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Marvel Comics #1
Cover art by Frank R. Paul, 1939

Captain America Comics #1
Jack Kirby and Joe Simon gave publisher Martin Goodman one of the biggest comic book hits of the 1940s when they invented Captain America. Although America had not yet entered World War Two, Simon, Kirby and Goodman already saw Hitler as a grave threat to the principles of democracy and equality. This bold cover powerfully expressed their feelings.

Flo Steinberg
Stan Lee and Jack Kirby worked with many talented collaborators at Marvel – and if you visited the company in the 1960s, ”Fabulous” Flo Steinberg was probably the first person you’d meet. As Stan’s assistant she handled his appointments, helped keep artists and writers on deadline, responded to fan letters, mailed out ”Merry Marvel Marching Society” kits and even dealt with the Comics Code Authority. When she passed away in 2017 she was celebrated as ”the heart of Marvel (in the 1960s) and a legend in her own right.”

Tales of Suspense #98, cover
Jack Kirby (pencils), Frank Giacoia (inks), 1968

Amazing Fantasy #15
Jack Kirby (pencils), Steve Ditko (inks), 1962

The Amazing Spider-Man #121
Gil Kane (pencils), John Romita Sr. (inks), 1973

Scarlet Witch #1
David Aja, 2016

The Avengers #57, cover
John Buscema (pencils), George Klein (inks), 1968
This legendary cover depicts the first appearance of The Vision

Captain Marvel #28, cover
Jim Starlin (pencils), Pablo Marcos (inks), 1973

Marvel Preview #11, splash page
John Byrne (pencils), Terry Austin (inks), 1977
Watercolour and gouache on paper

Star-Lord has changed a great deal from his original conception here. This page comes from the first story to pair artists John Byrne and Terry Austin; the two would soon be widely admired for their work on the X-Men

Spider-Man, 1978 Calendar Illustration
John Byrne (pencils), Joe Sinnott (inks)

Celebrating 80 years of Marvel Superheroes, the exhibition ran through February 2019. With comics, costumes, props and films, it was Marvel-ously entertaining. I have so much I’d like to show you, that Superheroes will dominate the Humble Fabulist Universe in the coming days. You have been warned!

Seattle, WA

June 13th, 2018


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