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    Jack Kirby and Syd Shores Captain America #109 Cover Original Art (Marvel, 1969). One of the most iconic Captain America covers ever! In addition, it was created by Captain America's co-creator Jack Kirby, and one of his Golden Age artists, Syd Shores. The cover for this issue is so iconic that it is currently being used as the image on Captain America's Wikipedia page.
    The newspaper headline reads "The Origin of CAPTAIN AMERICA!", which also serves as the logo for the issue. Cap had just gotten his own title after taking over the numbering from Tales of Suspense with issue #100. This was the second re-telling of his origin from Captain America Comics #1 (1940). This version of the origin added the "Vita-Ray" treatment to the process that turned mousy Steve Rogers into Sentinel of Liberty known as Captain America.

    A powerful cover image, it was created in ink over graphite on the 11.5" x 17" Bristol board with an image area of 10" x 15". Cap measures 12" tall as he seemingly busts through the very paper he is drawn upon. The reverse side of the board has a bit of "Kirby Seasoning" (i.e. graphite rubbed off of Jack Kirby's much used drawing table) and a 3.5" x 5" rough layout of how the newspaper around the art should look. As a nice bonus touch, the newspaper used in the printed cover was designed to look like the front page of the New York Times from 12-8-41... the day after Pearl Harbor Day... the day the USA entered World War II.
    Also included are a couple of photocopy reproductions of the original art, one of which has stat reproductions added to replicate the published cover look.
    The original art was a featured piece in the museum exhibit "Masters of American Comics", produced by The Hammer Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art, and shown at the Milwaukee Art Museum in 2005. The Kirby/Shores cover art appears as a full-page image on Page 258 in the hardback catalog for the exhibit, Masters of American Comics. A copy of the museum catalog is included in this group. Also include are other ephemera from that same exhibition, including a museum folder with a copy of M Magazine, which shows the art in an ad for the exhibit on Page 28; a ticket to the showing; and several brochures from the Milwaukee Art Museum.
    The original art is in Excellent condition, as are the accompanying items.


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