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Jack Kirby was born Jacob Kurtzberg on August 28, 1917, in New York City. Happy birthday, Jack! Above, Kirby's letterhead for the "Merry Marvel Marching Society," featuring almost every major Marvel superhero of the early 1960s. The MMMS was a Marvel-run fan club.


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THRILLS OF TOMORROW #20
STUNTMAN #1
STUNTMAN #2

Stuntman, a little-seen character created by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby, appeared in "Thrills of Tomorrow," as well as his own short-lived series.


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Jack Kirby double-spread splash page for "The Fly." As it says in the comic, "Now for the first time in comics: The Wide-Angle Scream!"


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Jack Kirby examining proofs of his Spider-Man poster (poster pictured right). Spidey is one of the few Marvel characters Jack is not usually identified with. Below, a few of Kirby's rare covers featuring Spider-Man.

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AMAZING FANTASY #15
ASM #10
AVENGERS #11


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A beautiful Jack Kirby Captain America pencil sketch, from "Steranko's History of Comics" by Jim Steranko.



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ST #108
ST #114
ST #116

In the early days of the Fantastic Four, the Human Torch had his own feature which ran in "Strange Tales." Written by Stan Lee and drawn by Kirby, this brief series of Torch solo tales is sometimes called "The other FF book." Above, a few issues featuring the Torch co-starring with some famous friends.


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Some panels from "Spirit World," a one-shot black and white (with one color) magazine edited and mostly drawn by Kirby. Above, the King's feature on Nostradamus and his mystical predictions.



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NEMESIS
MAGICMAN
GREEN ARROW

Some covers from Kirby's later days, featuring Nemesis, Magicman, and Green Arrow. The GA book collects Kirby's early Emerald Archer stories.


KIRBY

Jack Kirby passed away on February 6, 1994. Jim Steranko's "The Steranko History of Comics" is dedicated to Kirby -- the dedication reads: "To Jack Kirby, without whom there may not have been any comics to write a history about." That says it all. Thank you Jack Kirby, for endless hours of reading pleasure! Happy birthday!

Every true Kirby fan subscribes to "Jack Kirby Collector" magazine!


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