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DescriptionJack Kirby Marvelmania Characters #1 Iron Man, Black Knight, Ulik, Doctor Doom, Rhino, and Doctor Strange Illustration Original Art (c. 1968). Let the banners wave and the trumpets blare, True Believers -- for here is a grail of grails, possibly the greatest, and certainly one of the coolest masterworks Jack Kirby ever drew for Marvelmania, the short-lived fan club based on the Marvel characters. There is no finer Kirby line-up of Kirby-created Marvel character merchandising art in the market -- this is the one for you. The Iron Man and Doctor Doom images were used as border images on the back cover of the 1969 Marvelmania Club Catalog. This piece was most likely produced during the first part of 1968 as the Black Knight first appeared in Avengers #47 (December 1967); Ulik first appeared in Thor #137 (February 1967); and Rhino first appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #41 (October 1966). As the Rhino was killed off (for the first time) in Hulk #104 (June 1968) and didn't appear again until Hulk #124 (February 1970), it seems very unlikely that Kirby would have included the Rhino among the characters on this piece after that time. In any case, this iconic Silver Age masterpiece has an approximate image area of 12" x 12", and the art is in Excellent condition. Signed by Kirby at the lower right. An image of the printed catalog is shown below but is not included with the lot.
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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