There are not many Thor large art splashes that truly speak to most collectors but this one that features the besieged God of Thunder accompanied by the lovely Lady Sif should undoubtedly be one. The splash of a brooding hero resonates with a lot of collectors.
Warlord was DC’s answer to Marvel’s Conan. You can own one of these wonderful covers for a fraction of the price. Buckler and Pablo Marcos also look pretty good together. I love the cat in the middle of the fray.
There may not be a better art pairing for Superman than Curt Swan and Murphy Anderson. If you're a fan of Superman you can’t ask for a much better splash. Collectors really look for these kinds of heroic images.
Hela pages may be the toughest to find for Thor Buscema collectors. This is the most famous issue that she appears in where Thor sacrifices himself to her to prevent the end of death. The bonus you get with this page is the last extraordinary panel of Odin. Some of you may not recognize how special this page is but others will clamor to get it.
Clearly Spider-Man ranks supreme in our little collecting world - and a Todd McFarlane drawn page is probably the item most in demand. We just saw a panel page of Spider-Man drawn by Eric Larson sell for $32,000. Comic Link, and they deserve a plug for this one, sold a McFarlane page that had one panel of Venom for $68,000. Clearly the demand outstrips the supply. This 4 panel masterpiece speaks for itself. You can always wait until next year and pay much more.
There can’t be many better splashes of Iron Fist that exist than the one I’m offering here. Just look at the detail that Nebres imparts on this page and he also employs a wash in order to give the art more depth.
Dick Ayers loved drawing the Ghost Rider because it was all his own. Unfortunately, it was a short lived series of 7 issues. He told me this when I visited him at his house in White Plains, New York in 1992. He and his wife were gracious and kind. This page has all you should care about in one of these pages: the villain Sting-Ray, the Ghost Rider undressing in his lair, and a stupendous panel with him leaping onto his trusty steed.
The girls are manipulated by a Hollywood director to be in a compromised position. Where have we heard that before? Every panel has something special to offer. That last panel conveys so much to the reader! The girls are in a vulnerable state on the ground as all the men in black surround the helpless damsels.
When I was collecting the Thor comics this is one of the key books that I looked for. Of course, the main reason this issue was so popular is the appearance of the Surfer. This is the first time I have had a page from this issue which is very exciting. This is the only time the Surfer was drawn by both John and Sal Buscema. No art is as collectible as a Surfer page.
One of the most recognizable covers from the 1970’s and truly one of my all-time favorites from my youth. A key cover from the period. Has The Thing ever looked any better? A Jim Starlin and John Romita combo may be one of the best art duos of any period.
Look up the cover they used instead of this cover, there is no comparison. This one is so far superior. The girl in this cover is sublime. Having it slightly unfinished adds, not subtracts, from the piece. Seeing Buscema working on Conan in the back of the cover is rewarding for the insight it gives us. Condition: This piece at one time had the top right corner missing, an area you can clearly see from the back image. It was professionally restored and looks great.
This may very well be the most blatantly racist page since the Golden Age. Read the page on your own and you’ll understand what I mean. It’s pretty shocking. It has great relevance considering what’s going on in our society today. Sometimes the lessons of history are slowly learned. DC, following Marvel’s lead, was taking on issues of the times like racism. Hurray to comics for taking on such important topics facing our society.
This may be one of the most beautiful Superman pages that I've seen drawn by Kirby. I’ll attribute that to the masterful work done by Royer and his inks. I love the panels that show Highfather with Superman.
This is one of the rarest pieces of art you will see in a long time: a Nick Fury page drawn by Barry Smith. This is actually the only issue that Barry drew for this title. Look at that psychedelic effect Smith employs in the last panel. Condition: You can clearly notice the use of vellum that Smith uses for effect, art is on the vellum.
There is no better art duo than Jack Kirby and Joe Sinnott, especially on the Fantastic Four! This cover would be twice the price if it were from the FF title. This all-action cover with the FF battling Deathlok doesn’t get much better than this.
As a kid I couldn’t wait to get this comic back home from my corner newsstand because it said on the cover that King Kirby is back. He had come back to Marvel and taken over one of my favorite Superhero comics. Kirby really put his all into this issue as you can tell by his awesome rendering of Cap and the Falcon. I have to say that you will smile every time you look at this gem. I’m having seller’s remorse just by writing this blurb.
