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Joe Sinnott





 Pen and Ink

Art Type:



 Unpublished Art


Joe Sinnott (Inker)

Joe Sinnott Silver Surfer Illustration Original Art (JS, 2007). India ink over high-end giclee of Jack Kirby’s original pencils of “Silver Surfer” and “Doctor Doom” (JK, 1972).

Science Fiction Superhero storyline written by the iconic Stan Lee with Biblical parallels and a Christ-like figure. Norrin Radd saved his home planet Zenn-La from the planet devourer known as Galactus by agreeing to serve as his herald. In return, Galactus spared Zenn-La and granted Radd with the Power Cosmic. Radd acquired vast power, a new body and a surfboard on which he could travel faster than the speed of light. Radd was transformed into the Silver Surfer. One who roamed the cosmos in search of planets for Galactus to consume. When the Surfer came upon Earth, he met the Fantastic Four, who helped him rediscover his nobility of spirit. Betraying Galactus, the Surfer saved Earth, but was exiled there as punishment.

Jack Kirby (1917-1994) was an American comic book artist, writer and editor, widely regarded as the medium’s most prolific and influential creator. In the 1960s under writer-editor Stan Lee, Kirby created many of Marvel Comics’ most beloved characters. The story frequently cited as Lee and KIrby’s finest achievement is “The Galactus Trilogy” in Fantastic Four #48-50 (March-May 1966), chronicling the arrival of Galactus, a cosmic giant who wanted to devour the planet and his herald, the Silver Surfer.

Joe Sinnott (1926-2020) is an American comic book artist. Working primarily as an inker, Sinnott is best known for his long stint on Marvel Comics’ Fantastic Four, from 1965 to 1981, inking over the pencils of Jack Kirby. In the mid-2000s Stan Lee cited Sinnott as the company’s most in-demand inker, stating at the time, “Pencillers used to hurl all sorts of dire threats at me if I didn’t make certain that Joe, and only Joe, inked their pages.”

In an uncanny stroke of luck and timing, just when Kirby seemed to be approaching the zenith of his artistic abilities, Joe Sinnott became the FF’s regular inker. Sinnott was a master craftsman, fiercely proud of the effort and meticulous detail he put into his work. That slick, stylized layer of India ink that Sinnott painted over Kirby’s pencils finished Jack’s work in a way that no other inker ever would. Comic fans had never witnessed art this strange and powerful in its scope and strength.

The Art:

Approximately 35 years after Jack Kirby first created this masterpiece, Joe Sinnott willingly took on the project of inking the giclee version. Just after completing the project in 2007, the first thing Joe Sinnott stated was that this project was the hardest single piece of art he had ever worked on. The art is accomplished in India ink on 14 x 17 inch board. It is floated in a dark brown frame utilizing 100% archival materials including museum glass. It is signed by the artist on the Surfer’s board and is in excellent condition. Extraordinary!

From a private collection.

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