Colan, Romita Sr., Wrightson! – Original Comic Art Tips 186
Welcome to #186 of Original Comic Art Tips! Long Results section and a few surprises on ebay.
eBay: let’s start from the top, do you believe that the Hero Initiative charity piece/Venom #35 variant cover by Humberto Ramos and Ryan Stegman was sold for $28k? I had to.
Somebody spilled the beans about the uncredited Romita Jr. Spider-Man page, it was sold for $4,5k. Sorry…
A Swamp Thing illustration by Bernie Wrightson went for $8k, a Teen Titans cover by Ed Hannigan for $4k, a Spectacular Spidey cover by Luke Ross for $5k, an Incredible Hulk page by Herb Trimpe for $5k.
Somebody was very smart in buying this very nice Spider-Man page by John Romita and Dan Green for a $3,8k Best Offer, the same can be said about this detailed Tomb Raider sketch by Adam Hughes, sold for a $950 B.O.
The UK Spidey splash went for $2k, a Carnage cover by Marcelo Ferreira for $2,4k, the Invincible page by Ryan Ottley and a Shazam splash by Gary Frank for $1,5k, a Batman page by Sean Murphy for a $1,3k B.O., a rare cover sketch by Daniel Clowes for $1,1k.
Usually, those Jim Lee limited action figures contain a quick profile sketch and sell for $800. One with a high-quality Joker drawing was sold for a $1,5k B.O.
Not enough space for all of the high eBay results, here’s the link to see them all.
Heritage Weekly Auction: Don Martin is the winner, with a 2-page Mad story sold for $7,8k and a single page story for $6,6k. A four-page early Golden Age story was sold for $5,2k, the Super Powers page by Jack Kirby for $3,6k, Thor by Keith Pollard for $3,3k.
Catawiki: an A3 Mafalda sketch by Quino was sold for €5k (!), a Corto Maltese strip by Hugo Pratt for €4,4k, a page from XIII by Vance for €2,4k, an AXA strip by Romero for €650, a page by Crisse for €600.
A quick sketch by Franquin for €500, a sketch by Moebius for €500, a page prelim by Will Eisner for €300. An illustration from Il Salgarone by Jacovitti for a low €320, a color illustration for €360.
Comiconnect auctions: April 2021 is a record month for Dave Cockrum X-Men pages, this one was sold for $70k, just below the Nightcrawler origin sold a few weeks ago on Heritage. A Dr. Strange splash by Frank Brunner went for $24k, the cover to Black Panther #8 by Jack Kirby for $40k, a G.I. Joe cover by Trimpe for $19k, a Spider-Man cover by Ross Andru for $45k.
In the past year, we started to build a little reference file for Joe Madureira‘s original art prices, this X-Men DPS was sold for $27k.
Iron-Man Original Art by John Romita Jr. is quite rare, this Marvel Age cover (with Byrne inks) looks like a good deal at $12k.
This Fantastic Four page by John Byrne sold for $10k looks a bit underpriced, a Thor splash by John Buscema went for $9k.
Comiconnect is also one of the few auction houses where you can still find a good deal, this Scarlet Witch/Iron-Man page by John Byrne went for $2k, a classic Avengers page by Don Heck for $3,3k, a Power Man/Iron Fist splash by Chan & Mignola for $1,5k, a Ghost Rider page by Don Perlin for $800 and a Dr. Strange page by Butch Guice for $200.
Comiclink: the highest result is $8,1k for a Spider-Gwen cover by J. Scott Campbell, a Superman page by George Perez went for $7,5k, several Infinity Gauntlet pages sold, as usual. The highest price was $6,4k for this Ron Lim page, a bit low compared to the latest sales.
A Deadpool cover by Tradd Moore was sold for $5,6k, a Chris Bachalo Dr. Strange commission, not touched by Neil Gaiman, went for $700, a published Hunger Dogs production page for $2,6k. Surprised by this Batman commission by Neal Adams sold for $6k when you can commission him for less.
Hundreds of affordable pieces too, the best were this Spider-Man page by Sal Buscema sold for $1,2k, Spidey by Stuart Immonen for less than $500, a nice Superman page by Gil Kane for $1,4k, Fantastic Four by Ron Frenz for $600.
A Valiant cover prelim by Barry Smith for $900, Dr. Strange pages by Rick Leonardi and Geof Isherwood for $600.
This week on eBay
Gene Colan – Iron-Man Original Comic Art
DC: the cover to Flash #209 by Dick Giordano is the second big piece of the week, a Batman page by Ross Andru, one by Ric Estrada, one by Jim Aparo, a Batman commission by Neal Adams, a Mystery page by Grandenetti and Wally Wood.
Many pages from the ‘90s, Teen Titans by Tom Grummett, white Superman by Ron Frenz, an Aquaman splash a Superman page and a JLA page by Val Semeiks, Anarky by Norm Breyfogle, Aquaman by Jim Calafiore.
A Batman commission by Kelley Jones, Young Justice by Todd Nauck, full page Flash by Ron Frenz, a Harley splash by Chad Hardin, a Supergirl cover by Brian Ching and ten Shazam model sheets by Gary Frank.
Marvel: a classic Iron-Man #1 title page by Lee/Colan/Craig, an Avengers page and a Man-Thing splash by David Wenzel, a Spider-Man Sunday by Alex Saviuk.
A Thanos page by Ron Lim, Hulk by Bagley, an Avengers splash by Mike Mayhew, Peter Parker by John Byrne, a Spidey commission by Gabriele Dell’Otto.
Strips: nice X-9 by Mel Graff, a 1933 Moon Mullins, Buz Sawyer by Roy Crane.
Heritage Weekly Auction
Rich Buckler – Fantastic Four Original Comic Art
Marvel: the best piece of the week is this Buckler/Sinnott Fantastic Four page, Sgt. Fury by Dick Ayers, Hellcat by Don Perlin, Dr. Strange and Galactus by Geof Isherwood, Dr. Strange by Erik Larsen, a Daredevil page by Ditko.
DC: Batman by Irv Novick and Gene Colan, World’s Finest by Garcia Lopez, Dick Dillin, Murphy Anderson, a Superman DPS by Curt Swan, and a page by Jim Starlin. A Golden Age Green Lantern strip by Paul Reinman, I like a lot this Swamp Thing page by Rick Veitch.
A Wildcats splash by Jim Lee, a TMNT illustration by Kevin Eastman.
Two Bernard Prince pages by Hermann, a Natacha page by Walthery, a page by Margerin, a pinup by Dany and some sketches: Durango by Swolfs, Schuiten, Gibrat, Lauffray.
A no reserve Corto Maltese strip by Hugo Pratt, a page by Manara, a big illustration by Jacovitti, great page by Micheluzzi, a cover by Jacono.
A Nathan Never cover by De Angelis, a page by Bottaro, one by Romano Scarpa, a Clara pinup by Bernet and a page prelim by Eisner.
Two very early Peanuts dailies, one from 1952 and one from 1953.
Hidden between beautiful illustrations there are three Charles Addams panels, here’s one.
See you next week!!!