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    Jack Kirby - "The Gods" Illustration Original Art (undated). Jack Kirby created his own modern mythology. In the 1940s, he drew the classic Greek Gods, recast as superheroes, archetypes such as Mercury, later renamed Hurricane, for Red Raven Comics #1. In the 1960s, Jack Kirby co-created The Mighty Thor, and further modernized and revised the classic Norse God myths. In the 1970s, he abandoned those traditional mythic figures, added science fiction technology to his conceptual mix, and created his bold, new epic saga for DC, the "Fourth World" series, which included The New Gods. This painting, titled "The Gods," seems to presage that stage of Jack Kirby's evolution, with the boldly contrasting orange-hued New God asserting his will to live in the foreground, and the shadowy, faded blue-hued, Old Gods in the background bearing witness to his struggle. This twice-up art measures 25.25" x 21.25". There is slight discoloration on the foreground figure's right foot, and a light crease horizontally across the paper, about 3 inches up from the bottom edge; otherwise the art is in Very Good condition. The image is painted with acrylic paint on paper, and Jack Kirby has signed it to the left of the word "Gods."

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    August, 2004
    13th-14th Friday-Saturday
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