Welcome to the first Original Comic Art Tips Newsletter of 2018 and happy new year!
Last week was a bit slow in the Comic Art Auctions world, only 2 pieces ended in a interesting way: the John Byrne Batman page on eBay went for almost $1.000, while the Dennis Panel by Hank Ketcham on Heritage went for $1.017, a very high price for a regular 1975 panel.
Let’s go see if the first week of the year looks more interesting.
This week on eBay
Evil Ernie Cover Original by Steven Hughes
The first surprise of the year comes from the 90’s and from Chaos Comics. Lady Death and Evil Ernie Original artwork from the late Steven Hughes has always been pretty rare to find, three different eBay sellers have put for sale several pages/double splashes/covers (I’ll put one link for each, look at the other items for sale), the most impressive piece is this Evil Ernie #2 cover, there are 2 interior Lady Death pages here and a lot of pages and splashes here.
Heritage Sunday Auction
Al Williamson Star Wars Original Art
We start the weekly Heritage Auction with Batman, a nice Neal Adams page and a Ross Andru, then two Superman pieces, a Wayne Boring pinup from 1961 and a rare page by the great Kerry Gammill. Perhaps the most interesting piece of the week (and the one I’d buy) is this Elongated Man Original by Carmine Infantino from the very first story.
The piece that will reach the higher price is this Star Wars page from the Sunday Auction regular Al Williamson, using Williamson as a bridge from Superheroes to comic strips we have a nice (grab one while you still can!) B.C. daily original strip by Johnny Hart from 1969, a funny Mickey Mouse strip signed by Floyd Gottfredson and another daily Beetle Bailey original by Mort Walker that will probably go very low judging from the last auctions.
Comic link Focused Auction
The Incredible Hulk – Gil Kane Cover Sketch
This week we’ll browse through the first half of the listings in Comic Link’s January auction starting on 1/10. I have to admit there’s not much that caught my eye in the first 7 pages: another Spectacular Spiderman page by Sal Buscema (Sal’s Spidey pages are going up quickly in price), a Super Skrull half splash by Jim Cheung from New Avengers and several Gil Kane originals. Cover sketches by Kane are increasing in demand (and price), probably because the finished original art pieces are just a dream for most collectors while pages he penciled and inked himself, like this Superman Action Comics panel page are more difficult for many fans who prefer a classic approach to inking.
See you next week for great Original Comic Art here on Comic Art Tips!