Artists of the Thing

This is where the most notable artists who illustrated the Thing are listed

Jack Kirby (1917-1994)

Kirby was born Jacob Kurtzberg on August 28, 1917, on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in New York City, where he was raised. His parents, Rose and Benjamin Kurtzberg, were Austrian Jewish immigrants, and his father earned a living as a garment factory worker. In his youth, Kirby desired to escape his neighborhood. He liked to draw, and sought out places he could learn more about art. Essentially self-taught, Kirby cited among his influences the comic strip artists Milton Caniff, Hal Foster, and Alex Raymond, as well as such editorial cartoonists as C. H. Sykes, "Ding" Darling, and Rollin Kirby. He was rejected by the Educational Alliance because he drew "too fast with charcoal", according to Kirby. He later found an outlet for his skills by drawing cartoons for the newspaper of the Boys Brotherhood Republic, a "miniature city" on East 3rd Street where street kids ran their own government.

He began his career on the original Blue Beetle comic strip in the Golden Age. His most famous works were Captain America, which he co-created with Joe Simon, although they both left Timely - the original name for Marvel - to work at DC after a couple issues. At the company in charge of Superman, they did writing/drawing for the Sandman, Boy Commandos and created Manhunter. Kirby served in the army during WW2 during 1943-45, and was part of the troops who landed on Normandy beach on August 23, 1944. Afterwards, he resumed his career in comics, working at Harvey, and one of the titles he drew at the time was Young Romance.

In the Silver Age, he rejoined Stan Lee at the former Timely, now renamed Marvel, and created several new series with him, beginning with the Fantastic Four, and afterwards the Incredible Hulk, Mighty Thor, X-Men, and Avengers. In 1970, following some creative disagreements with Lee, whom he felt was taking too much of the credit for himself, he left to work at DC again, where he created the New Gods, Kamandi, Fourth World and the Demon. In 1975, he returned to Marvel for about 3 more years, resuming work on his most famous creation, Captain America, just in time for the bicentennial. In his last years, he did a little more work for DC, and then a special assignment from Pacific Comics.

Kirby married Rosalind "Roz" Goldstein in 1942. They had four children, and remained married until his death from heart failure in 1994, at the age of 76, at his house in Thousand Oaks, California.

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