Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Dear Comic Art Fan,

Currently on display at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum at Ohio State University is a rare exhibition of comic art. It is a two-artist show featuring comic strip creators Richard Thompson (Cul de Sac) and none other than Calvin & Hobbes' Bill Watterson! Both cartoonists have praised curator Jenny Robb in an interview with Comic Riffs. Thompson recently retired from producing his daily strip due to his battle with Parkinson's Disease and Watterson famously withdrew from any sort of public or professional life 20 years ago. This rare exhibit of art will be up through August 3rd and any fan would do well to visit if the opportunity presents itself. Details at the link!

See you next week!

Colin Solan
CAF Editor

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Heritage Auctions ( - Gahan Wilson, Love and Rockets and Snow White Art in this Sunday’s Auction

A Few Sample Lots:

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Grumpy and Doc Production Drawing (Walt Disney, 1937)

Jaime Hernandez - Love and Rockets #30 "Ninety-Three Million Miles From the Sun" Page 24 Original Art (Fantagraphics, 1989)

Gahan Wilson - Dog Cartoon Illustration Original Art (undated)

Also check out our new HERITAGE COMIC ART MARKET here…



Press Release:

The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum unveiled a special new display of rare Superman artwork created by legendary comic book artist Al Plastino featuring President John F. Kennedy. The story, told in ten hand-drawn story boards, was written in collaboration with the Kennedy White House in an effort to promote the President’s initiative encouraging physical fitness. The never-before-displayed original artwork will be shown in the Library’s museum through June 2014 with potential to be extended.

In 1963, the Kennedy White House launched a highly innovative 

marketing effort in collaboration with DC Comics (then called National Periodical Publications), the publisher of Superman, to create a story that would promote the President’s Council on Physical Fitness. A hallmark of the Kennedy Administration, the Council established physical fitness curriculum for the country and initiated a national publicity campaign on the topic. In “Superman’s Mission for President Kennedy” JFK calls upon Superman to help inspire the nation to exercise, eat better, and get stronger.

"The alliance between the Kennedy White House and the Superman comic strip designed to promote President Kennedy’s physical fitness initiative demonstrates how innovative the administration was in communicating and advancing key initiatives," said Tom Putnam, Director of the Presidential Library. “Thanks to the Superman artist, Al Plastino, and the generous donation of DC Comics, we are pleased that this artwork will be available for the public to view for the very first time.”

The Superman piece was in production when President Kennedy was assassinated in November 1963, and the project was set aside. Eight months later, with the encouragement of President Lyndon Johnson, the story was published as a special tribute to President Kennedy. The final page of the published version states that the story’s original artwork would be donated to the Kennedy Library, which was then in the planning stages.

Al Plastino, who drew Superman for 20 years, took special pride in his drawings for this story. In late 2013, nearly a half a century later, when the artist learned that his original artwork was slated for auction, his family contacted the Kennedy Library to see if it had any record of the material ever being part of its holdings. A thorough search showed no evidence that the artwork had ever been offered to the Library or was ever a part of its collections.

In December 2013, just a month after Mr. Plastino passed away, DC Comics acquired the original drawings and offered them to the Kennedy Library, where they have become part of the permanent collection.

Upon securing the artwork, DC Comics issued a statement saying, “As a tribute to honor him and preserve his artistic legacy, DC Entertainment is pleased to confirm that we have acquired the art and will be donating it to the JFK Library, fulfilling Plastino's longtime hope for the story, which he often pointed to as one of his most important artistic contributions.”

For more information, please contact the JFK Library at their website:

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum
Columbia Point, Boston, MA 02125
(617) 514-1600
Toll free (866) JFK-1960

Premium Member of the Week :: Oroku Saki

1. Please tell us a little about yourself.

I am a long time collector of all things related to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I know that's probably a bit strange; it's a very niche side of collecting in an already niche hobby. I was about seven years old when I saw my first cartoon episode of the Turtles and from that moment on, everything in my world revolved around those crazy mutant Turtles; birthdays, Christmas, good grades on report cards, they all ended with a Turtle toy or plaything in my hands. I built a massive collection that only blossomed once I started making my own money. Then I discovered that Turtles didn't originate in the cartoon, rather they got their start in comics. I plunged into that side of the hobby and managed to collect every book there was, hundreds of them, from the most common to the rarest (Gobbledygooks and Turtlemania Gold). At some point along that line, I discovered comic art. And I'm not sure what exactly happened, but maybe as a combination of maturing as a collector and also of feeling that I had accomplished all I could in the Turtles comic and toys world, I began a radical selloff of just about everything, with the idea of plugging the money made into what had become my true passion: collecting Ninja Turtles comic art. And that's where I am today, buying strictly Turtles art and loving every minute of it!

2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?

This is actually an easy one for me: the first painting ever of the Ninja Turtles. Through the years I've managed to pick up some incredible Turtles art but this piece takes the cake. I first saw it while flipping through Kevin Eastman's "Artobiography," Kevin’s excellent book showcasing some amazing art. While talking about the early history of the Turtles, he posted this piece and I just fell in love. This was the first time they had been seen in color! The first time they got colored bandanas! Never in a million years would I have thought a) I'd get a chance to own it and b) I could afford it. But the stars aligned and now it’s on my wall. Permanently!

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

Looking at CAF’s nifty Art by Year in my gallery, I see my first pieces were posted in 2007 which would have been right around the time I started. My first piece (which is since long gone...) caught my eye at auction. It was cheap and seemed cool. When it arrived, I couldn't believe I owned an original piece from a comic book! I was hooked instantly.

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

I've gotten to a point in my collecting career that I really only want to buy pieces that I can put on the wall. So all of my permanent pieces are framed but I do have some in Itoyas.

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

Well, I got my number one already but there are still plenty more I'd love to have:

1) TMNT #10 painted by Peter Laird. My favorite TMNT comic cover.

2) TMNT #4, Second Print painted by Michael Dooney. Just an awesome piece that was featured everywhere, the least of which was as the cover to the classic NES game.

3) First Publishing Graphic Novel #1 by Kevin Eastman. I LOVED these color reprints and this cover is terrific. 

4) Triple Page Pull out Spread from TMNT #10 by Eastman & Laird. The Shredder returns... and this spread nearly made me soil myself.

5) TMNT & Other Strangeness by Kevin Eastman. Another terrific cover featured on the first RPG game.

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