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So, Jack Kirby more or less made up about 90% of the Marvel Universe that anyone cares about. He didn't do Spider-Man and had limited contributions to Iron Man, but he drew up a whole lot else.
Way back before World War 2 and his own enlistment, Kirby went ahead and made-up a superhero to throw a punch at Hitler as a proxy for the slug Jack would have gladly thrown himself.
Kirby does not screw around with large-scale bad-guys. And thus, Galactus - Eater of Worlds