SOLD ON: Monday, 03/11/2019 12:37 PM
COMMENTS: Pg. 16; Jack Kirby pencils, Dick Ayers inks; image size 12.5" x 18.5"
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Pg. 16; Jack Kirby pencils, Dick Ayers inks; image size 12.5" x 18.5"This page comes from the second appearance of the Mighty Thor in the pages of Journey into Mystery. Rendered by the legendary hand of Jack Kirby, the action involves the comeuppance of the evil commie, the Executioner, told in rapid-fire style as the master illustrator advances the story in perfect beats from panel to panel.
Incorporating a plot ripped from headlines of 1960's newspapers, Stan Lee plays upon American's anxieties about the rise of the Red Menace, as Communism was seemingly spreading inexorably across the entire world. As Timely Comics made their bones during WWII by having their heroes battle the Axis powers, so too did the heroes of Marvel's Silver Age do their part for the USA by taking on Cold War-era enemies in their superpowered exploits. Any Kirby/Lee collaboration from this time period is certain to be a hotly contested auction lot, and this superb page is no exception.
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.