COMMENTS: classic Kirby cover, letter from George R.R. Martin
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classic Kirby cover, letter from George R.R. MartinCover pencils by Jack Kirby, inks by Chic Stone. "This Hostage Earth!" script by Stan Lee, pencils by Don Heck, inks by Dick Ayers; Ants warn Giant Man that there is something wrong, but none of the other Avengers believe him; In truth, it is the Mole Man, who plans to destroy the surface world by making the Earth spin very fast on its axis; And now, with his new ally the Red Ghost, how can he be stopped? Avengers Roll Call: Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, Giant Man, Wasp, and Rick Jones. Villains: the Red Ghost, the Mole Man, and the first appearance of Monk Keefer.
Jack Kirby is called 'The King of Comics' for a reason, during his career that spanned six decades he gave us many of the 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.