Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Dear Comic Art Fan,

CAF member Benno Rothschild and the Atlanta-area art collectors set up the Dragon*Con art show once again this Saturday, September 1, 2012. This year's theme is the art of science fiction in books, magazines, comic strips, and comic books and the show boasts a vast array of work from across all four mediums from the likes of Jeffrey Jones, Roy Krenkel, John Berkey, Gil Kane, Kelly Freas, Tim Truman, Frank Frazetta, Al McWilliams, Al Williamson, and many many more. The gallery will be set up in artists alley all day in Grand Hall East of the Hyatt Regency and it’s a great opportunity for original art collectors to meet, greet, and see some great art! 

See you next week!

Colin Solan
CAF Editor

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Heritage Auctions (HA.com) - Daredevil: Yellow #1, Grandma Duck, L&R’s “Little Monster” in this Sunday's Weekly Internet Auction #121236

A Few Sample Lots:

Jaime Hernandez - Love and Rockets #14 "The Little Monster" Page 7 Original Art (Fantagraphics, 1985)

Romano Scarpa - Complete 7-page Grandma Duck Story "Grandma's Watch Toad" Original Art (Disney, 1988)

Tim Sale - Daredevil: Yellow #1 Splash Page 24 Unused Version Original Art (Marvel, 2001)

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


Just a reminder that the Original Art lots in the ComicLink August Featured Auction are ending tonight (8/30) starting at 8:45 PM ET (the remainder of the vintage comic portion starts closing at 7:30 ET). There is some wonderful material up for grabs, ranging from historic Golden Age art and significant Silver Age pieces, to wonderful items from Modern masters. The list below features some, but certainly not all, of the highlights in this auction. A full listing of all Original Art lots can be found HERE
Original Art Highlights Include:
Neal Adams Brave and the Bold #85 page featuring Batman and the 1st "New Look" Green Lantern
John Buscema Astonishing Tales #12 cover, a stunning Fantastic Four #112 Hulk versus Thing battle page, and a majestic Silver Surfer #7 page
John Byrne X-Men #122 title splash and X-Men #141 finale splash
John Cassaday Astonishing X-Men #22 cover
Travis Charest World's Finest Superman and Batman pin-up art
Dave Cockrum Ms Marvel #15 cover art featuring the Avengers
Gene Colan Daredevil #47 cover art ("Brother Take My Hand")
Tony DeZuniga X-Men #110 Wolverine battle page
Steve Ditko Amazing Spider-Man #29 page featuring a HUGE Spider-Man figure, Amazing Spider-Man #27 and #30 pages, Strange Tales #125 Doctor Strange versus Baron Mordo battle page, and more!
Al Feldstein iconic Weird Science #1 (#12) cover art
David Finch Captain America painting
Frank Frazetta Johnny Comet daily featuring Johnny in all 3 panels
Jose Luis Garcia Lopez Batman style guide and Superman calendar art
Don Heck Daredevil #106 title splash and Tales to Astonish #46 title splash
Adam Hughes Wonder Woman statue art and personal sketchbook
Gil Kane Conan #71 cover art, Giant-Size Master of Kung Fu #4 cover art, Giant-Size Spider-Man #5 cover art
Jack Kirby Avengers #3 Hulk versus Iron Man battle page and final battle page, Captain America Annual #4 title splash featuring Cap and Magneto, Fantastic Four #16 page with a Thing transformation, #18 page with 4 full-team panels, #32 page, and #55 final page with the Silver Surfer, Incredible Hulk #3 battle page (the earliest Hulk art!), Journey Into Mystery #106 Thor versus Hyde battle page, a huge Sky Masters daily that is all Kirby, Strange Tales #83 chapter splash (rare Marvel dragon art), and more!
Jim Lee X-Men #272 battle page
Frank Miller Ronin #1 page
Cary Nord 2 Conan #33 pages (rare art from this series!)
Joe Orlando Watchmen #5 Black Freighter splash page
Whilce Portacio X-Factor #65 cover featuring the full original X-Men team
Frank Quitely All Star Superman #1 double page splash
Alex Raymond Rip Kirby 1949 daily
John Romita Daredevil #16 2/3rds battle splash (first Spider-Man art)
Alex Ross wonderful Captain Marvel painting and Kingdom Come #1 page
Mike Sekowsky all 25 pages from Justice League of America #18, Wonder Woman #179 battle splash
Jim Starlin Hulk versus Thing Marvel Super-Heroes #76 battle pin-up, New Gods #17 cover featuring Darkseid, Marvel Super-Villain Team-Up unpublished cover
Alex Toth House of Mystery #182 page
John Totleben Swamp Thing #53 page with Batman
Herb Trimpe 3 page 1978 Hulk Origin story
George Tuska Avengers #135 Vision origin page
Al Williamson Shock Illustrated #2 half splash
Barry Windsor-Smith Conan #2 battle page, Conan Saga #1 cover preliminary
Bernie Wrightson Cycle of the Werewolf 1st edition cover painting, Chamber of Darkness #7 page (Wrightson's 1st Marvel art), Original Swamp Thing Saga cover preliminary painting
Mike Zeck Witzend #11 8 page story, Marvel Age #20 Secret Wars cover, Spider-Man and X-Men cover color art
and much, much more!

