Jacob Kirby was an American comic book artist, writer, and editor regarded by historians and fans as one of the major innovators and most influential creators in the comic book medium, especially when working at Marvel Comics in the 1960s and 1970s.

In fact, Kirby worked for Marvel for three major times. For instance, he worked in the company's early years as Timely with his collaborator, Joe Simon, creating Captain America, until the team, feeling cheated by their publisher, Martin Goodman, moonlighted for National Periodical Publications (Now DC Comics), until they were caught and fired, for which Kirby bitterly suspected Goodman's nephew and his office assistant, Stan Lee, of betraying their confidence.

Years later with the comics industry at a low ebb in the 1950s with the medium's crippling association with juvenile delinquency, Kirby had to return to Marvel (then called Atlas) for work, and together they co-created much of the classic Marvel superheroes of the 1960s. Eventually, Kirby grew frustrated with Lee getting all the plaudits for himself while he felt short-changed and left for DC in 1970 where he created major characters for that company, but grew frustrated at not being as commercially successful as he hoped. Eventually, Kirby and Lee reconciled enough in the mid-1970s to return to Marvel for a short time to create various series alone like The Eternals, doing Captain America by himself and an adaptation of 2001: A Space Odyssey.

In 1979, he was commissioned to draw a comic book adaptation of the Walt Disney motion picture, The Black Hole.

In 2017, he was dubbed a Disney Legend in the field of publishing.

His Name is featured as one of 22's mentors in Soul.

Disney movies and TV shows based on characters he created include:


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