Original Comic Art Tips #153 – Gary Frank, Kirby, Alex Raymond!!
Welcome to #153 of Original Comic Art Tips! very long results section, followed by some surprise auctions.
Original Comic Art Auction Results:
Mike’s wife announced last Sunday that they raised $257k with their auctions in the last months.
A plain Hellboy bust was sold (by another seller) for $1,5k.
A Spawn sketch by Todd McFarlane was sold for $2,5k, a Batman prelim by Bernie Wrightson for the same price, a Doomsday Clock page by Gary Frank for $1,8k, the Wolverine page by Adam Kubert for $1,6k.
Heritage Weekly Auction: a Dick Tracy daily wins with $4k, a Ben Casey daily by Neal Adams was sold for $2,6k, the Thanos page by Jim Starlin went for $1,1k, the Howard the Duck page by Gene Colan for $1k.
ComicLink: big results for a great auction. The highest price paid (and a very high price for Comiclink’s standard) was for the Spider-Man page by Todd McFarlane, sold for $58k, another jump up for interior original Spidey art by Todd. A Detective Comics cover by Neal Adams, sold for $42k, which is lower than comparable original art sold on Heritage, but CL has no buyer’s premium, $8k saved.
The big surprise stands at #2, the cover to U.X-Men #494 by David Finch, sold for $38k. A cover from 2008, very rare for a modern cover to reach this price, but we’re living in weird times.
An Iron-Man cover by George Tuska went for $32k, a Thor cover by John Romita for $24k (relatively low for a JR cover), for the same price went the cover to Daredevil #80 by Gil Kane, then the Marv pinup by Frank Miller and the painted Hellboy cover, sold for $20k.
Let’s see some bargains, like this Buscema/Sienkiewicz Wolverine page sold for $850, a great Spidey page by Simone Bianchi sold for $500, an Avengers cover by Adi Granov for less than $2k, a nice Jubilee page by Marc Silvestri for $800.
Am I the only one that’d rather pay $7k for an action X-Men page by Jim Lee than $20k for an unpublished pinup?
$16k for a complete Captain America issue by Mike Zeck means $750 for a page, not bad.
Comiconnect: remember the incredible selection of X-Men original art by John Byrne? they ALL went unsold. There were some good deals, like this Wonder Woman cover by George Perez sold for $1,6k, a Hulk page by Herb Trimpe for $1,7k, a Mister Miracle page by Jack Kirby sold for $1,8k, a signed Wonder Woman page by Don Heck for $350 and a Young Justice cover by Todd Nauck for less than $600.
This week on eBay
Great Justice League Dark cover by Ryan Sook, low starting price, a Batman/Catwoman prelim by Greg Hildebrandt (and many from the same seller), two nice Doomsday Clock pages by Gary Frank (one, two), a Sgt. Rock page by Sam Glanzman, Wonder Woman by Don Heck.
Heritage Weekly Auction
DC: a Flash page by Travis Charest, Wonder Woman by Mike Deodato, a Batman page by Gary Frank, a Superman splash by Peter Krause, a great Batman splash by Alberto Ponticelli, World’s Finest by Dick Dillin.
Heritage Signature Auction: comic strips special
Here’s part 2 of 3, last week we looked into covers and next week we’ll look at interior art just in time for the auction.
HA is auctioning the collection of Alex Raymond‘s family, there are two great Flash Gordon Sunday strips and several beautiful Rip Kirby dailies, here’s the 3rd ever strip, but all of them are worth a look.
Look at this Sky Masters Sunday by Kirby and Wood.
See you next week!!