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Jack Kirby - THOR (1966-96; 2009-11) #157 Cover
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COMMENTS: Jack Kirby pencils, Vince Colletta inks, signed by Stan Lee; image size 10" x 15.5"
RAGNAROK! "We know each other. He's a friend from work"
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Jack Kirby pencils, Vince Colletta inks, signed by Stan Lee; image size 10" x 15.5"
RAGNAROK! "We know each other. He's a friend from work"

Ragnarok, according to Norse Mythology, is basically the end times, akin to Revelations in the bible. It involves the deaths of many of the gods above, while natural disasters wipe out the Earth below leading to rebirth once the devastation has concluded. The cover of Thor #157 takes on the remarkable mission of portraying the mayhem of an apocalyptic event, here rendered by none other than the "King" himself, Jack Kirby. The epic themes of the Thor series gave Kirby the freedom to go above and beyond the scope of many of his other Silver Age creations, employing more grandiose flourishes, the title allowed Kirby to grow as an illustrator and sharpen his abilities far beyond those of mere mortals.

The action on this cover shows Thor being crushed in the gigantic claw of Mangog, a creature that draws his power from hatred, chaos, and destruction, and, as is evident on this cover, there is plenty of fuel on which the demonic monster can feed. Many of Kirby's Thor covers tend to keep the God of Thunder off the center of the page and away from the majority of the action. Nobody really knows why the artist would shy away from making the main character dominant on his own covers, but this issue is an important exception. Thor is featured in full, right dab smack in the middle of this magnificent piece of art.

Jack Kirby art is always a solid investment and a huge point of interest in our auctions. When you add in the connection between this cover and the blockbuster film "Thor: Ragnarok" this piece will surely draw plenty of attention before the hammer drops, and we are not talking about Mjolnir here folks.

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