Monday, August 24, 2009

Dear Comic Art Fan,

CAF's own Frank Cho is launching a new title through Image Comics called 50 Girls 50. Described as a "rip-roaring space adventure of an all female crew explorers," Frank and writer Doug Murray are currently conducting a talent search for an interior artist. If you think you have the chops to meet their exacting standards, send in your samples by Friday, October 2nd. The winner will be announced at Baltimore Comic Con. Check out the details here...

See you next week!

Colin Solan
CAF Editor


Heritage Auction Galleries ( - Comic Art Featured in This Week's Auction #19085

Come see the Comic Art closing in this Sunday's Weekly Internet Auction #19085

A few sample Lots:

Kurt Schaffenberger Adventure Comics #394 page 3 Original Art (DC, 1970).
The Girl of Steel is the target of a squadron of flying attack robots in this page from "Heartbreak Prison!" The page has an image area of 10" x 15" and it is in Excellent condition.

Arthur Sarnoff Putting on a Bra Illustration Original Art (1993).
This oil on stretched canvas painting has an overall size of 24" x 30", and the art is in Excellent condition. Signed lower left. From the Estate of Charles Martignette.

John Byrne Space: 1999 #5 page 19 Original Art (Charlton, 1976).
Zeus grabs an armful of starship in this page from "Gods of the Planet Olympus." The art has an image area of 10" x 15" and it is in Excellent condition.
Also check out the latest in the Comic Market at Heritage here...


It's time to get your bids in on the ORIGINAL ARTwithin the ComicLink August Featured Auction -- the original art segment of the Auction, featuring a few hundred art items, closes Friday, August 26th, between 8:00 PM EST and 12:00 AM EST. There are many exciting original art items to choose from!

Some examples of the Impressive Original ComicArt within this auction include:

Tales to Astonish #93 "Silver Surfer vs. Hulk" Original Art
Nine out of 10 incredible battle action pages to this historic 1st Silver Surfer vs. Hulk battle issue!

Batman #11 Batman vs. Joker page
Are you kiddin' me? We can hardly believe we have this in the auction! Batman literally punches out the Joker on this incredible page to the first Batman issue on which the Joker stars on the cover.

Captain America #117 Cover (1st Falcon)
The iconic original art to one of the of the most important Silver Captain America covers of all-time.

Strange Tales Annual #2 Jack Kirby/Steve Ditko
The earliest Spider-Man art on the market! This issue came out the same month as Amazing Spider-Man #3 (July 1963) and two months prior to #4. It is the first Spider-Man crossover issue and a rare Kirby (pencils) / Ditko (inks) collaboration on the Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four.

Amazing Spider-Man #37 Prime Ditko Spidey Action page
A great Spidey Action page by Steve Ditko at the peak of his pencilling powers.

Tales to Astonish #85 "GARGANTUS" (one of THE BEST and MOST IMPORTANT Monster stories in existence)
One of the best existing pre-superhero monster splash and story pages -- you have to see this Splash page!

1969 Conan Prototype Sketch by Barry Windsor-Smith
The offered item is an exceptionally rare and early Conan prototype drawing by Barry Windsor-Smith. The item is signed and dated 1969 by the artist, dating this piece at least six months before the July 1970 newsstand release of Conan #1.

Fantastic Four #13 Jack Kirby/Steve Ditko
An ultra early, and rare Kirby (pencils)/Ditko (inks) collaboration on the Fantastic Four, from April 1963.

Avengers #32 Cover Art
A rare offering of an early twice up Avengers Cover featuring Captain America, Hawkeye, Giant-Man, and the Wasp from 1966

Tales to Astonish #77 Splash Page Art
A great full page Hulk Splash from 1966!

There are many, many more exciting original art pieces within this auction, ranging in time period from the Golden Age to the present day.

To go straight to the Original Art within the auction, Click Here.
If you would like to sell in an upcoming ComicLink Auction (the next Focused Auction starts March 31 and the next Featured auction, with Original Art, starts in May), simply e-mail your list to or contact Douglas Gillock or Josh Nathanson at 718/246-0300, or begin simply by clicking the "Sell" tab at the top of the ComicLink web site.  If you are new to ComicLink, we also suggest you explore buying and selling on the Comic Book Exchange™ (where there are over 13,000 vintage CGC Graded comic books available), and the Comic Art Exchange™ where there is a wide selection of comic book art and frequent updates.  Registered sellers can list items in these sections at any time, and record-breaking prices are commonly realized.


Premium Member of the Week :: Kelvin Mao
1. Please tell us a little about yourself.

