Kirby moved on to comic-book publisher and newspaper syndicator Fox Feature Syndicate, earning a then-reasonable -a-week salary.
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.
He ultimately settled on the pen name Jack Kirby because it reminded him of actor James Cagney.
Through that company, Kirby did what he remembers as his first comic book work, for Wild Boy Magazine.At Crestwood Publications, he and Simon created the genre of romance comics and later founded their own short-lived comic company, Mainline Publications.Kirby was involved in Timely's 1950s iteration, Atlas Comics, which in the next decade became Marvel.We worked from the second issue of Blue Bolt through...about 25 years." With the success of the Captain America character, Simon said he felt that Goodman was not paying the pair the promised percentage of profits, and so sought work for the two of them at National Comics Publications (later renamed DC Comics).