Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Dear Comic Art Fan, 
We got a nice plug this week on Pop Candy, USA Today's pop culture blog! Guest blogger and CAF member Zack Smith spoke with author and noted comic art collector Glen David Gold. Their discussion ranges from how to get started collecting original art to storage and searching for grail pieces. Read it at the link!

See you next week!

Colin Solan 
CAF Editor 

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A Few Sample Lots:


ComicLink November Featured Auction


There are over 200 original art lots to choose from within this auction, and every single lot is hand-selected to meet the stringent quality standards of the ComicLink Featured Auction.  With every single lot in the auction being a highlight of some kind, what follows is certainly not an all-inclusive list. We strongly advise collectors to browse the entire Original Art selection early, as we think that each and every lot within this auction is a worthwhile acquisition.

Original Art Highlights Include (but are not limited to):
Neal Adams Green Lantern #78 action page
Jim Aparo Adventure Comics #436 Spectre page
Mark Bagley Ultimate Spider-Man #81 and #86 covers
C.C. Beck a rare complete Shazam story
Lee Bermejo Joker Graphic Novel cover
Simon Bisley female gladiator painting
Stephen Bissette (and John Totleben) Swamp Thing #46 double page title splash
John Buscema Conan #145 cover, Tales to Astonish #85 Hulk battle art from one of his earliest issues as a penciller
John Byrne Avengers West Coast #50 cover, Silver Surfer v2#1 cover, Superman #14 cover
Nick Cardy Teen Titans #27 cover
Frank Cho Mighty Avengers #4 and #5 covers and Wizard Fight Club pin-up
Dave Cockrum Marvel Fanfare #3 wraparound X-Men battle cover
Gene Colan Daredevil #37 page with DD in every panel
Johnny Craig Extra #5 cover
the Amazing Spider-Man #8 battle page with Spidey in every panel
an ASM #13 page with a costume change
the Best page from ASM #30
an ASM #9 page with Elektro in his first appearance issue
the Strange Tales #125 full page title splash featuring a huge Doctor Strange vs. Baron Mordo, and more!
Mike Dringenberg Sandman #11 double page splash featuring Morpheous and intorducing Matthew
Will Eisner rare 1940 Spirit section cover featuring the first Spirit of Christmas story
Will Elder Weird Science page from a story used in SOTI
Larry Elmore Bard's Tale book cover painting
Enric Torres-Prat two fantasy paintings and a Vampirella cover drawing
Hal Foster Truly Historic 1st Tarzan origin in a Sunday page!
Frank Frazetta Count Dracula painted portrait
Jose Luis Garcia Lopez Batman and Shazam style guide pin-ups
Paul Gulacy stunning Master of Kung Fu #18 pin-up splash
Russ Heath Frontline Combat #1 title splash
Don Heck Avengers #12 page with team shot, X-Men #52 Polaris half-splash
Bryan Hitch Amazing Spider-Man #529 cover featuring the first Iron Spider armor
Adam Hughes Wonder Woman pin-up drawing
Carmine Infantino complete 12 page Golden Age Green Lantern story art
Joe Jusko X-Men #375 cover painting
Michael Kaluta Weird Worlds #4 cover art
Gil Kane Tales of Suspense #89 Captain America versus Red Skull page, Amazing Spider-Man Annual #10 battle page
Dale Keown Pitt #9 cover
Sam Keith Batman versus Predator pin-up
Frank King 1928 Gasoline Alley Sunday
Jack Kirby Fantastic Four #20 title splash with the full team using powers
Fantastic Four #31 action page
Black Panther #12 and Ghost Rider #23 covers
One of the very best early Incredible Hulk pages from #3 -- the earliest known Hulk art!
Early Thor pages from Journey Into Mystery #86, 105, and 106
A climactic Silver Surfer Graphic Novel page
one of the very best pages from the classic "Fin Fang Foom" story from Strange Tales #89
Some of the very earliest Silver Age Captain America art from Strange Tales #114
Tales to Astonish #29 Pre-Hero title splash
an X-Men #5 page featuring Magento and the Evil Mutants, and more!
Bob Layton Iron Man #135 battle page
Jim Lee Overstreet Guide Batman cover art
Russ Manning Korak and Magnus art
David Mazzucchelli Daredevil #208 cover - his first published cover art!
John McCrea Demon Annual #2 cover featuring the first Hitman appearance
Spider-Man #4 Spidey vs Lizard battle cover
Spectacular Spide-Man Annual #10 page with Spawn prototype
Frank Miller 1980s color Punisher pin-up
Joe Orlando Tales from the Crypt "Madame Bluebeard" pages
Frank R. Paul Fantastic Mysteries 1940s pulp illustration
Paul Reinman Tales to Astonish #6 complete Pre-Hero story
Jerry Robison (Attributed) Green Hornet cover
John Romita Amazing Spider-Man #91 cover with exceptional character inclusion
The Best early Romita Daredevil title splash from Daredevil #15
Power Man #33 cover
John Romita Jr. Daredevil: The Man Without Fear #5 cover
Alex Ross over-sized History of the DC Universe cover painting loaded with origins
Tim Sale Daredevil Yellow HC cover
Alex Schomburg WWII-era 1943 cover painting
Mike Sekowsky Justice League of America #8 action page, Wonder Woman #179 pages
John Severin Captain Savage #18 cover
Joe Simon Alarming Tales #3 cover after Kirby
Paul Smith X-Men #166 X-Men vs Brood pages
Frank Springer G.I. Joe #27 title splash from Snake Eyes origin issue
Jim Starlin Marvel Fanfare #20 cover, Death of Captain Marvel page featuring the Avengers, Defenders, and Inhumans, Giant-Size Defenders #3 title splash
Curt Swan Superman double page splash with huge Superman figure
Alex Toth House of Mystery #182 page
Michael Turner Witchblade #2 cover and #4 double page splash
George Tuska  Strange Tales #166 Doctor Strange title splash
Charles Vess color Rose art
Bill Ward Torchy #5 color cover recreation
Bernie Wrightson exceptional 1976 Horror painting titled "The Hunter"
Mike Zeck Marvel Superheroes Secret Wars #11 cover art
Michael Zulli Sandman and the Endless painting
and much, much more!

