The Kirby Awards were a short lived set of awards given for achievement in comic books. The full name of the awards was the Jack Kirby Awards, named after the pioneering comic book writer and artist.
The Kirby Awards were sponsored by Amazing Heroes magazine and were managed by Dave Olbrich. The awards were voted on by comic book professionals and were first given out in 1985. In 1987, a dispute arose when Olbrich and Fantagraphics (the company which published Amazing Heroes) both claimed ownership of the awards. A compromise was reached. Starting in 1988, the Kirby Awards were discontinued and two new awards were created; Olbrich began awarding the Eisner Awards and Fantagraphics began awarding the Harvey Awards.
The categories and winners of the Kirby Awards were:
Kirby was also helpful beyond his artwork when he once frightened off a mobster who was strongarming Eisner for their building's towel service.
Kirby claims to have picked this Superman family book because the series was between artists and he did not want to cost anyone a job.
Kirby then returned to Marvel Comics where he both wrote and drew Captain America and created the series The Eternals, which featured a race of inscrutable alien giants, the Celestials, whose behind-the-scenes intervention influenced the evolution of life on Earth.
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