|Artist(s):||Jim Starlin, Penciller|
|Jim Starlin, Inker|
|Media Type:||Pen and Ink|
|Art Type:||Interior Page|
|Added to Site:||12/8/2017|
Here is a GRAIL PIECE for any astute Adam Warlock collector! Original artwork for Strange Tales #180 page 30 (Marvel Comics, 1975) by the impressive and incomparable, Jim Starlin (pencils and inks). Many consider Starlin's Warlock series to be his magnum opus par excellence, and this remarkable and VERY KEY page does not disappoint in any way whatsoever. In fact, this early storyline had been building up to this very point for three whole issues (Strange Tales #178. 179 and 180) with this exact page being the climatic confrontation between the forces of good and evil. Adam Warlock - Seeker of Light, Enemy of Darkness, but chiefly a Destroyer of False gods - face-to-face with the grotesque Kray-Tor, Grand Inquisitor of the Magus, false god of the Universal Church of Truth. At this pivotal point in the tale entitled, "Judgment Day," Warlock has been tried and found guilty by Kray-Tor and the charade of a court for the disingenuous deity it proposes to serve, Warlock has had a bellyful of the entire proceedings and finally realized that he has no option left, but to unleash the dreaded power of his soul gem toward his cruel adversary. He agonizes at the very though by stating, "Yes, I now realize that your kind are the ULTIMATE IN VILENESS, for you cloak your sins in pious words and holy vestments, judging all but yourselves. So may whatever gods be forgive me. For this day I join your ranks..." Yes indeed, the ranks of those who have power over life and death. And thus, Adam finally gives in to the insatiable hunger of his vampiric and ultra powerful soul gem upon his forehead. The gem glows with an eerie emerald hue, increasing in strength and voracious desire until a flaming emerald beam FLASHES FORTH to utterly SUCK the living soul from the ugly and bulbous, Kray -Tor, who cries in complete conquered terror. And the satisfied soul gem rejoices, "Memories, images, thoughts like none I've ever tasted! Delicious!" Starlin is obviously firing on all cylinders here, embedding an whole plethora of themes, opinions and ideologies within his intricate and complex plot and dynamic story telling. Starlin even took the time to personally ink this page, which is rather rare for his artwork, which add astronomically to the desirability and value to such special pieces. This key issue also introduced the beautiful, yet deadly intergalactic assassin, Gamora. In sum, this special piece has exceptional detailed rendering with dramatic tension and dynamic battle action in the Mighty Marvel tradition - Just the Way You Demand it! Artwork is in excellent condition with image size measuring 10" x 15." The body of Kray-Tor in the last panel is a stat with no artwork underneath. http://www.archangels.com/catalog-detail.php?id=4015
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