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Kamandi 22 splash by Jack Kirby and D. Bruce Berry

Artists: Jack Kirby (Penciller) ,  D. Bruce Berry (Inker)

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Kamandi 22 splash by Jack Kirby and D. Bruce Berry Comic Art



Artwork Details

Title: Kamandi 22 splash by Jack Kirby and D. Bruce Berry
Artist: Jack Kirby (Penciller)
Artist: D. Bruce Berry (Inker)
Media Type: Pen and Ink
Art Type: Splash Page
For Sale Status: NFS
Views: 524
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Comments: 18
Added to Site: 3/14/2017
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Way back in 1982, a childhood friend of mine named Ernest Hilton started bringing comics to my house that were very old, mostly coverless or remaindered and that I'd never seen in his collection (all of us coal camp kids were trading around so much that we knew each and every comic in each other's collections). He let me in on a secret: he was buying them off a spinner rack at the Red Jacket Supermarket in Red Jacket, W.Va., not far from where I grew up.
My dad knew where the store was, so he took me over there to see if they had any more of these old-new comics.
The Red Jacket Supermarket was this big, monolithic building to me: it had steps that wouldn't pass ADA standards today and it was built with old stone.
Inside, the floor was made of very old and weathered wood with drafty holes where the wood had broken through and fallen to the lower level. It was chilly and dimly lit because it was an old coal camp store. Inside, there was two spinner racks with comics in the center of the floor with two pool tables behind it. The market part was mostly gone, just a few items on the other side for sale, mostly necessities that had been there for, probably, years.
I rushed over to the spinner racks to find late-1960s and early-1970s comics - mostly coverless DC 100-page giants and oddball comics and a few Charltons.
I wanted to buy them all.
I think they were about a quarter each and maybe five for a dollar. I spun the rack for more than an hour, going through each and every one until I thought I'd gotten everything I wanted.
One of the comics was Kamandi 22. It was coverless and tattered, but it had this awesome bee trying to kill this blond-haired boy who, except for the length of his hair, looked much like I did at that point in my life. I loved the Kirby art and it was such a cool comic, but there wasn't any more of the Kamandis on the rack. So, I just read this one over and over.
All these years later, I never thought I'd ever find a piece of art from that issue, but I wanted the splash so badly. Not being one who follows the Heritage Auctions much, I missed out on it twice, but it finally landed on Mike Burkey's site. Mike is good at giving you plenty of time to pay things off, so I took advantage of that and was able to buy it over a period of months.
Now it is a very cherished part of my collection and every time I look at it, I am taken back to the old Red Jacket Supermarket and that old spinner rack where I found Kamandi 22 and so much happiness.


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Will Gabri-El wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
a nostalgic moment at it's best coupled with sharp-looking Kirby/Royer magic --congrats buddy!
Posted on 3/14/2017

Gordon Bartik wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
A great personal story Mike shining through a wonderful later King Kirby 4th World DC Kamandi splash; congratulations on your perseverance and patience.
Posted on 3/14/2017

Aidan (Re-Legion ) Lacy wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
And this is why I love comic art. Very cool story. Even though I am a huge Legion fan, I have an Avengers Issue 27 page hanging on my wall from the very 1st comic I ever read. These types of acquisitions are moments to cherish. Thanks for sharing and enjoy.
Posted on 3/14/2017

Alex Johnson wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
Cool Kirby splash and one GREAT story. Congratulations!
Posted on 3/14/2017

Bill C wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
Fantastic story Mike, that's what it's about. This splash is really nice, great 70's Kirby example. Well done piece.
Posted on 3/15/2017

frank x townsondecker wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
Posted on 3/15/2017

Davide G. wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
The page is precious, but your story makes it priceless. Congrats!
Posted on 3/15/2017

Mike W wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
An excellent Kirby splash... but I'm even more fascinated by the story you shared. Congratulations on acquiring a piece of your childhood memories.
Posted on 3/15/2017

Borna B wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
That is an awesome story. And beautiful art!
Posted on 3/15/2017

REDEMAGNI CLAUDIO wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
Wow... without words, congratulations great splash
Posted on 3/15/2017

Leonard Richman wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
amazing piece amazing story behind it......congrats on your grail piece
Posted on 3/15/2017

Jeff Singh wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
It is great that you added such a nostalgic piece to you collection. It is equally as great that you picked a great piece of art to have the nostalgia attached too. A Kirby monster page is truly a great thing! I enjoyed reading your story...I think all of us have spent time in some run down, soon to be condemned comic containing hovel.
Posted on 3/15/2017

Jeremy Radisich wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
An awesome example of Kirby's art (love Kamandi's crouching pose) and an amazing story of finding a true grail. Congrats!
Posted on 3/15/2017

Aaron N. wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
This great splash has found it's true home. Congratulations.
Posted on 3/15/2017

* bronze-is-gold wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
Thanks for sharing the awesome backstory behind this piece for you. For me, that is exactly what this hobby is about. Congrats on a page that means so much to you!
Posted on 3/15/2017

MY NAME IS LEGION wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
A great story befitting the art. Congrats.
Posted on 3/15/2017

Fernando  Arteaga wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
Great Kirby splash, engaging story, also reminds me of the Ray Harryhausen movie "Mysterious Island" from the 60's. Congrats!
Posted on 3/15/2017

Ricky Bobby wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
Awesome pick up and a great story to boot. Congrats!
Posted on 3/16/2017

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