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Ayers, Dick - AVENGERS, THE (1963-96; 2004) #19 Interior Page
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SOLD ON:  Monday, 03/11/2019 12:04 PM
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COMMENTS: Pg. 10; Don Heck pencils, Dick Ayers inks; 12.5" x 20.5"
From the story, The Coming of...the Swordsman
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Pg. 10; Don Heck pencils, Dick Ayers inks; 12.5" x 20.5"
From the story, The Coming of...the Swordsman

Hydra's Displacer Ray snatches a seemingly innocuous document from Captain America, relaying nothing more than Cap's interest in working with Sgt. Fury. While of no value to the disgruntled Hydra henchman, below, a passerby will find this discarded memo and attempt to sell the tidbit of information to the Swordsman, who has placed a handsome bounty on anything leading to the capture of one of the Avengers. This attractively illustrated page hails from a classic story that features the first appearance of the Swordsman. Each panel blends into the next creating a seamless flow to the scene. It takes great skill to illustrate a scenario with more imagery than words, Heck and Ayers masterfully accomplish this with great aplomb.

Artists Information

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.

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