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    Jack Kirby and Dick Ayers Classics Illustrated #35 HRN 161 The Last Days of Pompeii Story Page 25 Original Art (Gilberton, 1961). Even while they were starting to revolutionize the comics industry with their radical heroic artwork for Marvel Comics, Kirby and Ayers played things more conventionally with this pocket-epic version of Sir Edward Bulwer-Lytton's famous novel. The result is markedly different from the previous Classics Illustrated version of Pompeii (1947), which features artwork by H.C. (Henry) Kiefer. Here, Kirby benefits as usual from the lithe and emphatic inking of Ayers, even though the page composition is far more restrained than the Kirby-Ayers Marvel yarns. A Grecian elegance prevails, but of course the team's style is unmistakable. Kirby's new breakthrough with Fantastic Four #1 was only months away. Ink over graphite on Bristol board with an image area of 12" x 18.5". Some pasted-in lettering corrections have developed glue-stains. Light age-toning. Excellent condition. From the Falvey Classics Illustrated Collection.

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