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    History of the DC Universe Hardcover Collection Gatefold Poster Jam Illustration Original Art, Featuring the Art of Jack Kirby, Joe Kubert, and Others (DC/Graphitti Designs, 1988). A true bit of Comic Industry History for a number of reasons! This collection of 53 characters by 54 different artists is likely the only time you are going to see some of these great talents working on the same Jam piece! Joe Kubert and Jaime Hernandez on the same piece? Dave Gibbons and Jack Kirby? The list of talent on this piece reads like a list of Comic Book Royalty, and many are doing characters they were closely associated with! There are simply too many to list here (see our online listing for a rundown of every artist and character) but it ranges from Golden Age greats Jack Kirby, Bob Kane, Joe Kubert, and Joe Orlando; to Silver Age Saints Murphy Anderson, Ramona Fradon, Gil Kane, Jim Steranko, and Gene Colan; to Bronze Age brilliants Michael Kaluta, P. Craig Russell, Jim Starlin, Jim Aparo, and Frank Thorne; to Eighties experts Bill Sienkiewicz, Matt Wagner, Howard Chaykin, and Dave Gibbons! It's a Who's Who of comic book talent up to the year 1987. And that's just one reason why this is so significant.
    This art was initially created for use as part of a deluxe, hardcover-version of the History of the DC Universe published by DC. When Graphitti Designs, headed by Bob Chapman, was given the opportunity to produce a special collected-version of the two books by Marv Wolfman and George Perez, this was created as the crown jewel for the project... a gatefold mural of an eclectic batch of DC characters illustrated by some of the top artists. This art was then used to produce a large format (15" x 30"), limited-edition (10,000) poster that was only available for sale directly from DC Comics. A slightly revised version (with a redrawn Chop-Chop by Will Eisner, and the addition of Bat-Mite by Dick Sprang) of this art was later used as a wall mural at the New York offices of DC Comics. This was used and seen in this fashion until the east coast office was closed and DC moved out west, to Burbank.
    In order to create a final piece that was well-composed and tight, a different approach was taken relative to other "jam" compositions where numerous artist contribution were required. Joe Kubert was brought-in to come-up with a design and layout. Once the layout was decided upon, Dave Stevens was drafted to transfer very rough pencils of the layout to three art boards. Dave Stevens' assignment was to provide each artist with a basic size, position, and layout for the character they were being asked to draw. This allowed for a successful composition that was proportionally-correct and well-balanced.
    The three boards were then sent, via FedEx, to the various artists. The only artists who did not draw directly on the board provided were Brian Bolland (Lady Blackhawk), because he was located in the UK, and Dave Gibbons (Rorschach). Gibbons' Rorschach was an after-thought and was included at Dave's request. How could anyone say no to an offer like that!
    The end result was the creation of a historically significant piece by many of the original creators. The initial three pieces have an approximate image area of 10.5" x 15" (with the 2.5" x 9" addition of Rorschach on the far right), professionally matted and Plexiglas-front framed at 47" x 24.25". The Bolland pieces (Lady Blackhawk and Cryll) are separately matted and framed at 17.25" x 23.25". Also included are the black and white and color prints, matted and framed at 31.75" x 31.5". With the nature of how the piece was created, the artists used different pens and inks to render their characters, with some of the ink changing color or fading from time and exposure. Some light frame wear. Overall in Excellent condition.

    More Information: Top Row: Tommy Tomorrow/Jim Mooney; Phantom Stranger/Jim Aparo; Swamp Thing/Stephen Bissette & John Totleben; The Question/Denys Cowan; White Witch/P. Craig Russell; Green Lantern (Alan Scott)/Martin Nodell; Green Lantern (Guy Gardner)/Joe Staton; Enemy Ace/Dave Stevens; Plastic Man/Bill Sienkiewicz; Darkseid/Jack Kirby & Mike Royer; Ragman/Keith Giffen; The Ray/Al Williamson & Brett Blevins; The Spectre/Michael Kaluta; Silverblade/Gene Colan; Robotman/Steve Lightle; Lady Blackhawk/Brian Bolland; Black Condor/Michael T. Gilbert; OMAC/Jim Starlin.
    Middle Row: Hawkman/Joe Kubert; Martian Manhunter/Arthur Adams; Manhunter/Walt Simonson; Aquaman/Paul Norris; Warlord/Mike Grell; Power Girl/Mary Wilshire; Sgt. Rock/Andy Kubert; Green Lantern (Hal Jordan)/Gil Kane; Captain Marvel/Kurt Schaffenberger; Batman/Bob Kane; Superman/Curt Swan; Wonder Woman/George Pérez; Blackhawk/Howard Chaykin; Arion/Jan Duursema; Flash (Barry Allen)/Carmine Infantino; Zatara/Jim Steranko; Zatanna/Gray Morrow; Deadman/Neal Adams; Adam Strange/Murphy Anderson; Rorschach/Dave Gibbons.
    Mezzanine row: Chop-Chop/Dave Stevens; Flash (Jay Garrick)/Jaime Hernandez; Judomaster/Frank McLaughlin.
    Bottom row: Hourman/Gilbert Hernandez; Vigilante/Dan Spiegel; Tomahawk/Frank Thorne; Metamorpho/Ramona Fradon; The Demon/Matt Wagner; Amythest/Ernie Colon; Robin/Bob Kane; Wildcat/Irwin Hasen; Cain/Joe Orlando; Captain Atom/Pat Broderick; Mister Miracle/Steve Rude; Sarge Steel/Dick Giordano.

    More information about Kirby, Jack, also known as Kirby, Jack, Jacob Kurtzberg, Jack Kirby, Kurtzberg, Jacob.

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