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A collection of quotes and thoughts by Jack Kirby on guidance, life, evaluate, sad, true, equation, comic, art, expressing, marvel, beautiful, idea, success and creativity.

57 Famous Quotes By Jack Kirby For Everyone

Quick Facts

Famous As: Comic Book Artist

Born On: August 28, 1917

Died On: February 6, 1994

Born In: New York City

Died At Age: 76

Jack Kirby was an American writer, editor and comic book artist, who is often regarded as one of the most influential artists in his field for bringing about a string of innovations that went on to define the industry. He started off in the comic industry at some point in the 1930s when the industry was not too developed and by 1940, Kirby had created the iconic superhero ‘Captain America’. He worked for 'DC Comics’ and ‘Marvel Comics’, two of the most renowned comic strip companies in history. Later, Kirby switched to independent comics and television animations, which portrayed his versatility as a comic artist. Kirby’s contributions as the most influential comic artist in history received due recognition in 1987 when he was inducted into the ‘Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame’. Kirby expressed his views and thoughts on the intricacies of comic art and the evolution of comic strips through his books and work. Following are some notable quotes and thoughts by Jack Kirby, one of the true artistic giants in the history of comic books.
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Once we've learned enough about the universe we will admit to ourselves that we will never know everything.

Jack Kirby

The only real politics I knew was that if a guy liked Hitler, I'd beat the stuffing out of him and that would be it.

Jack Kirby

It's not in the draftsmanship, it's in the man. Like I say, a tool is dead. A brush is a dead object. It's in the man. If you want to do it, you do it.

Jack Kirby

I'm OMAC! Evacuate this section! I'm going to destroy it!

Jack Kirby

I feel my characters are valid, my characters are people, my characters have hope. Hope is the thing that'll take us through.

Jack Kirby

I feel that man can transcend himself to a point where he can accomplish greater things than he thinks. I see people depressed and I see people who devalue themselves and I feel that's a terrible, terrible waste. But I love the people who try. But try fairly, try honestly.

Jack Kirby

I felt the comics grew because they became the common man's literature, the common man's art, the common man's publishing.

Jack Kirby

There are people that I didn't like, but I saw them suffer and it changed me. I promised myself that I would never tell a lie, never hurt another human being, and I would try to make the world as positive as I could.

Jack Kirby

Everybody can draw, in my estimation. If you give a man 50 years, he'll come up with the Mona Lisa.

Jack Kirby

Aw, where we come from the Anti-Life Equation is one of many others--almost as awesome!! But they merely exist!!

Jack Kirby

I was an artist, but not a self-proclaimed great artist, just a common man who was working in a form of art which is universal.

Jack Kirby

Homo Sapiens and their guns.

Jack Kirby

It's funny how easy it is to point out other peoples mistakes and make our own mistakes seem insignificant.

Jack Kirby

Remember how unimportant you are because that knowledge will gain you more respect than someone who thinks the world revolves around them.

Jack Kirby

I feel like an independent man, and I am. This is the kind of feeling I always wanted. You can rarely get that... Well, I could rarely get that in the early part of my life.

Jack Kirby

I always resent anybody interfering with anybody else trying to do his job. Everybody has his own job to do. If he's good, he'll do well, but if he's mediocre, he's not going to do as well as he should.

Jack Kirby

A man is entitled to draw things in his own style. I didn't hurt Superman. I made him powerful. I admire Superman, but I've got to do my own style.

Jack Kirby

Life at best is bittersweet.

Jack Kirby

I want to be better than five guys. I was that way when I used to box, I was that way in any sport. I want to compete with five other guys. If I beat five other guys, I'd like to see if I can beat six.

Jack Kirby

You fought fair. If the other guy wants to fight and you knocked him out, you did your best for him. You didn't want to hurt him any more.

Jack Kirby

There was violence because first of all, there were ethnic differences and names. If you were small, they called you a runt, and you had to do something about that even if there were five other guys.

Jack Kirby

I feel that my characters all have some part of my character. I feel that they're all me in some way, certainly not in individuality, but they all bear elements of what I feel.

Jack Kirby

I hated to fight all the time just to enjoy my day. Fighting wasn't the kind of thing that I enjoyed, but I grew to enjoy it because I did it so long.

Jack Kirby

In the Army when we had judo classes, out of the class of 27 just me and another guy graduated. I grew to enjoy it because I knew I could do it well. I tried to do everything well.

Jack Kirby

I didn't like Army life. I didn't like taking orders. I didn't like discipline. I didn't like being yelled at. You'd get 10 years for punching a sergeant so I couldn't punch a sergeant.

Jack Kirby

I wasn't the kind of student that Pratt was looking for. They wanted patient people who would work on something forever. I didn't want to work on any project forever. I intended to get things done.

Jack Kirby

My anatomy was self-taught. I feel everybody has that ability. I drew instinctively. Mine was an instinctive style.

Jack Kirby

Perfectionists are their own devils.

Jack Kirby

Nobody ever asked me to do anything. Nobody knew what to do. When comics were brand new, nobody knew what kind of comics to make. So you were mostly on your own.

