DescriptionJack Kirby Lord of Light/Argo "Planetary Control Room (Interior)" Illustration Original Art (1978). Those of you who have seen the movie Argo know the story of how the CIA used a fake movie production crew to conceal a daring rescue mission of six Americans held in Iran. The "movie within a movie" was at one time a genuine project, based on a novel by Roger Zelazny. Producer Barry Geller commissioned Jack Kirby to create a set of concept drawings for the film, but the project stalled and was mostly forgotten, until the CIA used it in their top-secret mission. Sparing no small detail, a bogus film production company was lavishly set up with offices in Hollywood, and permission to film in Iran was somehow obtained. The rescue mission was a success, and the incredible story was told in the recent feature film by Ben Affleck, Argo. While the Kirby pieces were not actually used in that movie, they were a part of the CIA's elaborate plan, and carry a great deal of unique history with them.
This particular oversized drawing, in ink on paper, has an image area of 36.5" x 22.75". That's twice the size of the other Lord of Light originals we've seen, and Barry Geller kindly emailed us to clarify that this was the only double-sized piece that Kirby did for the project. The piece was folded down the middle, and the left side shows some minor paper tanning, but is otherwise in Very Good condition.
As a side note, this piece and the other "Lord of Light" piece we're offering have spent the last 20 years in the collection of star artist and DC Comics co-publisher Jim Lee.
The detail Kirby poured into this massive drawing is amazing! Great art, great back-story -- this one has it all.
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