Pg. 23; Jack Kirby pencils, Sol Brodsky inks; 1962; matted 16.5" x 22.5"
Jon Berk CollectionPart of "Chapter V The Final Challenge!" Miracle Man is defeated but at the cost of the Human Torch leaving the Fantastic Four.
Inspired by DC's top-selling team of heroes, the Justice League of America, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby decided to do one better when tasked with creating a copycat title for Marvel. Instead of a mash up of existing heroes, Lee and Kirby struck upon the novel concept of creating a super-family, allowing young readers to instantly identify with the day-to-day trials and tribulations of the protagonists while still enjoying liberal doses of sci-fi heroism. Fantastic Four #3 features the first appearances of the Miracle Man and also the Baxter building, the headquarters of the Fantastic Four.
This page concludes issue #3 and is a gorgeous piece in outstanding condition. Jack Kirby pencils and Sol Brodsky inks make this an essential piece of Marvel history. The classic Kirby style showcased in such a great example of everyone's favorite fighting family is the quintessence of early Marvel productions.
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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.