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    Jack Kirby and Vince Colletta Journey Into Mystery #123 Thor Cover With an Additional Original Pencil Drawing by Jack Kirby Original Art (Marvel, 1965). Very few people have had the opportunity to see the cover artwork to Journey into Mystery #123 as Jack Kirby had intended it to appear. That is, up until now. Heritage is proud to bring to auction the artwork to this Silver Age cover in its original conception by Jack Kirby. When viewing this artwork, it's easy to see that Jack definitely deserved his nickname, the "King" of comic book artists. In the final published version, Marvel's famous "floating head" inset portraits were added to the cover composition along with the title, "While a Universe Trembles." It's almost certain that Stan Lee made this editorial choice, most likely to remind the readers of the ongoing story arc involving the Absorbing Man, Loki, Odin, and the Demon, which began in issue JIM #120, and continued through to issue #125.

    The published cover was an impressive image, but when the artwork is seen in its original state, the viewer is sure to be struck by the power of the "King's" imagination and his artistic prowess. It should be noted that when the stats of the "floating heads" were removed, an unidentified Marvel staffer chose to cut through the illustration board to remove the image of the Demon. This was the state of the artwork when it was returned to Jack Kirby by Marvel. This damage has since been professionally repaired and the piece has been restored to its original appearance in all of its glory. The original title stat has been replaced. This spectacular Silver Age cover classic has an image area of 12.5" x 18.5", with an overall size of 14.5" x 23".

    When the original art was purchased directly from Jack and Rosalind Kirby, Jack was also commissioned to recreate the four inset portraits as they appeared on the published comic book cover. This original pencil piece, matted alongside a Kirby autograph, is included with this lot. This piece has a combined image size of 5.5" x 20.5", and it has been matted to an overall size of 12" x 26.5". The re-creation piece is in Excellent condition. From the Dr. Mark Miller Collection.

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    Auction Dates
    August, 2010
    5th-6th Thursday-Friday
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