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    If you have a dream about out-posting me, you better wake up and apologize.

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  1. Thanks Scott, proud to join the club (better late than never!). Picky by nature, I waited patiently until this splash came along, hit all my buttons.
  2. Time to share a personal grail that I’m truly humbled to own: the stunning end splash from Frank Miller's Elektra Assassin #6 (1987) by Bill Sienkiewicz. This painted masterpiece features both primary characters Elektra and Garrett-- a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent and alcoholic who becomes obsessed with Elektra-- surrounded by heavy artillery and sais, Elektra's deadly weapon of choice. A remarkable "Love and War" juxtaposition with the heart-shaped bed and over-the-top firepower. The heart bed and stunning red and black composition is perfect for Valentines Day , a celebration for lovers but also remembered for the brutal St. Valentines Day massacre in 1929. The artistic collaboration of Sienkiewicz and Miller changed comics forever, making Elektra Assassin among the best-remembered works of the 1980s, published at the peak of Elektra's popularity following her introduction, death and resurrection in Miller's Daredevil run. With groundbreaking graphic storytelling techniques, Elektra Assassin was written and painted for mature readers...a trippy fever dream, a winding commentary on love, sex, politics, drugs, and nuclear war. Some say it's a glimpse into the genius but conflicted mind of Frank Miller himself. Special thanks to my good friend Alex B who tolerated my inquiries for years. This Elektra Assassin splash is a cornerstone piece that I'll cherish forever. Link
  3. A ferocious Doomsday #1 splash by Dan Jurgens and Brett Breeding, the two artists behind the "Death of Superman" saga. The caption says it all: “It is Death personified!" Link
  4. Love the “straight leg” pose, a Steranko with my X-Men 51 panel. Cool!
  5. Amazing gallery. Impressive depth and variety barely 2 years in, already refined tastes of a veteran collector. Jason seems comfortable knowing which pieces resonate with him and are worth going to the mat for.
  6. Nice bonus when your art is re-published in a different comic, ad, toys or merchandising!
  7. Proud to add this Cloak and Dagger #19 (1991) cover with a huge, powerful image from a memorable final issue where the true, full origin of Cloak and Dagger is finally revealed: Link
  8. The FIRST EVER appearance of The Court of Owls from Batman #3 page 19 (2011) splash by Greg Capullo. The Court of Owls saga kicked off Batman's New 52 era and later appeared in Gotham TV episodes, animated film, toys and video games (plus rumors for a future Batman movie) often reprinting the stunning bottom panel As a bonus, the center Talon image inspired the Batman #4 cover. Link Page 19 splash, tight Capullo pencils, Batman #4 cover Gotham TV promo ad
  9. This is very important to me, especially as I approach my “Dark Knight” Batman years. My wife and kids know the OA collection is valuable but would have no idea of FMVs for individual pieces if sold. I put a copy of my spreadsheet in the safe with a auction contact and general instructions for next steps “in the event of my passing”. Now I realize I might have to add location (ie, framed painting in blue bedroom) and first dibs for select pieces (John Smith, jsmith@gmail, $25kif interested) but the latter brings added complexity / hassle for my family. So, I’m rethinking my spreadsheet in light of everyone’s input #grateful
  10. I keep a spreadsheet to stay organized, record acquisition details, CAF posting dates and as handy reference for buy/sell/trade decisions. I also add personal grades and FMV estimates so I can prioritize/rank pieces and explore options to upgrade or chase grails. In many ways, I think having a personal spreadsheet helps me go from clueless to confident. to
  11. Since the question relates to PUBLISHED splashes, I’d offer: 1) Tin Tin (if a splash exists, would have been drawn by Herge and worth $$$$) 2) Fritz the Cat or other uniquely Crumb characters (his Ms. Dale Steinberger splash sold for $31k) Then... 3) Rorschach, Wolverine, Dark Phoenix, Batman (on gargoyle), Elektra, Dr. Doom, Thanos = my order of value, regardless of artist. If I were to commission a new piece to hold value, I’d prioritize character splashes in that order as well. Note: Silver Surfer is fairly simple to draw but the detail/quality of cosmic background ultimately drives value. My
  12. How about Action Comics #1 cover which was derived from one of the interior panels. A February 22, 1938 letter from DC editor Vin Sullivan to Siegel provided: “I’m enclosing a silverprint of the cover of Action Comics. You’ll note that we already used one of those panel drawings of SUPERMAN, as you suggested in your recent letter.” In other words, per Siegel’s suggestion, DC used one of the panel drawings from the Superman story as a template to create the cover art.
  13. Here’s an example of an interior page— Daredevil “The Man Without Fear” concluding DPS in this case— was later used as a trade paperback cover:
  14. My first 2020 post is a significant and treasured piece for me: Erik Larsen's classic ASM #324 p1 splash (1989) and his first SPIDEY art after taking over for Todd McFarlane! A huge Spidey hanging upside-down with tons of webbing! These days "Upside Down Spidey" has become a popular theme for movie posters and toys... Link