|This article is written from the Real World perspective|
August 28, 1917
New York City, New York
|Died||February 6, 1994 (Aged 76)|
Thousand Oaks, California
Jacob Kurtzberg (born August 28, 1917, died February 6, 1994) is a legendary writer and artist who worked for Marvel Comics and DC Comics going under the name Jack Kirby and Jack Curtiss. Along with Joe Simon, he created Captain America. He also worked with Stan Lee in creating the many characters including, but certainly not limited to, the Fantastic Four, X-Men, Hulk, Spider-Man, Thor, and Silver Surfer.
He was credited for the original artwork used for The Marvel Super Heroes. He was a storyboard artist on Fantastic Four. He is credited for writing characters for The Marvel Super Heroes, Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, Fantastic Four, Fred and Barney Meet the Thing, The Incredible Hulk, Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends, "Pryde of the X-Men", X-Men, Fantastic Four, The Incredible Hulk, Silver Surfer, The Avengers: United They Stand, X-Men: Evolution, Ultimate Avengers II, Planet Hulk, Iron Man: Armored Adventures, The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, Thor: Tales of Asgard, Marvel Anime: Iron Man, Marvel Anime: X-Men, Iron Man: Rise of Technovore, Avengers Confidential: Black Widow & Punisher, Ultimate Spider-Man, Avengers Assemble, Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H., Guardians of the Galaxy, and Rocket & Groot.
Kurtzberg entered into the comic book industry in the 1930s using various pen names before settling on Jack Kirby. He worked with writer-editor Joe Simon to create Captain America for Timely Comics, later renamed Marvel Comics. The two also created characters for National Comics, to eventually become DC Comics.
Kirby served in World War II and returned to the comic book industry afterwards. He worked for DC, Harvey Comics, Hillman Periodicals, and Crestwood Publications. He and Simon are credited with creating the romance comic genre.
He eventually went back to Timely in the 1950s, then calling themselves Atlas Comics. He and Stan Lee went on to create many of Marvel's iconic heroes. However, he felt he was being treated unfairly and left in 1970 for DC. While there he created the Fourth World saga and the New Gods.
He did limited acting including one episode of Starsky and Hutch, an appearance as a sketch artist on the live action The Incredible Hulk series with Lou Ferrigno, and an episode of Happy Day of Birth. He did character designing work on shows like The New Shmoo, The World's Greatest SuperFriends, Thundarr the Barbarian, Goldie Gold and Action Jack, Turbo Teen, SuperFriends: The Legendary Super Powers Show, Mister T, Chuck Norris: Karate Kommandos, Centurions, Rambo, Lazer Tag Academy, and Sectaurs.
In recent years, the estate of Jack Kirby attempted to sue Marvel Entertainment, as well as The Walt Disney Company, for the rights to characters Kirby helped to create. Marvel fought back saying that the works were created for hire and not Kirby's to control. So far, the courts have sided with Marvel.