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  1. James Pascoe does a great job and is reasonably priced too!
  2. dud. not Frazetta. An especially awful signature. Rob
  3. Great report Gene as usual. It's not that prices are normally high for good stuff. It was the alarming and annoying mantra of dealers justifying ridiculous prices by saying, "I don't really want to sell that." I was told that at least seven times. I laid into the dealer the seventh time. It went something like this: ------- Hi Dealer X, I really like that piece. How much is it? $10,000. OK. Heritage usually sells those for around $4500-5500. Can you share with me any information as to why it is priced 2X that? Is there something special about it? I don't want to sell it. What? That's your sale pitch? It's hanging on your for sale wall here at comic con. What do you mean you don't want to sell it? Why not leave it home? I wanted to see if I could get stupid money for it. Well, I'd have to be stupid to pay stupid money, yes? I never heard it put that way. If I don't sell it I will just bring int home and be happy that it didn't sell. --------- I heard this throughout the show. I don't want to sell that, I'm happy to bring it home. I went to spend money and with a few small exceptions, came home with most of it. I'll spend it privately or at auction I guess. At least the auction house won't whine to me that they don't want to sell what I'm bidding on. I had a great time otherwise, but in speaking with some deep pocketed collectors, they too had the same complaints. It wasn't that we weren't willing to spend large sums on the right pieces; It was that increasingly we were unwilling to pay multiples of fair market value for appealing art for no other reason than the sellers desire to score sales at multiples of fair market value. Rob ..the flip side of SDCC 2019 is that I feel that dealer pricing this year was the most disconnected from reality that I've ever witnessed (and I was not alone in this characterization - I heard it from two auction house reps and a number of collectors as well). I mean, it's not just that prices are at/near record highs, but, the pricing spread to FMV was just beyond the pale this year. I mean, sure, collectors always complain about dealer pricing, but, normally at least prices are at a level where you can start a conversation or negotiation. This year, many prices were just so far in la-la land, having jumped by hyperinflationary levels since just last year, that few would even want to bother. I'm not going to name names, and will point out that it's not all dealers (but, enough of them to make this characterization); the ones who post here on the Boards are not the ones I'm describing.
  4. Thanks guys! Here's a mention with images in the New York Times (today) It's worth seeing!
  5. Here's a possible reason for a Lucas purchase of EQ: The Egyptian Queen's outfit was the inspiration for Star War's Princess Leia's costume. I could see THAT as a plausible reason for George to buy it for his museum.
  6. the show didn't seem well attended... any info?
  7. I own the original to #3, here below...
  8. I'd cancel the PayPal asap. Then if you still want the art, negotiate from a position of strength (you still have your money) and not weakness (you are out your money and no art in hand).
  9. hey Frank contact me at robpistella@mac. com and we can discuss. best Rob
  10. Good points Gene. I am less critical of technique these days. Looking at the art as the cover of a 10 cent comic, I see wonder! I suppose if I were spending $100-500K on a piece of art I'd be more critical? I've spent that this year and I was buying other things than technique. I rarely buy comic art for illustrative perfection... White out doesn't bother me. This is production art. I go for overall impact. As I said, a critical analysis of Jack Kirby's anatomy would suggest he wasn't very good. The reality is that he was the master. I have redefined what makes great comic art in my mind these last few years. I think I look at art more at a distance now, and not so close up. I agree that FF covers are better known and appeal to Boomers, not younger collectors. Clearly the possibly half million dollar price tag will limit buyers to those who can afford such nostalgic luxury, usually older guys. So the lack of appeal or importance to a 26 year old is of no consequence to the seller, at least!
  11. The referenced critique of the Frazetta Famous Funnies covers misses the point of our hobby entirely-- his comments were laughable really (i.e. Wilma's muscles are too well defined in this one, etc.) HA!! Frazetta would often blur portions of the paintings he did to lead our eye to what is important. Is that a defect to the author, too? Frazetta is about animal energy more than precision, though he's often very precise. Frank's woman and men are often caricatures of real people, exaggerated for effect; It's like saying Jimmy Page played 4 wrong notes in his Stairway to Heaven solo on July12, 1977-- and missing the three hours of sheer energy and talent and bravado that surrounded context it works. Page isn't Bach and Frazetta isn't DaVinci. It's rock and roll and comic covers. Besides, who wants to pick apart Kirby's anatomy, or Millers? I hate this type of conversation. The Frazetta covers are so F*****g cool I'd be thrilled to own any of them... Wilma's musculature and all!! Whoever buys this cover will be very fortunate indeed... the are all among the very best dynamic covers in our hobby I think.
  12. kind of surprised or confused about some of the negative comments on the Frazetta piece re: new logo? The piece has been conserved and the logo and attending type gives the art the proper context (i.e. it's a comic book cover not just a fine illustration). Weakest? On the contrary, It's close up and beautiful figures make it one of the best of the run- (not that any of them are a dog!) This is the top of the hobby. Frazetta is the finest illustrator of the second half of the 20th century ...hes in the same league as Parrish and Rockwell... Frazetta did precious little comic work and these covers are among the finest art ever created in comics, period. The Sci-Fic genre is perfect for Frank and the love he had for it shows. I think this is 500K or so...I'd rather have this at $600K than Death Dealer 5 for $1.8 Mil!
  13. who cares what someone else says. DO what you like. I think having the art in hand is the earliest-- I've had art lost in the mail so I wait until I'm looking at the art! I've also had guys back out of deals even after we both say done deal. Again I'd wait until in hand, but that's me. Anytime you like, once your deal is completed is fine.
  14. Actually I just checked, it's still on Albert's site, and it was $55K.
  15. good point. I think we are getting there. There are more and more museum shows. Lucas' museum of narrative art is going to highlight comic art as a bone fide narrative medium. Rock music has much the same uphill battle, which it's winning. The release of the Beatles White Album this weekend has been met with much interesting scholarship and reconsideration of the record that at one time was only a 'pop' record by a 'pop' group. For example there was a three day symposium at Monmouth University on the importance of the record in a historical and sociological context! I think the sale of Master Race is great for the hobby and to your point- to increase the mainstream acceptance of comic art as a bode fide medium of artistic expression and in fact excellence. I think this is true (that comics are a great art form) so I am bullish on comic art as an investment as well.