We who love Kirby monsters have a fond place in our collecting hearts for Sserpo. He’s truly one of the great monster creations that the King bestowed upon us. It’s not easy to find a page from this iconic story.
This story is considered to be one of the best Thor stories because of Magneto. Though the art doesn’t feature Thor in costume it does have almost everything that you would want: a great villain and an intimate look at the relationship between Don Blake and his love interest, Jane Foster. As an aside, you should know that in the Marvel movie universe Jane Foster will be the new Thor.
Tales to Astonish #44 p3 (Large Art) – First Wasp/ Reason why Ant-Man came to be!
This page is not just a page from the Wasp’s first appearance, it is important in that it shows us why Ant-Man came to be. ”Go to the ants thou dullard”, these words are the ones that Henry Pym’s first wife utters that inspire him to later become Ant-Man. He actually says later in the book that these words “rang in his brain over and over, until that fateful day when Henry Pym became… The Ant-Man!”
Loki has really found his fan base in the Marvel movies. As a matter of fact he will have his own show next year on Disney+. I’m very happy to offer a Loki page this good that also features so many great Kirby elements collectors love.
Every time I look at an art page from this period inked by Dick Giordano ithas the look of Neal Adams having had a hand in it. Of course it's at a fraction of the price. Giordano was certainly a master inker for DC.
Sal Buscema is finally getting his due, especially his work on Avengers from this period. This is part of the Kree-Skrull War storyline which is detailed in the Captain Marvel movie. This happens to be one of the best pages from the book.
It’s not easy finding a Spider-Man image this strong on a splash. The perspective with the buildings all around while he’s swinging through the city is wonderful. The Spider-Man image had been cut out from elsewhere and glued to this page - it's all art and adds a bit of a 3D element to the page.
I wish I had more Silver Surfer pieces by Buscema or Kirby because everyone needs them in their collection and they are very easy to sell. The added bonus to this special piece is that Sienkiewicz inked it.
I’ve always been a huge fan of the Defenders since this book came out. I bought this splash from the Colorado Kid for $7,000 over 10 years ago. That was a lot back then, but I have enjoyed owning it. Having art from first issues and origin pages is very desirable by a lot of collectors entering the market.
If you're a fan of the Captain Marvel series then you’re certainly a fan of issue 17 when the Captain donned his new costume and got Rick Jones as his human host. This page is special in that it features Rick slamming the bands together in order to make the exchange with Captain Marvel.
Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide 23rd Edition Cover
Considering we all started collecting comics before we added art to our repertoire, who among us didn’t own an Overstreet Price Guide? The Most of us probably owned a number of them over the years. This is the actual art to the 1996 guide. If you collected in the 90’s you would immediately recognize this cover. Not many of these have surfaced.
John Byrne did a few issues in the large art format and they give you a lot more art for your money. They really are a pleasure to see in person. This issue has the FF in the negative zone so the art really stands out.
I’m a big fan of the jealous interplay between Lois Lane and Lana Lang. Their rivalry for Superman’s attention is pivotal to the Superman universe. And may I say, Swan has drawn the ladies beautifully.
This may be the best looking Buscema splash I’ve ever seen that doesn’t feature a main character. Considering we just saw a Conan splash sell in Heritage for $31,000 this seems like a steal. It truly is stunning.
This Titans half splash is something to behold in person. When Perez draws the ladies this well you had better pay attention. I love it when Starfire is kicking ass! To think that at one time these pages were as popular as an X-men Byrne page. These are way too cheap, but for how long?
This page is really the origin and first mention of Him, who is to become Adam Warlock. The page also has great Kirby/Sinnott gadgetry and Alicia Masters is sublime. Don’t you love the Stan Lee pencil notations that are clearly visible on the margins outside the art?
How often do we see Kirby double page spreads for sale? Not very often. This one has all the elements you would want in a Kirby piece. If you take a close look at it you see how spectacular it really is.
