Thursday, March 17, 2016

Dear Comic Art Fan,

The Toonseum, Pittsburgh's Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art, is currently in the process of putting together this summer's exhibit, Captain America: 75 Years of the Sentinel of Liberty. Following the success of last year's Avengers: 50 Years of Earth's Mightiest Heroes exhibit, the Toonseum is looking for collectors that would be kind of enough to loan some stellar examples of Cap pages to be displayed to the public. They are looking to augment the pieces that have already been secured spanning Cap's entire timeline including not only pages from Cap's own books but from team books like the Invaders and Avengers as well. The exhibit will run from May 6th until August 28th.

If you think that you would like to loan some art but have questions about the process, you can e-mail Board Vice President, Harold Behar ( or Exhibit co-curator and CAF member Stuart Neft ( They would be happy to answer any questions you might have about transport, insurance, museum security and can provide references from collectors who have loaned the Toonseum art for previous exhibits. You can also check out the museum at the website.

See you next week!

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Heritage Auctions ( - Flash Gordon, Spider-Man, Phantom Original Art This Week

A Few Sample Lots:

Dan Barry and Bob Fujitani - Flash Gordon Daily Comic Strip Original Art dated 3-22-85 through 4-5-85 Group of 13 (King Features Syndicate, 1985)

Erik Larsen and Terry Austin - Amazing Spider-Man #337 Story Page 8 Original Art (Marvel, 1990)

Jim Aparo - The Phantom #38 Story Page 3 Original Art (Charlton, 1970)

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


Press Release:

The Inkwell Awards, a non-profit organization devoted to promoting the art of comic book inking, will auction off the artwork for their sixth annual Joe Sinnott Inking Challenge. This season they have an additional “spin-off” Challenge program, The Sinnott Inking Challenge Spotlight, which focuses on the pencil art of award-winning creator and DC comics co-publisher, Jim Lee. The fundraiser event debuts on March 13.

“The original Sinnott Challenge has been a growing success,” said Bob Almond, founder and director of The Inkwell Awards (AKA “The Inkwells”). “More artists, both veteran professionals and talented amateurs, were participating and auction results were improving with each event, so we decided to add something new to showcase other contemporary, fan-favorite talents but on a smaller scale with more established artists who may not have participated in the original program. It took almost two years to develop but the results are well worth the wait.”

The original Inking Challenge program educates the public about inking by having industry legend and Inkwell Special Ambassador Joe Sinnott do a tight pencil of a character (this year, Marvel’s Spider Gwen) plus a “breakdown”, or rough sketch (Marvel's popular Deadpool). His art is scanned and the file sent in blue-line form to various inkers around the globe to finish and/or embellish in ink.

Ink artists contributing their skills this year include Bill Sienkiewicz, Richard Bonk, Trevor Von Eeden, Joe Orsak, Keith Williams, Mike Barreiro, Ken Branch, Andy Smith, Neil Vokes, John Dell, Bob Wiacek and dozens of others, including members of the Sinnott family.  All submitted art may be viewed at The Inkwells' ComicArtFans gallery. All pieces for this challenge are personally signed by Mr. Sinnott and include a certificate of authenticity.

The Challenge Spotlight on Jim Lee program was significantly developed by former committee member Erick Korpi with full authorization from Lee and DC Comics. Much of the recruitment was subsequently carried out by senior contributor Joseph Goulart and finalized by Almond. All pages will be signed by the inkers and most, about two dozen, will be signed by Jim Lee. All will include a COA as well. Submitted pages at press time include those by Joe Sinnott, Bill Sienkiewicz, Klaus Janson, Wade von Grawbadger, Mark McKenna, John Dell, Scott Hanna, Kevin Conrad, Jay Leisten, Andy Smith, Jose Marzan Jr., Brett Breeding, Mike Sellers and Ken Branch. More are expected soon from Bob Wiacek, Mike Lilly, Sean Parsons, Dexter Vines and Walden Wong.

Almond added, “Much kind thanks to Jim, Eddy Choi and DC Comics for their cooperation, support of our program, and appreciation of ink artists.”

