A Dragonball doodle sold for $33k – Original Comic Art Tips #206
Welcome to #206 of Original Comic Art Tips! Today I discovered a new trick. eBay auction pages expire 90 days after they close, when you click on an old link you get the “Sorry, we looked everywhere” message. Well, on my phone I was able to open a link from April (I was researching the Romita sketch I’m talking about in the Heritage section).
If you’re reading this from mobile, would you click on this link and tell me if it also works for you? If you see a Romita Spidey, I’ll go open older links to see how far I can get…
Original Comic Art Auction Results:
eBay: a Daredevil page by Bob Brown went for a pretty high $1,9k, the Gen13 illustration by Joe Chiodo for $1,7k, a Fantastic Four page by Keith Pollard for $1,6k, a Legion page by Win Mortimer for $1,5k.
When the remarqued Hellboy Artist’s Edition was published, I snobbed it because sketches seemed too quick. I should’ve bought five copies since they’re selling for $1k just after a few years.
The Batman page by John Byrne went for $900 just for a tiny Batman talking head, the World’s Finest page by Rich Buckler full of great Batman panels went for the same money. The Hulk page by Sal Buscema for $800.
Heritage Weekly Auction: I thought about bidding on the Wonder Woman Style Guide illustration by Garcia-Lopez, but it very quickly went over my possibilities, ending at $19k, the Batman one went for $7k, a very small Teen Titans pinup by Perez for $3k, a Golden Age page by Charlie Sultan for $1,8k, Sexy Veronica pinups by Dan De Carlo are always in demand between ex-kids, $1,5k.
I don’t know why this Action Figure design by Bart Sears made $1,5k…
How many times did I tell you already that Dazzler original art is growing quickly?
Catawiki: the rare Max Fridman cover by Giardino was sold for €2,5k, the 1958 Suske & Wiske page by Willy Vandersteen for €4,3k, the Brendon cover by Roi for €330. That weird Jim Lee sketch was still able to make more than $400.
I follow the Japanese Mandarake auctions (and save screenshot archives) but seldom post links here. Last week they had two incredible sales: a quick Goku (Dragonball) sketch by Akira Toriyama was sold for $33k (!!!), then a quick Doraemon sketch was sold for $23k.
This week on eBay
Heritage Weekly Auction
John Romita officially went to the Philippines in the ‘70s to find and meet new artists for Marvel Comics. During the trip, he gifted nice full-figure Spidey drawings to everybody. The Spidey inscribed to Virgilio Redondo was sold in April on eBay for $4,3k, this time we can see the great one gifted to Tony De Zuniga.
I really like this G.I. Joe cover by Dave Johnson (I wrote this two times already, but never read a G.I. Joe comic in my life), an EC page by Jack Davis, a very detailed prelim by Bernie Wrightson, a nice color guide by Glynis Oliver over Romita Jr. X-Men art.
This uncredited Dylan Dog page is getting a lot of bids and is already at €900, Last time I read this issue was probably 30 years ago so I can’t identify it (reply to this email and tell me..!).
A Druuna coloring page by Serpieri, a cover from “Le Storie” by Di Gennaro, a Diabolik page by Palumbo, a Milady prelim and a page from “La Compagnia della Forca” by Magnus, a Mickey Mouse illustration by Silvia Ziche.
See you next week!!