Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Dear Comic Art Fan,

ComicLink's much anticipated Featured Auction is now underway with a strong selection of over 505 quality original art pieces. "Grail" level artwork combines with more affordable treasures to create an eclectic selection of highly desirable material. From Golden Age artwork to a magnificent Jack "The King" Kirby  selection, to the cover art from Elektra Assassin #4 (one of over 150 covers in this auction!), there is something for every passionate collector! You may browse the entire Original Art session at the Link!

See you next week!


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Heritage Auctions (HA.com) - Fantastic Four, Captain America and the New Mutants Art this Sunday

A Few Sample Lots:

Jack Kirby - Fantastic Four "The Menace of Magneto" Storyboard #49 Original Animation Art (DePatie-Freleng, 1978)

Joe Simon - Captain America Comics #10 Cover Recreation Original Art (1984)

Bret Blevins and Al Williamson - New Mutants #82 Page 4 Original Art (Marvel, 1989)

Also check out our new HERITAGE COMIC ART MARKET here…




Press Release: The Hero Initiative, the charity dedicated to helping veteran comic creators in medical or financial need, is hitting the Baltimore Comic Con in a massive way. Hero will be at booth #1601 September 5-7, 2014 with exclusive creators, signings, and more! 

Hero will be the only place to find legendary writer Dennis O’Neil (Batman, Green Lantern/Green Arrow) and longtime fabled Marvel artist and editor Al Milgrom (Avengers, Spectacular Spider-Man). Look for them all weekend long at booth #1601. 

Hero’s exclusive Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide #44 will also be on sale at Baltimore, and ALL three artists who created the cover will be on hand for a special signing! Penciler Herb Trimpe, inker Tom Palmer, and colorist Laura Martin will be at the Hero booth Saturday from 10:15 a.m.-11:00 a.m. It’s your PERFECT chance to get this great limited edition signed by three comic greats! 

Fans who like to get their books signed and authenticated by CGC for Signature Series will definitely want to check out Hero’s exclusive signing with 11 top creators. Hero is the exclusive CGC Signature Series facilitator at the con for Cliff Chiang, Alan Davis, Dan Jurgens, Ron Marz, Bob McLeod, Al Milgrom, Mark Morales, Denny O’Neil, Tom Palmer, Brian Pulido, and Herb Trimpe! Bring your books to the CGC booth, #707, no later than 5 p.m. Friday, September 5. Cost is $38 plus return shipping, and you don’t have to wait in lines! 

And Marvel Comics SVP-Executive Editor Tom Brevoort is dropping the knowledge for Hero! Tom’s Marvel Boot Camp panel at the con will be a special, ticketed-only seminar in which Tom gives the same training lecture he gives the Marvel editorial staff. Find out the real Marvel method of storytelling and important tricks of the trade! Tickets are available ONLY at the Hero booth, and the seminar lasts a whopping two hours, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, September 7. 

Finally, make sure your evening is covered with a trip to the Harvey Awards! Hero Initiative is awarding its Lifetime Achievement Award and Dick Giordano Humanitarian Award as part of the festivities. Be on hand to see who’s earned the hardware!

About The Hero Initiative 

The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic-book creators in need. Hero creates a financial safety net for yesterday’s creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. It’s a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment. 

Since its inception, The Hero Initiative has granted more than $700,000 to the comic-book veterans who have paved the way. For more information, visit www.heroinitiative.org or call 626-676-6354.

Premium Member of the Week :: Mike Holman

1. Please tell us a little about yourself.

I’m a British, 40-something comic fan who’s been lucky enough to be involved in comics in some way since I was 12! It all officially started ( I’d been reading earlier but not actually collecting) with the UK reprint of Secret Wars #1 May 1985, which part collected the Secret Wars series with some pages in Black & White! Along with Alpha Flight and the Iceman mini-series which was released fortnightly, I continued collecting from the newsstands for several years before stepping up to visiting comic shops, this along with visits to comic shops whilst on Holiday in Florida (Comics USA Ft Lauderdale / Emerald City Tampa / Sci-Fi World Orlando / Coliseum of Comics Orlando to name but a few) continued until 1999 when  I opened my very  own comic shop, a second was added in 2000 which I ran with my business partner Danny until in 2007 I sold my share in the business and moved to my current position with a certain Comic Distributor!

2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?

I’ve spent long and hard thinking of this and struggled to even make a shortlist as there are so many pieces I adore with so many different reasons, however in the end I don’t think that I can pick anything that isn’t by Perez, so it has to be the splash page 7 from New Teen Titans #28 - The Brotherhood of Evil (Phil Jimenez cover to the Terror of Trigon TPB, Norm Breyfogle Detective Comics # 591 cover, John Byrne Legends #5 cover all coming close).

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

Not sure of the exact date but pretty sure whilst on Holiday in Florida Sept ‘88 would have been the first time I was thrown into being able to buy original art, John Romita Jr. X-Men pages from his fantastic run 170-200 and more were all available to me , at the time I was an "aspiring" artist at school  but wasn’t quite good enough, so having an original piece from the comics blew me away and in a way brought me closer to the hobby I love, I’ve been HOOKED ever since.

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

I struck a deal with my wife when we moved home , I’d buy her the "bigger" house that she wanted (but we didn’t need!) as long as I had my own office/study , you can see some photos of the room on my CAF gallery under: Man Cave. I modified an old poster display to mount in the corner of the room and built a large wide frame that displays three pages at a time, other art / portfolios / comics etc. are scattered around the room and in my office at work, I have two pages on the wall of our entrance hall and two pieces on the top of our landing which along with my original Goonies movie poster are the only hints at my geekiness in the house!

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

I have sketches and commissions in  my collection but none that I have actually commissioned myself , I love published art and  for each page/piece that I have I make sure I have a copy of the final printed version.

George Perez – Titans cover, I know that there are a few out there and available but I love the hunt and the fun in trading, I already have the perfect spot for it on my office wall…

Mike Zeck – Secret Wars page, based on my earliest memories I hope to own a nice example at some point.

Alan Davis – Batman and the Outsiders (Outsiders) cover, I missed one a few years back and have regretted it ever since.

George Perez  Crisis on Infinite Earths, I have a page but would love a bigger/splashier example.

Blue Devil / Blue Beetle (1980s) cover.


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