Original Comic Art Tips #72 – Granov, Miller, Kirby and More!
Welcome to #72 of the Original Comic Art Tips Newsletter!! Some Auction results to start.
Usually comic art with a very high starting price remains unsold on Ebay, the Thor page by Jack Kirby instead went for more than $5,000. The Spider-Man DPS by Rick Leonardi went for $1,500, the Marie Severin original Namor art for almost $800, the Daredevil art by Carmine Infantino for $550, the Flash/Green Lantern page by Don Heck for $450, the Teen Titans page by George Perez for $550.
Prices for Don Newton Batman pages are dropping quickly, the best of the stack is probably gone, but some months ago a page like this would go for more than $300.
The Batman daily strip by Joe Giella went for $2,000, a Gil Kane unpublished and faded Wonder Woman Cover for $1,100, the return of a Cisco Kid strip by Salinas was welcomed with the usual $1,600, the Mac Raboy Flash Gordon Sunday was sold for $1,500 and a nice Dick Tracy daily for $1,800.
A 1974 Power Man page by Tuska for less than $300 is pretty good, as is a Dr. Strange color original art by Frank Brunner. Not the best Marvel Comics cover ever, but paying $300 for Avengers original art by Tom Raney is not bad. I thought a Rusty Riley Sunday would go for more than $700, this On Stage Sunday art went for 50% of its value at $650.
Seems like this auction went really, really well, a very high percentage of pieces were sold, even if most items went for the starting price, making it more an art sale than an auction. The most important piece, the Corto Maltese original art by Hugo Pratt ended at €21,000 after a bidding war, also the two Pratt watercolours were sold for big money. Many good deals were made by happy collectors for items with low starting price.
This week on eBay
A great week on ebay, I had to edit some nice pieces out! Let’s see.
DC: Phil Hester is selling this very nice Batman Vs. Joker splash for charity, it ends today. Flash half splash by Tony Daniel, still pretty low, a nice Batman in this Don Newton original art, the usual 2 page Wonder Woman lot by Don Heck (good choice this week), Teen Titans art by George Perez, Supergirl/Robin page by John Byrne, JLA DPS by Mark Bagley and a Jim Lee Batman sketch taken out of the limited action figure, nice but priced too high.
Marvel: Captain America and Iron-Man full figure painted commissions by Adi Granov for $850 or best offer. Considering he’s no longer doing this kind of commissions and his covers go for 10 times they’re very interesting pieces. Act quick if interested.
Really like this Steven Butler Silver Sable & Venom cover, his art is going up and it’s ending in a few hours. A Terry Dodson Incredible Hulk cover, Sam Kieth painted Hulk/Wolverine page, classic Dracula page by Gene Colan, Godzilla splash and Godzilla/Devil Dinosaur page by Herb Trimpe.
Cloak and Dagger page by Larry Stroman and Al Williamson, nice Namor page by Jae Lee, this Spider-Man illustration by Sal Buscema is badly scanned, a great piece if it’s original art. Thing sketch by Joe Sinnott, Cap sketches by Frank Quitely and Gabriele Dell’Otto. Cheap Thor color original art by Mark Texeira.
Heritage Sunday Auction
Strips: great art by Al Williamson, Alex Raymond and Milton Caniff. Sunday Flash Gordon original art by Mac Raboy, a Lone Ranger Sunday, a nice Robin Malone, a Dick Tracy daily to watch, George Herriman and Dennis the Menace panels. As you can see the bad 2019 of the Sunday Auction continues…
Bernie Wrightson has a classic DC horror page, then the original art for the title splash of Kamandi #28 by Kirby and a great Demon sketch, a beautiful painted cover from Books of Magic by Kaluta and a very nice full figure Wonder Woman commission by Darwyn Cooke.
Avengers and Fantastic Four comic art by George Perez, Cap Vs. Deathlok by Mike Zeck, the splash from Moon Knight #9 by Sienkiewicz, a 1980’s Phoenix color commission original by Frank Miller and a nice X-Factor page by Walt Simonson.
Having seen the results made by Alan Davis drawn Excalibur pages in last September to November Sunday Auctions they are moved now to the big auction, we have a cover and several interior pages (see the Comic Art Tips archives for old results).
Strips: a 1936 Terry and the Pirates daily, a Rip daily by Alex Raymond, a Tarzan page by Russ Manning, look at this incredible Right Around Home color Sunday and at this exceptionally well drawn Sunday original art from The Gumps. Dan De Carlo sexy jokes from the 50’s always go for big money.
Inside a bigger Pop Culture auction with props, pictures and celebrity autographs there’s a small original comic art section with some nice pieces.
The most interesting one is a sketchbook they’re sadly cutting and selling as separate pages, containing quick sketches done by many classic cartoonists in 1950. Some of these artists are pretty rare to find.
For example I’ve never sketches done for fans by Charlie Biro, Bela Zaboly and Jay Irving. Hal Foster often sent original panels cut from Prince Valiant sundays to fans, so quick pieces are rare. Scribbly original art by Sheldon Mayer is very rare to find for sale, these Alex Raymond and Rube Goldberg sketches are very quick (I’d probably also question their originality if seen on ebay… taken out of this sketchbook and auction) but still very interesting for the artist names. Milton Caniff and Russell Patterson sketches are more common but always beautiful to look at.
See you next week with Original Comic Art Tips!!