Original Comic Art Tips #184 – Romita, Cockrum, Kirby!!
Welcome to #184 of Original Comic Art Tips! A very long update, I had to postpone the HA Signature prices report to next week… It’s 2:30 in the morning here, look at the big ebay pieces, both in results and new art:
eBay: the Brown Bag Spider-Man origin page by Ron Frenz was sold for almost $10k, an unpublished Joe Shuster Studio Superman page for $5k, a Conan page by John Buscema for a $3,9 Best Offer, a Spider-Man UK cover by Dave Hunt for a $3,1k B.O.
Don’t be afraid of making low Best Offers… this R. Crumb drawing, posted at $17,5k was sold for a $7k B.O.
Hero Initiative Auctions: the Doctor Strange jam by Chris Bachalo and Neil Gaiman was sold for a surprising $14,5k. A similar commission by Bachalo would cost less than $2k, add something for the charity purpose, and we’re left with a value of +/- $10k for a hand written poem by Gaiman… Wow!
Lately many printing plates of Marvel/DC classic covers appeared on ebay, and they’re selling, despite being ugly and worthless. This Green Lantern cover plate from Gil Kane art went for $3,1k. Still better than buying the “production art” copies freshly printed every week.
A Frank Frazetta life drawing went for $3k, a Spider-Man page by Jim Mooney for $2,2k, the Star Wars by Infantino for $2,6k, a Clone Saga death of Aunt May page by Mark Bagley for a $2,2k B.O., the Harley cover by Gary Frank for $1,9k.
What do you think of this Snoopy drawing by Charles Schulz in a Beckett capsule sold for $2,1k? Hey, an NFT of what seems a rendering for a DC action figure was sold for $900. I’ll have to do a NFT ebay research next week…
BTW, there were many more interesting results, here’s the usual link to see them all.
Heritage Weekly Auction: the great Batman page by Marshall Rogers went for almost $10k, the early Cerebus page for $6,3k, the Longshot page by Art Adams for $5,8k. All of the Superman pages by Curt Swan were sold for very high prices, this one went for $3,8k.
I’d value this Avengers DPS by David Finch (with 1/3 of a Captain America face) at 1/3 of the $2,5k it was sold for.
Stan Drake Juliet Jones dailies are growing a lot lately (or are they from a big storyline?), this one went for $1,5k.
First time I see a Mister X page by Seth for sale, it went for $1k.
Is $1,000 the new record for an inks only blueline page?
Catawiki: a big Manolito drawing by Quino went for €3,2k, a Mafalda sketch for €1,2k. A 1960 Alix pinup by Martin was sold for €2,2k, a page by David B. for €1k, a Scrooge page by Romano Scarpa for €450.
This week on eBay
Marvel: a Captain America page by Jack Kirby, a full figure 1974 Spider-Man sketch by John Romita, in very bad condition but real. West Coast Avengers by John Byrne, a page from Fantastic Four #300 by John Buscema, a badly inked Conan splash by Gil Kane, an Avengers by Don Heck.
I can’t identify the artist for this nice house ad from Spidey Super Stories (Dave Hunt inks?), another unidentified 1984 Spidey page and several 1984 Spidey dailes. A very good Spider-Man Sunday is by Alex Saviuk.
Hero Initiative: look at this incredible Hulk Vs. Hulk jam by Dale Keown and Ed McGuinness, Wolverine/Capt. America by Adam Kubert & Garcia Lopez, Spider-Man 2099 original art by Rick Leonardi & Will Sliney and some other pieces.
DC: a Flash cover by Gary Frank, a Flash page by Greg LaRocque, Huntress by Gulacy/Austin, a Poison Ivy painted by Lan Medina, a JLA pinup by Ed Benes, a Joker commission by Andy Kubert, Promethea by J.H. Williams.
Heritage Weekly Auction
Marvel: a Sgt. Fury page by Jack Kirby, a page from Amazing Spidey #200 and a Thor page by Keith Pollard, Star Wars by Bob McLeod, a Dr. Strange page by Ron Lim, a Spidey half splash by John Byrne, Dracula by Brereton.
The Art of Garfield original art auction
Jim Davis sent his entire archive of Garfield strips to Heritage around 2018, and they’ve been selling 2/4 dailies every week since. I reported recently that the later (post 1990 and 2000) strips’ prices are going down, so this may be the right moment to buy one if you don’t care that Davis stopped drawing the strip around 1980. Or maybe prices will grow again thanks to this auction… we’ll see next week.
I’ve been curious to see the strip published the day I was born. This Sunday was printed four days after (I just discovered I was born on a Wednesday btw…), who knows, maybe it was already sold.
Strip prices vary based on the quality of the gag, so, for now, this Sunday must be the funniest.
The earliest daily is from January 1979, seven months after the first strip. This one from March is the highest priced. Here’s the first appearance of Liz, then Christmas day 1980, many complete weeks and a few paintings.
A collage and a Snake Agent story by Stefano Tamburini, an illustration by Pazienza, a page from Dylan Dog #1 by Stano, an illustration by Toppi, Gancio by Scarpa, Gli Aristocratici by Tacconi, I like this page by Micheluzzi.
See you next week!!