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John Romita Sr. and Mike Esposito Iron Man #65 Cover Original Art (Marvel, 1973)....

2014 February 20 - 22 Vintage Comics & Comic Art Signature Auction - New York #7087

 
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Auction Ended On: Feb 21, 2014
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Location: Ukrainian Institute of America at The Fletcher-Sinclair Mansion
2 East 79th Street
New York, NY 10075

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John Romita Sr. and Mike Esposito Iron Man #65 Cover Original Art (Marvel, 1973). Face Front, Shellhead fans -- and feast your eyes on this super-charged show-stopper, drawn by the ultimate Silver Age Amazing Spider-Man art team of Romita Sr. and Esposito. Jazzy Johnny was strengthened his legend from those glory days by making his own colossal contribution to the "house style" of the Bronze Age Marvel line. Romita Sr. Iron Man covers are rarely offered in the marketplace, let alone any from such a peak-period. With its iconic image of "Iron Man gone mad," this classic is not just a knock-out -- it's nothing less than a peerless, priceless piece of Armored Avenger art. Any Marvelite who snatched this thriller off the spinner-rack has this explosive scene riveted into his memory. For True Believers, a Tony Stark showpiece doesn't get any better than this. The image area measures 10" x 15", and aside from scattered staining, and loose pasted-on logo, caption, and word balloons, the art is in Very Good condition. Signed by Romita Sr. in its lower right margin.

Romita Sr., John:(American, b. 1930): John Romita Sr. started drawing comics after spending a year in commercial art. His first jobs were done for the Atlas group in 1949, and he drew mostly horror and romance stories, but also war, western, and crime features. After the Atlas implosion, Romita Sr. went to DC, where he drew romance stories for eight years. After that, it was back to Marvel, where he initially inked The Avengers and drew Daredevil. However, Romita Sr.'s most celebrated work was done for the Amazing Spider-Man, the feature he took over when Spider-Man co-creator Steve Ditko left Marvel in 1966. Under Romita Sr.'s tenure, Spider-Man became one of the comic field's most popular characters. Romita Sr. left his regular Spider-Man art chores in the early seventies to become an Art Director at Marvel in the Special Projects Department, and as Art Director for Marvel Books. In 1977, Romita Sr. briefly drew the syndicated Spider-Man newspaper comic strip. His son, John Romita Jr., is also an artist at Marvel.

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