Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Dear Comic Art Fan,

Today marks the beginning of Will Eisner Week a celebration of the godfather of comics and the art form itself! The name is a bit of a misnomer as it is comprised of ten days of special events in several cities across the country. Organizer Danny Fingeroth said, “The people doing the events are planning some amazing happenings that will spread the word about how cool graphic novels are, and that celebrate Will Eisner’s astonishing body of work done over a career that spanned seven decades.” This year also marks the 35th anniversary of Eisner's publication of the graphic novel A Contract with God, a seminal workof the medium. Details at the link!

See you next week!

Colin Solan
CAF Editor

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Heritage Auctions (HA.com) - L&R: Rocky's Birthday Surprise, Adventures of The Fly, Sandman in this Sunday's Weekly Internet Auction #121309

A Few Sample Lots:

Jaime Hernandez - Love and Rockets #12 "Rocky's Birthday Surprise" Page 12 Original Art (Fantagraphics, 1985)

Jack Kirby and Joe Simon - Adventures of the Fly #1 Transformation Page 4 Original Art (Archie, 1959)

Joe Simon - Sandman #1 Alternate Unpublished Cover Original Art (DC, c. 1974)

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


 ComicLink February Featured Auction

Original Art Segment of the ComicLink Featured Auction Closes Today!

The Original Art Segment of the ComicLink Featured Auction closes today (Thursday, February 28th, starting at 8pm Eastern Time), with an extremely impressive selection of original art highlights up for grabs. This is one of the best selections of art that the firm has ever brought to auction.

Included in this auction are major highlights such as: Jack Kirby’s full, 16 page “twice-up” lead story from Thor #134 including the title splash and one of the best Kirby Galactus splash of the Silver Age; Todd McFarlane’s Amazing Spider-Man #299 cover (1 of only 3 black costume ASM covers by the artist); a Steve Ditko Amazing Spider-Man #37 page featuring an iconic image of Spidey in action, and a Jack Kirby X-Men #9 page with the full X-Men and Avengers teams in action.

Some other cover art highlights include: Gil Kane’s Avengers #144 cover art featuring the first-ever appearance of Hellcat, a John Romita Bronze Age Spider-man vs Hulk battle cover, Todd McFarlane’s Amazing Heroes #107 cover featuring Spider-Man, Wolverine, Captain America, and the Human Torch, Alex Schomburg’s WWII-themed All New Comics #5 cover, a stunning Jim Lee/Gabriele Dell’otto Red Sonja/Claw cover painting, John Byrne’s Amazing Spider-Man #189 cover art which is 1 of only 2 Byrne ASM covers from the Bronze Age, a Gil Kane and John Romita Conan battle cover, six stunning Alex Ross painted covers, four of the best covers from Howard Chaykin’s controversial Black Kiss series, Golden Age cover recreations by Alex Schomburg and LB Cole, and much more.

Some splash art highlights include an explosive Silver Surfer vs Doom half-splash from Fantastic Four #156, X-Men art by Jim Lee including an incredible Wolverine Half-Splash and an All Star Batman splash with a huge Batman image, a significant Michael Turner Witchblade splash, Silver and Bronze Age Gene Colan Daredevil art including the #25 title splash and the Daredevil Annual #1 title splash, Bill Everett’s Sub-Mariner #51 title splash, 1941 title splash from Captain Marvel Adventures #5, a 1946 Matt Baker title splash from Crown Comics #5, George Papp’s Superboy #117 title splash, John Buscema’s Wolverine #10 title splash, a Paul Smith X-Men/Alpha Flight double page splash and more.

Just a few other stand-out highlights include Neal Adams’ lead page from Detective Comics #408 featuring Batman and a “Death of Robin” scene, a Jim Steranko Supergirls calendar plate, a 1975 John Byrne Conan pin-up from Savage Sword, Dave Sim’s complete Cerebus #6 22 page interior featuring the first Jaka, a Frank Miller Daredevil #183 page featuring DD taking on the Punisher, a Jack Kirby Journey into Mystery #109 Thor vs Magneto page, Silver Age Hawkman and Flash art (a page from Hawkman’s second appearance by Joe Kubert), a John Buscema Thor #193 page featuring the Silver Surfer, a Frank Cho King Kong painting, a Mike Zeck Web of Spider-Man page from the famous “Kraven’s Last Hunt” story arc, and many more.

