ComicLink’s recently completed Fall Featured Auction on ComicLink.com generated impressive sales results for comic related original art as well as vintage comic books, according to the firm. “The original art market continues to perform at impressive levels,” Josh Nathanson, President of ComicLink, said. “Strong prices were observed across the board, from work by classic illustrators like Jack Kirby, Carl Barks, Frank Frazetta, John Romita, Neal Adams, John Byrne, and Barry Windsor-Smith, to top artists of today like James Jean, Jim Lee, Alex Ross, and Esad Ribic.”
Fall Featured Auction 2017 original art results include Art Adams X-Men Annual #13 half-splash for $3,101, Avengers #93 page for $9,350, and Detective Comics #408 page for $6,500; Jay Anacleto Warlord of Mars: Dejah Thoris #31 cover for $8,100; Carl Barks Donald Duck: Terror on the River painting for $44,000; Jeremy Bastian Cursed Pirate Girl illustration for $2,453; Simon Bisley Wizard #77 cover featuring Batman for $5,250 and Judge Dredd: Megacity Blues cover for $4,100; Stephen Bissette Saga of the Swamp Thing #24 cover for $22,694; Brian Bolland Camelot 3000 #1 splash for $5,233 and Sensational She-Hulk #14 cover for $8,200; Rich Buckler Spectacular Spider-Man #119 cover for $12,472; John Buscema Silver Surfer #7 page for $11,055; and John Byrne Man of Steel #6 splash for $19,750, Superman #4 title splash for $10,250, Iron Fist #11 page for $9,200, and Fantastic Four #212 page for $2,966.
Highlights are Nick Cardy Aquaman #37 page for $1,877; Dave Cockrum Uncanny X-Men #150 page for $1,800; Robert Crumb Female Bigfoot character design for $2,000; Geof Darrow Dark Horse Futures: Hard Boiled cover for $4,667; Steve Dillon Preacher #60 page for $2,766; Terry Dodson Guardians of the Galaxy #5 variant cover for $1,868 and X-Men #10 cover for $1,800; Kevin Eastman, Shredder illustration for $1,902; Virgil Finlay “The Death of Iron” Wonder Story Annual scratchboard illustration for $3,200; Frank Frazetta White Indian #1 page for $7,776; Steve Geiger Incredible Hulk #337 cover for $15,277; Sam Glanzman All-New Comics #4 title splash for $5,250; Paul Gulacy Master of Kung Fu #25 page for $3,622; John Hebert X-Men Adventures #4 double page splash for $1,655; Don Heck X-Men #52 page for $2,500; Geof Isherwood Doctor Strange: Sorcerer Supreme #49 cover for $3,276; and Klaus Janson Blood and Glory: Punisher and Captain America #2 wraparound cover for $3,317.
Sales included James Jean Jack of the Fables cover painting for #6 and #11 for $26,361; Joe Jusko Mighty Captain Marvel #2 Corner Box variant cover for $3,988; Mike Kaluta Savage Sword of Conan #91 cover for $5,500; Dale Keown Totally Awesome Hulk #1 cover for $4,100, Pitt #3 splash for $2,600; Jack Kirby Captain America #193 page for $5,600, Kamandi #20 cover for $15,250, Kamandi unused cover for $7,800, Eternals #16 page for $3,400, Super Powers #6 page for $3,619, 1980s Amazing Spider-Man #10 cover recreation for $6,766; Bernard Krigstein Weird Fantasy #22 page for $2,601; Andy Kubert X-Men #50 double page splash for $1,800; Jota Leal Batman: Dark Knight Dead End painting for $2,300; Jim Lee “X-Men: Wolverine & Psylocke Hunting Party” illustration published in Wizard: Jim Lee Millennium Edition for $16,250 and Batman: Europa #1 page for $2,251; Todd McFarlane Amazing Spider-Man #308 page for $16,000; Mike McKone Teen Titans #25 cover for $1,655; and Steve McNiven Civil War #5 wraparound cover for $10,050.
Sales were Frank Miller Elektra illustration for $3,700; Sheldon Moldoff Batman #196 title splash for $4,100; Jerry Ordway Who’s Who in the DC Universe #1 cover featuring Superman for $2,101; Carlos Pacheco X-Men #65 cover for $2,010; George Pérez New Teen Titans #28 page for $2,077 and Planet of the Apes: Green Lantern #1 wraparound cover for $3,101; Keith Pollard Amazing Spider-Man #203 page for $3,287 and Fantastic Four #200 page for $3,333; Joe Quesada X-Factor poster original art for $5,800; Esad Ribic Uncanny X-Force #5 cover for $3,433; Marshall Rogers Marvel Tales #250 cover for $5,988; John Romita Amazing Spider-Man #107 page for $10,251 and Amazing Spider-Man daily comic strip (1978) for $2,300; John Romita Jr. Amazing Spider-Man #35 page for $1,768, Justice League of America #10 cover for $3,655, and X-Men: Last Stand DVD insert comic double page splash for $3,016; and Alex Ross with John Buscema Avengers Classic Poster painting for $16,250.
Additional highlights included Paul Ryan Avengers West Coast #61 cover for $3,955; Stan Sakai Usagi Yojimbo #159 cover for $2,550; Tim Sale Daredevil: Yellow #4 splash for $2,110; Mark Schultz The War That Time Forgot #3 cover for $5,534; E.C. Segar Popeye daily from 1936 for $3,402; Marie Severin Not Brand Echh #2 page for $2,300; Bill Sienkiewicz Moon Knight #9 page for $1,650; Walt Simonson Star Wars #53 page for $2,600; Jim Starlin Avengers Annual #7 page for $13,250; Dave Taylor War Machine #11 cover for $1,955; Mark Texeira Sabretooth #1 double page splash for $2,476; John Totleben Ultimate Marvel Team-Up #10 cover for $4,006; Michael Turner The Darkness #11 cover for $12,550, Witchblade #15 cover for $10,750, and Soulfire: Chaos Reign #2 variant cover for $10,250; George Tuska Iron Man #22 title splash for $15,350; Bernie Wrightson original art plate published in Frankenstein Marvel Illustrated Novel for $45,100; and Rudolph Zirm (attributed) The Devil’s Pigeon: Undercover Pulp Detective pulp cover painting for $7,100.
If you are interested in consigning to upcoming ComicLink Auctions, the firm’s Winter Featured Auction will begin on February 15 and will be similar in scope to the firm’s Fall Featured Auction with highlights summarized above. The next Focused Auction will begin on January 10. New highlights are being added at what seems like a daily rate to the auction previews so those interested in bidding should check back often.
To consign to the ComicLink auction, interested sellers can contact ComicLink by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (617) 517-0062 (option 1) to speak with Josh Nathanson, Douglas Gillock, or other sales associates. In addition to auctioning items for consignors, ComicLink is also always accepting new sellers for the ComicLink exchange marketplaces, brokering private placement deals, and buying outright.