ByJonathan J Moya, writer at Creators.co
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Jonathan J Moya

The Ben Affleck directed Argo (2012) featured concept art for a sci-fi movie of the same title drawn by lead Marvel artist Jack Kirby.

The drawings were part of an elaborate CIA backed plan that involved a fake movie shoot to free American hostages hiding in the Canadian Embassy in Iran.

The fake movie was an actual spec script written by Barry Geller originally titled "Lord of the Light" but renamed Argo to get around the Ayatollah's religious censors assigned to root out the least bit of imagined Muslim blasphemy and idolatry.

The Kirby concept art was black and white and has been widely seen and admired. The art is kind of psychedelic, almost a big trippy adult coloring book waiting to be filled in with the perfect day glow colors.

The folks over at Heavy Metal, the world’s premier illustrated magazine for science fiction, horror and fantasy, hired digital illustrator Mark Englert to fill in the colors and turn eight of Kirby's drawings into back-light posters.

Here is the official press release announcement:

As we said earlier today, some big Jack Kirby Heavy Metal news. Here you go:
Before the King of Comics’ debut in the pages of our hallowed (and now humbled) magazine, we present this mind-blowing artwork in a series of limited edition blacklight prints! Barry Geller & Jack Kirby’s “LORD OF LIGHT” artwork is set to appear in color for the first time Heavy Metal #276, and to celebrate, we’re giving Comic Con attendees a chance to own a piece of history in bold psychedelic blacklight! These Pieces by Geller & Kirby, mostly unseen before now, are part of American history as they were the artwork used by the CIA for OPERATION: ARGO, which helped free American embassy workers during the Iranian coup in 1979. Each of these 14 prints was produced in an edition of just 50, and we are making a small number available for pre-order! This offer is exclusively for those attending San Diego Comic-Con. All orders can be picked up in person at Comic Con during all hours of the show at the Heavy Metal booth (#1529).
Heavy Metal would like to give special credit to Mark Englert, colorist and project manager, who made this happen.
Purchase of these prints is limited to one of each per person/household.
When the time comes—Monday, 10 AM, to be specific—these 8 posters and another 6 we’re not showing you (yet) will be available in the Heavy Metal Store!

Brahma's Supremacy

Jack Kirby original concept art
Jack Kirby original concept art
Mark Englert colorization
Mark Englert colorization

Brahma’s Pavilions of Joy

Jack Kirby original concept art
Jack Kirby original concept art
Mark Englert colorization
Mark Englert colorization

Chambers of Brahma

Jack Kirby original concept art
Jack Kirby original concept art
Mark Englert colorization
Mark Englert colorization

Hostel of Hawkana

Jack Kirby original concept art
Jack Kirby original concept art
Mark Englert colorization
Mark Englert colorization

Jet Tube Transporter

Jack Kirby original concept art
Jack Kirby original concept art
Mark Englert colorization
Mark Englert colorization

Lord of Light Heads

Jack Kirby original concept art
Jack Kirby original concept art
Mark Englert colorization
Mark Englert colorization

North East Corner of Heaven

Jack Kirby original concept art
Jack Kirby original concept art


Mark Englert colorization
Mark Englert colorization

Planetary Control Room (full)

Jack Kirby original concept art
Jack Kirby original concept art
Mark Englert colorization
Mark Englert colorization

Planetary Control Room (detail, left)

Jack Kirby original concept art
Jack Kirby original concept art
Mark Englert colorization
Mark Englert colorization

Planetary Control Room (detail, right)

Jack Kirby original concept art
Jack Kirby original concept art
Mark Englert colorization
Mark Englert colorization

Royal Chambers of Brahma

Jack Kirby original concept art
Jack Kirby original concept art
Mark Englert colorization
Mark Englert colorization

Sam

Jack Kirby original concept art
Jack Kirby original concept art
Mark Englert colorization
Mark Englert colorization

ScienceFictionLand

Jack Kirby original concept art
Jack Kirby original concept art
Mark Englert colorization
Mark Englert colorization

Terminal of the Gods

Jack Kirby original concept art
Jack Kirby original concept art
Mark Englert colorization
Mark Englert colorization

Via Heavy Metal.

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