McFarlane's Spider-Man, Calvin & Hobbes
original art lead Heritage Auction's Comics & Comic Art
McFarlane's bombastic original cover art featuring Spider-Man and
the Red Skull from The Amazing Spider-Man #325
, 1989, and
original hand-colored Bill Watterson Calvin & Hobbes artwork
from Nov. 19
, 1986 — the first original Watterson Sunday strip
known to have come up for public auction — top Heritage Auctions'
Nov. 15-17 Vintage
Comics & Comic Art Signature® Auction
The auction features more than 2,000 lots of the finest examples
of comic art and high-grade comic books from a host of sources,
including the collection of legendary comic creator Joe Simon,
The Shamus Modern Masterworks Collection, The Art of the
Funnies, one of the greatest collections of classic newspaper
strip art ever assembled, The Bob Brown Collection and
The Don Perlin Collection.
"Simply put, we believe this may well be the single greatest
offering of original comic art ever held," said Todd Hignite, Vice
President of Heritage Auctions. "The quality and diversity of
talent represented in this auction sets the bar as high as it's
ever been for one of our offerings. The depth is just
Red Skull Spider-Man cover hails from the second part of The
Shamus Modern Masterworks and is expected to bring $150,000+.
"Demand for McFarlane's original Spider-Man art continues to
climb at a meteoric pace," said Ed Jaster, Senior Vice President of
Heritage, "as evidenced by two important pieces which sold in
Heritage's July auction. The cover of The Amazing Spider-Man #328,
depicting an epic battle between Spidey and The Hulk, brought a
world record price of $657,250 and the cover art from Spider-Man #1
sold for $358,500. Demand should be equally high for the second
part of this offering."
ink and watercolor strip
, the first such documented piece to
ever make it to public auction, was a gift to fellow cartoonist
Brian Basset, creator of the popular strips Adam@Home and Red and
Rover. It is estimated at $125,000+.
"The last Calvin and Hobbes art to be sold was in Heritage's
February auction," said Hignite, "when a watercolor calendar cover
from 1986 brought $107,550. This is an even rarer thing, so we
expect the top collectors to come after this piece very hard."
Another iconic image, which is already creating a large amount
of early collector buzz, is Steve
Ditko's splash page from Amazing Spider-Man #12, 1964. The
rarity is a Spidey collector's dream thanks to its tableau of
characters: Spidey, Doc Ock, Betty and J. Jonah Jameson among the
featured players. This rare pearl of Silver Age Marvel art is
expected to sell for $120,000+.
DC Comics fans will delight in the offering of one of, if not the
single most famous DC Silver Age cover art Heritage has offered.
1963 gem is Carmine Infatino's classic cover to Flash #137
featuring an epic battle between Barry Allen, the Silver Age Flash
from Earth One and Jay Garrick, DC's Golden Age Flash from the
universe that became known as Earth Two. The issue famously marked
the first full Silver Age appearance of The Justice Society and
villain Vandal Savage. It carries a pre-auction estimate at
On the comics side of the auction, Heritage will be offering a
Mint/Mint copy of The Silver Surfer #1 (Marvel, 1968) CGC NM/MT
9.8, (estimate: $30,000+) a copy of this iconic book as close
to perfect as most collectors will ever find, while a
rare Red Star Copy of Playboy #1 (estimate: $30,000+) will get
bidders heart's racing for more than the tempting Marilyn Monroe
cover. The "Red Star" copy of the first issue is much rarer than
the regular newsstand copy (so named because of the star appearing
to the left of the "P" in "Playboy"). This stands as the
highest-graded copy of a Red Star Playboy #1 certified to date.
highest-graded copy known of The Avengers #57 Signature Series
(Marvel, 1968) CGC NM/MT 9.8 is expected to bring $18,000+. The
issue also features an autograph from Stan Lee.
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Samuel Countee's 1940 The Longshoreman
highlights Heritage's Nov. 15 Texas Art Auction
Longshoreman (African-American Dock Worker)
Countee's evocative, museum-quality 1940 masterpiece, a prime
example of Texas talent and historical importance, is the premier
painting in Heritage Auction's Nov. 15 Texas
Art Signature® Auction
. It is expected to bring $60,000+ and
joins highlights from the Kelly
along with works by other important Texas
Longshoreman is among Countee's greatest achievements as a
"This is a very important historical painting," said Atlee
Phillips, Director of Texas Art at Heritage, "as important as the
best works of his Texas contemporaries, and most certainly a
standout example of Countee's Regionalism. The work is uniquely
Texas in every light and shows why Countee was one of the finest
early Texas artists active in the twentieth century."
It is likely that the scene derives from the many dockworkers
active in Houston docks, which would have been a familiar scene to
Countee. It remains a bold statement on the power and potential of
African-American men, despite the fact Countee produced the work
during troubled times for African-Americans in East Texas.
"The Longshoreman represents a coming of age to full
personhood, dignified and fully present, for African-Americans in
the mid-20th Century," said Texas art scholar James Baker. "It's no
doubt influenced by Joe Louis and his victories in the boxing rings
of the late 1930s and through the '40s, which gave
African-Americans a great sense of pride and new visions of what
The painting will be the subject of the Nov. 14 2nd Tuesdays @
Slocum, Heritage's free monthly lecture series held at its Design
District Annex, 1518 Slocum Street. Scholar James Graham Baker will
explore The Longshoreman and Countee's perseverance during
an era of racial adversity.
Items from the estate of artist Kelly Fearing are also expected to
draw plenty of collector attention in the Nov. 15 event, especially
(1941), which is estimated at $15,000+.
Fearing's interest in physical fitness, healthy lifestyles and
professional dance may have been the inspiration for this oil on
gesso panel. His work 1939 work, Jitterbuggers
is expected to bring $5,000+ and carries important provenance from
Fort Worth's Amon Carter Museum as part of a 2008 exhibit on Fort
Worth Circle Artists.
Also from Fearing's estate comes Bill Bomar's The
Virgin Future, circa 1941, a fine and rarely seen example
of non-objective painting, anticipated to sell for $4,000+. Bomar
painted the non-objective The Virgin Future in the early 1940s,
about the same time he took up permanent residence in New York
City, where he studied with artist John Sloan and, subsequently,
with master abstractionist Hans Hoffman.
Other modern works in the auction include Vessels
and Fish, 1953, by Bror Alexander Utter, expected to bring
Country Blue Bonnets (1965) by Porfirio Salinas, which
could bring $20,000+, Ducks
and Waning Moon, by Frank Reaugh, estimated at $9,000+ and
a Shower by Robert William Wood, expected to realize for
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