DescriptionJack Kirby and Syd Shores - Captain America #102 Cover with Letter from Jack Kirby Original Art (Marvel, 1968). Captain America had his hands full battling the original series of Sleepers during World War II. The Sleepers were robot-like, automated weapons of mass destruction. The menace of the Red Skull reared it's ugly head again in the sixties and Cap's arch-rival was now armed with an even more dangerous, state-of-the-art Sleeper. Sharon Carter, SHIELD's Agent 13, stands down in the background as the Sleeper hurls the Star-Spangled Avenger as though he were a mere rag doll. Two legends of Golden Age Marvel teamed to created this magnificent Marvel masterpiece. Jack 'King" Kirby's dynamic pencils were given the perfect Golden-Silver Age finish by Syd Shores. The image area of the art measures 13.5" x 20". The cover has been pieced together using numerous carefully done paste-ups. The main image of the Sleeper and Captain America was glued to a larger support paper, and the art extended slightly along the bottom and left edges. Captain America's right hand and left foot were corrected using original art paste-ons. The cover retains its original type and logo stats, and there is a minor crease in the logo between the words "Captain" and "America." The paper shows some signs of mild aging, with touches of white-out used to crisp up the inking. The paper was cut to the exact image area and then the art was glued to a matt board. Given all that, the cover still retains incredible eye-appeal, and overall the condition is Very Good. In addition to the cover, this lot also contains a two-page, signed letter from Jack Kirby to the fan who bought this cover. The letter was written on December 22, 1972 and Kirby answered this fan's questions about the comics industry in the 1940s, the topic of "gangs," other forms of entertainment competing with modern comics, and slumping comics sales. Apparently this fan was writing a term paper about comics and he was lucky enough to get his research right from the "King!"
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