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Sons of a Chevrolet division chief, identical twins Greg and Tim Hildebrandt were born in Detroit, Michigan in 1939. Both boys were avid artists and creative thinkers from a young age, carrying their artistic passion with them throughout their childhoods. After attending the Meinzinger Art School at age 18, Greg and Tim worked for the Jam Handy Organization and Industrial Film Production Corporation, working on animated training films for the auto industry, the military and major U.S. corporations. In 1963, they moved from Detroit to New York City to work for Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen. He hired them to create art for his weekly TV show - Life is Worth Living - and to produce films on world hunger.

Eventually their focus moved on to commercial illustration, and in 1975, Greg and Tim illustrated the first of a series of The Lord of the Rings calendars for Ballantine Books. This series of paintings launched the two men into international fame, with over a million calendars sold, and the name The Brothers Hildebrandt® was born! In 1977, Lucas Films hired the Brothers Hildebrandt to create the movie poster for first Star Wars film, Star Wars: A New Hope.

For years Greg and Tim would work together and apart, receiving international recognition and numerous awards and honors. Sadly Tim Hildebrandt passed away in 2006 at the age of 67 due to complications of diabetes.

In 2015, Greg had the opportunity to return to Star Wars after 20 years for Marvel Comics. He painted three new pieces for Star Wars compendium covers. He has since painted comic covers for Deadpool, Old Man Logan, Secret Wars, Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain America, The Mighty Thor and he cannot wait to do more!

In this auction, we offer original art by Greg, both preliminary art used to compose a later painted Thor cover and a few painted pieces that were published by Marvel and more.

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