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  1. Remind me to send you a picture of the Phantom Pherret I had done.
  2. I question whether raw volume is a significant factor in this market, as compared to less popular books (where we basically agree). I have one of his pages, and he is good. I know I am showing my age here, but I did mean Richard Dillin. Similarly, when I think of Orlando, I think of Joe.
  3. While a good portion of what I buy is Silver/Bronze age art, I have never had any great appreciation for Kirby. The raw energy often conveys a sense of disorganization, and I don’t care for things like anatomical errors or bizarre interrelationships of objects (if that makes sense). Kirby was capable of beautiful work; I saw it in Evanier’s biography, but at Marvel, in particular, I didn’t like it. I am, however, a fan of a lot of new work. Page layouts are more open now, and the drafting is often at a very high skill rate. In the old days, excellent artists, like Sparling or the old EC crowd, couldn’t really strut their stuff. On the other hand, it permitted tighter, short stories that went somewhere— not the latest crises to end the universe which goes on interminably to suck out extra money from the readers.
  4. I think the former is more likely a product of eating the cheesecake. Or aren’t we allowed to say that anymore?
  5. Note that the phrase "but remain stagnant" can be a synonym for more easily "negotiable downwards". Also, older journeymen artists fall into that category as well. How much demand is there for Bill Draut's work?
  6. Don’t confuse great art with high prices. Pricing is more a function of popularity than quality. For the life of me, I still cannot understand how Dillion’s work has gotten as pricey as it is—except for the fact that he drew JLA and other popular books.
  7. One of the peculiar aspects of this hobby is that the book for which the art is intended and the subject matter of the page are so important to pricing. Pricing can go down generally, but specific pages from “special books” can stay up. Other variations are possible, too. Also, price drops are often quiet. I have noticed the prices of John Bolton’s art from Books of Magic have dropped over the years, but not necessarily his other work. And, you have to dig to get there.
  8. I have always liked the way she draws women, but I am not as thrilled with her work on male characters.
  9. I expect he absolutely will have a say in it, but it still wouldn't help the purchasers. Following up on Gene's comment, the funds would have to go directly to BINC to qualify, assuming there is any charitable portion over the value of his work. Curiously,Jim may be getting an indirect benefit on the theory that a rising tide lifts all boats (No, I do not think that was his intention). Since the competition for his work has resulted in huge dollars being realized, a seller can argue the value of his work has been reset to a higher level.
  10. Hmm... there's also something to be said for buying Phantom Lady artwork. My collection is sorely lacking in adolescent cheesecake.
  11. I would still like to know what they are doing. Divide the total by the number of shops? Give a special credit to dealers who sell DC comics? Set up a trust? Anyone knows?
  12. I would be honored to have been so highly thought of. And if he did a "New 52" version of the costume, I wouldn't be that interested anyway.
  13. Anyone who writes these off on their taxes is making a mistake which they may get called out on. The only portion which could be written off is the difference between the fair market value of the piece and the price paid. If Lee's market price is now the same as these sales prices, no write-off is permitted. On the other hand, the IRS has to catch it.
  14. Now that the marathon is over, I was just wondering if anyone had any wrap up thoughts. As for me, I think the number of Batman-related images may have been good for attracting $, but it got dull after a while. I also liked his earlier pieces of a more traditional nature than his experimental ones or head shots. I think he may have gotten tired near the end. I sure would have been. How he cranked out work of that caliber so quickly, while still doing other work, is impressive as hell. I also confess my amazement at the amounts so many people would spend for his commission work; but by this time, I should have gotten used to it. With that said, I am happy he did not do a Phantom Stranger since it would have been out of my spending range for this material. And, he is a really nice guy. I had sent him a few emails and he responded directly, or indirectly, through things he posted. If anyone is wondering, his screen name of Chunky Monkey has nothing to do with the Ben and Jerry’s ice cream flavor. He just liked the way it sounded.