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They wanted people who would work on something forever. They were manufacturing pictures." Around that time, the American comic book industry was booming.
Kirby began writing and drawing for the comic-book packager Eisner & Iger, one of a handful of firms creating comics on demand for publishers.
At DC, Kirby created his Fourth World saga, which spanned several comics titles.
While these series proved commercially unsuccessful and were canceled, the Fourth World's New Gods have continued as a significant part of the DC Universe.
He began to explore superhero narrative with the comic strip The Blue Beetle, published from January to March 1940, starring a character created by the pseudonymous Charles Nicholas, a house name that Kirby retained for the three-month-long strip.
During this time, Kirby met and began collaborating with cartoonist and Fox editor Joe Simon, who in addition to his staff work continued to freelance.
He ultimately settled on the pen name Jack Kirby because it reminded him of actor James Cagney.The pair then revamped the Sandman feature in Adventure Comics and created the superhero Manhunter. The ongoing "kid gang" series of the same name, launched later that same year, was the creative team's first National feature to graduate into its own title.With World War II underway, Liebowitz expected that Simon and Kirby would be drafted, so he asked the artists to create an inventory of material to be published in their absence.Simon recalled in 1988, "I loved Jack's work and the first time I saw it I couldn't believe what I was seeing.He asked if we could do some freelance work together.