Jack Kirby and Frank Giacoia Tales of Suspense
#84 Captain America Cover Original Art (Marvel, 1966).
of the very best things about the Silver Age of Marvel Comics was
the reintroduction of Golden Age Timely hero Captain America, and
Jack Kirby's mid-sixties run of stories in Tales of Suspense
still thrills comic lovers today. There are few things more
appealing to a collector of original superhero comic artwork than a
cover by the King, and this particular piece will certainly not
disappoint. Cap is in a great action pose here, ready to throw a
mighty punch at the Super-Adaptoid. The artwork has some
professional restoration, including skimming the Kirby art from a
piece of illustration board, and attaching to a backing board with
photocopied keyline Marvel/Curtiss art board graphics. The masthead
and white-on-black type box were replaced on the art with photo
copies; the original masthead, itself a photo print, is included
with the cover. Kirby's image area measures approximately 13.25" x
13.75", while the overall cover image is 15.5" x 22". Artwork in
ink and graphite, in Very Good condition. Make Mine Marvel!
Kirby, Jack:Jack Kirby has received world-wide recognition for his long comic book career and accomplishments. He is regarded by historians and fans as one of the major innovators and most influential creators in the comic-book medium, thus earning the nick-name "King." Among Kirby's many co-creations are Captain America, the Newsboy Legion, the Challengers of the Unknown, the Fantastic Four, the Hulk, Thor, the Avengers, the X-Men, Silver Surfer, the New Gods, and countless other memorable heroes and villains.
Jack Kirby was never one to do things in expected ways. As an artist, Kirby had no formal training and instead learned his trade through practice, determination and on-the-job training. Having been rejected by various art schools and leaving Pratt Institute after only a week, Kirby found his own success and became one of the most recognized comic book artists of his time.
Born in 1917 in New York City, Kirby's birth name was Jacob Kurtzberg. His first break as an artist was in 1936, when he joined the Lincoln Newspaper Syndicate. After working on cartoons there for several years, Kirby continued to offer his skills elsewhere until he got a respectable position at Fox Feature Syndicate. It was here that Kirby began his partnership with Joe Simon, which proved to be very fruitful.
From here, Kirby took a job with Marvel, where he and Simon created the iconic Captain America. Though he found other projects at Marvel and DC, his next biggest success was Young Romance. He eventually ended his partnership with Simon and worked solo at both major comic outlets, again returning to superheroes with the Fantastic Four. Kirby continued to innovate until his death in 1994.
Kirby is remembered for the way he crafted a story with his art, creating characters that still resonate with readers today..
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