This is just a small sampling of the art in the February Featured Auction.  With over 200 lots up for grabs, the majority of which are being offered with no reserve, it is going to be exciting for bidders!

ComicLink encourage sellers who have taken note of the outstanding auction results realized in prior ComicLink auctions to capitalize on the opportunity to let aggressive bidders compete for their best items at auction at a low commission rate. Consigning early gives you maximum preview exposure and the most generous of cash advances.

The ComicLink May Featured Auction will be similar in structure to the February auction.  To reserve auction placement now, simply email buysell@comiclink.com with your prospective auction list.  You may also call 617-517-0062 (option 1) to speak with Douglas Gillock, Jason Crosby, Sean Goodrich, Jon Signorelli, Josh Nathanson, or other members of the ComicLink team.  To review ComicLink’s auction schedule, click here. 

To go to the ComicLink Featured Auction now, click here

Premium Member of the Week :: Michael Lovitz

1. Please tell us a little about yourself.

As a 48 year old intellectual property attorney, I've long had connections to the comic book field, starting as a comic book collector at the age of 11 (my first comic: Fantastic Four #165) and growing into a wide-eyed lover of sci-fi and fantasy, then as a retailer and store owner post-law school (helping to pay off those student loans), a VP of a small publisher who specialized in reprinting classic early 20th century comic strips, and now representing creators and publishers in the comic book industry in my own law firm (and presenting my COMIC BOOK LAW SCHOOL seminars each year at Comic-Con and WonderCon). Along the way, I discovered how much I loved being able to see the original artwork for the comics that I loved as a kid, and later came to realize that although collecting the comics was great when I was younger, thousands of people could own a mint copy of Fantastic Four #186, but only one person could own the cover to that issue.

2.  Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?

"Favorite" is such a difficult word because there are many different reasons that I collect or own certain pieces of art - can anyone really have just one favorite? The cover to Superman #411 is cool not because of the image, but because of the dozens of autographs collected on behalf of Julie Schwartz, from Jerry Siegel to Mark Hamill to Ray Bradbury. Art Adams' recreation of the Fantastic Four #171 cover is simply amazing in its detail and its slavish devotion to the original Kirby while feeling like a completely new work of art. The Avengers 30th Anniversary poster is just an awesome example of George's design work and eye for detail and his seeming ease in working with enormous casts of characters. The Future Imperfect trophy room is one of the most memorable scenes from a 90s Marvel comic. But if I have to choose just one, it's got to be the Accent of the First E cover by George Perez - it's the Fantastic Four with Galactus and the Silver Surfer over the insane cityscape, all painted by George.  A Perez Fantastic Four lover's dream. (Please note we had to attach a different image due to space concerns. -editorial)

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

My very first piece of original art was the 1980 Thor I acquired from Walt Simonson at a Creation Con in Philadelphia. I was 16 and up until then I had collected only the comics themselves, but found myself at the end of a long line of people hoping to buy sketches by Simonson. Having loved his run on Thor (the first one), I found myself wanting to get more than just an autograph for once. As he worked his way through the line, I came almost face-to-face as Walt told the last two of us in line that he had only one piece of paper left, and asked us who we wanted sketched so he could decide who gets the last drawing. The person in front of me asked for Manhunter, and I asked for Thor. Walt paused and noted he hadn't drawn Thor yet that afternoon, and so I got the sketch. I still have it and treasure it. The thrill of having something so one-of-a-kind started me down the art collecting path.

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

Before I moved to California, I had a four story house in Philadelphia where I had framed art and animation displayed on numerous walls as well as in my office. But with the cross-country move and initially renting an apartment, it meant much of the framing had to be jettisoned. However, I recently was able to re-frame a number of pieces and was given permission to fill a wall in the bedroom hallway where the pieces in my Featured Pieces Gallery now hang.

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

My current Top 5 (assuming cost was no object):
Fantastic Four #165 cover (my first comic)
Avengers #200
Justice League of America #200
Uncanny X-Men #104
Fantastic Four #100

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