SOLD ON: Monday, 03/11/2019 12:03 PM
COMMENTS: Pg. 19; Don Heck pencils, Dick Ayers inks; image size 13.5" x 20"
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Pg. 19; Don Heck pencils, Dick Ayers inks; image size 13.5" x 20"Battling the Mole Man was a rite of passage for the heroes of Marvel's Silver Age and this time it's the Avengers' turn to fight the foe from down below. A particular panel of note on this page gives us a silhouette of the bite-size hero, Ant-Man, inside the mechanics of Mole Man's evil machine. Fans of Paul Rudd's silver screen performances note the method is exactly how the mini-Avenger foiled both the Falcon and Iron Man. Recently, original art collectors got hip to the creative duo of Don Heck and Dick Ayers, as auction prices for their work have risen steadily. With values for Kirby art in the reaches of the beyond for some collectors, Heck and Ayers do a damn fine job of it for the price.
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.
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