As Hake’s auction gets ever nearer to closing, it’s time to take a look at the original art now open for bidding. An eclectic variety of art is being offered, including comic strips, pages, and covers, paintings, animation cels, and promo art. Popular characters like Batman, the Punisher, and less grumpy individuals appear on impressive work by a host of talented creators.
The Dark Knight leads several lots, such as the Batman: The Dark Knight Vol. 2 #5 comic page original art by David Finch. On DC Comics 11” x 17” artboard, the pen and ink original art is for page 15 of the issue (March 2012). Inked by Richard Friend, the page contains four panels showing Superman and Batman.
Another significant lot for the Gotham City hero, is the Batman Adventures Vol. 1 #8 comic cover original art by Mike Parobeck (May 1993). Depicting Summer Gleeson and Matt Hagen standing over a wounded Batman, 12” x 17” artboard features pen and ink art that was inked by Rick Burchett.
The Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #4 variant cover art by Kevin Eastman shows a team-up between two popular heroes. Co-published by DC and IDW in May 2016, the art features Batman crouching in the Batcave with the Turtles in the water below. Measuring 11” x 17”, the art was created for the limited 1:50 retailer incentive variant cover.
Leading the Marvel side is the Avengers #293 comic cover original art by John Buscema. The 11” x 17” artboard features pen and ink art and a series of four acetate overlays for the July 1988 issue. The art depicts Namor the Sub-Mariner, Dr. Druid, Thor, Photon, Black Knight, and She-Hulk fleeing from the immense Leviathan. It was inked by Tom Palmer.
Marvel’s Captain America #417 comic cover original art by Rik Levins for the July 1993 issue is also on 11” x 17” artboard. The pen and ink art, inked by Danny Bulanadi, shows Captain America in Terminus’ grasp and Falcon flying in to help him.
The 2099 Special: The World of Doom #1 comic cover original art by the Brothers Hildebrandt features acrylic on board original art for wraparound cover in 21” x 26” open frame. The Marvel (May 1995) series reimagined established characters. This art shows the Incredible Hulk, Spider-Man, the Punisher, Doom, Desert Ghost, and Bloodhawk.
The Punisher: Bloodlines comic cover original art by Dave Cockrum depicts the Punisher standing in the center with Laura Jefferson and Esteban Ramone while holding a smoking rifle. The 11” x 17” artboard features pen and ink art for Marvel’s prestige format comic book, published in 1991.
Another key Frank Castle lot is the Punisher War Journal Vol. 1 #31 comic cover original art by Joe Jusko. The mixed media painting was done on heavy artboard, measuring 17-1/2” x 25”. Created for the June 1991 issue, the detailed painting shows Punisher flying through the air on skis while fighting an attacker.
Amazing Spider-Man #800 Red Goblin variant cover original art by Lucio Parrillo is an oil painting for the variant cover for The Comic Mint exclusive edition of the May 2018 issue. The art 12-1/2” x 22-3/4” shows the Red Goblin – what happens when the murderous Carnage symbiote bonds with Green Goblin – holding Spider-Man’s torn mask with a glow emanating from its mouth.
Remember the fifth of November with the V for Vendetta painting original art by David Lloyd. On 10” x 14-1/2” artboard, the detailed watercolor painting features V in front of a burning skyline. It was painted during a live charity auction at Comic-Con International in 2018.
Greg Hildebrandt’s art is also represented in the Vampire Blood Lust framed painting original art. The large, impressive acrylic on canvas art in 30-1/2” x 42-1/2” open frame shows a vampire in a moonlit graveyard with red mist swirling around her. It was created in November 2008.
These pieces are among the 200 original art pieces in Auction #225. The auction closes next week on November 13-15, 2018, so get bids in soon!