Farewell to comic artist Dick Ayers (1924-2014), who passed away on Sunday at his home in NY less than a week after his 90th birthday. Our Collector's Treasure of the Day is this wonderful recreation by Ayers of the cover art for Avengers #1. Ayers was the original inker for the classic cover, so this is just about as close as a collector is likely to get to the fantasy of hanging this grail on their wall. Thor, Iron Man, the Hulk, Ant-Man, and the Wasp came together as the "Earth's Mightiest Super-Heroes" in battle against the power of Loki for the very first time in this historic image and it is among the most recognizable images of Marvel's Silver Age. Ayers was one of the most prolific artists at Marvel during the explosion of the early 1960s, not only acting as one of the primary inkers on Jack Kirby's pencils, but also producing his own art on runs like the Human Torch series in Strange Tales. This art is signed by Ayers in the lower margin and has an image area of approximately 12 x 18 inches. Excellent condition. COA.