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NCS Popeye Auction Is On Now

Notice from the National Cartoonists Society: In case you’re not aware, the Great NCS Popeye Auction is underway on the Heritage Auctions website and closes this Sunday! Our NCS Popeye pieces are part of Heritage’s weekly Sunday Auction which includes many other comic art and animation pieces, but here’s a link to just the NCS Popeye pieces. […]

Posted on: Sep 5, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Auctions, Cartooning, Comic strips, Exhibits, Fund Raisers, National Cartoonist Society, NCSFest, Comments: Comments Off on NCS Popeye Auction Is On Now

National Cartoonists Society Popeye Auction

The National Cartoonists Society is celebrating Popeye‘s 90th year (and Olive Oyl‘s 100th) by auctioning off a number of specialty drawings and other art and comic books for the benefit of the National Cartoonist Society Foundation. The National Cartoonists Society is celebrating the jubilees of these two beloved comic strip and cartoon characters with an […]

Posted on: Aug 11, 2019,  Section: Auctions, Cartooning, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic strips, Fund Raisers, National Cartoonist Society, Comments: Comments Off on National Cartoonists Society Popeye Auction

$5.4 Million for Original Comic Book Cover Art

  Yeah, it’s Frazetta.   Frank Frazetta’s original art for the cover of Eerie #23 (September 1969) sold for $5,400,000.00 via Heritage Auctions. The Grand Comics Database notes about the cover: Frank Frazetta republished this painting, with slight revisions, as a poster titled “Egyptian Queen.” The face of the woman is different in the poster. […]

Posted on: May 23, 2019,  Section: Auctions, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic Books, Comments: Comments Off on $5.4 Million for Original Comic Book Cover Art

Charles Schulz was a Keen Observer

  When it comes to comic strips, none is as iconic or beloved as Peanuts, created by Charles “Sparky” Schulz over a half century. Though Peanuts centered on children, its messages and themes explored were universal and eminently relatable to adults as well as kids. Above strip dated July 1965 sold for $39,210 in October […]

Posted on: May 2, 2019,  Section: Auctions, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Charles Schulz was a Keen Observer

Charity Auctions – Buy Original Cartoon Art

Only a week to go for two charity events highlighted by auctioning of cartoons. Editorial and magazine cartoonists have made contributions to benefit two good causes. above: Steve Kelley, Rob Rogers   First up, with an auction ending May 7, is the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. The RCFP provides pro boon legal […]

Posted on: May 1, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Auctions, Caricature, Cartooning, Cartoons, Editorial cartooning, Gatherings, Illustration, Magazine cartoons, Comments: 1 Comment

Spinning the Cartoon Wheel Again

Whhhiirrrrr…clik…clik…clik…clak   Awards The Slate Book Review and the Center for Cartoon Studies are proud to announce the nominees for the seventh annual Cartoonist Studio Prize. The winner in each of our categories will be announced April 12. Each winner will receive $1,000 and eternal glory. On the shortlist of nominees for Best Web Comic […]

Posted on: Mar 12, 2019,  Section: Animation, Auctions, Awards, Cartooning, Comic strips, Legal, Newspaper industry, Off topic, web comics, Comments: Comments Off on Spinning the Cartoon Wheel Again

Going, Going, Gone! …Sold for $12,000

  The early Little Orphan Annie original art up for auction I had mentioned elsewhere has sold. August 26, 1924 Little Orphan Annie = $12,000 + $1200 for the buyers premium.   For comparison, here’s some other original art sold at the same Heritage Auctions lot, the following prices all include the buyer’s premium in […]

Posted on: Feb 23, 2019,  Section: Auctions, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

Original Tintin art sold for $1.2 million in Hong Kong

An original 1936 original art piece by Belgian cartoonist Herge for a Tintin comic has fetched $1.2 million at a Hong Kong auction. According to the BBC, it is the only original from the book The Blue Lotus. The Asian people do take their cartoon art seriously.

Posted on: Oct 19, 2015,  Section: Auctions, Comic history, Comments: 1 Comment

Another Calvin and Hobbes original hits auction

Just a couple of months after an original Bill Watterson watercolor Sunday of Calvin & Hobbes went for an outstanding $203,150, comes another original Calvin & Hobbes to the auction block. This strip is a daily and was part of a swap of originals between Brian Bassett, creator of Adam@Home and Red and Rover, and […]

Posted on: Feb 4, 2013,  Section: Auctions, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Another Calvin and Hobbes original hits auction

Tintin cover auctioned for $1.6 Million

The BBC reports that a rare 1932 Tintin comic book cover was auctioned off in Paris for a record 1.3 million Euros ($1.6 Million US). The Tintin in America cover, hand-drawn by Belgian writer and illustrator Herge, broke the record – set by the same item in 2008, when it sold for 764,000 euros. It […]

Posted on: Jun 4, 2012,  Section: Auctions, Cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on Tintin cover auctioned for $1.6 Million

Team Cul de Sac Auction opens

At last the auction of all the generously donated art to The Team Cul de Sac book is now available for everyone to bid on. The book is a work of art by itself – if you’ve ordered a copy, you won’t be disappointed. If you haven’t, head over and do so. There are A […]

Posted on: May 27, 2012,  Section: Auctions, Comic strips, Comments: 2 Comments

Irrational exuberance or true appreciation for original comic art?

Gerry Giovinco looks at the uptick in value of comic related art as seen in recent auctions and speculates as to why. Forbes recently ran an article on their site that lists good reasons for investing in comic art but neglects the obvious: Supply and Demand. Though it may seem that there are tons of […]

Posted on: May 22, 2012,  Section: Auctions, Comic Books, Comments: Comments Off on Irrational exuberance or true appreciation for original comic art?

Lichtenstein piece sold for $43M, comic that inspired it? $431

Last week I posted news about a Roy Lichtenstein painting had sold at auction for $43 million. Jeff Darcy (in the comments) noted the original comic art upon which the Pop Art painting was based was recently sold on eBay for “a few hundred bucks.” Turns out it was $431 to be exact. Here’s a […]

Posted on: Nov 18, 2011,  Section: Auctions, Comments: 11 Comments

Lichtenstein painting auctions off for $43 million

A painting by Roy Lichtenstein, the father of pop art and noted for using cartoon images and techniques, has sold for $43 million. The painting, “I Can See the Whole Room! … and There’s Nobody in It!” was created in 1961. From the BBC: The comic strip-inspired work was part of a sale of post-war […]

Posted on: Nov 9, 2011,  Section: Auctions, Comments: 4 Comments

Vintage Superman costumes up for auction

Not sure where Mike Peters bought his Superman costume, but if you need one the Antique Helper Auctions in Indianapolis, Indiana is auctioning off vintage costumes worn by George Reeves who starred in the 1950s Superman television show, others by Christopher Reeve and Dean Cain. The George Reeve costume is reportedly worth $120,000 to $150,000. […]

Posted on: Jan 13, 2011,  Section: Auctions, Comments: 3 Comments