Celebrating Jack Kirby’s 100th Birthday With 100 Character Creations

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On the 28th August, 1917, 100 years ago today, Jack “The King” Kirby was born. For those who are not so familiar with who he is will certainly be familiar with many of his creations. They’re some of the biggest superheroes ever. And with simply a pencil and unlimited imagination Kirby created them and the Marvel, and other comic book universes, along with them. Through his amazing creations and art his influence has touched countless comic book creators, as well as those outside of comics, through his signature style and continues to do so long after his death in 1994.

To celebrate Jack Kirby’s 100th birthday I have put together a collection of Kirby art that features 100 different characters that he either created or co-created with a collaborator (mostly Joe Simon or Stan Lee). From many of Marvel’s biggest superheroes, to war heroes, to dazzling sci-fi, to fantastical fantasy and massive monsters this list only scratches the surface of his imagination and artistic flair.

Kirby created hundreds of characters so I wasn’t able to get them all in this gallery, but I’ve tried to get a good spread with some of his best known as well as some more obscure ones too.

But that’s enough talking from me, get scrolling and marvel at the genius that is Jack Kirby!

Enjoy!

Ajak by Jack Kirby.

Ajak by Jack Kirby.

1. Ajak

Angel by Jack Kirby.

Angel by Jack Kirby.

2. Angel

Angry Charlie spread from Jimmy Olson, Superman's Pal #145 by Jack Kirby.

Angry Charlie spread from Jimmy Olson, Superman’s Pal #145 by Jack Kirby.

3. Angry Charlie

Ant Man by Jack Kirby.

Ant Man by Jack Kirby.

4. Ant-Man

Arishem the Judge by Jack Kirby.

Arishem the Judge by Jack Kirby.

5. Arishem the Judge

Captain America #208 page by Jack Kirby.

Captain America #208 page by Jack Kirby.

6. Armin Zola

Balder the Brave panel from Thor #164 by Jack Kirby.

Balder the Brave panel from Thor #164 by Jack Kirby.

7. Balder the Brave

Beast Pin-Up by Jack Kirby.

Beast Pin-Up by Jack Kirby.

8. Beast

Big Barda by Jack Kirby.

Big Barda by Jack Kirby.

9. Big Barda

Black Bolt panel from Fantastic Four #59 by Jack Kirby.

Black Bolt panel from Fantastic Four #59 by Jack Kirby.

10. Black Bolt

Black Panther #1, page 5, panel 2 by Jack Kirby.

Black Panther #1, page 5, panel 2 by Jack Kirby.

11. Black Panther

Black Race by Jack Kirby.

Black Race by Jack Kirby.

12. Black Racer

Bombast #1 cover by Jack Kirby.

Bombast #1 cover by Jack Kirby.

13. Bombast

Boy Commandos #7 cover by Jack Kirby.

Boy Commandos #7 cover by Jack Kirby.

14. Boy Commandos

New Gods #9 cover by Jack Kirby.

New Gods #9 cover by Jack Kirby.

15. Bug the Forager

Captain 3-D #1 cover by Jack Kirby.

Captain 3-D #1 cover by Jack Kirby.

16. Captain 3-D

Panel from Captain America #112 by Jack Kirby.

Panel from Captain America #112 by Jack Kirby.

17. Captain America

Captain Glory #1 cover by Jack Kirby.

Captain Glory #1 cover by Jack Kirby.

18. Captain Glory

Captain Victory and Galactic Rangers promo by Jack Kirby.

Captain Victory and Galactic Rangers promo by Jack Kirby.

19. Captain Victory

Page from Showcase #6 by Jack Kirby.

Page from Showcase #6 by Jack Kirby.

20. Challengers of the Unknown

Continue to the next page to see more amazing Kirby creations.

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Trevor Van As

Trevor Van As is the founder of How to Love Comics and has loved comics all his life. When he's not reading or talking about comics he can be found eating frozen yogurt and dancing like no one is watching.

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