Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Found on eBay: Original Comic Art!

Figured I'd do something a bit different for this posting... originally, I wasn't going to get to these for probably months, but since you're going to be seeing nothing new from me for a few days (see note above), I figured you guys deserved this!

Some of this art may be available on eBay now; other pieces are probably long sold. In most cases, clicking on the photo should give you an enlarged view!

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And hey, why not start off the first installment of Found on eBay: Original Comic Art with some Kirby? Above you see the inked and lettered artwork for DC Comics' 1st Issue Special #5, page 8, featuring Manhunter! Nice Kirby Krackle, eh?

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Next up, this Al Plastino splash page from Action Comics #332! I remember reading this issue... Luthor pretends to have reformed, foiling attempts on Superman's life to lure him into a false sense of security!

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Hey, here's page 2 of that story! I could've sworn that the Legion of Super-Villains were in the future, along with the Legion of Super-Heroes, but maybe I'm remembering wrong...

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70 issues later in the run, here's the splash page for Action Comics #402, with art by Curt Swan and Murphy Anderson! The Swanderson team is rightly hailed for their work on the Man of Steel. I believe this was the splash for the concluding half of this two-issue tale.

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More Swan here, this time it's page 25 of Action Comics #479! The page looks vaguely familiar, but I can't place the story.

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Next up, we move to Adventure Comics #174, page 32, from the Green Arrow and Speedy story, with art by George Papp! That book in panel #1 makes me laugh when I see it.

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This page is from Adventure Comics #447, page 7 of the Aquaman story, art by Jim Aparo. I love Aparo's work, and even if this page doesn't have a lot of action, it's still a really nice page, with all sorts of moody shadows and the like!

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This issue is definitely up for sale on eBay right now... it's the cover of All New Comics #13, art by Al Avison, featuring the Green Hornet! I believe that this piece and the next are being sold by eBay seller "Romitaman" (who's also selling lots and lots of other great pieces of art!).

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Here's the cover of All-New #15, also by Avison! I'm not sure who the characters are.

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OK, so this cover is much more recent than I usually feature here (heck, I rarely show anything from the 1980s and beyond here!), but it's the cover for All-Star Squadron #48, art by Mike Harris, and All-Star Squad was one of my favorite DC titles of all time!

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OK, back to the Bronze Age for this Amazing Adventures #25 cover, with art by Gil Kane! It's always tempting when I come across cover art on eBay where the copy has fallen off (or been taken off) to try to "restore" those items on the scan.

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I'm sure you recognize this cover, Amazing Spider-Man #74, art by John Romita, Sr.! Even if you don't recognize it from is appearance, you should remember the Marvel Tales reprint, anyway. It's classic Romita, although it could've used a Romita babe, eh?

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Next up, it's the cover for Astonishing Tales #4, art by John Buscema, and featuring Ka-Zar and Dr. Doom! In black and white, you can't really tell that's Doom in the bed, eh?

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Here's one for my buddy Tony Isabella... it's the splash page of Astonishing Tales #22, featuring It! The Living Colossus!

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And this is for Roy Thomas, who I wished read this blog... it's a half-page of unused Golden Age Atom art by Gallagher (I'm afraid I've forgotten the artist's first name).

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This one you definitely see larger when clicking... it's page 9 from Avengers #100, art by Barry Smith!

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And here's page 26 from Avengers 181, art by John Byrne... featuring Henry Peter Gyrich, cutting the Avengers roster down!

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Going back a ways, here's a Don Heck page from Avengers 19 (and you won't get a larger view by clicking on this one, either).

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Next up, it's John Buscema's cover for Avengers 41, with Diablo and Dragon Man!

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More Buscema Avengers stuff here... it's page 8 from Avengers #50, featuring Hercules and Typhon!

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Still more Avengers... this page is by Bob Brown, and is page 7 from Avengers 117, part of the Avengers-Defenders War! Personally, I wish it had been a page with more Valkyrie on it...

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And here's a page from Avengers 127, art by Sal Buscema!

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This Hawkeye-centric page is from Avengers 43, art by John Buscema... now, you'd think I'd have these sorted in order or something, but that wouldn't make this a Random Act of Geekery, would it? As it is, I do have the pages grouped together...

When "Found on eBay: Original Comic Art" returns, there'll be some more Avengers, but then we'll get into other stuff, too!

Jon

2 comments:

  1. Jon,
    Re: "I'm not sure who the characters are."

    Those are the Boy Heroes (Corny, Punchy, Trigger, and Prince), Harvey's version of those kids' groups that were ubiquitous back then (#15, the last issue, was cover-dated march-April 1947).
    Hope this helps!

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