Premium Member of the Week :: Kenneth Gagnon
1. Please tell us a little about yourself.

Hello, comic art world, I am Kenneth, a sci-fi geek! I am a landscaper by trade and a Christian most of the time, a lot harder work then the landscaping.

2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?

My favorite and featured piece is Marvel Battlestar Galactica #2 the whole issue. And the story behind the acquisition of it started last year. I sold a piece of my art on eBay I had been saving. After some time I really I missed it, so I started to look for more. I came across this website and got one piece from a dealer and then started talking to other collectors. The guy who purchased my art off of eBay (Andrew Allen) was the first to reply and said, "I see that you have the color guide to Marvel’s Battlestar Galactica #2 (which I got off of eBay in 2001) and would I like to know where I could get the whole issue of art, all seventeen pages of it!" Andrew is the premier Battlestar Galactica collector and did not buy it for himself. He offered the information up free of any kind of charge, a truly selfless act. Dealers have a love for the art and the artists but they can let go of the art for a profit and not be bothered by it. Collectors have a harder time letting it go.

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

I started collecting everything Battlestar Galactica back in the early 90s. I found my first piece of comic book art on eBay in 1997. It was an old Marvel Battlestar Galactica page from issue 10. Ten minutes after the mailman drop it off I was at the frame shop putting it behind glass. And when I got it back and hung it on the wall! I spent the whole day just looking at the art and the page out of the book both framed together. And I thought to myself, "This was printed in the hundreds of thousands and I have the original page.”  And I was hooked from that day forward. My collection of Battlestar Galactica is long gone but the comic book art is still what I love the most.

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

I have some of the art framed in the sci-fi room, or man cave. But space is at a premium since getting married. One room after another was being remodeled and the art migrated to just the one room.

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

Number one has to be the Marvel Battlestar Galactica #2 cover.     

The second would be any page from Maximum Press Battlestar Galactica. It is the only publisher of Galactica that I have never owned a page from.   

Third would be an original page from Marvel Blade Runner. "Snakes Alive! That is some expensive art!”   

And while we are on the subject of expensive art, my fourth pick is Marvel Star Wars art, just one page please.  

And my last pick would be a commission from Walt Simonson.

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