SOLD ON: Monday, 12/10/2018 3:07 PM
COMMENTS: Pg. 1; Jack Kirby pencils and signed, Dick Ayers inks and signed; image size 12.5" x 18.75"
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Pg. 1; Jack Kirby pencils and signed, Dick Ayers inks and signed; image size 12.5" x 18.75""I Created...Sporr! The Thing That Could Not Die!"
There are few things cooler in the world of comic collecting than to own an original page of Jack Kirby art, especially pieces that predate the Silver Age Marvel explosion. The kooky monster stories that populated the pages of Tales of Suspense are some of the most-entertaining Kirby illustrations. With the ridiculous names, and overly dramatic prose, it's quite obvious that these are the seeds that would soon grow into the Marvel Age, and this splash featuring the gelatinous amoeba Sporr is simply campy Kirby brilliance.
Before the superhero resurgence of the 1960s, Kirby and Stan Lee labored away at these gems of sci-fi-tinged horror, informed by the popularity of Atom Age potboilers and giant insect B-movies, the duo began to hone their style and develop the partnership that would soon bloom into fruition with the Fantastic Four, Avengers, and a slew of other characters that are only growing in stature to modern day fans. Kirby splash pages are not easy to find on the open market and are always the subject of heated competition at auction. This is a real treasure from the period when Lee and Kirby stood on the precipice of a brave new world, one that would make any true believer proud to place in their comic art collection.
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.