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COMMENTS: Pg. 15; Jack Kirby pencils & inks; image size 12" x 18"
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Pg. 5 of the story, A Weemer Is the Best of All, by Joe Simon & Jack Kirby, cir. 1957
Pg. 15; Jack Kirby pencils & inks; image size 12" x 18"
Pg. 5 of the story, A Weemer Is the Best of All, by Joe Simon & Jack Kirby, cir. 1957Jack Kirby and Joe Simon were a legendary creative team in the Golden Age of comics, after the war the duo signed a contract at Harvey where they helped create the Romance and Crime genres, as well as expanding on the Sci-Fi boom that was taking hold during the Cold War era. This page from Black Cat Mystic #59 comes from the whimsically titled story "A Weemer is the Best of All," just one of the tales in an issue that was entirely created by Kirby and Simon. This page shows our hapless protagonist dealing with the ups and downs of owning a kreegle, one of a trio of odd contraptions given to him by a strange little man who can walk through walls. Drawn in the instantly recognizable Kirby style, this page is a playful and interesting curio from the artist's post-war period, a time during which he honed his skills and prepared to take over the world at the onset of the Marvel Age. Kirby fans take note of this important rarity from his Harvey period.
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.