Monday, May 17, 2010

Dear Comic Art Fan,

This month's Sketchbook theme highlights Top Cow Productions! Started in 1992 by Marc Silvestri as his personal studio under the Image umbrella, Top Cow has launched the careers of many superstar artists including Michael Turner, David Finch, Joe Benitez and more. Characters like Witchblade and Tomb Raider are always popular choices for sketches so be sure to share yours with the rest of CAF.

See you next week!

Colin Solan
CAF Editor

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Heritage Auctions ( - Come see the Comic Art closing in this Sunday's Weekly Internet Auction #110054

A Few Sample Lots:

Jose Delbo and Vince Colletta - World's Finest Comics #256 Complete 10-page Black Canary Story "The Night the Cry Failed!" Original Art (DC, 1979)

Lee Elias - Black Cat #26 page 22 Original Art (Harvey, 1950)

Gene Colan and Tom Palmer - Tomb of Dracula #58 page 27 Original Art (Marvel, 1974)

Also check out the latest in the Comic Market at Heritage here...

Premium Member of the Week :: michael dunne

1. Please tell us a little about yourself.

I had a huge love for comics and especially the JSA for a long time. College came and my interest wandered although I still paid attention to JSA related material (Thanks Roy for the All Star Squadron!) In the new century with the arrival of three nephews I tried to interest them in comics and gradually found myself spending more time on the net perusing comic-related sites. When not occupied with art or work, I spend most of my time trying to be a good husband to my incredible wife and following my beloved Red Sox. I am a very lucky man, I am blessed in marriage, saw the Sox win a World Series, and own a Kirby Silver Age Cap page.

2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite? 

I have to answer this in two ways; commissions and published page.
Published page is easy, JLA #4 page 25. One of the most important issues of my childhood and I own the page that is featured on the cover. A true grail that is now framed on a downstairs wall! Right behind it would be George Perez’s double page spread from JLA/Avengers #3.

As for commissions, that is such a difficult question to answer. Each one of them is special in its own way, but if I have to choose one today, I would say the Bob Layton JSA, followed closely by Jerry Ordway’s JSA commission. Bob’s piece is a reinterpretation of different 40s DC covers as a JSA collage. When a character such as the Atom or Wildcat came up I simply found an issue that featured another character like Hourman and put the non cover featured character in their place.

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

The addiction started in 2002; Roy Thomas’s Alter Ego magazine had sparked my interest in original commissions. It had never occurred to me that the original art pages were for sale or artists actually did commissions. The tribute issue of Alter Ego (number 12, I believe) to John Buscema left me thinking what a shame I did not have a chance to commission Big John. How cool it would be have a John Buscema JSA commission? Some internet meandering opened my eyes a little more and I reached out to Dick Ayers and got a western commission. I was hooked from then on.

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

Some are framed, the rest in Itoyas

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

1. Murphy Anderson Hawkman page
2. Fred Harmon Red Ryder comic book page
3. Carmine Infantino Silver Age Flash page (If Jay Garrick is on it even better.)
4. Wally Wood THUNDER Agents page
5. A  John Romita Sr. JSA commission (Hey, a boy can dream)

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