I consider my art collecting to have begun around 1993-1994 when I bought my first published page from Pete Koch at San Diego Comic-Con; a Mike Zeck/John Beattie from I believe Captain America #288 featuring Cap and Deathlok.  In 1992 I moved from Allentown, PA to Los Angeles, CA and attended my first SDCC. Since then, I've only missed one day of the show. Prior to that I'd only attended smaller local cons and purchased the odd convention sketch from some of the artists I liked and made it to the Allentown area: Tim Vigil, Joe Linsner, etc. My primary collecting interests are comic art from 80s when I started collecting comics; Bill Sienkiewicz, John Byrne, Frank Miller, Art Adams, Mike Mignola, the usuals from that period. But I also had a love of certain Golden and Silver age art because from age four to nine growing up in rural Connecticut my best friend had this giant pile of comics that we'd spend afternoons reading. A large portion of the pile was comprised of Gold and Silver Age reprint books. So my first Batman was drawn by Kane/Robinson/Sprang, Superman was Curt Swan, CC Beck Captain Marvel, Jack Cole Plastic Man, Carmine Infantino Flash, Steve Ditko Dr. Strange, and last but not least, Herge's Tintin. I know that last one sticks out, but that's what was in the pile. The only vaguely contemporary comics I remember at all were horror and war comics, but superheroes were always my favorite.

2. Which is your favorite piece in your gallery and why?
It's a hard choice, but it would have to be my CC Beck Whiz Comics #17 Cover. Getting that cover really was the grail or grails- and it was not an easy acquisition probably requiring every bit of collecting acumen I'd accumulated to that point- 2004 I believe it was. It's a Golden Age superhero cover from 1941 featuring the hero kicking Nazi ass.  What more could I possibly ask for?

3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?

It's say about 15-16 years now and honestly I can't remember exactly why.  In the beginning when I was primarily collecting just comic books, it was definitely a kick to get sketches from artists you admire, stuff done specifically for you. I can remember getting an inked sketch of Faust mailed to me by Tim Vigil, one of the all-time most underrated artists, and I was over the moon. I was still in school at the time and living with my parents and I can remember running out to Aaron Bros to get some cheap frame to put it in- where now that I think about it, it might actually still reside today. Tim had taken the pencil sketch home to finish because he'd run out of time at the con and I'd never seen him do inks for anyone at a show. It was a real act of generosity that I'll never forget. Over the years I've been very fortunate to have gotten to meet and become friends with a lot of the artists and writers that thrilled me as a kid. Cultivating those relationships has made the hobby infinitely more rewarding than it I was just collecting the art.

Once I started collecting actual pages, I think what most propelled me was momentum built from meeting and befriending other collectors. At some point I can remember "consolidating" all my other hobbies to focus on comic art. I sold a lot of toys, movie props, and a few comics too. I often joke with some of my closer friends in the hobby that if we didn't have other concerns like jobs, wives, and sleep, that we would could probably discuss comic art indefinitely.  

4. How do you display/store your collection at home?

Some of it is in frames on the wall. A lot of it is in frames waiting to go on the walls. The house always seems to be a bit of a work in progress and I never want to put the art up until I've figured out the best permanent resting place. The vast majority of it is in Itoya books inside a massive metal flat file, one of my all-time greatest investments. A student who was clearing out a storage unit had placed an ad in the Recycler, a local classified ads. He was out in the middle of nowhere and it was a bit of a haul, but I managed to cajole my roommate into driving me out there in his truck to check it out. The flat file was actually pretty filthy, but for $40 I couldn't say no.  So I took it home, hosed it off, oiled the bearings and into the house it went. And when I say it's massive I mean 36" x 48" and 51" high.

5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?

Mmmm... that's tough.  I used to keep a want list, but haven't updated it in a long time. I've been fortunate to have gotten a lot of the things I've set out looking for. A lot of what's left either very difficult to come by (for sale or not), or simply unknown to exist. But here's what I have off the top of my head.

1) Jack Cole Plastic Man - a page, a sketch, prelims, anything at all. I've yet to find anyone even repeating a rumor of any existing art.

2) Herge - A Tintin page. His art is considered a national treasure in Belgium and kept in museums, so when I first started looking I had my expectations adjusted pretty quickly.

3) A Batman page from Detective Comics #404, the “Ghost of the Killer Skies.” This was a Joe Kubert Enemy Ace tribute story by Neal Adams and Dick Giordano. I've seen the cover, but never a single interior page and I've asked everyone. I fear it's either lost or resides complete in the hands of a non-collector or inactive collector.

4) A pre-Robin Bob Kane Batman page. This is another example that I'm unaware whether anything survives. We're only talking about like 11 issues of Detective Comics to choose from, but the original darker Batman was always my favorite.

5) Windsor McCay - Little Nemo in Slumberland. Despite never having (to my knowledge) reading Nemo as a child, I've really taken to McCay art in this strip. Just beautiful and such imaginative imagery! Of these five items, this is by far the most readily available for sale and also potentially the most expensive. Starting at $25K for an average strip, it's something I'd need to really marshal my forces for and plan out. For now, I'm content enjoying reprints and the occasions where I see them in person at shows.

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