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Fred Ray Action Comics #46 Superman Cover Original Art (DC, 1942)....

2011 November 15-17 Vintage Comics & Comic Art Signature Auction- Beverly Hills #7039

 
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Auction Ended On: Nov 16, 2011
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Location: Heritage Auctions - Beverly Hills
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Fred Ray Action Comics #46 Superman Cover Original Art (DC, 1942). Like a streak of light, it's Superman to the rescue in the wild ride of a cover that sets the stage for the Man of Tomorrow's battle with Domino in the glittering and dizzying atmosphere of a vast amusement park. Fred Ray brought his superior draftsmanship to fifteen covers of Action Comics, and his association with the Superman character began when his work appeared on the cover of Superman #8, dated January 1941. Fellow Superman "ghost" Jack Burnley was an admirer of Fred Ray's art and wrote a heart-felt appreciation in the pages of Robin Snyder's The Comics. Burnley wrote warmly of his friend's work: "His Superman covers were drawn in the simple style of, and better than, the Shuster studio. Fred improved rapidly and soon he was doing impressive Superman covers that equaled or surpassed mine. Although Wayne Boring has been credited with changing Superman's image from the cartoony Shuster figure to the more realistic modern hero, actually Fred and I were the first to 'modernize' Superman with our covers in the early forties. Fred's outstanding Superman art is enough to earn him a top spot among artists of the fabulous Golden Age." The art was drawn on illustration board and the image area of the cover measures 12.5" x 17.25". Aside from some glue staining to the original title logo stat, some overall paper aging, and edge and corner wear, the art is in Very Good condition. From the Robinson Collection.

Ray, Fred:Fred Ray. (American, 1920-2001): An American comic book artist and illustrator perhaps best known among comic book fans as the Superman, Batman, and World's Finest Comics cover artist of the early forties, whose work helped shape the defining look of those iconic superhero DC characters. Ray is also celebrated for his more than two decades as the artist of the DC feature, Tomahawk. Ray was an accomplished and imaportant authority on the military uniforms of the Revolutionary War and was a consultant to the Smithsonian Institution. He also wrote books on American history, including a remarkable self-published series of booklets on American forts, including the Alamo.

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