Six black-and-white plates in an extra-illustrated, printed folder. Signed by the artist on the first plate.
The First Kingdom was a 24-issue, 768-page graphic novel that Jack Katz completed over 12 years, from 1974 to 1986. An epic science fiction story set "on a new, post-nuclear prehistoric era with tribes fighting for survival on a primitive, fantastic Earth filled with gods and monsters."
The folder includes the text feature "The Story of Jack Katz and The First Kingdom" and the unpublished preliminary cover to The First Kingdom #4.
Limited edition portfolios were a phenomenon of the 1970s and 80s. They grew out of a greater appreciation of comic and fantasy artists. Middle-Earth lead the way publishing a 1973 portfolio of Frank Frazetta drawings that quickly sold out its 500-copy print run. It was followed by Barry Smith's Tupenny Conan Portfolio in 1974 and another Frazetta portfolio, The Lord of the Rings, in 1975. This lead to a decade of large format, limited edition portfolios: a suite of new illustrations created without restrictions or censorship, with better printing on better paper, reproduced in a large size, to fully appreciate the artwork.