Monday, December 14, 2009

Dear Comic Art Fan,

By now most, if not all, of you have heard the reports of last week’s attempted theft at the Frank Frazetta Museum in Marshalls Creek, PA. Alfonso Frank Frazetta, son of the legendary painter, has been charged with burglary, theft, and unlawful trespass after breaking into the museum and removing several paintings. The internet has been abuzz with theories of family feuds and conspiracies, a sad requiem for the legacy of such a celebrated career.

The real tragedy is that it seems apparent that the museum will not be re-opening and the collection may never be displayed in its entirety ever again. If the conspiracy theorists are correct and Frazetta’s heirs are looking to sell off his work for a profit, they’ll be squirreled away from public view by wealthy patrons. And it would seem apparent that this is not what Frazetta wanted to happen as he could have been selling his work for millions all along. The very creation of the museum proves he wanted to share his work with the world. In a recent statement another son, Bill Frazetta, said they want to display the work outside of the museum so that more people can have access to it. But having the collection centrally located allows fans to go visit the art rather than waiting for a travelling exhibition and giving a home to the collection as whole. Hopefully Frazetta's art will be on display for fans again soon.

See you next week.

Colin Solan
CAF Editor

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Chic Young Blondie Daily Comic Strip Original Art dated 11-28-32 (King Features Syndicate, 1932)

Wilson McCoy The Phantom Daily Comic Strip Original Art dated 8-12-60 (King Features Syndicate, 1960)

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Premium Member of the Week :: Albert Moy

1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
 
I started collecting in 1982 and began selling by mail order through the Comics Buyers Guide and setting up at the San Diego Comic-Con, in 1986.  My first piece of artwork I bought was a John Byrne Fantastic Four page.  My website www.albertmoy.com went online in 1998, and I am now the exclusive dealer for Bruce Timm, Jim Lee, Jae Lee, Sam Kieth, Erik Larsen, Darwyn Cooke, J. Bone, John Cassaday, and others. 

2. Which is your favorite piece in your gallery and why?

I have many favorite pieces, so it is hard to pick one.  But if I have to I might as well brown nose it and say the Jim Lee Batman #608-609 cover; it was a gift from Jim.  What a great boss.

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

I started in 1982. I used to collect comics;  I bought books that featured my favorite artists. The first piece of original art I saw was this John Byrne Fantastic Four page.  This was at a Creation Convention and it blew me away that I can own a piece of original art drawn by the artist.  I tossed my comic collection and went full force into collecting original art.

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

I have a few pieces framed on the wall but most are in a giant safe.  Lots of Mylar and lots of Itoya books is how I have them stored.  Bob Cook is the Mylar King.

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

1- I want a nice Dark Knight page, I was a dumbass and sold everything I had from the series.
2- Calvin and Hobbes original Sunday or daily
3- Steve Ditko Spider-Man Splash
4- Paul Smith X-Men Cover, man this starting to look like David Mandel's Collection, curse you David
5- Everything I can get my hands on.

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