2001 A Space Odyssey #1 VF/NM
Written by Jack Kirby. Art by Jack Kirby and Mike Royer. Cover by Jack Kirby and John Verpoorten. The issue starts in the distant past where the monolith instructs a hunter on how to craft a spear and then shifts to the future where two astronauts discover an alien ruin. One of the astronauts is killed by a creature, but the other, Woodrow Decker, is transported into a pastoral countryside by the monolith. Here he rapidly ages until he dies and is converted by the monolith into an embryo-type creature referred to as a 'new seed' to explore the galaxy. Based on concepts from the film by Stanley Kubrick & Arthur C. Clarke. Comics ad for the Juicemobiles shoes from Spot-bilt, featuring O.J. Simpson, art by John Romita. Hostess Twinkies ad with Spider-Man, art by Ross Andru and Mike Esposito. Cover price $0.30.