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John Romita Sr. The Amazing Spider-Man Doctor Octopus on the Loose in Dallas/Sanger-Harris Promotional Comic Cover...

2011 August Dallas Signature Vintage Comics & Comic Art Auction #7036

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Auction Ended On: Aug 18, 2011
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Location: Heritage Auctions
3500 Maple Avenue
Dallas, TX 75219

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John Romita Sr. The Amazing Spider-Man Doctor Octopus on the Loose in Dallas/Sanger-Harris Promotional Comic Cover Original Art (Marvel, c. 1979). An exceptional image from the legendary John Romita, this was the cover for a Dallas Times Herald newspaper advertising supplement, which we believe to be unpublished, featuring Spider-Man and Doc Ock. If this were a comic book cover from the same era, it would easily sell in the $5-10K range, and even given its nature as advertising art, it is still an absolutely dynamic and classic image of two of Marvel's greatest characters. Most of Romita's Spidey Super Stories covers from this era were done on vellum, and a great aspect of this cover is that it is rendered on white art board, which always makes for a nicer presentation. This piece, which measures 9.75" x 15", is very clean, with minimal white-out, and is in Excellent condition. Signed by John Romita Sr. in the lower border.

Romita Sr., John:(American, b. 1930): John Romita Sr. started drawing comics after spending a year in commercial art. His first jobs were done for the Atlas group in 1949, and he drew mostly horror and romance stories, but also war, western, and crime features. After the Atlas implosion, Romita Sr. went to DC, where he drew romance stories for eight years. After that, it was back to Marvel, where he initially inked The Avengers and drew Daredevil. However, Romita Sr.'s most celebrated work was done for the Amazing Spider-Man, the feature he took over when Spider-Man co-creator Steve Ditko left Marvel in 1966. Under Romita Sr.'s tenure, Spider-Man became one of the comic field's most popular characters. Romita Sr. left his regular Spider-Man art chores in the early seventies to become an Art Director at Marvel in the Special Projects Department, and as Art Director for Marvel Books. In 1977, Romita Sr. briefly drew the syndicated Spider-Man newspaper comic strip. His son, John Romita Jr., is also an artist at Marvel.

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