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Simon, Joe - POCKET COMICS #4 Cover
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SOLD ON:  Monday, 06/12/2017 2:09 PM
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COMMENTS: Attributed to Joe Simon, though it may be Al Avison, pencils and inks; 1942; framed 16" x 17.75"
Jon Berk Collection
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Attributed to Joe Simon, though it may be Al Avison, pencils and inks; 1942; framed 16" x 17.75"
Jon Berk Collection

The reduction of this striking piece of comic art down to the size of a pocket did not do it any favors, as the detail and text became lost in translation. Fortunately, the cover illustration is full-size and is widely considered to be by the hand of Jack Kirby's long-time creative partner Joe Simon. Not exactly a cover swipe, but the design gives credence to that theory as it closely echoes one of Kirby's earliest, and most-memorable covers, one involving Captain America, and a mustachioed jerk getting punched in the puss. Nonetheless, this piece, featuring Spirit of '76 and Black Cat springing into action, easily stands on its own as a classic piece of Golden Age bravado.

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Artists Information

Joseph Henry Simon was an American comic book writer, artist, editor, and publisher. Simon created or co-created many important characters in the 1930s–1940s Golden Age of Comic Books, such as Captain America, and served as the first editor of Timely Comics, the company that would evolve into Marvel Comics.

American comic book artist known for his work on Marvel Comics, particularly his co-creation of Whizzer and also his work on Golden Age Captain America.