EXCLUSIVE LOOK: The Greatest AVENGERS Art Exhibit You’ll Ever See

13 MIGHTY ILLUSTRATIONS: Kirby, Simonson, Perez, Ditko — MORE!

If you’ve never been, the Society of Illustrators in Manhattan is a marvelous place to see some of the greatest art in comics history, with an ever-rotating schedule of retrospectives.

Last year, for just one example, the Society’s gallery was given over to the art of Spider-Man, featuring original pages and covers by, especially, John Romita Sr., but also many others, like Steve Ditko, Gil Kane and Ross Andru. (Click here for 13 stunning pages from the exhibit. They are, ahem, amazing.)

This summer? It’s the The Art of the Avengers (and Other Heroes) and the creators represented are not only some of comics’ best — they’re the best of the best: Jack Kirby, Walter Simonson, George Perez, Steve Ditko, John Buscema, Barry Windsor-Smith and Romita among them.

The show kicks off at the Society on July 5 and runs through Oct. 20, so if you live close to New York — or are traveling through in the next few months or maybe even in town for New York Comic Con this fall — you have the chance to see some incredible work up close. (Click here for ticket info and hours. There’s also a reception open to the public July 12 at 7:30 p.m.)

But hey, guess what: We’ve got an EXCLUSIVE LOOK at 13 MIGHTY ILLUSTRATIONS for you. There’s gonna be so much more on display but this should give you a real taste of what’s on tap. (And if you can’t make it to New York, this at least gives you a glimpse at some outstanding art):

Avengers #16 cover. Pencils by Jack Kirby, inks by Dick Ayers

Avengers #1, Page 4. Kirby pencils, Ayers inks.

X-Men #9, Page 1. Kirby pencils, Chic Stone inks.

Tales of Asgard #1 cover. Kirby pencils, George Bell inks.

Captain America #203, cover. Kirby pencils, Frank Giacoia inks.

Thor Visionaries: Walter Simonson Vol. 4 cover. Art by Simonson.

Thor #337 cover. Simonson art.

The Incredible Hulk #177 cover. Pencils by Herb Trimpe. Inks by Jack Abel.

The Incredible Hulk #239 cover. Art by Al Milgrom.

The Amazing Spider-Man #20, Page 1. Art by Steve Ditko.

The Amazing Spider-Man #40, Page 11. John Romita pencils. Mike Esposito inks.

What If…? #19, Page 1. Ron Wilson pencils. Sam De La Rosa inks.

Avengers #1, Pages 16-17. George Perez pencils. Al Vey inks.


— Inside the Greatest SPIDER-MAN Art Exhibit You’ll Ever See. Click here.

— Society of Illustrators Ticketing Info. Click here.

Author: Dan Greenfield

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