Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Dear Comic Art Fan,

Who doesn't love a mystery? This month's Sketchbook theme is dedicated to the crime-solving detectives of comics, film, and literature. From Sherlock Holmes to Batman to the Scooby Gang, share your art of your favorite sleuth, gumshoe or private eye. Click here to see what's posted so far...

See you next week!

Colin Solan
CAF Editor

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Heritage Auctions (HA.com) - Jim Steranko, Avengers & Silver Surfer Promotional Art This Sunday

A Few Sample Lots:

Jim Steranko - Talon Illustration Original Art (c. 1969)

Silver Surfer Promotional Illustration Original Art and Production Materials Group (Marvelmania, c. 1960-70s)

Bob Brown and Mike Esposito - The Avengers #115 Page 22 Original Art (Marvel, 1973)

Also check out the latest in the Comic Market at Heritage here...


Max and Sebastian Fiumara Now Accepting Commissions

For a limited time, Max & Sebastian Fiumara are each taking on a number of Commissions. The turnaround time will be the first week in April 2016 for Sebastian and May 2016 for Max's first batch. We will also allowing for San Diego Comic Con pickup for those attending the show and do not mind waiting until July to receive their piece.

$450 – for a single character, full body - 11x17 artboard size, minimum background. Add $100 for each additional character. Add $200 for Full Backgrounds.

$200 - for a single character, head/bust - 9x12 artboard size, no background.

Interested parties may email art rep Mark Hay at the following address: mark@splashpageart.com. Please specify who you would like to draw the commission, which character(s) and what size. 

Further details and examples are available at the Splash Page Art website: www.splashpageart.com

Premium Member of the Week :: Lee Benaka

1. Please tell us a little about yourself.

I am 46 years old.  I was raised in Kansas and now live in Washington, DC. I have worked as a manager at NOAA Fisheries for 16 years, mostly focusing on the reduction and estimation of bycatch. I have a wife and two teenage children. I play fiddle in a bluegrass band, Hollertown for fun. I also am obsessed with old comic art ads and have created a searchable website to share all of my art ads called ComicArtAds.com.

2. What piece in your gallery is your favorite?

My favorite piece is page 1 to Amazing Spider-Man #140. When I began to be obsessed with comics in third grade, I found a beat-up copy of Amazing Spider-Man #140 in my school library. I asked the librarian if I could have it, and she asked me to wait until the end of the day to see whether anyone claimed it. No one did, and I am sure I pored over ever page of that comics for weeks afterward.

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

After I graduated from college in New York City (where I had a 1990 internship at the Spider-Man office at Marvel Comics), I moved to Chicago, where I ended up working as an editor. My office was close to a Borders bookstore, and I started going there a lot to break up long days on the job. I started to read something called the Comic Buyer’s Guide at Borders and became interested in the ads for comic art in the periodical.

One ad touted a “Calgary Collection” of art featuring John Byrne art from the X-Men, Marvel Team-Up, and Captain America. John Byrne was one of my favorite artists from childhood, and because I was taking a trip to San Francisco soon with my wife to visit her sister, I decided to call up this shop in San Mateo and make a visit. My wife and her sister drove me to the store (this must have been around 1994) and sat in the car while I talked to the owner (Steve or Rich Donnelly, not sure which), who showed me very nice pages from Iron Fist, Captain America, and Marvel Team-Up. The prices were a little high, so I just settled on a panel page by John Byrne and Dave Hunt from Marvel Team Up #60, with Spider-Man and the Wasp battling Equinox. That page cost me $125, and I sold it in 2001 to a collector who still has the page, for $400. The profit I made on that sale helped convince me that comic art could be fun and a good investment. I picked up a few other pages here or there in the 1990s and then started collecting heavily in the early 2000s thanks to eBay.

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

I have several pieces framed, but most of my collection is stored in portolios in a closet.  I do try to look at the art as much as I can, and I like to share it in person with other art collectors.

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

Fantastic Four #173, page 1
Fantastic Four #174, page 1
Just about any page from Avengers #147
A page from Marvel Team-Up #61 or #62 with a nice shot of the Super Skrull
A nice Jim Starlin Captain Marvel page

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