You know what makes this character page stand out from the rest? The close ups of the 2 most important characters in Spider-Man: Peter Parker and J. Jonah Jameson. This page also signifies the turning point in Peter and Betty Brant’s relationship, she reveals to Mr. Parker that she will be going out with Ned. This will ultimately lead to the breakup that will ensue. So those “goodbyes” are permanent. Quite the foreshadowing.
When it comes to DC there’s nothing better than a Justice League splash. It’s nice to have so many heroes doing so much in a single large panel. This is such a bargain compared to the Marvel equivalent.
If this cover appeared in the main Hulk title it would be closer to $50,000. Thank goodness it’s not so it can be made available to that lucky collector. Yes, I mean you. I love that it has all that Starlin energy crackle that he is famous for. The top of Hulk is all art but it had to be cut out and moved there.
What makes this page great is that it recounts the origin of the Amazonians. It shows how Aphrodite created the race of super woman. Even Hercules makes an appearance when plotting to destroy the Amazons.
Pages rarely surface from this particular issue. The story has Magneto battling both the Avengers and the X-men. If you’re a Magneto fan this is the page for you. I’ve never figured out why both Neal Adams and Tom Palmer have signed this page.
Here’s something you have probably never seen before: a Sergio Aragonis cartoon done for DC in the 60’s. I believe he only did a handful of them as he had started to work for Mad Magazine on and off through the 80’s. Of course he also worked on other projects for DC like Plop!
I don’t know what has happened but the Sub-Mariner has been gaining in popularity with the Marvel art collectors. That may have to do with the Fantastic Four coming back to Marvel and the rumors of Prince Namor being a part of the future of the next phase of movies.
The Watcher is one of the most interesting and mysterious characters in superhero history. The storyline “Tales of the Watcher” ran in ten issues of Tales Of Suspense because there was keen interest in the Marvel Universe about this character.
This story was also reprinted in House of Horror #1. What more can one say about Wrightson that hasn’t been said? He is truly one of the masters of the comic art world. All you need to do is take a close look at his line work to understand.
Matt Fox’s work has been very sought after the last few years. It took a while for collectors to take notice because he didn’t ink much comic work and there are hardly any pages that have come to market. His work is very reminiscent of early Basil Wolverton.
This is one of the best Conan pieces I’ve ever owned. Having Nestor Redondo inking John Buscema really makes it that much more special. Considering Heritage just sold a Buscema Conan splash for $31,000 I would say this is a pretty good deal.
This page should be titled “Beauty and the Beast”. This art should be bought for the last panel alone. Byrne doesn’t just have Wonder Woman in a bondage situation but has the Demon practically stepping on the Amazon.
Here you don’t just have Nova fighting the Skrulls and drawn by Infantino but you get the added bonus of being a What If story. What If is one of the great comic book creations of the 70’s. It’s so good that Marvel is launching an animated What If show.
Spider-Man is in every panel of this page. I know what else you want - a main villain like Doc Ock to make an appearance, and maybe even a shot of Aunt May, and how about an end page? That last panel of Spider-Man may be the most iconic image of him that exists.
Heritage just sold two origin recap pages from Strange Tales 101 for $96,000. This recap is pretty significant and probably undervalued here. It's stunningly rendered by Buscema and Sinnott. I don’t remember another recap of the FF origin after issue 3 in this title. I’m sure someone will remind me if there was.
One of the most powerful and compelling Sgt. Fury covers that you will ever see. John Severin, one of the most accomplished war artists, at his best. It truly is a gripping cover showcasing the horror and ferocity of war.
When I first got this page I was really excited that it was from the first appearance and origin of Star Brand but I did not realize it was actually the origin page. This is the page where the “old man” reveals himself and transfers the Star Brand to Ken Connell. This was Marvel's answer to Green Lantern, even the transfer of power is very reminiscent. What a treat to find out that it was actually Romita Jr and Williamson in collaboration on this title.
Here’s one of the great books of the 70’s. Growing up this is one of the most memorable series from that era. When was the last time you saw a page from issue 1 especially one that features all the characters from the book?
This X-Men splash, drawn for Marvel Fanfare, actually would correspond to X-men issue #159. Dave Cockrum’s last issue that he drew for the X-men title was #158 so this really is a continuation of these characters. Sauron rocks on this splash! Please read the back of the page, you’ll get a real kick out of it. I won’t give it away.
