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Kirby, Jacklocked

(28 August 1917–06 February 1994)
  • Salvatore Mondello

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Kirby, Jack (28 August 1917–06 February 1994), comic-book artist and writer, was born Jacob Kurtzberg in New York City, the son of Benjamin Kurtzberg, a tailor, and Rose Kurtzberg (maiden name unknown), Jewish immigrants from Austria. The family moved from a predominantly Jewish neighborhood on the Lower East Side to a Suffolk Street tenement house. Jacob was an avid reader of science fiction books and pulp magazines. Every Saturday he and his brother went to the movies, where they were fascinated by the fast-paced action featured in the low-budget films. At the same time Jacob learned Jewish folk tales from his mother....

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