COMMENTS: Sub-Mariner app.; bondage cover by Kirby & Ditko
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Sub-Mariner app.; bondage cover by Kirby & DitkoWhen Prince Namor, the Sub-Mariner, made his Silver Age debut in Fantastic Four #4 after a nearly two-decade absence, comic book readers rejoiced. Namor was always more of an anti-hero due to his persistent frustration with man's ignorant exploits concerning the sea, and of course, his obsession with the Invisible Woman. In FF #14, Namor comes back to duke it out with the Fantastic Four after once again abducting Sue Richards. Not a good look for Namor in these modern times, but such things were de rigueur in the 1960s.
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.