Lee B.

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  1. Thanks so much adamstrange! I really appreciate the help here. Best, Lee
  2. Hi all! I'm still trying to find images of original comic art offered for sale decades ago for my ComicArtAds site. I have turned my attention to the Sotheby's auctions of the 1990s. It is fun to post the realized auction prices on the site as well when I post the art images. However, I don't have the results for the June 1996 auction. If any of you do and can take some quick photos and send them to me, I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks, Lee
  3. Please check out ComicArtAds Original Art Sales this weekend at Comic Art Live 2020 for a great variety of affordable original art, with prices ranging from $225 to $1,400. Artists inlcude Gene Colan, Jim Craig, Jose Delbo, Keith Giffen, Billy Graham, Russ Heath, Jim Mooney, Tom Morgan, Alex Saviuk, and John Severin. See below for a teaser image, and thanks to Bill Cox and everyone else who helped inspire what is sure to be a fun event! Best regards, Lee
  4. Thanks for sharing Drewsky! The Dr. Strange doesn't offend me too much because the eBay "flip" auction started at a lower price and theoretically could have ended at a price lower than $325. The Web of Spider-Man page, however...well, good luck with that.
  5. Thanks for alerting me to this fun thread, and for a tough trivia challenge! It has been nice exchanging messages with you. I'm glad you enjoyed Dave Hunt's autobiography, which is entitled "Dave Hunt: An Artist's Life." It was a real treat to get to know Dave while we put the book together. Dave had so many fun stories about his career, especially his time working a daily job for several years in the "Marvel Bullpen," side-by-side with Mike Esposito and Frank Giacoia, sharing inking work back-and-forth. If anyone would like to buy a signed copy of this heavily-illustrated, full-color, 130-page book, it costs $20. You can message me through this board for payment information. It would make for some nice COVID-19 shut-in reading. One of the many great things about Dave is that he kept a lot of stuff, including vintage 1970s Xeroxes of Ross Andru Amazing Spider-Man pencils as Ross sent his pages in to Marvel. I am posting a few images below, and if there is interest, I can post more. Ross Andru will always be "my" Spidey artist as one of the very first comics that I ever owned was ASM #140. Take care all! Best, Lee Benaka
  6. Another ouch from today's auction. Amazing Adventures #2 splash ($33.6K ----> $22.8K): https://comics.ha.com/itm/original-comic-art/jack-kirby-and-chic-stone-amazing-adventures-2-splash-page-1-inhumans-original-art-marvel-1970-/a/7212-91044.s?ic4=ListView-ShortDescription-071515 https://comics.ha.com/itm/original-comic-art/jack-kirby-and-chic-stone-amazing-adventures-2-splash-page-1-inhumans-original-art-marvel-1970-/a/7229-94070.s?ic4=ListView-ShortDescription-071515
  7. I can probably dig up a spreadsheet that I put together when I was working on the book with Dave. Dave was very meticulous about recording all of his freelance jobs as they occurred, down to the individual pages. He recorded all of the information on a bundle of index cards that he kept his entire life. It was an amazing resource for the book. Here's an example of some of the cards, listing several uncredited inking jobs he did for Joe Sinnott on Fantastic Four, among other things. This is all presented in a much easier-to-read fashion in the book. (And I am happy to sell a signed (by me) copy to anyone who needs some good quarantine reading!) Best, Lee
  8. Based on the records I have reviewed, Dave Hunt did not provide uncredited background inks for ASM #171. He apparently stopped doing that with ASM #170. Dave might have still been in the Marvel Bullpen on a daily basis, working alongside Mike Esposito. Here's a self-portrait that Dave drew for DC after he started working there in the late 1970s/early 1980s. The sketch on the back of the ASM #171 page looks a bit old and haggard to be Dave, but who knows? Best, Lee
  9. I need to check the index in Dave Hunt's autobiography to be sure, but Dave may have provided uncredited background inks for this page and drew that as a warm-up on the back. It kind of looks like Dave. I'll check later tonight and let you know. Best, Lee
  10. You can see my offerings at this URL: http://cafurl.com?i=24444 I'm also including a couple of images. Most of my art is priced at $300 or less. (I would make a terrible dealer!)