Have you seen how expensive later Iron Man pages by Gene Colan have become, averaging $8,000-$12,000? These earlier pages drawn by Don Heck have become a bargain. I’m not just saying that, I really mean it.
Not many of these gorgeous romance covers from the 1970’s exist. Once you find one this beautiful you should want to own it. When Don Heck inks himself (in a subject matter that he adores) his art really excels.
Any Star Wars cover - whether published or unpublished - is in high demand. Considering it has most of the Star Wars cast this cover should make someone quite happy. The last Star Wars cover sold for $35,000.
This is one of the best X-Men pages that I have ever seen. It doesn’t just feature the X-men but it also has two future Avengers, the Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver. It’s well known that the best X-men Kirby pages are inked by Chic Stone.
At times, you can find Kelly Freas’ Mad work but I’ve never seen any of his original comic artwork show up. This is the only recreation of any of his comic work that I have ever seen. This happens to be the best cover that he did for comics. It’s a shame that he didn’t do more comic book work.
You're not seeing things. The negative aspect of this page is that someone cut out Spider-Man and colored him and pasted him back onto the page. The positive part is that it has become a very affordable Spider-Man page.
Everyone seems to be speculating on the Fantastic Four now that Marvel has acquired the franchise back. It seems that the art by Kirby, Perez, and Byrne are leading the way. To find a splash by Perez from this prime period has become much harder than at any other time from the past.
I dare you to find either Woody Allen or, for that matter, Groucho Marx in a comic book let alone finding an art page with both of them on it. What’s great is that they are both doing their shtick on the page.
This page and splash comes from one of the most famous storylines from Marvel: the wedding of Crystal and Quicksilver. It features the Avengers, the Inhumans, the Fantastic Four, all battling Ultron. I know this page looks unusual but I’m going to show you that you actually are saving thousands because of the format they used for this issue. Normally the Ultron splash alone would command $4-5000, the 3 panel battle page would go north of $4000. You do the math.
This story belongs in a museum. This art is from the only story that exists that has both Dick Sprang pencils AND inks. It survived because Dick insisted on getting it back as he thought so highly of it. It really is stunning.
I know, you’ve seen dozens of Byrne double page spreads! Well maybe none recently since they are extremely elusive. Too bad it wasn’t from the X-men series as those seem to fetch $200,000. At least I have some of the Avengers represented like USAgent, Scarlet Witch, Wasp, and Wonder Man. Not a bad trade off at the price.
You’re looking at a very historical page of Spider-Man by John Romita. This is the comic book that introduced Romita to the Spider-Man character, so it was the first time he drew the webslinger. It was pretty much his tryout book to take over from Steve Ditko. Of course the results were very successful. And look at the page that I’m offering up for sale! The Web Head is pretty much in every panel and swinging around and doing his thing.
After Kirby, Buscema is my favorite artist and seeing Cockrum ink him here makes me wish he had done so more often. This splash comes from a great storyline. It’s better than most covers from this period. The dragon alone is spectacular.
I loved collecting art from a number 1 issue and, thereafter, from issues 1 through 10. Here we have a page with Iron Man and even more importantly, featuring his main antagonist, the Mandarin. Also, a nice bonus appearance by Nick Fury.
This should be a significant page for Legion fans or for fans of romance among heroes. Wildfire is recounting his origin and also talks about his lost love who he meets here on this page. Very romantic.
I love any art that features Golden Age characters. The Freedom Fighters represent the best of the offbeat heroes from that time. This splash has them all so prominently displayed, at this price it just seems like a good value.
Considering I had the entire Howard the Duck run as a young man, I am quite familiar with the covers and this is one of the best. I am quite happy to own it. These covers don’t come around very often and if you check the results at Heritage they tend to sell in the mid to high 20’s.
There’s been a big resurgence of interest in Sgt. Fury art in the last few years. Most especially the pages drawn by Kirby and, later, Dick Ayers. There’s actually a lot more large art pages than small art pages.
