Jack Kirby pencils/Frank Giacoia inks; cover; 1977; image size 10" x 15"T’Challa looms protectively over his family while the mostly unseen figure of his half-brother, Jakarra, mutated by Vibranium radiation, approaches menacingly. Beautifully drawn by Kirby, with bold inks from Frank Giacoia, Black Panther is one of the King’s many enduring characters. This cover is classic Kirby, as the oversized image of Black Panther, arms outstretched, provides safety to the people under his care, and the deformed Jakarra enters from the bottom of the frame. Pen and ink. Art is in excellent condition; the logo and all text paste-ups are original. Signed by Kirby.
The Black Panther has proved to be one of Kirby’s most significant contributions to the Marvel canon, continuing to inspire new generations through his appearances in comic books as well as his star turn in the Marvel Cinematic Universe where he was perfectly portrayed by the late Chadwick Boseman. The importance of Black Panther for young people of color cannot be overstated. His blockbuster film appearances helped reboot the character as a sorely needed iconic hero and inspirational role model for a new generation of fans.
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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.
Frank Giacoia (July 6, 1924 – February 4, 1988) was an American comics artist known primarily as an inker. He sometimes worked under the name Frank Ray, Giacoia made the rounds to almost every Golden Age publisher, notably working on Flash and Batman stories, he also worked at Timely during this period. In the Silver Age Frank worked on many Jack Kirby pages, particularly in Captain America, and he also notably inked the first appearance of the Punisher in AMS #129.