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    Jack Kirby and Joe Simon Captain America Comics #5 "Killers of the Bund" Page 6 Original Art (Timely, 1941). This is something we thought we'd never see! It's the first original page of art we've encountered from the Simon and Kirby run on Captain America Comics, a "run" that only lasted ten issues. This is a page from issue #5's third story, "Killers of the Bund," which involves Bucky and his young pals, the Sentinels of Liberty (perhaps the first of the many S&K "kid gang" characters, predating the Young Allies, the Newsboy Legion, the Boy Commandos, and others). The young team is introduced in this story, which occurs shortly before they took on the name "Young Allies," after the Human Torch's sidekick, Toro joined the gang. Original member Whitewash Jones was perhaps the first heroic African-American in comics, and his character would evolve from a typical stereotype of the era to a far more respected war vet and hero known as Washington Carver Jones, aka Wash. It's interesting to note that this pre-WWII page concerns Nazi-supporting German-American Fifth Columnists -- sure enough, someone utters the classic broken English term "svine" when talking about Cap!
    We believe this to be the earliest Simon and Kirby comics page to ever hit the market -- we certainly don't recall seeing an earlier one! The consignor tells us he obtained the page from Marvel/DC artist and writer Tom Sciacca, who in turn received it from long-time comics veteran Vince Colletta, a number of years ago.
    The art is in ink over graphite on illustration board, with an approximate image area of 13.25" x 18.5". The artboard has definitely seen plenty of wear over these many years, including a couple of tears that go through the third, fifth, and sixth panels, plus corner damage, tape stains, toning, and light soiling; we'll call it Fair condition. But nevertheless, it's all here, and we're doubtful there exists a better-condition page of Captain America art by Simon and Kirby from this same period -- only a small handful have ever been known to come on the market. In fact, good luck tracking down any Timely superhero art from the 1940s! This page is fragile but no less awe-inspiring, sure to send chills down the spine of anyone who ever had an interest in Golden Age comic art!


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