Think you know Jack Kirby? Well, think again.
A piece of artwork by "The King" has resurfaced in an auction from the estate of one-time Kirby inker Marven Stein. This artwork is from an aborted comic strip pitch called Space Busters by Kirby and writer Dave Wood. The strip never saw life, instead evolving into another strip titled Sky Masters of the Space Force, which was syndicated in 1958. In 2000, Pure Imagination collected them in a single tome that's worth tracking down.
Created in the mid-50s, this was after Kirby's initial tenure at Marvel (then Timely) in the 1930s and '40s, but before he returned to the publisher in the '60s for the creation of the Marvel universe as we know it. Kirby's '50s work is relatively under-appreciated given the commercial peaks for him in the '40s and '50s, but this work shows Kirby as his style evolves into what he later became famous (again) for at Marvel.
Check out this page, and get in on the bidding when it starts Nov. 4!