Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Dear Comic Art Fan,

Our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Herb Trimpe, veteran comic artist, who passed away this week. Herb was a regular at many conventions across the country and a fan-favorite with his work spanning decades across titles including Incredible Hulk, Godzilla, GI Joe, Transformers, and even a recent story in Savage Dragon #200. He will be well missed. You can explore Herb's artwork on display across CAF at the link...

See you next week. 

Colin Solan
CAF Editor

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Heritage Auctions (HA.com) - Maleficent Cel, Duck Tales & Avengers Original Art This Sunday

A Few Sample Lots:

Sleeping Beauty Maleficent Production Cel Setup (Walt Disney, 1959)

Duck Tales #1 Cover Original Art (Disney, 1990)

John Romita Sr. - Avengers #1 Variant Cover Preliminary Original Art (Marvel, 2010)

Also check out our new HERITAGE COMIC ART MARKET here…



Press Release:

Metropolis Gallery is proud to present, for the first time in New York City, a collection of oil paintings, water colors, and drawings from the legendary Frank Frazetta and other fine artists. Iconic pieces include: Death Dealer I, The Sorceress, Death Dealer V, Conan and the Snow Giants, and Princess of Mars. We hope you can join us to celebrate these great works.

You are cordially invited to the opening, Friday, April 17th from 6 PM - 9PM EDT and Saturday the 18th and Sunday the 19th from 11 AM - 5 PM EDT. Thereafter, the gallery can be viewed by appointment only. Call Robert Pistella or Vincent Zurzolo at 212-260-4147 or 800-229-6387.

Metropolis Gallery is located at 36 West 37th Street, Floor 6, NYC, NY 10018. They will be presenting these, and other fine works by a variety of great artists for viewing and for purchase.

Metropolis Gallery is accepting consignments for the opening weekend as well as future gallery events. Contact Zurzolo at vincentz@metropoliscomics.com or call them at 800-229-6387.

Last fall, Metropolis moved from the Flatiron District in New York City to a new 5000 square foot showroom in midtown Manhattan. “When we moved, we doubled our space,” says Metropolis COO Vincent Zurzolo. “Besides supporting our ongoing business expansion, it allowed us to realize our vision of opening a gallery."

Metropolis Gallery is curated by Rob Pistella, who has more than 40 years of experience in comic art. He served as Frazetta’s business manager until the artist’s death in 2010. “Without question, Frank Frazetta is the foremost fantasy art illustrator in the world,” says Pistella. “He brought an academic, classical style of painting to a genre that was largely pulp-style art, infusing elegance and beauty into otherwise violent and erotic scenes."

Premium Member of the Week :: matthew reed

1. Please tell us a little about yourself.

I have collected comics since I was about 9 years old I guess (I recently rounded forty.) My first comic was GI Joe #24. I vividly remember picking up that issue. The artwork was mind-blowing, to say the least. I collected several titles for years until I slowly managed to wean my way out and parted with most of my collection (maybe in my early twenties.) I was able to avoid comics for years until I read that Jim Lee was starting a Batman run. I bought issue #608 and was back in. My collecting bug has had many faces. I still pick up a couple of books a month, but for the most part, comic art currently fills that aspect of my life.

2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?

Favorite is a tough call. I have a handful of pieces that still knock me out it seems, no matter how many times I examine them. I would say that the painted Alien Legion #5, Vol. 2 cover is tops for me. Like I mentioned in the post’s description, it really is my favorite title, issue, character, and cover. It cannot get any better for me. I am so thankful to have it framed and on display. To be honest, I really should thank CAF for it. I certainly would not own it if I had not posted a Stroman redo I had commissioned. The post reminded fellow collector Mike (aka Off White) White that he had the original gem hanging in his office. He left a comment on the post. Mike was not willing to part with it when I initially harassed him, but sometime later we were able to strike a deal (thanks again Mike.)

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

Living in Iowa, I tried to attend comic conventions held in Chicago, Kansas City, and sometimes Ohio. The 2003 Wizard World Chicago had Jim Lee as the guest of honor. He was willing to draw up quick profiles for those of us in line. I remember he drew me an incredible two-second Batman headshot. It was really something to watch him work. That was the first piece of original artwork I ever received. Normally I would go to conventions to get stuff signed, pick up other items, etc. but I had never even wandered into an artist alley until the 2005 Wizard World Chicago. I never bothered with it or paid much attention to what went on over there. Anyway, I brought zero reference but had an artist work out a Rancor Monster. It was just a quick pencil sketch, (can’t remember the cost,) but it really started all of this for me.

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

I have several pieces framed and on display. The rest are tucked away in portfolios.

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

Collecting has really changed for me over the past couple of years. Instead of loads of commissions, I find myself hunting for more meaningful (to me) pieces, favorites by favorites or even more published stuff. My want list has dwindled down to a realistic few I hope to acquire at some point. The list really just reads a couple of my favorite issue covers, and a short list of examples by favorite artists (William Stout, Alex Ross, and Tony Moore to name a few.)

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