Pg. 10; "The Monster and the Machine" Jack Kirby pencils, Dick Ayers inks; 1962; 16.5" x 23"
Jon Berk CollectionYour lip sweats, your jaw quivers, your pulse -- pounding! Is it? It really, really is. It's an original page of art from the fourth issue of Incredible Hulk! While initially surviving only six issues, the Hulk was cancelled, and about a year later was added to the Tales to Astonish line-up. Jack Kirby's run on The Incredible Hulk lasted only five of those issues, and they were all classics.
The visuals of our favorite Green Goliath on this page are gloriously crude and evocative. You know you're buying a piece of history. The pencils are pure Kirby and many collectors feel he's at his best when enhanced by Dick Ayers' fantastic inks. The page details the Hulk's close friendship with, and his reliance on, the puny human Rick Jones. If you're reading this, you already know how tough it is to add an original run Kirby Hulk page to your collection.
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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.
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.