Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Dear Comic Art Fan,

Last week the comic art community was abuzz with the sale of Todd McFarlane's cover to Amazing Spider-Man #328 which went for a record-breaking price of $657,250. This makes it the highest selling piece of American original art sold on the open market. The world record is still held by the cover to Tintin in America by Herge which sold for $1.6 million only a few months ago. Click here for more details!

See you next week!

Colin Solan
CAF Editor

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Heritage Auctions ( - Love & Rockets #50, Weird Mysteries #2, Tomb of Dracula #5 in this Sunday's Weekly Internet Auction #121232 

A Few Sample Lots:

Jaime Hernandez - Love and Rockets #50 "Bob Richardson, Part 3" Page 12 Original Art (Fantagraphics, 1996)

Charles Stern - Weird Mysteries #2 Partial Story "Turnabout" Original Art (Gilmor Magazines Inc., 1952)

Gene Colan and Tom Palmer - Tomb of Dracula #5 Page 16 Original Art (Marvel, 1980)

Also check out our new HERITAGE COMIC ART MARKET here... 

Premium Member of the Week :: Mark Levy

1. Please tell us a little about yourself.


I am older than the Super Bowl and younger than the World Series – ok, mid 40s.  I grew up in the Boston suburbs but moved to California in 1991 where I live with my dear wife and two teenage sons. For the last 15 years, I have worked in the electronics vertical in operations and software; I travel a lot to Silicon Valley as well as other locales. On my last two trips to New York City, I saw Neal Adams in the taxi line and Peter Koch in the security line, so a small world in some ways.


2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?


I have several contenders, but overall  Bill Everett’s Sub-Mariner #57 cover is my favorite. I read another CAFer’s quote recently – something like “now that I have this piece I can bear the pain of not owning all of them.”  The Sub-Mariner #57 cover has that effect on me – of course, I do still want more Everett art but now I am more selective.  I must thank Bill Cox and company and provide another reason to share your art. I only watch over this piece because of CAF; the seller contacted me through my CAF gallery which featured Everett art.  In terms of why it is a favorite!


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


I've lost track actually, I know my first piece of art was a freebie Warlock profile sketch from Jim Starlin in London back in 1979 during a family summer vacation. I am a longtime fan of the Studio artists and I collected all the Barry Windsor-Smith portfolios and prints; at some point I picked up a few originals from Wally Harrington (BWS pencil, Jeff Jones watercolor), comic art through Comic Buyer's Guide ads, and one or two at San Diego Comic Con. I didn’t emphasize art over comics for many years – wish I had started sooner.


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


I am envious of collectors with partners that share their love for comic art but dear wife is not a fan; however, we do have several “fine” art pieces displayed prominently (Jeff Jones Yellow Man, BWS Sorceress pencil, Krigstein watercolor) –the Jones is a favorite and garners positive reviews from many “civilians” who earn instant respect.  Bulk of art is in portfolios – some directly, some in Mylars.


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


This is tough as I have a reasonably broad want list but here are specific wants that feature combinations of favorite artists:


Smith / Everett: Astonishing Tales #6 Ka-Zar story, Daredevil #83 (with Weiss)

Kirby / Everett: Thor #143, #170 – 175, et al

Colan / Everett: Captain America #136 - 137, My Love, Amazing Adventures, Tales To Astonish

Kirby / Smith: Captain America Bicentennial Treasury

Rogers / Austin: Detective Pages, first run

…and 1970s Nova (especially issue #11), Ms. Marvel (Marvel Team-Up #62) and Impossible Man pages (any artist)!

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