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    John Romita Sr. Hero for Hire #1 Cover Original Art (Marvel, 1972). No matter if you know him as Luke Cage, or Power Man... this is where he got his start! It's the cover of the first issue, and he's already wearing his most iconic costume... Metal tiara, yellow satin open-front blouse, wrist shackle cuffs, and a huge chain belt! This book was an important title for Marvel, as it was a black man starring in his own self-titled comic. Not the first in comics' history, but the first black hero in his own comic for Marvel. The cover was rendered in ink with whiteout art corrections and red ink key lines over graphite on Bristol board with an image area of 11.5" x 15.5". It's unclear if this is all-Romita, or if someone helped out (and even if so, in what way). It's been suggested that either George Tuska or Sal Buscema may have helped with some pencils or inks. One thing is for sure... there are JRSR art corrections on Luke's face and figure, and the woman on the left. There is a "scratch" technique used on Luke's left leg whereby the artist scratches abrasions on the page itself. The board is toned and in Very Good condition. Also included is the 100% stat paste-up production version of the cover.

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