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Lee B.

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  1. Nice work Vodou! Just to clarify, the December 1992 ad was from TriState (Hans K.), not Horvitz. In the very same ad, you also had these covers, one of which (at least) was similarly aggressively priced: http://www.comicartads.com/content/ghost-rider-9-cover http://www.comicartads.com/content/what-if-24-cover And here's a few more covers offered in December 1992 from other sellers (mostly Ike Wilson): http://www.comicartads.com/content/classic-x-men-27-cover http://www.comicartads.com/content/captain-america-108-cover http://www.comicartads.com/content/amazing-adventures-6-cover http://www.comicartads.com/content/nick-fury-agent-shield-3-cover Another other bargains or bad investments? Kirby v. Kaluta? Cheers, Lee
  2. Did someone say we need some new topics on this board? I often see pieces in Heritage Signature auctions that have been offered up before through CBG, dealer catalogs, etc. from the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. For the upcoming November auction, I decided to list some "familiar" pieces so bidders can know a bit more about their provenance. Only three so far, but I will continue to update as more scans are posted to Heritage: Dale Keown She-Hulk #13 cover https://comics.ha.com/itm/original-comic-art/dale-keown-and-ernie-colon-the-sensational-she-hulk-13-cover-original-art-cover-marvel-19/p/7236-40004.s?ic4=ListView-ShortDescription-071515 http://www.comicartads.com/content/she-hulk-13-cover John Byrne She-Hulk 36 page 9 https://comics.ha.com/itm/original-comic-art/john-byrne-and-keith-williams-the-sensational-she-hulk-36-story-page-9-original-art-marvel/p/7236-40006.s?ic4=ListView-ShortDescription-071515 http://www.comicartads.com/content/she-hulk-36-page-9 Ross Andru DC Comics Presents 16 cover https://comics.ha.com/itm/original-comic-art/ross-andru-and--giordano-dc-comics-presents-16-cover-original-art-dc-1979-/p/7236-193002.s?ic4=ListView-ShortDescription-071515 http://www.comicartads.com/content/dc-comics-presents-16-cover
  3. I started www.comicartads.com in 2015. The site not only has a searchable database of thousands of old original comic art ads, but I also have scanned several complete catalogs from the 1970s and 1980s (e.g., http://comicartads.com/content/comic-art-showcase-1-tony-dispoto-1974), and have posted some interviews with folks who used to regularly advertise art in The Comic Buyer's Guide (e.g., http://comicartads.com/content/will-gabri-el-interview) I do collect original art myself and have most of it displayed on CAF: http://cafurl.com?i=25200 I appreciate your interest in ComicArtAds!
  4. Thanks for the kind words Dr. Donald! It is likely that this Strange Tales #89 cover was one of the recreations offered in the June 1994 Sotheby's auction. These recreations have been a source of controversy. To get one take on the recreations, you could read this (offered without comment on my part): https://ohdannyboy.blogspot.com/2011/10/original-art-stories-mystery-of-jack.html Other pieces of art from the June 1994 Sotheby's auction, including pages from a lot of all 20 of the Conan #1 interior pages (which sold for $11,500 at Sotheby's) appeared for sale by Lewis McDermott in Comic Buyer's Guide in the 12/23/94 issue: http://www.comicartads.com/content/conan-1-page-2 http://www.comicartads.com/content/conan-1-page-3 So maybe Lewis McDermott was one of the earlier "Flip-of-the-Day" honorees. I don't know much about Lewis, but his son Mark has posted on the boards in past years, also on the topic of Barry Smith Conan original art. It must run in the family. And speaking of www.comicartads.com and covers, I just did a count, and I have now posted about 950 old ads for cover art to my website, with more to come. Enjoy! Cheers, Lee
  5. My name is Lee, and I'm a flipper. I bought this Jungle Action page from Billy Graham's family, via Jason Schachter (the Marvel UK credits Jason Schachter) for $800 in April 2018, and sold it to Rich Donnelly for $850 in April 2019. That's how I roll, and I make no apologies. But really, I'm just posting to celebrate the "flip thread" topping 100K views. It seems to be a thread people love to hate, or a guilty pleasure, but I think it provides at least a limited service to inexperienced collectors who may be confronted with silly asking prices from time to time. Thanks to Steve K. for (im)moral support, and to all the posters. And look out Commission Collecting thread, we're coming for you!
