedBaron The King]]" Kirby (August (born Jacob Kurtzberg, August 28, 1917 February 6, 1994, born Jacob Kurtzberg) 1994) is, quite simply, one of the most important and influential artists and writers ''ever'' in American comics. This is the man who created or co-created ''dozens'' of classic characters for [[Creator/DCComics DC]] and [[Creator/MarvelComics Marvel]], and he is universally considered one of the masters of the medium, on a par with Creator/OsamuTezuka, Creator/WillEisner or Creator/{{Moebius}}.
17th Sep '17 7:23:04 AM StFan
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16th Sep '17 10:17:41 AM StFan
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Before working with Lee, he had a ridiculously creative partnership with Joe Simon, starting in the 1940s. Among other things, the two co-created ComicBook/CaptainAmerica and the ''entire genre'' of romance comics. He then spent much of the late 50s working on Atlas Comics' [[{{Kaiju}} monster stories]] with Creator/StanLee, co-creating characters who would eventually become Marvel mainstays, including [[Comicbook/IronMan Fin Fang Foom]] and [[Comicbook/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy Groot.]]

After this came the famous early Marvel period, where the Lee-and-Kirby team built the Marvel Universe from the ground up. However, towards the end of the 70s, the increased prominence of natural showman Lee and unfavourable working conditions led Kirby to become disillusioned with the company and leave. After Kirby left Marvel, he went to Creator/DCComics and created "The Fourth World" series, ''ComicBook/NewGods'', ''The Forever People'' and ''Mister Miracle'' as well as insisting on taking over ''Superman's Pal, ComicBook/JimmyOlsen'' which didn't have an assigned art team so he wouldn't cause anyone to lose their job. In those titles, Kirby created a grand cosmic mythos [[WritingForTheTrade he planned to have reprinted into bound volumes for resale]]. Unfortunately, this idea was around 15 years ahead of its time and DC's publisher, Carmine Infantino, pulled the plug before Kirby could see the project through. ''Comicbook/NewGods'' was reportedly his favourite of his works, and is commonly regarded by Kirby fans and scholars as his greatest achievement.

Kirby remained with DC writing individual titles like ''[[ComicBook/{{Etrigan}} The Demon]]'', ''[[ComicBook/{{Kamandi}} Kamandi: The Last Boy on Earth]]'' and ''ComicBook/{{OMAC}}'' and even returned to Marvel for a time to single-handedly write and draw ''Captain America'', ''Black Panther'' and new titles like ''Comicbook/TheEternals'' and ''Devil Dinosaur'', before his work rate ''finally'' started to slow down.

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Before working with Lee, he had a ridiculously creative partnership with Joe Simon, starting in the 1940s. Among other things, the two co-created ComicBook/CaptainAmerica and the ''entire genre'' of romance comics. He then spent much of the late 50s working on Atlas Comics' [[{{Kaiju}} monster stories]] with Creator/StanLee, co-creating characters who would eventually become Marvel mainstays, including [[Comicbook/IronMan [[ComicBook/IronMan Fin Fang Foom]] and [[Comicbook/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy [[ComicBook/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy Groot.]]

After this came the famous early Marvel period, where the Lee-and-Kirby team built the Marvel Universe from the ground up. However, towards the end of the 70s, the increased prominence of natural showman Lee and unfavourable working conditions led Kirby to become disillusioned with the company and leave. After Kirby left Marvel, he went to Creator/DCComics and created "The Fourth World" series, ''ComicBook/NewGods'', ''The Forever People'' and ''Mister Miracle'' as well as insisting on taking over ''Superman's Pal, ComicBook/JimmyOlsen'' which didn't have an assigned art team so he wouldn't cause anyone to lose their job. In those titles, Kirby created a grand cosmic mythos [[WritingForTheTrade he planned to have reprinted into bound volumes for resale]]. Unfortunately, this idea was around 15 years ahead of its time and DC's publisher, Carmine Infantino, pulled the plug before Kirby could see the project through. ''Comicbook/NewGods'' ''ComicBook/NewGods'' was reportedly his favourite of his works, and is commonly regarded by Kirby fans and scholars as his greatest achievement.

