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  1. Jack Kirby told us the origin of Captain America three times. First in 1941, when Cap was introduced to the world. Weakling Steve Rogers was injected with the super soldier serum by Dr. Reinstein, transforming into our hero. When Cap was reintroduced to the world via the Marvel Universe in Avengers #4, Kirby needed to remind everyone of how he came to be. So, shortly after he was given his own shared space in Tales of Suspense, Kirby once again told Cap’s origin. In Tales of Suspense 63 Kirby uses one five panel page to show the scene. We see frail Steve Rogers drink the super soldier serum handed to him by Dr. Erskine. Why drink versus injection? The Comics Code Authority. It was essentially forbidden to show someone getting an injection. The actual transformation happens over three panels, the first of which is the reaction shots of those watching it all happen. Why Erskine from Reinstein? I have my theories, but I can’t find anything that definitively tells us why. But, a few years later, with Cap now in his own book, Kirby decides to once again tell the tale. But, now, Kirby is at the peak of his powers and the Marvel Universe is no longer a fledgling title, it’s a full bore powerhouse. In Captain America 109, Kirby changes the origin one more time. This time, to fully put Cap in the same style as many of the star Marvel line up, he adds the missing ingredient. Radiation. The Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, the Hulk, and the X-Men (sort of) owe their powers to radiation. It was time to add Cap to the list. In Cap 109, skinny Steve Rogers undresses and prepares for the experiment on page 14. Interestingly, Kirby has him injected with the serum (but off screen). Then, on page 15, he is bombarded with the Vita-Rays and we watch him painfully transform over the next four panels, enduring some significant Kirby Krackle before emerging as the Super Soldier. The Vita-Rays have stood the test of time, including being part of the Marvel film universe. These two pages were exhibited as part of The Art of the Superhero exhibit at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art in 2009/2010, and the subject of a great essay by Charles Hatfield. I first saw these pages in the Hakes auction in 2014. I planned and was still caught off guard when the price sailed over my limit. So, when they came up again in the Heritage auction earlier this year, I was ready. There was a lot of chatter on the message boards about the price paid for two small art Captain America pages with no Captain America in costume. But, I was thrilled to pick these up. They are historic, not only for what they mean for the character of Captain America, but for showing how Kirby had evolved and setting the stage for future graphic storytelling. Besides, it’s the Vita-Rays!!!!! Page 14: Page 15: I've been too busy to post in a while. As always, feel free to take a look around at anything else. Ron
  2. See if this works. It's not creased. It's in plastic and there are shadows being cast.
  3. Make sure you tell him that originals are in color. Hasn't he read a comic??
  4. Right! I forgot about that. Splash vs. panel. Another important distinction.
  5. Actually, it has Kirby Thor at $5k-$10k. You just need to read further down the list. But, this is a good example why the list isn't perfect (not was it meant to be). The splash to 126 sold a year ago for $77,675. I don't know if that has much, if any, bearing on what the following page would go for (which is not a battle page).The list you're looking at is a valiant attempt at pricing "A" pages. That definition is, at best, complicated and subjective. Even though there are a number of battle pages in that issue, I don't know if anyone would call every battle page "A." In fact, I know I wouldn't. Said another way, it's difficult for anyone to value a page they haven't seen, just from a character. And, I would think no one would want to steer you wrong. I wouldn't feel good if I said $30-$40k sounds right, and you bought something that would bring substantially less if you tried to sell it. This is all one of a kind art. Even narrowing it down is difficult. Twice up Thor? Who is the inker? Colletta? Giacoia? Stone? What's going on in the page? Has someone offered you a specific page from that issue? Are you trying to get a valuation for that? I think if you're prepared to spend a serious amount of money, you may want to do some more research before diving in. Ron
  6. It doesn’t say that at all. Journey into Mystery and Thor are not interchangeable. 2x up or small art, inker, scene, etc. all matter. Justin, I would suggest you do some research (other than asking some questions here) before you commit serious money. Waiting and understanding the differences that affect value may protect you from a poor decision. Ron
  7. I don't know that we all agree as I think we all have different criteria for "great" in this context. Skill? Volume? Long-term impact? From some of the names listed above, Marvel work (vs. DC?)? Joe Kubert anyone? Fun discussion!
