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Jack Kirby and Joe Sinnott Fantastic Four #57 Doctor Doom and Silver Surfer Page 7 Original Art (Marvel, 1966). The collector of Jack Kirby art, and Marvel Age art in particular, could hardly hope to find a more senses-shattering showstopper than this superb graphic gem. Start with two of the most-collected Kirby co-creations ever -- Doctor Doom and the Silver Surfer (only the fifth appearance of the latter, by the way). Then top that off with stellar appearances by the Thing riding his Sky Cycle, Mr. Fantastic, and the Invisible Girl, all from an epic storyline seared into the memory of every true Marvelite -- namely Doctor Doom's nefarious plot to rob the Surfer of his "power cosmic," through a nasty brew of technological acumen and evil guile. Kirby has imbued the deceitful Doom and the ever-impassive Surfer with expressions befitting the cat-and-mouse game unfolding. This classic page gleams with the sleek perfection that Joe Sinnott, Kirby's best inker (in the minds of many fans), brought to Kirby's pencils. This masterwork also provides a fascinating insight into the workings of the Stan Lee/Jack Kirby team and their "Marvel method," and how Lee turned Kirby's succinct summaries of the dialogue (written in the margins in Kirby's distinctive handwriting) into the priceless Lee prose that proved to be the ultimate complement to Kirby's pictures. The image area of the page is 12.5" x 18.5", and aside from a few touches of white-out in the word balloons, the art is in Excellent condition.

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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