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Dick Sprang Guardians of Gotham City Illustration Original Art (DC, 1996)....

2012 May 10-11 Vintage Comics & Comic Art Signature Auction- Dallas #7059

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Auction Ended On: May 11, 2012
Item Activity: 19 Internet/mail/phone bidders
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Location: Heritage Auctions
3500 Maple Avenue
Dallas, TX 75219

Dick Sprang Guardians of Gotham City Illustration Original Art (DC, 1996). For "old-school" fans of Batman, nothing comes close to capturing the excitement and thrill of reading the stories illustrated by Dick Sprang. Like Carl Barks, Sprang was not allowed to sign his work during his 1940s and '50s heyday, so to to his young fans (including this Heritage cataloger), he was known only as the "Good Batman" artist for many long years. To handle any of Sprang's original art is a rare treat, but this specialty piece, done for a limited edition set of prints, is beyond belief. Sprang's detail, especially in his wide-angle shots, was always miles beyond his contemporaries, and the master does it again with the scene in the lower left, as Batman and Robin climb a skyscraper -- the scene showing the crowd below them has too many figures to count!
Many memorable moments from Sprang's career are on display here -- the purple-clad Catwoman with her cat-o-nine-tails whip (like in Detective #211), the mysterious Riddler (the unforgettable two-part Detective #140), the Joker with his "utility belt" (Batman #73), the frightening menace of Two-Face (Batman #81), the Penguin with his flame-throwing umbrella (the cover to Batman #38), plus great action scenes of the Batmobile, the Bat-Plane, and the Dynamic Duo themselves, bursting into the scene with the Bat-Symbol high in the sky behind them. Wow!
This mixed-media piece, with colors added by Sprang after the black and white art was shot for one version of the print, is on heavy illustration board with masking tape along the outer borders, The image area measures a whopping 33" x 23", and the art is in Excellent condition. The signed and numbered color print of this is nice, but what can compare with the original art? Get those bids in fast, Bat-fans!

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