  11. Do you think it will go for 100x its 1984 price? 200x? http://www.comicartads.com/content/amazing-spider-man-41-page-1
  12. A for effort! Please try again if you get the chance.
  13. Great contribution Glen, that's what we need here! And that flip is not A-OK (get it, anyone) with me.
  14. If anyone wants to read through Russ's first auction catalog, the entire catalog, with final auction prices written in, is scanned and available here: http://comicartads.com/content/russ-cochrans-comic-art-auction-1-1980 Russ was a true pioneer in this hobby. Best, Lee
  15. Yes, 1987. I meant to add that. I’m glad folks have enjoyed the article!
  16. I have been going through some old issues of The Comic Buyer's Guide, in search of more art ads, and I came across this article. I wonder what ever happened to this enterprising young man? Cheers, Lee
  17. To help this thread get back to sharing examples of art offered for sale or sold at one price and then soon offered for sale again by someone else at a higher price, I wanted to point to a Wrightson Swamp Thing example from 1990. $550 in February 1990: http://www.comicartads.com/content/swamp-thing-4-page-13-0 $650 in December 1990: http://www.comicartads.com/content/swamp-thing-4-page-13
  18. I volunteer to be Mitch's co-author/ghostwriter. After all, I did publish a short interview with him on my website: http://comicartads.com/content/mitch-itkowitz-interview It's good to see that there could be an audience for such a book. Cheers, Lee
  19. The only Ditko ASM ad I have in my collection from the 1980s is this ad from 1987, so perhaps this art was not universally over $1,000 in the 1980s:
  20. Fun stuff! And if you go here: http://www.comicartads.com/ and type "1998" into the "Search Terms" box, you can get over 300 ads like this from 1998. What really gets me are the $150 John Byrne pages from Iron Fist and MTU offered by Tom Horvitz that year. Cheers, Lee
  21. Sold on eBay December 21, 2019 for $51.00: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Superboy-47-backup-story-page-7-Original-art-Bender-Hunt-/274143358125?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&nma=true&si=93oHvwdrF%2FONBiVFkKJw1eH9SDQ%3D&orig_cvip=true&nordt=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557 Now available on eBay for a minimum bid of $149.99: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Bender-NEW-ADVENTURES-OF-SUPERBOY-47-pg-7-EARLY-DIAL-H-FOR-HERO-sweet-ACTION/372894590985?hash=item56d23fe809:g:XzcAAOSwvMBeCBoP Sold on eBay December 21, 2019 for $36.00: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Superboy-47-backup-story-page-6-Original-art-Bender-Hunt-/274143352965?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&nma=true&si=93oHvwdrF%2FONBiVFkKJw1eH9SDQ%3D&orig_cvip=true&nordt=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557 Now available on eBay for a minimum bid of $169.99 https://www.ebay.com/itm/Bender-NEW-ADVENTURES-OF-SUPERBOY-47-pg-6-EARLY-DIAL-H-FOR-HERO-sweet-ACTION/223821254274?hash=item341cc94e82:g:vi8AAOSw08deCB1- The new seller neglected to include condition wording for both pages from the original auctions: "Slight yellowing around edges. Brown stain lower left corner. From Dave Hunt's estate, was a smoker and had cats, has an odor of both." Perhaps the new seller sent the pages to Robert Dennis or Gordon Christman for some restoration work before listing them.
  22. You do remember correctly Mark! That cover appeared in a 1990 Graphic Collectibles catalog. You can see that very ad, along with 22 other ads for John Buscema Fantastic Four original comic art, on my ComicArtAds website. Cheers, Lee
  23. Hi all! Please don't forget that my eBay auction for amazing Graphic Collectibles original art catalogs ends tonight. I think these are amazing resources for any serious comic art collector. Best regards, Lee