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Calvin and Hobbes Original Daily Goes for $216,000 (and other original art sales)

The original art for a Calvin and Hobbes comic strip, dated February 6, 1992, sold at auction for $216, 000.00. Granted this strip was hand-colored by Bill Watterson and personally inscribed to fellow cartoonist Garry Trudeau. Other original art we mentioned last month have also sold. The 15th Flash Gordon Sunday by Alex Raymond, from […]

Posted on: Sep 10, 2022,  Section: Auctions, Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

Original Art – Herriman v Raymond v Watterson

Heritage Auctions currently has the original art of a George Herriman/Krazy Kat daily strip, an Alex Raymond/Flash Gordon Sunday page, and a Bill Watterson/Calvin and Hobbes daily up for bid. The Herriman Krazy Kat is a very early sample of before the kat and mouse had their own strip, a time when they starred in […]

Posted on: Aug 19, 2022,  Section: Auctions, Comic strips, Original Art, Comments: 1 Comment

Doonesbury NFT Charity Auction Goes Live Today – Updated

NFTs still represented a strange new world to many cartoonists last year when Jason Chatfield decided to convene an online forum to address the question: With crypto art selling for millions, did the blockchain hold any promise for comics creators? NFTs — non-fungible tokens that are unique digital assets — have sparked controversy over the […]

Posted on: Jul 14, 2022,  Section: Auctions, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Doonesbury NFT Charity Auction Goes Live Today – Updated

Doonesbury NFT/Signed Prints Benefit Auction

  From Intelligent Collector: In November 2020, Trudeau attempted the seemingly impossible: whittling down that mountain of strips to a mere handful that “proved defining and enduringly meaningful to him,” as The Washington Post noted upon its publication of Trudeau’s top 10. Among their estimable lot: strips about Watergate, women’s rights, onerous laws in Florida […]

Posted on: Jul 6, 2022,  Section: Auctions, Charity, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Doonesbury NFT/Signed Prints Benefit Auction

Elon Musk Tweeted Cartoon Now For Sale as NFT

Colin Wright, evolutionary biologist, is the man who created the now famous cartoon Elon Musk tweeted last week. Colin has a piece on today’s Wall Street Journal opinion page. I was out for a walk last Thursday when Elon Musk tweeted a political cartoon that I created in August 2021. It received hundreds of thousands […]

Posted on: May 2, 2022,  Section: AAEC-feed, Auctions, Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on Elon Musk Tweeted Cartoon Now For Sale as NFT

John Kovalic – Cartooning For Ukraine

Cartoonist John Kovalic is best known for Dork Tower and Apples to Apples. Recently John cartooned a Ukraine related drawing in support of that country. [W]hen Russia invaded Ukraine last month, Kovalic said he felt the need to do something to help.  “Saturday night after the invasion, I was just sitting here at the desk […]

Posted on: Mar 22, 2022,  Section: Auctions, Charity, Children's Books, Fund Raisers, International, Comments: Comments Off on John Kovalic – Cartooning For Ukraine

Hal Foster Layouts for J.C. Murphy Prince Valiant

In 1970 Prince Valiant creator Hal Foster was nearing 80 years and decided to slow down. After interviewing a few comic artists to take on the task of drawing Prince Valiant’s Sunday page he settled on John Cullen Murphy. Hal would (mostly) continue to write and layout the comic through the 1970s. Nate D. Sanders […]

Posted on: Mar 16, 2022,  Section: Auctions, Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Hal Foster Layouts for J.C. Murphy Prince Valiant

Insane Nonsense in the Original Art Market

So this happened… From Eric Diaz at The Nerdist: Penciller Mike Zeck’s artwork for page 25 of Marvel’s classic event series Secret Wars’s eighth issue features the [first appearance origin] of Spider-Man’s black suit. This costume, which was really a living alien symbiote, would eventually bond with a certain reporter named Eddie Brock, and become […]

Posted on: Jan 15, 2022,  Section: Auctions, Comic Books, Comments: Comments Off on Insane Nonsense in the Original Art Market

Being For the Benefit of St. Jude’s Kids – Reminder

A reminder that there are only two days left until the National Cartoonists Society auction to benefit the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is over.       Shown here are some getting high bids, but there are scores of great original art pieces at bargain prices still available. Check it out and, if possible, put in your […]

Posted on: Nov 1, 2021,  Section: Animation, Auctions, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Charity, Comic Books, Comic strips, Illustration, National Cartoonist Society, Comments: 1 Comment

NCS Auction for The Benefit of St. Jude’s Children

Beginning on October 27th and running through November 3rd of this year, the National Cartoonists Society and the NCS Foundation will hold a major art auction online, with all proceeds going to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The NCS has enlisted the help of Heritage Auctions, the industry leader in the field of comic […]

Posted on: Oct 23, 2021,  Section: AAEC-feed, Animation, Anniversaries, Auctions, Caricature, Cartooning, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic Books, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Events, Fund Raisers, Illustration, National Cartoonist Society, NCSFest, Comments: Comments Off on NCS Auction for The Benefit of St. Jude’s Children

Signed Schulz Sunday Sets Peanuts Auction Record

The art for a 1966 Christmas themed Sunday Peanuts comic strip and signed by Charles Schulz as “Sparky” set a record for an original Peanuts when it went for $360,000.00 at a Heritage Auctions sale. A Charlie Brown Christmas was released on television for the first time on 12-9-65. Just a year later, this Sunday […]

Posted on: Sep 14, 2021,  Section: Auctions, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Signed Schulz Sunday Sets Peanuts Auction Record

My Two Million Dollar Comic Book – update

Amazing Fantasy #15 (1962). First appearance of Spider-ManAt Heritage Auctions with 6 days until end of bidding. Okay, so my copy of the comic book is about half this one’s condition, but mine is signed by Stan Lee. So I figger a few hundred thousand less than this floppies’ current bid.   UPDATE The copy […]

Posted on: Sep 9, 2021,  Section: Auctions, Comic Books, Comments: 6 Comments

Comic Art Auctions

Some selected comic art from current Russ Cochran and Heritage Auctions lots. (click once to embiggen, click twice to supersize) From Heritage Auctions: Gluyas Williams panel (1943)   Unfinished promo piece for an unsold comic strip proposal by Wally Wood.   Red Ryder and Little Beaver by Fred Harman (1941)   Flash Gordon, Dale Arden, […]

Posted on: Apr 25, 2021,  Section: Auctions, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Comic Art Auctions

Auctions: $3.9 Million for Original Tintin Comic Art, $2.2 Million for Batman Comic Book

Artwork originally intended to be the cover of a Tintin comic book (album) has sold for 3.2 Euros ($3,872,000.00). From Artnet: A picture by the Belgian cartoonist Hergé (1907–1983) has set a new record for the most expensive work of comic book art, selling for €3.2 million ($3.8 million) on January 14 at an auction at Artcurial in Paris. […]

Posted on: Jan 15, 2021,  Section: Auctions, Comic Books, Comic strips, Illustration, Magazine cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on Auctions: $3.9 Million for Original Tintin Comic Art, $2.2 Million for Batman Comic Book

Original Art to Rare 1953 Peanuts Promotional Item

In the Spring of 1954 newspaper readers were offered, for the price of a self-addressed stamped envelope, “The Peanuts Album.” a twelve page booklet featuring the then stars of Charles M. Schulz‘s comic strip. As the promo above notes there were 10,000 of the items printed, now a rarity. But now the original art for […]

Posted on: Nov 24, 2020,  Section: Auctions, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment