DescriptionJack Kirby and Joe Simon Adventure Comics #73 Manhunter Cover Original Art (DC, 1942). Adventure Comics #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.
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