  8. Doesn't he get credit for Daredevil?
  9. Thanks to Bill and Brian for keeping this going. I try to keep up with CAF, but there is a staggering amount of artwork added on a daily basis. The "Best of" let's me see what I've been missing! For me, I've loaded the following in for my top 5 (Golden, Kirby, Ditko, Raymond, and Powell - it's been a good year): Covers: The 'Nam #42 - Michael Golden returned to the book he started for a number of covers. I am a long time war book fan, but The 'Nam always was a special book. It was realistic, and told a story without being too preachy. Splash pages; Tales of Suspense #60, page 1 - Jack Kirby and Chic Stone. Kirby on Captain America at the height of his power. I'm thrilled to be the custodian of this one. Panel pages: Showcase #73, page 6 - Steve Ditko introducing the Creeper to the world. I love Ditko's "other" characters. The Creeper is at the top of the list and this page is from his introductory book. Strip Art: Rip Kirby 11/24/1954 - Alex Raymond could do more with a brush and india ink than anyone of his time. Look at the use of lighting here. It fascinated me, and made this piece a must have for me. Published/Unpublished other: "March" is a graphic novel illustrated by Nate Powell and follows the civil rights movement in the United States through the eyes of Congressman John Lewis. This piece is a quote from the speech he gave in the march on Washington. He was the sixth speaker. The tenth? It was Martin Luther King, and he gave his "I have a dream" speech. Ron Sonenthal
  10. If you grew up in the Chicago area in the 60’s and 70’s and read the comics in the Chicago Tribune (like me), you were likely a fan of “Rick O’Shay.” Created by Stan Lynde and syndicated nationally by the Chicago Tribune, Rick O’Shay was a western comic that ran from 1958 to 1977 and followed the exploits of Deputy Rick O’Shay and the more interesting character, the gunslinger Hipshot Percussion, in the town of Conniption. For me, it was a must read. It had a clean, almost sparse style in terms of background, but Lynde’s precise line was usually very detailed on the characters. For this reason, the people seemed to pop out in a 3D kind of way that made you forget the background. Lynde kept enough in the frame to keep it going, but still allowed your imagination to fill in the scenery and his style worked to emphasize the story telling. Every once in a while he drew a beautiful countryside, but mostly he kept the focus on the characters. It started as a funny comic with simple gags but eventually evolved to more thoughtful, even serious themes. Some of the strips were frankly kind of edgy. For example, compare the two Sunday strips I’ve added. The one from 1964 is a clear gag. The other, from 1969, is well, something else entirely. Same with the dallies. Look at the one from 1959. The characters are drawn in a much more exaggerated style, and it goes for a simple laugh. Or the two from August of 1972. Again, he goes for the laugh, but it’s more about showing the false bravado of the Indian Chief. Now, compare those to the storyline at the end of 1965, or the daily from 1962. There, he’s got a storyline going that would rival Caniff. Lynde was a true outdoorsman. He grew up in rural Montana near the Crow Indian reservation and loved the west. He later created another strip, Latigo, but Rick O’Shay will always hold a place in my heart. As I understand it, Lynde (who passed away in 2013) had kept most of this originals and a fire in 1990 destroyed much of the collection. Because of that, originals have been hard to find. But, recently, a number of Sundays and dallies have been showing up and I was lucky to grab a couple of Sundays and a few dallies. Enjoy!! The link: As always, feel free to take a look around at anything else that seems interesting. Ron
  11. I just realized that price was for the whole story.....
  12. Very cool!! Love Hawk and Dove, especially from Showcase!