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Kirby cvr/art; Ditko art; origin & 1st app. of Antman in costume, 2nd app overall
nice eye appeal
Kirby cvr/art; Ditko art; origin & 1st app. of Antman in costume, 2nd app overallHaving established their new character Ant-Man in Tales to Astonish #27, incorporating the 1950s sci-fi/monster template as inspiration, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby overhauled their new concept to match Marvel's rapid takeover of the hero market. With a new origin and costume, it took some time for the results to really click with readers. In hindsight, this second appearance serves as a landmark for the nascent Marvel era, employing the mood, and style of their post-code monster titles to give superhero comics a fresh and compelling new look. Among the silent successes of Marvel Silver Age keys, this issue is surprisingly rare and in great demand as a result. Prices are on the rise, and copies of Tales to Astonish are becoming increasing more difficult to find. The market price of Ant-Man's second appearance has skyrocketed since the character was featured on the big screen in his own origin tale, as well as other MCU releases, and with more Ant-Man appearances making their way to theaters soon, the sky's the limit.
Jack Kirby is called 'The King of Comics' for a reason, during his career that spanned six decades he gave us many of most iconic characters the medium would ever see. From his introduction of Captain America at the height of World War II it was clear he wasn't your ordinary comics artist. But it was his creative explosion at Marvel Comics in the 1960's that cemented his legacy, over a short period of time Kirby would give us The Fantastic Four, Iron Man, The Hulk, The X-Men, Thor, Ant-Man and Nick Fury just to name a few. Kirby would then go to DC and create his Fourth World, introducing Darkseid, Mister Miracle, The New Gods and a host of cosmic supporting players. Long live The King.
Richard "Dick" Ayers was an American comic book artist and cartoonist best known for his work as one of the main inkers during the late-1950's and 1960's Silver Age of Comics, including some of the earliest issues of Marvel Comics' including Jack Kirby's The Fantastic Four. He is the signature penciler of Marvel's World War II comic Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos, drawing it for a 10-year run, and he co-created Magazine Enterprises' 1950s Western-horror character the Ghost Rider, a version of which he would draw for Marvel in the 1960s. His career would span 7 decades until his death in 2014.
Don Heck was an American comics artist best known for co-creating the Marvel Comics characters Iron Man and the Wasp, and for his long run penciling The Avengers during the Silver Age