The Estate of Marvin Stein today announced an online auction of “Space Busters” a one-of-kind, rare piece of Jack Kirby art to take place November 4th via ComicLink http://www.comiclink.com/.
“Space Busters” “(link to auction: http://tinyurl.com/3jgsdpj) is said to have been the prototype for Jack Kirby’s popular “Sky Masters” syndicated comic book series and represents a period in the middle 1950’s when this quality of Kirby art was rarely seen. The “Space Busters,” piece is a sizeable board standing 20 X 26.5 inches and combines the inking talents of Marvin Stein and the drawing of creative genius and world-renowned comic book artist, Jack Kirby.
“It’s always exciting when a beautiful piece of art of such caliber — combining the talents of Marvin Stein and Jack Kirby comes on to the market for the first time,” says Doug Gillock, consignment director, ComicLink. “We expect the response of this piece to be overwhelming.”
The Estate of Marvin Stein has worked with ComicLink over the last year, and has offered many pieces of original artwork inked by Marvin during the “Golden Age” of comics. The estate also owns the worldwide publishing rights of the 1960’s long running comic strip McGurk’s Mob. McGurk’s Mob is a family friendly and timeless series that will once again be made available to the general public. The original content will be made ready for mobile and internet distribution sometime early in 2012.
About Marvin Stein
Marvin Stein (Feb. 11, 1925 to Feb. 11, 2010) was an American comic book artist, who also worked in animation, advertising, illustration and television broadcast graphics. He was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, the son of a sign painter. Stein graduated from Pratt Institute, and went to work for the Chesler Studio, which supplied comic stories and art to the comic book industry. He worked on Captain Valiant for Croyden Publications between 1944 and 1946 and the Funnyman daily and Sunday syndicated strip, Superboy and Boy Commandos for National Comics/DC. Stein joined the Simon & Kirby Studio and worked on myriad titles, Black Magic, Headline, Justice Traps the Guilty, Young Love and Young Romance, while freelancing for several other publishers, Atlas, Feature, Prize, Ziff Davis. In 1958 he left comics to work in advertising and broadcast news graphics. From 1964 to 1969 he illustrated the syndicated McGurk’s Mob with Bernard Wexler for Newsday. Stein also worked illustrating children’s books. He resided most of his life in Massapequa Park, Long Island.
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