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Everything posted by CartoonFanboy

  1. I was just thinking about Brent Anderson's 25 year long run on Astro City. So many great issues with some, in my opinion, underrated art by Anderson.
  2. Has Liefeld ever really been known for his speed? Looking back at the time period, I don't see any bi-weekly books or even any serious overlap in his work. I honestly don't know where this guy came up with that statement. Anyway, I don't want to derail the thread any further. So on the topic of artists I did not appreciate when I first saw them, but now do, the first person who comes to my mind is Mignola. I didn't care for his heavy contrast, shadow based art at first, but now I love it.
  3. Well, the video does say that Liefeld was one of the few artists who could come close to matching the speed of Kirby, and if you say something on the internet (especially with an English accent) it's automatically true.
  4. George Perez - Everyone talks about how great he is in person, but it's worth repeating. He is one of the friendliest and most engaging artists I've ever met. Back in the late 90's he ended up having lunch with me and my father purely by chance. I was a little star struck, but it was an awesome experience. Frank Quitely - I wasn't sure what to expect when I met him a couple years back, but he ended up being fantastic. Very humble and engaging, quick to take a picture with fans and easy to talk to. Plus, he came back from lunch with a beer in hand. How awesome is that? John Byrne - I know there are a lot of stories about him, but in the handful of times I met him in the late 90's, he was great. Funny and friendly guy. I also attended a charity auction he hosted, and he was amazing. Angel Medina - He's just really friendly and loves to talk. Great guy. I've met plenty of other artists who were nice as well, Ron Frenz, Chris Sprouse, Tom Grummett, Jon Bogdanove, Bart Sears, Alex Ross, the late Norm Breyfogle and I'm sure there are some I'm forgetting.
  5. I think it's more to do with subject matter and market desirability than quantity. To use your example, George Perez's work in the mid-90's on UltraForce or iBots is dirt cheap compared to his late 90's work on Avengers. I think the same can be said for Larsen to an extent. If you want his Spider-man work, you're gonna pay. If you're looking for Savage Dragon, it won't cost you nearly as much.
  6. I have fond memories of reading Robin ll The Jokers Wild when I was young. RIP Tom Lyle.
  7. Though the comment that Liefeld is a modern day Jack Kirby is patently absurd, it does not surprise me that Kirkman said it. He's an unabashed fanboy of the Image founders, especially Liefeld. He collects Original Art by Liefeld and even got the man folded back in to the Image family. The comparison is ridiculous of course, but if anyone was going to make it, Kirkman would be the guy.
  8. A couple of favorites from my collection. Tom Grummett & Doug Hazlewood - Superboy #1 Norm Breyfogle - Prime #1 Norm Breyfogle - Prime Annual #1 Scott McDaniel & Karl Story - Nightwing #8
  9. Actually, drawing a comic book with one's posterior for 245 issues probably would be an accomplishment, especially in today's art world. Juvenile humor aside though, it's okay to hate Larsen's work (I'm not actually much of a fan myself), but it IS an undeniable accomplishment to have written a drawn 245 consecutive issues of a self published title. Not even the almighty sumo emoji can change that.
  10. At the risk of starting a Coolines tangent, I really do hate that they will attach non-original stats directly to some of the art they sell. I recently purchased a cover from another collector who himself had purchased the cover from Coolines, and both the title stat and credit stats were obviously not original and had to be (very carefully) removed. I just worry that over time these fake stats might bond enough with the art that, if removed, they could potentially damage the piece. This is something no original art lover would ever want in my opinion.
  11. Agreed about Image. Regarding Spawn however, I'm far more impressed by the fact that Erik Larsen has written and drawn all 245 issues in on the Savage Dragon. In my opinion, if Larsen crosses the 300 issue threshold with that title, it's a much greater accomplishment.
  12. Top three in my opinion are Neal Adams, Frank Miller and George Perez.
  13. Does not excel at anything? I would beg to differ with that assessment. Perez was great at a lot of things. Great story teller, great draftsman, a master at drawing complex scenes involving tons of characters. For me, I was most impressed with his ability to give characters different body types. Ever notice how a lot of artists have characters that look the same? Same build, same facial features, stuff like that. Go look at Perez's later work on Teen Titans (issue #39 is a good example). Look at how the characters builds and facial structure differs, it's masterful. He experimented with different ideas such as the title sequence from "Who Is Donna Troy". He worked on numerous seminal stories. The template for "Major Event" comic art IS George Perez. Numerous artists have cited Perez as an influence including Jim Lee, Phil Jimenez, Tom Grummett, heck even Alex Ross was greatly inspired by Perez in his youth. Just because the industry isn't littered with carbon copy imitators doesn't mean that Perez lacked influence.
  14. For some of the stuff I follow, I thought the prices were on the soft side. The Angle Medina Warlock and the Infinity Watch cover for $1600 really surprised me, as did the Tom Grummett Titans title splash featuring Deathstroke for $569.
  15. My oldest would be 1951. Cisco Kid by Jose Luis Salinas. .
  16. If I had to guess, the Titans piece probably got a bit of a premium because it's an early Nightwing appearance and it's part of the Judas Contract story. I'm with you on the Davis Excalibur stuff though, I thought the consistent supply would keep prices steady and maybe even push them down a little. Nope, they just keep getting higher.
  17. My "Death of Superman" page. It has Doomsday and Superman fighting and everything!!! Kidding of course
  18. Wow! You can never underestimate the power of nostalgia, but still ... Wow. Congrats on the sale.
  19. Definitely real. The signature, production markings, art board and even the hand writing are in line with this book during this time period. The price of $300 is a good deal, but I don't think you need to be concerned about a fake here.
  20. 14:1 ratio Published to Unpublished. For anyone who wants to get even more crazy dissecting their collection, I'll ask this question: What is the ratio of art in your collection that you know you are the sole collector to have owned (in other words art you purchased from the artist or through the art rep) vs. art that has moved through other collectors hands? For me it's about 3:1 Previously Owned to Sole Ownership.