Top 5: Jack Kirby Creations Outside of Marvel & DC

Fighting American

5. Fighting American (with Joe Simon)

What does the pair that created Marvel’s Captain America do when they have ideas of their own that Cap’s owners won’t allow? Go their own way, and that’s just what Kirby and Simon did in 1954. Initially designed as Cold War-era Captain America-type, Fighting American soon veered into super-hero satire of sorts, sending up the superhero industry as well as the charged political climate of the time.

Captain Victory

4. Captain Victory & the Galactic Rangers

Considered by most to be one of Kirby’s last great published characters, Captain Victory & the Galactic Rangers saw Kirby return to space with a rollicking tale that melded elements of Flash Gordon with his DC creation, the New Gods. Although short-lived, it delivered some great unrestrained Kirby animism.

The Fly3. The Fly (with Joe Simon)

Long before Marvel’s web-crawling hero, Joe Simon and Jack Kirby created the Fly for Archie’s Red Circle imprint in the late 50s. In a way, the Fly bridged the gap between colorful heroes like the Flash and Superman with older, pistol-brandishing heroes like the Shadow and the Phantom. Although Kirby and Simon only did a handful of issues, Archie has continued to reinvigorate the character time and time again.

Satan's Six

2. Satan’s Six

Overlooked by most during Kirby’s latter years, Satan’s Six is a concept Kirby originally created in the 70s but never saw publication until the mid-90s. It featured a odd group of heroes who jumped through history in an attempt to win their way out of Purgatory and the clutches of Satan himself. It’s Kriby playing with various action comics archetypes and pushing them into adventure, and something I wouldn’t be surprised gets a second shot at fame down the road.

Young Romance1. Young Romance (with Joe Simon)

Jack Kirby was good at more than just super-heroes; much more. Created in 1947 with his long-time collaborator Joe Simon, it is a product of the aftermath of World War 2 as people veered away from action stories in search of something else. This anthology series ran for sixteen years with Simon and Kirby contributing a story in each issue for the first five years, before being weighed down by other work to just overseeing the book’s continued success. DC eventually licensed the series, carrying on its simple premise of first-person love stories  for twelve more years. People attribute Jack Kirby for being part of the team that made super-hero comics successful, but he also was a key part in a 20+ year plus run for a romance comic to be one of the best selling comics in America.


  1. I honestly thought #1 was going to be krackle. Technically it’s not Marvel or DC. Satan’s Six sounds really interesting.

  2. The amount of characters that came out of Kirby’s head is just astonishing.

  3. Fighting American was created many years after Kirby & Simon were fired from Timely. It was a response to Atlas reviving Captain America in 1954 with Stan Lee and John Romita. I think Kirby’s Sky Masters comic strip deserves to be on here. With inks by the legendary Wally Wood, I think it is easily among Kirbys best artwork.

    Special nod should go to Kirbys visualizations for Roger Zelazny’s Lord of Light film project, In addition to being amazing examples of Kirby’s later design sensibility and fascination with gods, they were used by the CIA to free hostages in Iran in the actual events that inspired the film Argo. I wish they would have used the Kirby art in the movie.

  4. I remember enjoying the Impact revamp of The Fly back when it came out — I wonder how hard the original Kirby issues are to come by (I’m guessing they’re not collected?)?