Remembering Comic Book Legend Jack Kirby on His Birthday, August 28

Do we have a special celebration in store for you today at the Splintering!  Today we are remembering Jack Kirby on his birthday, August 28.  There have been so many influential artists in the field of comic books, but only one of those artists was known as “The King”, and that is who we are here to celebrate.  Normally we showcase 10 covers to honor the selected artist we are remembering, but today you’ll be treated to twice that amount, as we just couldn’t settle on which of these iconic covers to exclude. 

Captain America #1 (March 1943)
Boy Commandos #1 (Winter 1942)
Black Magic #1 (October 1950)
Boys Ranch #1 (October 1950)

Jack Kirby was born as Jacob Kurtzberg on August 28, 1917, in the big apple itself, New York City, NY.  Although Kirby was enrolled at the Pratt Institute at age 14, he only lasted a week. He was essentially a self-taught artist, one who would go on to become the most prolific illustrator in the history of comic books.

Young Romance #34 (June 1951)
Fantastic Four #1 (November 1961)
Incredible Hulk #1 (May 1962)
Journey Into Mystery #83 (August 1962)

Jack Kirby worked on any genre of comic book imaginable – Super Hero, Western, Romance, Horror, Science Fiction, you name it.  If there was a comic book, Kirby could draw it. It wasn’t just his ability that impressed and astounded fellow creators and fans alike, it was his level of output. Where as most artists at the time would work on a page a day, Kirby would work on a page and a half a day. That means while he was working on an ongoing monthly title, he could also be concurrently be working on an ongoing bi-monthly title. 

Amazing Fantasy #15 (September 1962)
Tales of Suspense #39 (March 1963)
Tales to Astonish #44 (June 1963)
Avengers #1 (September 1963)

The number of characters Jack Kirby created or co-created is just too great to list, but to just give you a brief glimpse, it would include: Captain America, The Fantastic Four, the New Gods, Inhumans, Silver Surfer, Darkseid, Galactus, Black Panther, and the X-Men, to name a few. 

X-Men #1 (September 1963)
Daredevil #1 (April 1964)
Captain America #100 (April 1968)
New Gods #1 (March 1971)

The bottom line is this – even if you never picked up a comic book in your life, you’ve most likely seen his creations somewhere, be it on TV, in the movies, in the toy aisle, or even on a postage stamp. The creations of Jack Kirby have provided the world with countless hours of enjoyment. Today, of all days, is the day we sit back and remember and appreciate the man – the King – that gave us so many wonderful works!

Forever People #1 (March 1971)
Mister Miracle #1 (April 1971)
The Demon #1 (September 1972)
Kamandi #1 (November 1972)

“There are people that I didn’t like, but I saw them suffer and it changed me.  I promised myself that I would never tell a lie, never hurt another human being, and I would try to make the world as positive as I could.” – Jack Kirby

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