Jack Kirby pencils/Mike Royer inks; page 15 splash; 1977; image size 10" x 10.5"
“The Falcon streaks skyward!”. The opening line of dialogue could not describe the action better, Kirby deftly illustrates the action as The Falcon (now coming off his starring television debut) comes face to face with an abomination created by the dreaded Dr. Arnim Zola in this spectacular splash page from Kirby and his go to 70s inker Mike Royer. The Falcon is bold and heroic, and the creature is pure Kirby. It’s a delight to see his 1970s period finally getting the recognition it deserves as it showcases a purity in his work that is fully realized, especially when paired with Royer who seemed to instinctively know exactly what Jack was trying to achieve. Pen and ink. Art is in excellent condition. Signed by Kirby.
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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.
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.