SOLD ON: Monday, 09/09/2019 1:53 PM
COMMENTS: Pg. 15; Jack Kirby pencils, Mike Royer inks; image size 10" x 15.25"
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The Quick and the Dead!
Pg. 15; Jack Kirby pencils, Mike Royer inks; image size 10" x 15.25"
The Quick and the Dead!Scott Free, aka Mister Miracle, was the main character in one of a trilogy of titles that comprised Kirby's Fourth World, along with New Gods and Forever People. Mister Miracle was the title that hewed closest to the existing superhero genre that readers were accustomed to. Free was an unwitting pawn in the machinations of the New Gods, exchanged as a baby with Darkseid's son Orion to ensure the end of a war between New Genesis and Apokolips. He grew up in Granny Goodness' Terror Orphanage and eventually escaped to Earth where he encountered his mentor Thaddeus Brown, the original Mister Miracle, who was murdered and replaced by Free. His escape broke the hostage pact and allowed Darkseid to once again attack New Genesis, as Miracle wandered the world getting into adventures as a circus performer and escape artist.
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.
Mike Royer is an American comics artist and inker, best known for his work with pencilers Russ Manning and Jack Kirby. In later life Royer became a freelance product designer and character artist for The Walt Disney Company.