Jack Kirby Lord of Light/Argo "Planetary
Control Room (Interior)" Illustration Original Art (1978).
Those of you who have seen the movie Argo
know the story of
how the CIA used a fake movie production crew to conceal a daring
rescue mission of six Americans held in Iran. The "movie within a
movie" was at one time a genuine project, based on a novel by Roger
Zelazny. Producer Barry Geller commissioned Jack Kirby to create a
set of concept drawings for the film, but the project stalled and
was mostly forgotten, until the CIA used it in their top-secret
mission. Sparing no small detail, a bogus film production company
was lavishly set up with offices in Hollywood, and permission to
film in Iran was somehow obtained. The rescue mission was a
success, and the incredible story was told in the recent feature
film by Ben Affleck, Argo
. While the Kirby pieces were not
actually used in that movie, they were a part of the CIA's
elaborate plan, and carry a great deal of unique history with
This particular oversized drawing, in ink on paper, has an image
area of 36.5" x 22.75". That's twice the size of the other Lord of
Light originals we've seen, and Barry Geller kindly emailed us to
clarify that this was the only double-sized piece that Kirby did
for the project. The piece was folded down the middle, and the left
side shows some minor paper tanning, but is otherwise in Very Good
As a side note, this piece and the other "Lord of Light" piece
we're offering have spent the last 20 years in the collection of
star artist and DC Comics co-publisher Jim Lee.
The detail Kirby poured into this massive drawing is amazing! Great
art, great back-story -- this one has it all.
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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