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Kirby cover/art, Ditko art; Stone Men prototype (11/59)
Kirby cover/art, Ditko art; Stone Men prototype (11/59)Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko are the two artist most-closely associated with Marvels rise to prominence, before Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four, the duo toiled in the bullpen on a slew of science-fiction, western and suspense titles for Editor-in-Chief Stan Lee in an effort to keep the struggling publishing house afloat. Tales to Astonish was one of the titles that the influential artists contributed to regularly, displaying their individual styles and undeniable talents that would soon become the stuff of legend. TTA 6 bears a typically stunning Atomic Age Kirby cover highlighting the classic Ditko monster tale within the book.
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.
Joe Sinnott is an American comic book artist. Working primarily as an inker, Sinnott is best known for his long stint on Marvel Comics' Fantastic Four, from 1965 to 1981, initially over the pencils of Jack Kirby. During his 60 years as a Marvel freelancer and then salaried artist working from home, Sinnott inked virtually every major title, with notable runs on The Avengers, The Defenders and Thor.