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.
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.
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.
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.
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.