We all know about Stan Lee, the man who sold dreams all around the world. He wasn’t the only one though, there’s another man who imagined all those memorable characters and presented them in his kinetic style.
Avengers, Captain America, Hulk, X-man, Fantastic Four, Silver Surfer, Darkseed and thousands of other characters, the man behind them is Jack Kirby. We can call him the god of all the artists who want to show their explosive creativity on paper. He dominated the world of imagination for decades all alone.
It’s well known that we can predict the future of any child through his behavior. Something similar happened with jack also. His whole family was creative storytellers in one way or another, especially his maternal side. Jack spent his whole childhood with the stories of demi-gods, werewolves, vampires and on theatre seats. Jack spent his childhood in Poland with his immigrant parents Rose and Ben.
At the young age of 14, Jack was obsessed with magazines. He used to observe every tiny details and design of them. A few years later, his mother married another man and his dad got expelled from his job. Jack started working in a newspaper as a cartoonist. Then after he began working for the movie animation company Fleischer Studios. Jack proved his metal there while working on famous cartoons such as Popeye. Unfortunately, the studio collapsed and jack started working for a small newspaper. He created his first comic series called ‘Romance of money’.
Jack got his breakthrough in the year of 1938. Around that American comic book, the industry was booming. During this time Kirby met and began collaborating with cartoonist Joe Simon. Both of them left Fox studio together and were hired by pulp magazine publisher Martin Goodman’s Timely Comics (later to become Marvel Comics). Jack and Simon created and published the patriotic superhero ‘Captain America’. The first issue of Captain America Comics, released in early 1941. The picture of Captain America punching Hitler was on the cover of the first issue, sold out in days.
Their second world war experience was quite bitter as they were forced to draw maps of german cities, an extremely dangerous duty. After the war, Simon and Kirby found themselves working at Harvey Comics. They achieved their greatest success in the post-war era by creating romance comics. In the mid-1950s, Kirby made his return to former Timely Comics(later Marvel).
It was at Marvel, in collaboration with Stan Lee that kirby rose to stardom once again beginning with The Fantastic Four. Highlights of Jack and Lee’s collaboration also include The Hulk, Thor, Iron Man, the original X-Man, Doctor Doom, Magneto, Inhumans, Black Panther. Later, Lee and kirby gathered their newly created characters into the team named The Avengers. Today, Marvel series is at the top earning billions through their successful movies every year. Kirby took his last breath in 1994 but his creation is immortal.