Pg. 16; "The Thunder God and the Thug" Jack Kirby pencils, Dick Ayers inks; 1963; 16" x 22.75"
Jon Berk CollectionThe Thor we all know and love made his official first appearance in Journey into Mystery #83 in 1962. Marvel, again, hit pay dirt with an original hero, even with a heavy amount of borrowed origin story from the preexisting Norse mythology. Nevertheless, readers latched onto the pure-hearted Asgardian who would soon come together with Iron Man, The Hulk, Ant-Man, and Wasp to form the Avengers later that year.
Journey into Mystery #89 was published in 1963, it featured a retelling of Thor's origin story. This page marks the end of the issue as Thor captures a crooked steel supplier and saves a woman from the memory of her thuggish boyfriend. The page is comprised of Jack Kirby pencils and Dick Ayers inks, the early Silver Age Kirby style apparent. With no fading or yellowing, this page presents beautifully and comes ready for framing.
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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 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.