Powerhouse Pepper may be Basil Wolverton’s greatest comic creation. The character, created in 1942, was considered outrageously inventive among his peers. Even though his work at Mad was short-lived the New York Times designated him as the “Michelangelo of Mad Magazine”. There’s only a handful of these pages that survived. Circa late 50’s or early 60’s
Considering that the Surfer is my favorite character I love reading about his origin and actually seeing it drawn in this Graphic novel by Byrne. This page doesn’t just have Norrin Radd, later to become the Silver Surfer, but his love interest Shalla Bal. Check out the last panel when Galactus spots him.
Here we have the All Winners squadron featuring characters like the Whizzer and Miss America. At one time I was a Timely comic collector and these heroes from the Golden Age were some of my favorites. It took a retelling story like this to bring them back to life.
Being a fan of the Golden Age how can you not be drawn, no pun intended, to these heroes from World War 2? Especially with names like the Shining Knight, The Atom, Liberty Belle, Johnny Quick, Hawkgirl, Robotman and Steele. Who better to capture their vintage essence then Joe Kubert who broke his teeth on these characters in the 40’s? A number of these characters have been introduced to the youth of today by watching the DC shows on the CW network.
NOTE ON CONDITION: In full disclosure we were just notified that this cover at one time had an overlay that consisted of the fire graphics on the bottom half of this cover. Apparently they were cut out from and placed directly on the cover.
When you mention the 4th world that Jack Kirby created the two characters that stand alone above the rest are Orion and Darkseid. Would you hazard to guess which two are on this page? The middle panel is exactly what Kirby collectors want to see in a Kirby page.
Normally I wouldn’t get rid of this page from Stuntman’s introduction and origin but since I’m fortunate to have the cover I'm happy to offer it up to a collector. I’ve only seen one other page, and not even a very good one, from this same issue that was offered by Heritage in 2005. I think there’s a Mikail Flynn that collects old art but I’m not sure he reads well so he may miss this. 😀That means someone else will be the lucky recipient.
Graham Ingels is the master of the Macabre. Though he is finally getting his due his prices are still in the reasonable range. Take a close look at the beautiful detail on this page and you’ll see what I’m talking about.
We know how tough it is to get these early Spider-Man pages - and how freaking popular they are. This page has a little of everything going for it: it has shots of Spidey and the Green Goblin, Peter Parker, Harry Osborne, and a great big panel of the 2 Vultures.
I thought it was time to put up a Kirby cover. This is the marriage of two wonderful Kirby titles from the 70’s: 2001 A Space Odyssey and Machine Man. This is actually the second appearance of Machine Man. By the way, this cover frames up beautifully because of all the black on it.
The more art I see by Bingham the bigger fan I become. I was first introduced to him with the Son of the Demon. This page really shows off his talent. Get a load of how regal Black Panther looks on this page.
This may be the best Dracula battle page you will ever find. Well, at least in his bat form. Three panels of batty goodness. That last panel is ferocious. Did you notice that both Colan and Chan signed this page?
I’ve seen sellers ask similar prices for horror DC covers done by artists nowhere near Kubert’s caliber.As you can tell I’m claiming this is a great price. Kubert really didn’t draw many horror covers at all.
Would you believe that an Amazing Spider-Man splash would sell for $300,000-$600,000?? In retrospect, this Pre-Hero splash looks like a bargain. For a number of years I’ve felt that the pre-hero pages for both Kirby and Ditko were some of the best values in our art collectible.
Collectors are hot on the trail for Rom pages especially from this issue that features the Sub-Mariner. This might be the best page in the book. I love the third panel with the Sub-Mariner coming through the panel and the last panel with Rom lurking in the shadows.
Mike Mignola is part of a small group of artists that are in high demand at this time. He can pretty much draw anything and people would be interested. This anthropomorphic funny animal shows you the talent that he would later display in his Hellboy series.
Alex Toth is truly one of the masters in our collectible. Good luck finding a page of this vintage work especially one that was both pencilled and inked by him. Just take a close look at the last 3 panels to see how talented he is and why most artists seek out his art to collect.
If you love the Crisis series this may fit the bill. This came out at the same time as Crisis on Infinite Earths.This is the foreword featuring Harbinger who is recording the significant events of the DC universe. This is a nice tie-in to the Crisis series.
