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1970 Marvel Comics "Daredevil" #67 Original Cover Artwork Featuring Stiltman - Plus Mind-Blowing Stan Lee Letter on Early Marvel Stationery ("I managed to slip this one lone cover past the electric eye")

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Elevate your collection with this original piece of artwork featuring Daredevil vs Stilt-Man. The work of two industry legends, Marie Severin (one of the first women to work in comics as a colorist and staff artist for Marvel and also EC) and Bill Everett (who created the Sub-Mariner in the 1940s and worked on Dr. Strange and "Subby" in the '60s), this dynamic piece was created for the cover of Daredevil #67. Published August, 1970 this issue saw DD take on one of his arch-enemies, a man in an impenetrable iron suit with telescopic legs. Great authenticity is noted in the numerous editorial markings on the perimeter of this 11-1/2 x 17-1/2" Bristol board, including the book number and date "67 August" at top left and four overlaid panels that are either taped or adhered to the front. These overlays are the price block, the "Daredevil The Man Without Fear" banner and two word blurbs. A 2" spot of adhesive residue is noted next to DD's right foot, where an absent word blurb reading "And You're Next" should be. Severin and Everett have cleverly signed the piece on the capsized boat behind "Hornhead", in the form of "7EV" for Severin penciler and Everett inker, in a black circle on the boat's smokestack. While moderate wear is noted, this original fifty year old production piece remains very pleasing. Another important piece of provenance appears on the back, with an approval stamp from the Comics Code Authority. 

A great treasure from Marvel's Silver Age super-hero renaissance, this fantastic offering comes direct from a consignor who served as an editor for the comics' industry giant in the 1970s. Worthy as it is, this artwork panel is accompanied by a remarkable letter to the editor in question, Mike McGrath. This show-stopping letter is handwritten and signed by the great Stan Lee, on letterhead that was designed in the earliest days of Marvel Comics and was still in use at the time. A prized collectible in its own right, this sheet of stationery is decorated on the left and across the bottom with images of Marvel's mighty heroes, including characters drawn by Jack Kirby, and Steve Ditko. Stan Lee has dated "5/10/70" at top left and the letter's written content reads in full as "Hi Mike, We're not supposed to give away orig. art -- but I managed to slip this one lone cover past the electric eye & Brinks guards. Cherish it well, Believer -- some day it might even be worth the postage it took to mail it to ya! Once again - thanks for the tape. Excelsior! Stan". Full photo LOA from JSA for the Stan Lee letter. 


Note from the consignor: "I taped Stan's lecture at Temple University earlier in 1970 on a cassette recorder and at his request made a copy for him to play for his wife Joan" (which explains the reference of "thanks for the tape" in Lee's letter). The consignor also states "A year later I was working full time at Marvel, designing "The Mighty World of Marvel" for British distribution as a 5P book". 

Also included is a copy of the Daredevil comic book #67 from 1970 in (VG) condition. 

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