“The Avengers” motion picture opens tomorrow. But, sadly, something will be missing. That something is giving any credit at all to Jack Kirby who, along with Stan Lee, created the characters from The Avengers. Why? That’s the question that plagues thousands of comic book fans.
Jack Kirby was born on August 28th of 1917. He passed away on February 6th of 1994. He was an incredible artist, writer and editor of hundreds of comic books. In 1940, Jack and Joe Simon, created one of the greatest superheroes of all time, Captain America for Timely Comics. That company became today’s Marvel Comics.
Jack was a veteran of the Second World War. Coming home from the war, Jack drew comics for DC, Harvey, Hillman, and Crestwood publications. It was right after the war that Jack and Joe Simon created the genre of romance comics.
It was in the early 1960’s that Jack teamed up with comic book writer, Stan Lee. And, the rest is history! Jack and Stan co-created the Fantastic Four, the Incredible Hulk, Thor, X-Men, and a long list of other comic book superheroes.
In 1970 Jack and Stan had a parting of the ways. Jack then began working for Marvel’s competitor, DC Comics.
Jack Kirby should have definitely been given credit as a co-creator of the superheroes, “The Avengers” in the credits of the film that opens tomorrow. I write these words boldly and with heart-felt conviction: shame on Marvel Productions!
With a well respected salute to Jack Kirby,