History Creator / JackKirby

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.
10th Jul '17 6:26:09 PM JulianLapostat
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* AuthorAppeal: AncientAstronauts, the ReluctantWarrior and kid gangs are the clearest examples.

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* AuthorAppeal: AncientAstronauts, the ReluctantWarrior ReluctantWarrior, ugly looking heroes, complicated machines (with tiny spherical dots laid on top) and kid gangs are the clearest examples.



* HiddenElfVillage: He had a fondness for them, Wakanda and Attilan to name the two most well known.



* {{Mayincatec}}: Kirby was an early TropeCodifier for this. For instance he modeled the design of the Sentinels on the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olmec_colossal_heads famous Olmec Head]], the design of Galactus on Aztec and Mayan costumes and likewise drew on the same lore for ''The Eternals''.
* 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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* TechnologyPorn: James Cameron himself said that nobody drew machines better than Kirby.
1st Jul '17 4:48:56 PM nombretomado
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* ''Young Romance'' (Both the influential comic series, and arguably - ''definitively'', according to TheOtherWiki - the entire genre of romance comics).

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* ''Young Romance'' (Both the influential comic series, and arguably - ''definitively'', according to TheOtherWiki Wiki/TheOtherWiki - the entire genre of romance comics).
7th May '17 11:08:11 PM JulianLapostat
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* ArtShift: Kirby was innovative in using collages from magazine and science-fiction covers and others in his panels to add depth and texture. The famous ones are especially, [[http://www.comicsreporter.com/images/uploads/collage.jpg Mr. Fantastic in the Negative Zone]] and [[http://berkeleyplaceblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/IMG_2112.jpg Ego the Living Planet]].


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* CosmicEntity: He was especially influential for introducing a majorly advanced cosmic sensibility to superhero comics. Aliens with BlueAndOrangeMorality, Godlike beings and bizarre interstellar travelers much of which really codified superhero science-fiction and was a major advance on Golden Age rather old-fashioned approach. A small list of his creations: Galactus, Silver Surfer, the Skrulls, Ego the Living Planet, Darkseid, Metron, the ComicBook/NewGods and many others.
11th Apr '17 5:11:54 PM ElectroKraken
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* ReferencedBy:
** In the movie ''Film/CrimsonTide'', Submarine Executive Officer Hunter points out to a crew member on the boat that "anyone who reads comic books knows that the Kirby ComicBook/SilverSurfer is the only true Silver Surfer."
** ''WesternAnimation/{{Minoriteam}}'' would always have an end credit giving special thanks to "King" Kirby.
** He briefly appears in ''Film/{{Argo}}'', played by Michael Parks, in his historical role of drawing the storyboards for the fake movie. Though he's not actually named in the film and you have to do some research to find out it's supposed to be him.
** In what would turn out to be the last published issue of Creator/AlanMoore's ''ComicBook/{{Supreme}}'', published shortly after Kirby's real-world death, Supreme discovers a LostWorld in the Himalayas, which is populated by a whole load of [[CaptainErsatz Captains Ersatz]] of Kirby creations and ruled by a "Creator" who looks exactly like Kirby and is strongly implied to be Kirby somehow reborn as a god-like entity in the Awesome Universe.
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