The Jack Kirby Award was an award for achievement in comic books, presented from 1985-1987. Voted on by comic-book professionals, the award was sponsored by Amazing Heroes magazine (which was published by Fantagraphics), and managed by Fantagraphics employee Dave Olbrich. The Kirby Award is named after the pioneering writer and artist Jack Kirby.
Nominations for the Kirby Awards were made by Amazing Heroes editors and warehouse employees, with the final ballots printed in issues of Amazing Heroes. The awards themselves were distributed at the annual San Diego Comic-Con, with Jack Kirby himself on hand to congratulate the winners.
In 1987, a dispute arose when Olbrich and Fantagraphics, publisher of Amazing Heroes, each claimed ownership of the awards. A compromise was reached, and starting in 1988, the Kirby Award was discontinued and two new awards were created: the Eisner Award, managed by Olbrich and named after Will Eisner; and the Fantagraphics-managed Harvey Award, named for Harvey Kurtzman. Both of the new awards allowed voting only by comics industry professionals.