Monday, May 16, 2016

Dear Comic Art Fan,

This past week the comics industry lost one of its brightest stars with the passing of Darwyn Cooke following the announcement on his blog that he had been fighting cancer. A celebrated artist best known for DC's New Frontier, his adaptations of the Parker novels, and a re-design of Catwoman's costume which has become the standard, Cooke had a distinct style that harkened back to the Silver Age and a sharp sense of storytelling.

Prior to his career in comics, Cooke worked as in magazine publishing as an art director and in animation, most notably creating the opening to Batman Beyond. Well-respected by his peers, Cooke was also an outspoken critic of the industry and often advocated for more all-ages friendly titles.

On behalf of the CAF community, we offer our sincere condolences to his family, friends, and colleagues. A list of Cooke's art featured on Comic Art Fans is available at the link...

See you next week.

Colin Solan
CAF Editor

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Heritage Auctions ( - Robin, Avengers & Archie Original Art This Sunday

A Few Sample Lots:

Brian Bolland - Robin #5 Cover Preliminary Sketch Original Art (DC, 1991)

Bob Brown and Don Heck - The Avengers #120 Page 16 and 17 Original Art (Marvel, 1974)

Dan DeCarlo and Rudy Lapick - Archie's Girls Betty and Veronica #183 Complete 5-Page Story Original Art (Archie Comics, 1971)

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


The original art session of the ComicLink Spring Featured Auction is Underway and all lots will close next week! Collectors won't want to miss the strong selection -- over 400 high-quality lots are offered including a number of "Grail" level pieces!  Offered is impressive artwork by the likes of Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, John Byrne, Barry Windsor-Smith, Jim Starlin, Gil Kane, John Romita, John Romita, Jr., Dave Cockrum, Frank Miller, Frank Frazetta, Hal Foster, Michael Turner and so many other renowned artists within our hobby.  There is something for just about every passionate art collector within this auction. Click here to browse the entire Original Art session now!

Premium Member of the Week :: David Peters

1. Please tell us a little about yourself.

I live in Omaha, Nebraska. My wife and I have three children. Each, to some degree, enjoys my hobby. Our favorite vacations are attending the San Diego Comic Con.  I have been in the education profession for thirty-two years.  I am now the head of school at an all boys boarding and day school. Some of my first original art collecting experiences were answering ads in the weekly CBG. I also attended several Chicago Comic Cons in the late 1979s and early 1980s and bought art there.

2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?

My favorite at the moment is the cover to The Stars My Destination by Howard Chaykin. The book came out in 1979, the year I graduated high school. It is very large and impressive piece of artwork. I think the composition and colors are incredible.

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

I have been collecting on and off since the late 1970s. Many pieces I used to own are long gone, traded or sold. I really started back collecting in the early 2000s.

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

I have several pieces hanging in my house and in my office. Many are stored in binders.

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

I am always looking for Jeff Jones paintings.  I would like to own a New Yorker cover by Chris Ware or Adrian Tomine.  Growing up I loved Jim Starlin's run on Warlock and would enjoy a page or cover from that period (I used to have a page but it is long gone). Maybe a Dr. Strange or Man Thing cover by Frank Brunner would be fun.

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