August 28, 1917
New York City, New York, United States
February 6, 1994
Thousand Oaks, California, United States
Jack Kirby is a well-known comic book artist and character designer who worked on such animated TV series as "Thundarr the Barbarian" and "Spider-Man." Kirby briefly attended Pratt Institute in Brooklyn before leaving to start a career in the emerging comics industry. Along with Joe Simon and Stan Lee, Kirby created such legendary characters as Captain America, the Fantastic Four, and Iron Man, and revamped the culture and ideology of Marvel Comics and the industry at large. After leaving Marvel and DC Comics to work in animation, Kirby worked as a storyboard artist on the 1978 animated series "The Fantastic Four," and soon found work as the character designer for such shows as "The World's Greatest Superfriends," "Goldie Gold and Action Jack," and "Mister T." In the late '80s Kirby served as creative consultant for the animated series "Chuck Norris: Karate Kommandos" and"The Centurions," and many of his characters and stories have since been made into successful Hollywood films, including the "X-Men," "Iron Man," and "Fantastic Four" franchises.