There are so few twice up Nick Cardy pages for Aquaman. You can literally count them on 2 hands. This one in particular is very special as it features both Aquaman and Mera on their seahorses and being quite adorable. Even the blue line work adds a nice artistic element to the page.
A few collectors that know I have this page consider it the best Odin page, by Kirby, in existence. I may be biased but I have to concur. It is dazzling in person. Beside the Odin factor, the page cries out ‘Jack Kirby’ and the elements that he is beloved for.
Many comic book collectors that are transitioning into art are hoping for art from number 1 or key issues if they are able to find them. This is an opportunity to have such a page and from the character that started the Marvel revolution, Iron Man. He’s never been as popular as he is today.
Is there an artist hotter than Byrne right now? I remember when Alpha Flight was so reasonably priced. I also remember selling tons of Byrne X-men pages for $300-$500 dollars that are now $25,000-$35,000. You must also know that there are not many, if any, Byrne covers from any title in the market. Alpha Flight used to be a poor man's substitute for X-men, it still is 10% of the price. Believe it or not there is good value in Byrne Alpha Flight.
There seems to be a Sal Buscema coming out party the last few years. Here’s the chance to own a cover quality splash at a fraction of the price of a cover. It’s full of the Marvel heroes that have been filling up the Marvel movie universe. By the way, next year Marvel is introducing the animated What If tv show.
This is such a kick ass cover! Even though this is too modern for my collection I've got to admit that every time I see an Art Adams page I marvel at his work. The detail that he puts into this piece is pretty remarkable. I don’t think I could ask for a much better Godzilla cover.
What I like about this page is that it features the New Avengers team headed by Captain America. The four team members are featured prominently with Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch, Hawkeye, and team leader Captain America. I believe this is the only page that I’ve ever had from this issue.
Justice League pages have been the most undervalued pages in DC for years. Where else can you get this many heroes in one place? I’ve been holding on to this page because it was one of the best pages that I’ve seen in years as it featured action and is chock full of heroes.
Collectors seem to always look for the improbable - an action page of their favorite hero in every panel. I’ve been guilty of the same delusion. Well here you are Cap fans! Hopefully you're not holding out for Cap battling Thanos while in the embrace of Sharon Carter.
This is the first time in quite a while that I’m offering up for a sale a piece that was deep in my collection. I’m making this sacrifice for a number of reasons. We’ve had 2 Sal Buscema covers sell last year in Heritage for $100,000. One was the Defenders 9 the other was Captain America 137 and even the Avengers 72 cover sold some years ago for $90,000. This issue is part of a classic Galactus and Silver Surfer story line. This cover speaks for itself, even Galactus is featured prominently. I owned all three covers in the small run, which included the 121 and 122. This one stood out to me and others and it’s the one I retained in my collection. I sold the 121 a number of years back for $75,000. I thought it would be good for buyers to get a better perspective of pricing. With the advent of Marvel Studios getting back the Fantastic Four the landscape in acquiring FF art will undoubtedly change. Put bluntly, it's going to get more expensive.
There’s only one other title from the 4th world that I like more than Forever People and that’s New Gods. This is definitely the best Big Bear page I’ve ever seen. Check out all the Kirby/Royer magic that permeates this page. The last two panels by themselves should sell this page.
Collectors keep asking me if I’m going to release another Avengers Byrne page. Well here it is and I hope it suits your needs. I personally love this storyline. Action pages from this run don’t come around very often.
I know this page has a wonderful half splash but what makes it more special is the fact that Nekra makes an appearance alongside the Black Widow. Good luck finding Nekra on an art page. That last panel with a close up of the Widow is very nice.
Essential Silver Surfer #1 (1998) Back Cover (Signed)
I hate parting with a wonderful Silver Surfer cover especially one drawn by John Buscema. This image of him, in the cosmos by his lonesome, really speaks to the essence of what makes him so endearing and beloved by collectors. He truly the misunderstood character and savior.
I don’t need to tell you why this page is special because having a page drawn by Romita of both Spider-Man and Captain America doesn’t happen very often. Having both heroes doing what they are best known for makes it even better.
I love that Dave Sim first conceived of Cerebus as a parody of Conan the Barbarian. This page cries out that fact as his Red Sonja clone is prominently featured. He brilliantly crafted philosophy, religion and politics into his storytelling.
