Jack Kirby and Joe Simon Adventure Comics
#73 Manhunter Cover Original Art (DC, 1942). Adventure
#73 is tied with Star Spangled Comics
#7 as the
first Simon & Kirby cover for DC. Noted as one of Overstreet's
100 most valuable Golden Age books, this is one of the absolute
highlights of our original art selection! It's an amazing piece of
comic art, and one of the most memorable images from the entire
history of the medium. Manhunter is the cover feature, and this
issue featured the origin and the first appearance of the Simon and
Kirby character. Yes, we did say first
appearance -- issues
#58-72 had an unrelated "Paul Kirk, Manhunter" character, and then
this new hero (civilian identity: Rick Nelson) was somewhat
confusingly renamed Paul Kirk starting with #74. Simon and Kirby
had just made their DC premieres in the previous issue of this
title, and they delivered a fantastic cover here -- it's one of
only three cover appearances of the character in this series. This
cover may make you a little dizzy -- it's a wild perspective view
of the Manhunter looming over two tall buildings, as he gives chase
to a gang of terrified, gun-wielding bad guys. This is the
legendary Joe Simon and Jack Kirby at their Golden Age best.
Illustrated on a sheet of 15" x 20" illustration board, the art has
an image area of 12.5" x 17". The logo and titles are the original
stats. There is some heavy edge and corner wear, some overall aging
and some paper surface loss at the lower right. It's a very
beautiful piece, one that is sure to be the highlight of some lucky
bidder's collection. From the Robinson Collection.
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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