Can you guess why you probably shouldn't buy this "Jack Kirby" piece?
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https://new.liveauctioneers.com/item/47767362_1969-captain-america-by-jack-kirby-signed-#&gid=1&pid=1

 

The answer isn't "because it's such a bargain." But check out his other auctions if you'd like a hint.

 

Glen

 

PS Gold star to the first person who finds what this was copied from.

 

PPS The stamp on the back is a good touch. I think the signature looks pretty good, but some folks with a better eye disagree.

 

 

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Agree - the signature wasn't terrible...perhaps the Y was the worst

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There is now an almost identical piece on eBay. They are not the same if you look carefully.

 

I could see one being the prelim for the piece at Kirby museum's site (size etc seems to indicate that) but two pieces??

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/1969-Captain-America-Jack-Kirby-109-Provenance-No-Res-Auction-/272371447204

 

Also, anyone flagging this obvious Romita fake??

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/John-Romita-Sr-original-ink-drawing-on-paper-Spiderman-Cover-Art-NO-RES-AUCTION-/222245134231?hash=item33bed79f97:g:Kz0AAOSwOdpX0w5I

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There is now an almost identical piece on eBay. They are not the same if you look carefully.

 

I could see one being the prelim for the piece at Kirby museum's site (size etc seems to indicate that) but two pieces??

 

If Kirby ever did prelims...(no)

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Those forgeries are terrible. No way Kirby, or Heck, touched those pages.

 

Now the original from the Kirby museum looks great - luscious Heck brushwork over Kirby pencils.

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I'm very disappointed that the color Cap fake just sold for so much money. It's just going to embolden the jerks since there's no consequence for fraud anymore.

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It appears that most of the forgeries we see are one-and-done drawings. I can't recall seeing a forged "printed" cover, splash, or panel page, with all of the markings you'd expect from such a thing (DC stamp on the back, company art board, production notes along the border, etc). Have you?

 

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It appears that most of the forgeries we see are one-and-done drawings. I can't recall seeing a forged "printed" cover, splash, or panel page, with all of the markings you'd expect from such a thing (DC stamp on the back, company art board, production notes along the border, etc). Have you?

 

I'm not a lawyer but here's a conspiracy theory... is it possible that "We Present this art in the manner of the artist" gives the seller an out if anyone questions whether or not the art was drawn BY Jack Kirby ??

 

Could the seller say... Well, we didn't say it was drawn BY Jack Kirby, we just said it was SIGNED "Jack Kirby".

 

Conversely if someone drew something in Kirby's style but the art is SIGNED "Charles M Schulz". Noone could realistically claim the art is drawn in the manner of Charles M Schulz

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I am no lawyer either, but this is a pattern and seems clear that the pattern is clear attempt to defraud buyers

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