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Red Raven Comics #1 - Jack Kirby art & cover (1st pro work)

Jack Kirby
Red Raven Comics v1 #1, 1940 - In this obscure golden age one-shot, Jack Kirby's artwork appears for the first time in comics. His cover debut of the Red Raven is better than most, using both perspective and foreshortening to heighten excitement. Curiously, Kirby doesn't draw the hero's origin story, but two accompanying features. In "Mercury", the Roman gods intervene when a vicious dictator (patterned after Adolph Hitler) wages war on his fellow man. "Comet Pierce" introduces a futuristic spaceman in search of a mysterious woman. Amazingly, Kirby draws both tales with precision and confidence. His finely detailed drawings reside within pulsing, innovative layouts. Joe Simon's inks add even greater luster. Despite being his first professional comic book work, Kirby sets a high standard for the medium. Other artists in this issue include Dick Briefer, Louis Cazeneuve and others. This is number 1 of 1 Red Raven Comics issues with Kirby art and/or covers.
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Kirby cover pencils (Joe Simon inks) = ***
"Comet Pierce" Kirby story pencils (Joe Simon inks) 7 pages = ****


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