Kirby remained with DC writing individual titles like ''[[ComicBook/{{Etrigan}} The Demon]]'', ''[[ComicBook/{{Kamandi}} Kamandi: The Last Boy on Earth]]'' and ''ComicBook/{{OMAC}}'' and even returned to Marvel for a time to single-handedly write and draw ''Captain America'', ''Black Panther'' and new titles like ''Comicbook/TheEternals'' ''ComicBook/TheEternals'' and ''Devil Dinosaur'', before his work rate ''finally'' started to slow down.



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* PenName: As was the case with many of the early comicbook men, "Jack Kirby" was a ''nom de plume''. He was born Jacob Kurtzberg.

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* PenName: As was the case with many of the early comicbook comic-book men, "Jack Kirby" was a ''nom de plume''. He was born Jacob Kurtzberg.



* SplashPanel: Kirby was possibly the ''king'' of the splash page. Many of his stories start with a trademark one-two punch of a title page close-up splash to establish tension, followed by a double-page splash of something ''huge'' happening. The openings of Comicbook/NewGods or Comicbook/{{OMAC}} are probably the most well known. Chris Sims, provider of our page quote, dubbed it "Kirbyvision".
* TakeThat: A famous one in ''Comicbook/NewGods'', where [[MeaningfulName Funky Flashman]], his angry take on Creator/StanLee, lives in a [[Creator/MarvelComics crumbling house]] with a sycophantic manservant based on Roy Thomas, and gets his meagre cash by rooting around in a container shaped like ''[[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic Jack's head.]]'' Oh, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and he wears a toupée.]][[note]]Seriously, this was a surprisingly big deal - the fact that Stan wore a toupée was an open secret till now, but Kirby was the first to actually say it out loud.[[/note]]

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* SplashPanel: Kirby was possibly the ''king'' of the splash page. Many of his stories start with a trademark one-two punch of a title page close-up splash to establish tension, followed by a double-page splash of something ''huge'' happening. The openings of Comicbook/NewGods ''ComicBook/NewGods'' or Comicbook/{{OMAC}} ''ComicBook/{{OMAC}}'' are probably the most well known.well-known. Chris Sims, provider of our page quote, dubbed it "Kirbyvision".
* TakeThat: A famous one in ''Comicbook/NewGods'', ''ComicBook/NewGods'', where [[MeaningfulName Funky Flashman]], his angry take on Creator/StanLee, lives in a [[Creator/MarvelComics crumbling house]] with a sycophantic manservant based on Roy Thomas, and gets his meagre cash by rooting around in a container shaped like ''[[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic Jack's head.]]'' Oh, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and he wears a toupée.]][[note]]Seriously, this was a surprisingly big deal - the fact that Stan wore a toupée was an open secret till now, but Kirby was the first to actually say it out loud.[[/note]]
28th Aug '17 10:32:00 AM AcePedro
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3rd Aug '17 9:54:15 AM moloch
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* DudeWheresMyRespect: During his first Marvel period, one of the things that really rankled him was how he was treated like mere hired help when Creator/StanLee got all the plaudits for the Franchise/MarvelUniverse to the point where some reporters thought he ''drew'' the stories Kirby did. And unfortunately, this is ''still'' the case, since Jack didn't live to experience the profile boost given to Stan Lee by the modern movie adaptations of their work. According to Creator/MarkEvanier his biographer (who is also friends with Lee), the nadir was an article published by New Yorker profiling Stan Lee that more or less [[WorkingClassPeopleAreMorons insulted Kirby]] for being scruffy and working and not as approachable to reporters like Lee. Evanier notes that Lee didn't intend this and had no say in that article but he also didn't do enough to correct the false impression and it more or less stoked Kirby's resentment.

