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Kirby, Jack - TALES TO ASTONISH (1959-68) #44 Interior Page
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COMMENTS: Pg. 21; "The Creature from Kosmos!" Jack Kirby pencils, Don Heck inks; 1963; 16" x 22.75"
Jon Berk Collection
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Pg. 21; "The Creature from Kosmos!" Jack Kirby pencils, Don Heck inks; 1963; 16" x 22.75"
Jon Berk Collection

Wasp's origin and first appearance brought a much-needed feminine touch to Marvel's line-up of butt-kicking heroes. Prior to the Wasp's appearance, all Marvel had to offer was Sue Storm, whose power was coincidentally and suspiciously invisibility. Janet van Dyne stumbles upon her father's dead body after he is killed by an extraterrestrial being that he himself summoned, she contacts Hank Pym in the hopes that he can help her, but Pym dismisses van Dyne as just some ditzy girl. Later, his ants tell him what really happened and he decides to give Janet a chance. He implants her with wasp wings and antennae and the two go to fight the Creature from Kosmos, during which a tiny Hank employs a good old-fashioned shotgun blast to the face. This piece of art is in beautiful condition, featuring stellar Jack Kirby pencils and Don Heck inks.

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Artists Information

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.

Don Heck was an American comics artist best known for co-creating the Marvel Comics characters Iron Man and the Wasp, and for his long run penciling The Avengers during the Silver Age.