28 Facts About Jack Kirby

1. In 1970, Jack Kirby left Marvel and went to work for its rival, DC Comics.

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2. Jack Kirby left Timely Comics, and Lee, who stayed on, was promoted to the position of editor.

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3. Jack Kirby ultimately found himself at Timely's 1950s iteration, Atlas Comics, soon to become Marvel.

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4. In 1970 Jack Kirby left Marvel over creative differences with Lee and joined rival DC.

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5. Jack Kirby responded by turning to newspaper comic strips, and his Sky Masters of the Space Force was a moderate success.

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6. Jack Kirby left high school at age 16 and worked in Max Fleischer's animation studio on Betty Boop and Popeye cartoons before teaming up with fellow artist Joe Simon in 1941.

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7. Jack Kirby Awards and Jack Kirby Hall of Fame were named in his honor.

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8. On July 14, 2017, Jack Kirby was named a Disney Legend for the co-creation of numerous characters that would comprise Disney's Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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9. Jack Kirby received an Inkpot Award in 1974 and was inducted into the Shazam Awards Hall of Fame in 1975.

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10. Jack Kirby received a great deal of recognition over the course of his career, including the 1967 Alley Award for Best Pencil Artist.

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11. Jack Kirby introduced the Negative Zone as a place within the Marvel Universe that would only be illustrated via collage.

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12. Jack Kirby left behind the diverse panel framing and layouts.

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13. Jack Kirby has created stories in almost every genre of comics, from the autobiographical Street Code to the apocalyptic science fiction fantasy of Kamandi.

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14. On February 6, 1994, Jack Kirby died at age 76 of heart failure in his Thousand Oaks, California home.

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15. Jack Kirby moved the family to Southern California in early 1969, both to live in a drier climate for the sake of daughter Lisa's health, and to be closer to the Hollywood studios Kirby believed might provide work.

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16. Jack Kirby proposed to Goldstein on her 18th birthday, and the two became engaged.

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17. Jack Kirby wrote and drew Black Panther and drew numerous covers across the line.

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18. Jack Kirby produced three issues of the 1st Issue Special anthology series and created Atlas The Great, a new Manhunter, and the Dingbats of Danger Street.

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19. Jack Kirby spent nearly two years negotiating a deal to move to DC Comics, where in late 1970 he signed a three-year contract with an option for two additional years.

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20. Jack Kirby was the single most influential figure in the turnaround in Marvel's fortunes from the time he rejoined the company.

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21. At this point in the mid-1950s, Jack Kirby made a temporary return to the former Timely Comics, now known as Atlas Comics, the direct predecessor of Marvel Comics.

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22. Jack Kirby was drafted into the US Army on June 7, 1943.

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23. Jack Kirby began to explore superhero narrative with the comic strip The Blue Beetle, published from January to March 1940, starring a character created by the pseudonymous Charles Nicholas, a house name that Kirby retained for the three-month-long strip.

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24. Jack Kirby ultimately settled on the pen name Jack Kirby because it reminded him of actor James Cagney.

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25. At age 14, Jack Kirby enrolled at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, leaving after a week.

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26. Jack Kirby was rejected by the Educational Alliance because he drew "too fast with charcoal", according to Kirby.

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27. Jack Kirby liked to draw, and sought out places he could learn more about art.

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28. Jack Kirby was involved in Timely's 1950s iteration, Atlas Comics, which in the next decade became Marvel.

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