Auctions for the Lee Challenge will begin March 13 on the Inkwells' eBay store, alternating with the Sinnott pages each week or two thereafter. The art will later be collected into book form. Previous book collections in various editions, along with other merchandise, are available for donations to the organization through their Web Store.

The Inkwell Awards is an official 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to educate and promote the art form of comic-book inking, as well as annually recognize and award the best ink artists and their work. Now in its ninth year, the organization is overseen by a committee of industry professionals and assisted by various professional ambassadors and numerous contributors. They sponsor the Dave Simons Inkwell Memorial Scholarship Fund for the Kubert School and host the Joe Sinnott Hall of Fame Award.

Premium Member of the Week :: Vartan Dadian

1. Please tell us a little about yourself.

I'm in my early 30s and work for the government making the medical decisions for Social Security. I've had a wide range of jobs from bouncer to throwing case of liquor in distribution warehouse. I was going to go to grad school for Occupational Therapy a little over a year ago before I got my current position. My other hobby is bodybuilding but I also spend a lot of time on Netflix and Amazon Prime.

2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?

My favorite piece is probably my Joe Jusko Mephisto painting. I sold my first original art collection during college and this was the first piece I bought after college. Mephisto is one of my favorite characters and Jusko is probably my favorite artist with his original Marvel Masterpieces set being released when I was in fourth grade. I also own a few of the original paintings from that set and am always looking for new ones that may not have been seen in a number of years.

Honorable mention goes to Wolverine vs. The Hellfire Club from the 1994 Fleer Ultra X-Men set. It was one of the pieces I really wanted from that set along with the Wolverine vs. Spider-Man (I own that as well). I used some crafty research to send a letter direct to the artist and he emailed me a response. It was at first thought the piece was sold about 20 years earlier... but that turned out to not be the case. For me Wolverine vs The Hellfire Club guards is Wolverine's defining moment and off the top of my head I can't think of another published painting of him taking them out.

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

I bought my first piece in 2004. I had been collecting golden age comics but decided I no longer wanted to spend so much money on them after some undetected trimming slipped by. I wound up selling my first collection after college. I found I didn't care much for panel pages and over time have more or less phased out pen and ink pieces. My collection is very villain centric. I love a good villain. I found paintings really stand out more on the walls. I primarily stick to Marvel, as much as I love the Batman villains I decided it best to stay focused and stick to Marvel at this point. I collect more based on character and how much an image appeals to me.

Many of my pieces come from trading card sets I had when I was growing up in the 90s. Many of these artists were not strictly comic book artists. I was fortunate to track down just about everyone I was looking for and many of them still had the pieces I was looking for almost two decades later. Finding the right Robert Rodriguez was a bit of a chore but he did probably my favorite Hobgoblin painting... most of the paintings of the character are after he had gone demonic and not the classic 80s look. The only artist from those trading cards I couldn't find was Luis Perez. Anyone have a clue?

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

The majority of my pieces are framed and hanging on the walls, although there are a few in portfolios and a couple of larger ones just hanging out. If I have enough wall space I'd ideally like to have everything framed.

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

I'll start this off by saying I am always interested in taking a look at any Bob Larkin, Earl Norem, and Joe Jusko Marvel superhero/villain paintings along with 90s Marvel Masterpiece paintings and Fleer Ultra X-Men and Fleer Ultra Spider-Man paintings. You can also check out my complete Want List I have posted.

1. Black Cat poster painting by Joe Jusko. This was sold on Heritage some years back. Anyone have it?
2. 1994 Marvel Masterpieces Green Goblin by the Hildebrandts
3. 1994 Fleer Ultra X-Men Wolverine vs. Sentinels by Bob Larkin (Or even a published Sentinel painting)
4. 1994 Fleer Ultra X-Men Wolverine vs. Sauron by Dave Devries
5. Amazing Spider-Man Annual #15 page 28 by Frank Miller. This is the page where the Punisher gets arrested and put into the police car. (I know double breaking my rule here, a panel page and pen and ink).

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