By far my favorite nemesis for Thor has always been The Destroyer. He’s such a compelling character! I guess that’s why they introduced him in the first Thor movie. Finding a page with The Destroyer has been nearly impossible. By the way, if you haven’t read Thor 150 you should, it’s one of the best storylines in the run.
Superman’s Girl Friend Lois Lane #89 Cover (Neal Adams)
If you’re a DC fan this cover has a lot going for it. It’s drawn by 2 of the greatest artists in comics: Neal Adams and Carmine Infantino. Featuring the two greatest DC characters, Superman and Batman (in the guise of Bruce Wayne), and in conflict over the most eligible woman in comic-dom Lois Lane. What more could you want? No it's not going to be cheaper. 😀
This one really pains me to part with. It’s one of the best issues to get art from in the run. Here we have Dr. Strange battling Ghost Rider, it doesn’t get much better than that. Did you notice the last panel as the good doctor is in the Astral Plane with Dormammu. I really like the Layton inks on this issue.
I can’t believe how popular 90’s covers have become, especially covers featuring major heroes like Thor and major artists like Romita Jr. It doesn’t get much more impactful than this great action cover.
I really enjoy futuristic stories that deal with what could be. They always interested me because they place the hero in a world that you can only fantasize about. What better fantasy world than to have Mary Jane and Peter marry and about to have a child together ? To have it drawn by Romita Sr makes it that much more special.
How often do you get the opportunity to own an early X-men splash that features Magneto alongside the X-men? This great splash is so well laid out. If this was drawn 2 months prior it would have been twice up and selling for 3 to 5 times more money.
Steve Ditko is a legendary comic artist but did you realize that his storytelling is also unparalleled? Here we have a Demon that accidentally summons a boy to his realm and uses him to cause mischief. I believe this is the only Ditko pencil and inked story that he drew for House of Mystery.
When I discovered the Dial H for Hero stories as a young boy I was hooked. They were just too much fun. I loved it when the boy would spin the dial and would become another Super-Hero. When I discovered this splash I had to have it, I haven’t found one since.
This actually was in Jim Starlin's closet lost to the world until a few years back. It’s such a throwback to the 50’s movies like Forbidden Planet and When the Earth Stood Still. It’s quite a compelling cover and stunningly rendered.
I know you can’t believe the price. What is wrong with this page. It should sell for 10-15,000. Well the good news is it is the page 1 splash for DD85, one of the most sought after splashes in the run, with all original stat work and indicia. But, it is a stat. Look at the bright side, for the price you can own this and a whole lot more art from what you could have paid for this piece. Lots of collectors are seeking these out for that same reason.
Collectors have been clamoring for Master of Kung Fu pages specifically by Paul Gulacy. With the advent of the Marvel movie, which should be out when this craziness subsides, they would like to pick up pages before they get too expensive.
Have I mentioned how collectors love transformation pages. Let me just say that this is the first time I’ve had a page of Dracula transforming from Bat to Vampire. Did you notice how early this page is in the run? Some of the best Colan work was done early in the run.
This may very well be the sexiest Wonder Woman splash I’ve ever owned. I love how she exerts herself in this splash. Jose Delbo, who is actually a pretty nice guy, has mastered drawing the heroine by this time.
I just finished making a deal to pay 6 figures for a Ditko page and I couldn’t be happier. He truly is a master. These pre-hero pages still seem affordable considering what some of his pages sell for. If you take your time and study this page you’ll see why I cherish his pre-hero work. Since Steve Ditko’s death we have not seen much of his work come out.
If this page doesn’t go to a French collector then I will be disappointed. If it does I will say “Félicitations!”, in my best attempt at a French accent, for a fine purchase. The great bonus you get on this page is it's the issue with the Flash.
This is a pretty special Ross piece if you're a Marvels fan. When Marvels 1-4 hardcover edition of the series came out this was the inside front cover. Considering the first story was the coming of Namor it is fitting that this image would be used. One of the greatest portraits of Subby you will ever see. Marvels is considered Alex Ross’ greatest and most recognized work.
This cover seems to resonate strongly at this time. Captain America is very determined and hanging on to the ideal of America, symbolized in the flag. Such a powerful cover drawn by a powerful artist, John Cassaday.