Jack Kirby

I've never done anything half-heartedly; it's a disservice to me and the audience if I do it half-heartedly.

Jack Kirby

If you think a man draws the type of hands that you want to draw, steal ‘em. Take those hands.

Jack Kirby

I feel that man can transcend himself to a point where he can accomplish greater things than he thinks.

Jack Kirby

I had to make a living. I was a married man. I had a wife. I had a home. I had children. I had to make a living. That's the common pursuit of every man.

Jack Kirby

I draw people as I see them. I'm not involved in making artistic masterpieces. My, my object is to mirror people and I've always done that.

Jack Kirby

Our dreams make us large.

Jack Kirby

I've never done anything half-heartedly. It's the reason my comics did well. It's the reason my comics were drawn well. I can't do anything bad.

Jack Kirby

I've done my job extremely well. My only beef is that a lot of people have put their fingers in whatever I've done and tried to screw it up, and I've always resented that.

Jack Kirby

All human beings have the capability of doing what they want, what they're attracted to.

Jack Kirby

My monsters were lovable monsters. I gave them names - some were evil and some were good. They made sales, and that's always been my prime object in comics.

Jack Kirby

A character to me can't be contrived. I don't like to contrive characters. They have to have an element of truth.

Jack Kirby

Kid ... Comics will break your heart.

Jack Kirby

I never duck out of a fight; I don't care what the hell the odds are, and I'm rough at times, but I try to be a decent guy all the time. That's the way I've always lived.

Jack Kirby

It's not letting your anger out that gets people hurt. Its keeping the anger locked up in side that hurts you.

Jack Kirby

A good commander can beat the odds. A great commander can beat the gods.

Jack Kirby

I began to learn about the universe myself and take it seriously. I know the names of the stars. I know how near or far the heavenly bodies are from our own planet. I know our own place in the universe. I can feel the vastness of it inside myself. I began to realize with each passing fact what a wonderful and awesome place the universe is, and that helped me in comics because I was looking for the awesome.

Jack Kirby

The artist is the lowest form of life on the rung of the ladder. The publishers are usually businessmen who deal with businessmen. They deal with promotional people. They deal with financial people. They deal with accountants. They deal with people who work on higher levels. They deal with tax people, but have absolutely no interest in artists, in individual artists, especially very young artists.

Jack Kirby

I taught myself how to draw, and I soon found out it was what I really wanted to do. I didn't think I was going to create any great masterpieces like Rembrandt or Gauguin. I thought comics was a common form of art, and strictly American in my estimation, because America was the home of the common man - and show me the common man that can't do a comic. So comics is an American form of art that anyone can do with a pencil and paper.

Jack Kirby

If a carpenter makes a chair that's comfortable for the person who's going to sit in it, he's done his job. If a train engineer gets a train in on time, he's going to make someone happy who's waiting at the station. And if an artist draws the kind of a picture that people are going to enjoy looking at, or he makes a visual story which people are going to enjoy reading, he's done his job.

Jack Kirby

I feel that life is a series of very interesting questions, and very poor answers. But I myself am willing to settle for the questions. If the questions are interesting, I feel I evoke them in what I do. I feel that should be good enough for everyone else.

Jack Kirby

All life on Earth is subject to the rumbles and rockings of the parent stucture which has no control over the disastrous effects of its stresses and strains on whatever thrives on its surface. The ambitions and dreams of men are irrelevant to this planetary giant which pursues its own way in its own manner. Man is its child, tenant and still, to this date, its captive.

Jack Kirby

Superman is going to live forever. They'll be reading Superman in the next century when you and I are gone. I felt, in that respect, I was doing the same thing. I wanted to be known. I wasn't going to sell a comic that was going to die quickly.

Jack Kirby

I get a lot of comics, and I can look at a comic and tell immediately whether I'll enjoy it or not. There are elements in the stories that I have no rapport with. I see dirty language, I see sleazy backgrounds; I see it reflected in the movies, the movies are comics to me. And I don't see a sleazy world. I see hope. I see a positive world.

Jack Kirby

Some of my friends became gangsters. You became a gangster depending upon how fast you wanted a suit. Gangsters weren't the stereotypes you see in the movies. I knew the real ones, and the real ones were out for big money.

Jack Kirby

There were very strict social conventions, and you adhered to it, and I think it gave you a lot of character. When a man said something, he meant it. He wasn't kidding around. There were no jokes involved. Nobody was in the mood to joke unless you hit a guy with a baseball bat.

Jack Kirby

I'll never speak to another person without telling the truth. I've been a cruel man in my time, I've been a devious man in my time, like everybody else. I've told lies in my time. But I've seen enough suffering to experiment with the truth.

Jack Kirby

There was one time they knocked me out and laid me in front of my mother's door. And in order for my mother not to be shocked they readjusted my clothes and they saw that nothing was rumpled and I looked very comfortable next to the apartment door, so when my mother would open the door it wouldn't be that much of a shock.

Jack Kirby

I couldn't draw anything that was too outlandish or too horrible. I never did that. What I did draw was something intriguing. There was something about this monster that you could live with. If you saw him you wouldn't faint dead away.

Jack Kirby