Jack Kirby

Jack Kirby

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Jacob Kurtzberg, best known by his pen name, Jack Kirby (August 28, 1917 – February 6, 1994), was an American comic book artist, writer and editor, widely regarded as one of the medium's major innovators and one of its most prolific and influential creators. He grew up in New York City and learned to draw cartoon figures by tracing characters from comic strips and editorial cartoons. He entered the nascent comics industry in the 1930s, drawing various comics features under different pen names, including Jack Curtiss, before ultimately settling on Jack Kirby. In 1940, he and writer-editor Joe Simon created the highly successful superhero character Captain America for Timely Comics, predecessor of Marvel Comics. During the 1940s, Kirby regularly teamed with Simon, creating numerous characters for that company and for National Comics Publications, later to become DC Comics.

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Full name at birth
Jacob Kurtzberg
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Founding Father of American Superhero comic books
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Date of birth
28 August 1917
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New York City, New York
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Date of death
6 February 1994
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76 (age at death)
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Thousand Oaks, California
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Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks Memorial Park, Westlake Village, Los Angeles County, California, USA
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$10,000,000 USD
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