I brought this out a number of years ago to a small show and you should have seen the number of people that mentioned they remember the poster from their youth. We all know how well Byrne pieces have been performing in the collectable. Of course for this price you can have a really nice X-Men page but you wouldn’t be getting, arguably, the most dynamic DC piece he has done. Considering there are 15 characters on the page that’s $3,000 for each one.
If you're a DC fan and you don’t love this cover then you might as well turn in your Batman utility belt and Flash underwear. Superman and Supergirl look great and how often will you ever see Comet , Streaky, and Krypton on the same cover?
This page may have the most beautiful drawing of the Scarlet Witch that exists. She’s truly heavenly. It makes complete sense that she’s drawn by John Buscema, one of the greatest artists to draw for Marvel, and Jim Mooney whose claim to fame is his mastery of the female form. And of course we get to see how the Vision and the Scarlet Witch are dealing with the fact that they love each other.
There is just so much going on in this cover. It’s like getting four covers in one. You have Iron Man origin scenes, an Odin origin scene from Odin's beginnings , a recap of FF 8 which is a Puppet Master origin and last, a scene that depicts mutant hatred. It’s a lot to take in but it’s quite dynamic.
This period of Avengers may be the most desirable for art collectors. The team up of Sal and John Buscema accompanied with Palmer inks is visually stunning work. Having a 4 panel battle page featuring Captain America is just icing on the cake. Good luck finding a Cap page this good.
A part of me wishes all the art we collect was in color. This piece was from a collector in the early 80’s hiring Steve Oliff, the most prominent Marvel colorist of the last decade, to make the cover look like the comic. A number of people around this time had this done. One thing it has done is make this cover much more affordable. Most Perez Avengers covers should sell for $35,000-$50,000 and a few would sell for a lot more. If you want to try to remove the colors that’s your call but I rather enjoy it like this. A number of us have art in our collections that Oliff has colored, including me.
Batman is striking quite a pose. If the Batman looks very familiar to you it’s because he looks like Adam West. Allred does a tremendous job of bringing us back to 1966 with this cover. It’s very nostalgic for those of us that grew up loving this series.
This is a key and historic page from the greatest artistic combo in comic history. This page introduces and depicts the origin of the Inhumans. I picked this page up for $20,000 in lieu of cash 6 years ago.
If you're a fan of Wally Wood, and who isn’t, then you were quite happy when he took on a few issues of Daredevil to draw. Unfortunately he didn’t do many hero books for Marvel. This page is wonderful in the fact that it has Daredevil in costume and the three main characters from the title: Karen Page, Foggy Nelson, and Matt Murdock - AKA Daredevil.
You know why I like this page so much? No, not because John Buscema drew it, though I do like the art. It’s because it features my favorite hero from the FF, the Thing, and my favorite character from the Inhumans, Lockjaw.
I’ve had a number of Thor Buscema splashes throughout the years and this is the best one that I’ve ever owned. The layout is perfect, all the characters are facing front. Thor is not just there swinging his hammer but he has Lady Sif beside him. Also he has all his friends, including the Recorder, prominently displayed and ready for action. Did I mention one of his main Villains, the Grey Gargoyle, is ready to face off against him?
Embarrassingly, I used to read the Blue Devil comic in the 80’s. I’ve been attending the BDA (Blue Devil Anonymous) meetings for the last 3 years. Sorry but one loves what one loves. This is the only Blue Devil splash that I’ve ever seen.
I know this is a half page but seriously it's a damn good half page. The Buscema/Palmer duo may very well be one of the 2 or 3 best art combos from the 70’s. IMHO, after Jack Kirby nobody was better on the Avengers.
Steranko may very well be the most sought after artist in our collectable, not because he is the greatest artist - though he is considered legendary - but because it’s virtually impossible to find any of his work. Here I’m fortunate to offer Miss March from his heralded Calendar Girls. Just having the calendar is enough for most collectors because they have given up hope of ever putting a Steranko original in their collection.
You may not know it but it’s pretty tough to find a Doc Savage page. Considering the price this one shouldn’t last too long. Oops! I probably just cursed the page! I’ll wind up having this page for the next 4 years.