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Jack Kirby's 100 Coolest Comic Book Creations

61 Machine Man

One of the last places that you would expect a cool comic book character being introduced is in the later issues of an adaptation of a movie like 2001 A Space Odyssey, but that's just where Jack Kirby introduced the sentient robot who became known as Machine Man!

62 Mad Thinker and Awesome Android

Kirby's designs sometimes felt like they were out of an entirely different era, which was very evident when the Awesome Android was introduced in Fantastic Four #15 as a servant of the villainous Mad Thinker, whose superpower was literally that he thought of every angle for every crime.

63 Magneto

Every so often, a super villain ends up overshadowing the superheroes that he fights against and that was definitely the case with Magneto the master of magnetism in the early issues of X-Men. In this sequence from X-Men #1, you can see a famous panel of Kirby's that Roy Lichtenstein turned into a painting worth millions.

64 Manhunter

When Simon and Kirby came to DC Comics in the 1940s, they were intended to create other superheroes for the company, as well, as DC was paying them quite handsomely for the time. One character they introduced was a sort of hunter of villains, and a DC editor decided to retroactively make it one of DC's established Heroes, the Manhunter, with Simon and Kirby's version taking over from the previous one.

65 Metron

What are the most interesting members of the new Gods was Metron, who served only knowledge, and he would do whatever it took to gain more knowledge, even if it meant cutting deals with the evil Darkseid. He was beyond good and evil.

66 Mister Miracle

When Jack Kirby was young, the only people who wore outlandish costumes like superheroes were circus performers, and he took that idea and paired it with a New God called Mister Miracle in his Fourth World Saga where Scott Free ended up on Earth and became a super escape artist.

67 MODOK

This is saying a lot for Jack Kirby to say that MODOK might be his most distinctive character ever. The villain used his mind as his greatest weapon, and therefore he was mutated so that his mind was all that he needed!

68 Mole Man

The first villain that the Fantastic Four ever faced with the distinctive dropout from human society, the Mole Man, who lived in an island of monsters that he ruled as their King.

69 Moon-Boy and Devil Dinosaur

One of the last characters that Jack Kirby ever created for Marvel Comics was the outlandishly awesome dinosaur and neanderthal hero pairing of Moon-Boy and Devil Dinosaur!

70 Morgan Edge

When Kirby took over Jimmy Olsen's comic book series, he introduced the business magnet known as Morgan Edge, who ruled the corporate world for while secretly also being a servant of Darkseid himself. Kirby, though, made Edge SO charismatic that DC decided to make Edge a good guy in the end.

71 Newsboy Legion and Guardian

The success of the Boy Commandos led to Simon and Kirby deciding to do a version of the team that was based just in the United States. This became the Newsboy Legion, who were watched over by the superhero known as The Guardian, who was actually the local Beat cop who knew all the boys well.

72 Nick Fury

Originally introduced as a riff on DC Comics' Sergeant Rock, Nick Fury took on a whole new life when Lee and Kirby decided to turn him into a riff on another character, James Bond! Nick Fury, Agent of SHIELD, became one of Marvel's most famous characters and his personality and eyepatch became synonymous with Marvel spy stories.

73 Odin

The way that Lee and Kirby used Odin in the Thor comic book was fascinating, because he always existed as a sort of deus ex machina whenever they ran into a story where they could not come up with an ending. However, at the same time Odin was often just as outrageous and reckless as his own son, Thor, and so many stories were driven by Odin's fits of pique.

74 OMAC

Very few comic book writers could ever come up with a future that looked quite as outlandish as the future that existed in Jack Kirby's OMAC (One Man Army Corps). This was a world where people were actually bombs, and it was a world that very much needed a superhero.

75 Orion

At the heart of Jack Kirby's Fourth World Saga was Orion, the son of Darkseid who grew up with the peaceful people of New Genesis and when Highfather's son, Scott Free, escaped from Apokolips (all according to Darkseid's plan, of course), it set the stage for a modern confrontation between New Genesis and Apokolips, and Orion and his father, Darkseid, were center stage of this new battle.

76 Peggy Carter

While she appeared only briefly during Lee and Kirby's stint on the Captain America feature in Tales of suspense, Peggy Carter, the freedom fighter and lover of Captain America during World War II, was so memorable that later writers brought her back and made her a mainstay of the Marvel Universe.

77 Quicksilver

The brash Quicksilver was noted mostly for his concern for his sister, the Scarlet Witch, and for his aggravating nature with others. This, though made him a most interesting superhero. Lee and Kirby were all about superheroes who did not seem like they would be superheroes.

78 Red Skull

When Simon and Kirby introduced The Red Skull in Captain America Comics #1, he was not a particularly interesting character. However, they eventually revamped him and during the Marvel Age of comics, Kirby and Stan Lee made the Red Skull a major part of the Marvel Universe.

79 Rick Jones

Rick Jones, the reckless teenager who raced onto the gamma bomb site and forced Bruce Banner to save him and expose himself to gamma radiation, somehow ended up as one of the top sidekicks in the Marvel Universe. He even ended up having to choose between Captain America and the Hulk!

80 Ronan

We were going to include the Kree as part of Kirby's list of creations, but he really did not do a whole lot with the Kree during his time on the Fantastic Four, so we're instead going to choose the Kree warrior known as Ronan the Accuser as the symbol to stand in for the Kree as a whole. Ronan and his bizarre weapon were a strong enemy for the Fantastic Four.

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