Issue #123 – Alan Davis, Joe Quesada, Liefeld!
Welcome to #123 of Original Comic Art Tips, long results section and a great Heritage auction!!
Original Comic Art Auction Results:
the Mike Mignola X-Factor splash was sold for $4,900, a Bill Sienkiewicz Conan illustration went away quickly for a $4,000 Best Offer, the nice Marvel Universe illustration by Sal Buscema was finally sold for $2,600, the original TMNT page by Eastman and Laird for $2,300, an early The Tick page by Ben Edlund for the same price and the Wolverine page by Buscema/Sienk for $2,200.
ComicLink original art auction:
some interesting prices, but most of the pieces fall in the category of bargains… The winner was easy to spot while browsing the auction, it’s Tim Sale with the Batman kissing Catwoman splash sold for $5,300.
The Defenders page by Gil Kane went for $3,700, the original Batman title page by Carmine Infantino for $2,500, an Infinity Abyss title splash by Jim Starlin was sold for $2,400 and a Dejah Thoris cover by Lucio Parrillo went for $3,000.
Early John Romita Jr. original art is growing month after month, this X-Men page went for $2,500 even without action scenes. The Mike Zeck Spidey half splash went for $1,700, the Ms. Marvel half splash by Jim Mooney for $1,600.
Some pages all went for $1,400: a great Batman piece by Jim Aparo, a Wolverine by John Byrne and a Power Girl commission by Jim Lee. If the original buyer had asked for Batman now we’d be speaking about a $5k result… Scot Eaton art is usually nice and affordable, this time a super detailed Batman DPS went for $1,100.
I never put links here for the regular Bob Lubbers lots. Dailies go on sale every week in batches of 10. Prices for Robin Malone strips are rising, buyers are flipping them on ebay for $150/200, now they’ll have to double the asking price, with 10 strips lot selling for $3,100.
I hoped for this beautiful 1926 The Gumps Sunday strip to remain low and try a bid, but many collectors noticed it too, taking it to $1,300.
As usual, commission prices drop on the secondary market. This Batman commission by Gabriele Dell’Otto, sold for $900, would cost you $1,500/2,000.
This week on eBay
A few high end pieces at Marvel and DC.
Let’s start with Marvel, Daredevil original art by Joe Quesada is pretty rare and in high demand.
Avengers West Coast original art by John Byrne, a NAM splash by Michael Golden, a beautiful DUNE title splash by Bill Sienkiewicz, Shogun Warriors by Herb Trimpe, an Iron-Man splash by Patrick Zircher, an Excalibur splash by Jae Lee.
Heritage Weekly Auction
Some great pieces, this week… Marvel: a Savage Sword page by John Buscema, an Avengers cover recreation by Sal Buscema, She-Hulk original art by John Byrne and a great Wolverine in action page by Marc Silvestri.
Many nice pieces by Alan Davis, like this Excalibur page and an X-Men page. Rare original art by Joe Madureira with a Deadpool page, a very nice Spidey piece by Alex Saviuk, an Amazing Spider-Man page by Erik Larsen (no Spidey), and Spidey by Olliffe/Williamson.
Heritage Great American Comic Strip Auction
As the name says a great auction, featuring the incredible collection of cartoonist Jack Kent, famous for his classic strip King Aroo. He corresponded with all the strip artists of the 30’s, and received many originals, from the best artists and also from the forgotten ones. I discovered quite a few strips by browsing these pages.
A Prince Valiant page by Hal Foster, an original Popeye strip by Segar, a 1935 Mickey Mouse strip by Floyd Gottfredson, a pre-Dick Tracy strip by Chester Gould, a Tim Tyler’s Luck ghosted by Alex Raymond, a nice hand-colored Mutt and Jeff daily from the 1910’s.
Apart from the Kent collection there are dozens of lots from the usual Bob Lubbers and Jim Davis consignments.
See you next week, we’ll start digging into the next Heritage Signature Auction!!