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!


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?


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!


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...


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.


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.


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.


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!


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!).


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


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!


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.


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?


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?


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


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).


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


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


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).


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


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


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...


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


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!



  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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