If you are a prospective bidder with any questions about any of the lots within the auction, feel free to call ComicLink customer service at 617-517-0062 option 3.  If you are an investor, and the original art grail you seek is not included within this auction or within the ComicLink Exchange (For Sale) sections, do not despair; instead, reach out to us -- it is likely that we can make it available to you via private treaty, at the lowest possible price point.

Also note that ComicLink is current accepting consignments for the upcoming November Featured Auction and other ComicLink events. Please email me at dgillock@comiclink.com or give me a call at 617-517-0062 ext 102 to reserve auction placement.

Also remember, ComicLink is always purchasing outright, brokering private placement deals, and items sell briskly on both the Comic Book Exchange and Comic Art Exchange. So, if you have material of quality to sell, and auction is just not your thing, it is always worthwhile to either utilize the Exchange sections or contact us to see what else we can do for you!

Premium Member of the Week :: Don Head

1. Please tell us a little about yourself.

I live in the Greater Toronto Area and have collected comics since childhood. I was highly influenced by the Bat-mania inspired by the 1960s television series and have been a fan of the Caped Crusader ever since. As a child I enjoyed the camp of the Silver Age, as a teenager the "hyper-realism" of the Seventies and as a young adult the emergence of the Dark Knight era. I have been an animation fan throughout all this and Batman: The Animated Series seemed to bring all these elements together for me in one package.

2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?

My favourite (Canadian spelling) piece in my collection is the Batman painting by David Williams, complemented by its Superman companion piece. I obtained the Superman piece at the HeroesCon auction in Charlotte (seriously undervalued in my opinion but I wasn't complaining at the time!) and David sold me the Batman painting the next day (I happily paid his asking price). I should not have been surprised when he told me that he had a background working on the Superman/Batman animated series. (Editor's note: We needed to replace this pick with the Bruce Timm - Talia Al Ghul piece to the left due to space constraints)

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

My first venture into comic art was in the early 90s, fuelled by the Warner Bros Animation Gallery in Buffalo, NY. I bought many cels starting with a Poison Ivy/Harley piece from the Holiday Knights episode. With the closing of the Warner Bros stores and the shift away from painted cels I took my first venture into sequential art pages. I started with Ty Templeton and Tim Levins Batman Animated work but then took the plunge big-time with a Jim Lee page from the Hush series. My first cover was an Ale Garza Supergirl/Robin Hallowe'en piece. I now also have pieces from Bruce Timm, Stephane Roux, Darwyn Cooke, and Amanda Conner to name a few. My focus is usually the Bat-universe.

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

I frame and display my favourites and keep a portfolio for other pages/commissions.

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

My wish list of five, assuming unlimited funds, would include:

An original 1970s Neal Adams page with Talia Al Ghul (also known as Head, but no relation)

A Batman piece from Detective Comics by Marshall Rogers/Terry Austin

A Frank Miller/Klaus Janson The Dark Knight Returns page

A Jim Aparo Brave and the Bold page/cover featuring Batman

I love the Alex Ross Batwoman cover featured on his website! Now I just have to wait for my Lotto numbers to come in....

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