SOLD ON: Monday, 08/27/2018 3:34 PM
COMMENTS: Unused Cvr art; Gil Kane pencils, inks and signed; 11.25" x 17"
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Unused Cvr art; Gil Kane pencils, inks and signed; 11.25" x 17"The cover of JLA #81 presents a harrowing image of superheroes locked up, in straight-jackets, exhibiting unsettling behavior, rendered by the talented and unique hand of Gil Kane. We may never know why this cover went unused in favor of a Neal Adams piece, but the art stands alone as an inspired and powerful illustration by one of the medium's hard-working journeymen. Kane was the man behind the Silver Age versions of the Green Lantern and Atom, as well as co-creator of Iron Fist for Marvel, and his work here is simply splendid. The disturbing look on the Flash's face is worth the price of admission. You can't shake it.
The market for unpublished art continues to grow, as collectors are starting to realize the wealth of interesting treasures available, that most have never seen. This cover is a special find and is also a fascinating look behind the scenes of the comic industry.
Gil Kane was a Latvian-born American comics artist whose career spanned the 1940s to the 1990s and virtually every major comics company and character. Kane co-created the modern-day versions of the superheroes Green Lantern and the Atom for DC Comics, and co-created Iron Fist with Roy Thomas for Marvel Comics. He was involved in such major storylines as that of The Amazing Spider-Man #96–98, which, at the behest of the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, bucked the then-prevalent Comics Code Authority to depict drug abuse, and ultimately spurred an update of the Code. Kane additionally pioneered an early graphic novel prototype, His Name Is... Savage, in 1968, and a seminal graphic novel, Blackmark, in 1971. In 1997, he was inducted into both the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame and the Harvey Award Jack Kirby Hall of Fame.