Jack Kirby (born
Jacob Kurtzberg, August 28, 1917 – February 6, 1994) was one of the most
influential, recognizable, and prolific artists in American comic books, and
the co-creator of such enduring characters and popular culture icons as the
Fantastic Four, the X-Men, the Hulk, Captain America, and hundreds of others
stretching back to the earliest days of the medium. He was also a comic book
writer and editor. His most common nickname is "The King".
His output was legendary, with one count estimating that he produced over
25,000 pages, as well as hundreds of comic strips and sketches. He also
produced paintings, and worked on concept illustrations for a number of
He was inducted into comic books' Shazam Awards Hall of Fame in 1975.
The Jack Kirby Award for achievement in comic books was named in his honor.
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