  6. Hi all! I have some items in this week's Heritage auction, and the auction proceeds will go comics artist Jim Craig, as well as the families of Dave Hunt and Billy Graham. You can see the auctions here, and you can see some consignment scans below: https://comics.ha.com/c/search-results.zx?N=52+793+794+791+1893+792+2088+4294945569+4294967013&type=friend-consignorlive-notice Cheers, Lee
  7. Thanks so much adamstrange! I really appreciate the help here. Best, Lee
  8. Hi all! I'm still trying to find images of original comic art offered for sale decades ago for my ComicArtAds site. I have turned my attention to the Sotheby's auctions of the 1990s. It is fun to post the realized auction prices on the site as well when I post the art images. However, I don't have the results for the June 1996 auction. If any of you do and can take some quick photos and send them to me, I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks, Lee
  9. Please check out ComicArtAds Original Art Sales this weekend at Comic Art Live 2020 for a great variety of affordable original art, with prices ranging from $225 to $1,400. Artists inlcude Gene Colan, Jim Craig, Jose Delbo, Keith Giffen, Billy Graham, Russ Heath, Jim Mooney, Tom Morgan, Alex Saviuk, and John Severin. See below for a teaser image, and thanks to Bill Cox and everyone else who helped inspire what is sure to be a fun event! Best regards, Lee
  10. Thanks for sharing Drewsky! The Dr. Strange doesn't offend me too much because the eBay "flip" auction started at a lower price and theoretically could have ended at a price lower than $325. The Web of Spider-Man page, however...well, good luck with that.
  11. Thanks for alerting me to this fun thread, and for a tough trivia challenge! It has been nice exchanging messages with you. I'm glad you enjoyed Dave Hunt's autobiography, which is entitled "Dave Hunt: An Artist's Life." It was a real treat to get to know Dave while we put the book together. Dave had so many fun stories about his career, especially his time working a daily job for several years in the "Marvel Bullpen," side-by-side with Mike Esposito and Frank Giacoia, sharing inking work back-and-forth. If anyone would like to buy a signed copy of this heavily-illustrated, full-color, 130-page book, it costs $20. You can message me through this board for payment information. It would make for some nice COVID-19 shut-in reading. One of the many great things about Dave is that he kept a lot of stuff, including vintage 1970s Xeroxes of Ross Andru Amazing Spider-Man pencils as Ross sent his pages in to Marvel. I am posting a few images below, and if there is interest, I can post more. Ross Andru will always be "my" Spidey artist as one of the very first comics that I ever owned was ASM #140. Take care all! Best, Lee Benaka
  12. Another ouch from today's auction. Amazing Adventures #2 splash ($33.6K ----> $22.8K): https://comics.ha.com/itm/original-comic-art/jack-kirby-and-chic-stone-amazing-adventures-2-splash-page-1-inhumans-original-art-marvel-1970-/a/7212-91044.s?ic4=ListView-ShortDescription-071515 https://comics.ha.com/itm/original-comic-art/jack-kirby-and-chic-stone-amazing-adventures-2-splash-page-1-inhumans-original-art-marvel-1970-/a/7229-94070.s?ic4=ListView-ShortDescription-071515
  13. I can probably dig up a spreadsheet that I put together when I was working on the book with Dave. Dave was very meticulous about recording all of his freelance jobs as they occurred, down to the individual pages. He recorded all of the information on a bundle of index cards that he kept his entire life. It was an amazing resource for the book. Here's an example of some of the cards, listing several uncredited inking jobs he did for Joe Sinnott on Fantastic Four, among other things. This is all presented in a much easier-to-read fashion in the book. (And I am happy to sell a signed (by me) copy to anyone who needs some good quarantine reading!) Best, Lee
  14. Based on the records I have reviewed, Dave Hunt did not provide uncredited background inks for ASM #171. He apparently stopped doing that with ASM #170. Dave might have still been in the Marvel Bullpen on a daily basis, working alongside Mike Esposito. Here's a self-portrait that Dave drew for DC after he started working there in the late 1970s/early 1980s. The sketch on the back of the ASM #171 page looks a bit old and haggard to be Dave, but who knows? Best, Lee
  15. I need to check the index in Dave Hunt's autobiography to be sure, but Dave may have provided uncredited background inks for this page and drew that as a warm-up on the back. It kind of looks like Dave. I'll check later tonight and let you know. Best, Lee
  16. You can see my offerings at this URL: http://cafurl.com?i=24444 I'm also including a couple of images. Most of my art is priced at $300 or less. (I would make a terrible dealer!)
  17. Do you think it will go for 100x its 1984 price? 200x? http://www.comicartads.com/content/amazing-spider-man-41-page-1
  18. A for effort! Please try again if you get the chance.
  19. Great contribution Glen, that's what we need here! And that flip is not A-OK (get it, anyone) with me.
  20. If anyone wants to read through Russ's first auction catalog, the entire catalog, with final auction prices written in, is scanned and available here: http://comicartads.com/content/russ-cochrans-comic-art-auction-1-1980 Russ was a true pioneer in this hobby. Best, Lee
  21. Yes, 1987. I meant to add that. I’m glad folks have enjoyed the article!
  22. I have been going through some old issues of The Comic Buyer's Guide, in search of more art ads, and I came across this article. I wonder what ever happened to this enterprising young man? Cheers, Lee