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* DudeWheresMyRespect: During his first Marvel period, one of the things that really rankled him was how he was treated like mere hired help when Creator/StanLee got all the plaudits for the Franchise/MarvelUniverse to the point where some reporters thought he ''drew'' the stories Kirby did. And unfortunately, this is ''still'' the case, since Jack didn't live to experience the profile boost given to Stan Lee by the modern movie adaptations of their work. According to Creator/MarkEvanier his biographer (who Creator/MarkEvanier, (his biographer, who is also friends with Lee), the nadir was an article published by New Yorker the ''New Yorker'' profiling Stan Lee that more or less [[WorkingClassPeopleAreMorons insulted Kirby]] Kirby for being scruffy and working working]], and not appearing as approachable to reporters like Lee. as Stan. Evanier notes that Lee didn't intend this and had no say in that article article, but he also didn't do enough to correct the false impression and it more or less stoked Kirby's resentment.
14th Jul '17 2:51:20 PM JulianLapostat
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Unfortunately, Kirby was also a poster boy for how artists were treated by the companies who became multibillion dollar industries because of them. The dubious "work for hire" contract policies in those days meant that artists were paid for no more than the "page rate" for the comics that they drew. Consequently, despite their characters becoming iconic, Kirby and the other artists of his generation made absolutely no royalties of any kind and were denied any chance to share in the successes of their creations. Also, he was the center of the art controversy during the mid 1980s when Marvel's image was tarnished by their shameful claim that he and the other artists had no rights to their own original artwork. Public pressure eventually forced Marvel into coughing up a pension for his widow, and the Kirby estate attempted to regain Kirby's share of the copyright on his Marvel Comics characters, an effort which ended with a 2014 settlement (the terms were undisclosed).

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Unfortunately, Kirby was is also a well known (alongside [[Franchise/{{Superman}} Siegel and Shuster]]) as the poster boy for the creators' rights movements of TheSeventies and TheEighties. An embodiment of how talented artists were treated by the companies who which became multibillion dollar industries because of them. The their creations, while leaving the original creators with pittance on the basis of dubious "work for hire" contract policies in those days meant that by which artists were paid for no more than the "page rate" for the comics that they drew. Consequently, despite their characters becoming iconic, Kirby and the other artists of his generation made absolutely no royalties of any kind and were denied any chance to share in the successes of their creations. Also, he was the center of the art controversy during the mid 1980s when Marvel's image was tarnished by their shameful claim that he and the other artists had no rights to their own original artwork. Public pressure eventually forced Marvel into coughing up a pension for his widow, and the Kirby estate attempted to regain Kirby's share of the copyright on his Marvel Comics characters, an effort which ended with a 2014 settlement (the terms were undisclosed). \n

Regardless, Kirby's stature is such that, a few years after Disney acquired Marvel, he alongside Creator/StanLee became celebrated as a [[http://comicbook.com/marvel/2017/07/14/disney-d23-expo-legends-stan-lee-oprah-recap-/ Disney legend]] in 2017, fittingly enough in the year of his centennial.
10th Jul '17 11:36:54 PM JulianLapostat
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* DudeWheresMyRespect: During his first Marvel period, one of the things that really rankled him was how he was treated like mere hired help when Creator/StanLee got all the plaudits for the Franchise/MarvelUniverse to the point where some reporters thought he ''drew'' the stories Kirby did. And unfortunately, this is ''still'' the case, since Jack didn't live to experience the profile boost given to Stan Lee by the modern movie adaptations of their work.

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* DudeWheresMyRespect: During his first Marvel period, one of the things that really rankled him was how he was treated like mere hired help when Creator/StanLee got all the plaudits for the Franchise/MarvelUniverse to the point where some reporters thought he ''drew'' the stories Kirby did. And unfortunately, this is ''still'' the case, since Jack didn't live to experience the profile boost given to Stan Lee by the modern movie adaptations of their work. According to Creator/MarkEvanier his biographer (who is also friends with Lee), the nadir was an article published by New Yorker profiling Stan Lee that more or less [[WorkingClassPeopleAreMorons insulted Kirby]] for being scruffy and working and not as approachable to reporters like Lee. Evanier notes that Lee didn't intend this and had no say in that article but he also didn't do enough to correct the false impression and it more or less stoked Kirby's resentment.
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