History Creator / JackKirby

8th Feb '16 6:50:47 AM Freshmeat
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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 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 [[MagnumOpus greatest achievement]].
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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 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 [[MagnumOpus greatest achievement]].achievement.
23rd Sep '15 8:28:48 PM nombretomado
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His incredibly unique art style and bombastic storytelling made him one of the most imitated creators in western comics history. KirbyDots are named after the artist's distinctive rendering of {{Battle Aura}}s, also nicknamed, "the Kirby Krackle". He died of heart failure in 1994 at the age of 76, or at least that's what {{Galactus}} ''wants'' us to believe. Due to his speed in creating well-received comics, there exists something called the "Kirby Barrier"; breaking the barrier means that you've created a quality comic in under a week, a surprisingly difficult feat.
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His incredibly unique art style and bombastic storytelling made him one of the most imitated creators in western comics history. KirbyDots are named after the artist's distinctive rendering of {{Battle Aura}}s, also nicknamed, "the Kirby Krackle". He died of heart failure in 1994 at the age of 76, or at least that's what {{Galactus}} ComicBook/{{Galactus}} ''wants'' us to believe. Due to his speed in creating well-received comics, there exists something called the "Kirby Barrier"; breaking the barrier means that you've created a quality comic in under a week, a surprisingly difficult feat.
13th Sep '15 11:18:24 AM moloch
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* ''Young Romance'' (Both the influential comic series, and arguably - ''definitively'', according to TheOtherWiki - the entire genre of romance comics) * ''Captain Victory'' and ''Silver Star,'' which might not have been successes for Pacific Comics, but helped create precedent for the creator-owned comic (see Kirby's travails with Marvel and DC, above) * More AliensAndMonsters than you can shake a xenomorph at * Pretty much created the MonsterModesty trope
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* ''Young Romance'' (Both the influential comic series, and arguably - ''definitively'', according to TheOtherWiki - the entire genre of romance comics) comics). * ''Captain Victory'' and ''Silver Star,'' which might not have been successes for Pacific Comics, but helped create precedent for the creator-owned comic (see Kirby's travails with Marvel and DC, above) above). * More AliensAndMonsters than you can shake a xenomorph at at. * Pretty much created the MonsterModesty tropetrope.
13th Sep '15 11:16:39 AM moloch
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* {{Badass}}: There's a story that before the US entered WWII, some American Nazis called to the offices offering to fight Kirby and Joe Simon, creators of ComicBook/CaptainAmerica. Jack supposedly rolled up his sleeves and immediately headed downstairs, but when he got down they were gone... Creator/WillEisner also regularly told a story about a gangster who tried to claim protection money from the Eisner studio being physically intimidated by a young Kirby into giving up and leaving.
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* {{Badass}}: There's a story that before the US entered WWII, some American Nazis called to the offices offering to fight Kirby and Joe Simon, creators of ComicBook/CaptainAmerica. Jack supposedly rolled up his sleeves and immediately headed downstairs, but when he got down [[DirtyCoward they were gone... gone...]] Creator/WillEisner also regularly told a story about a gangster who tried to claim protection money from the Eisner studio being physically intimidated by a young Kirby into giving up and leaving.
13th Sep '15 11:14:56 AM moloch
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** Kirby produced the first 17 pages of an adaptation of one of his favourite series, Patrick [=McGoohan's=] ''Series/ThePrisoner''. Unfortunately, the series never materialised, but some art can be found online.
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** Kirby produced the first 17 pages of an adaptation of one of his favourite series, Patrick [=McGoohan's=] ''Series/ThePrisoner''. Unfortunately, the series never materialised, but [[http://www.theredcircle.com/blog/2009/11/15/jkirby-tprsnr/ some art can be found online. online.]]
13th Sep '15 11:14:17 AM moloch
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'''Jack "[[RedBaron The King]]" Kirby''' (August 28, 1917 February 6, 1994, 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 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 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 the masters of the medium, on a par with Creator/OsamuTezuka, Creator/WillEisner or Creator/{{Moebius}}.
12th Sep '15 12:05:13 PM kchishol
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* HeAlsoDid: Kirby became an animator for [[Creator/MaxAndDaveFleischer Fleischer Studios]] in the late 1930's, but felt it was like working in a factory, so his tenure there was brief. In the early 1980's, Kirby returned to animation as a production designer and found it a whole different experience with the younger staff who did the heavy work themselves treating him with awe.
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* HeAlsoDid: Kirby became an animator for [[Creator/MaxAndDaveFleischer Fleischer Studios]] in the late 1930's, but felt it was like working in a factory, espeically when he had to be an inbetweener [[note]]The animators who have to do the animation between major positions of animated objects and characters[[/note]] so his tenure there was brief. In the early 1980's, Kirby returned to animation as a production designer and found it a whole different experience with the younger staff who did the heavy grunt work themselves treating and treated him with awe.
4th Sep '15 8:24:50 PM Jeduthun
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** According to his biographer Creator/MarkEvanier, the character Kirby most identified with himself was Ben Grimm / The Thing from ComicBook/FantasticFour, even giving him his distinctive New York speech pattern.
10th Aug '15 3:09:10 PM moloch
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** Kirby produced the first 17 pages of an adaptation of one of his favourite series, Patrick [=McGoohan's=] Series/ThePrisoner. Unfortunately, the series never materialised, but some art can be found online.
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** Kirby produced the first 17 pages of an adaptation of one of his favourite series, Patrick [=McGoohan's=] Series/ThePrisoner.''Series/ThePrisoner''. Unfortunately, the series never materialised, but some art can be found online.
10th Aug '15 12:56:31 PM DeadlyAssassin
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*** Comicbook/FantasticFour *** Comicbook/IncredibleHulk
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*** Comicbook/FantasticFour ComicBook/FantasticFour *** Comicbook/IncredibleHulkComicBook/AntMan *** ComicBook/IncredibleHulk
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