Pg. 9; Jack Kirby pencils, Chic Stone inks; 12.5" x 18.5"Marvel gained its reputation by creating recognizable, human heroes with quirks and neuroses, and the impressive feat achieved by Lee and Kirby in FF was the creation of a real family, four deeply bonded individuals who love and annoy one another in equal measure. The Fantastic Four stood out from the pack immediately upon its debut because of the strong characterization. Some of Kirby's best and most-heartfelt work was done on this book, as is evidenced by this remarkable page, which leans heavily on body language and facial expression to give our heroes depth and distinctiveness. Where other artists may have relied on flashy angles, exaggerated action, and false drama to develop this story, Kirby gives his cast a chance to breathe and even manages to get some expressiveness into a giant dude made of rock. It's these quieter moments that are toughest to achieve, and Kirby absolutely nails it.
Early Silver Age Marvel art is far and away the most requested by collectors, and this stunning masterpiece of comic storytelling boasts all four members of the classic FF lineup. There is always a huge amount of interest whenever a classic Kirby page goes up for auction, and we expect this piece to generate a decent amount of heat come hammer time.
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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.
Inker at Marvel best known for his work on Jack Kirby's pencils for the Fantastic Four, also worked for Fawcett and Lev Gleason in the Golden Age