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Dave Cockrum X-Men #100 "Death of Jean Grey" Pages 27, 30, and 31 Original Art Group (Marvel, 1976)....

2013 May 16 - 18 Comics Signature Auction - Dallas #7076

 
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Auction Ended On: May 17, 2013
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Dave Cockrum X-Men #100 "Death of Jean Grey" Pages 27, 30, and 31 Original Art Group (Marvel, 1976). The Jean Grey "Phoenix" storyline was one of the most memorable sagas of comics' Bronze Age, and it was the death of Jean shown on these pages that started it all.
When the team's badly damaged space shuttle has to fly through a solar flare, Jean realizes that she is the only one who can hold the ship together, pilot the aircraft, and save the crew. In the end, she saves the team but is not able to hold back the radiation.
Here we see all of the intense dialogue leading up to Jean Grey's death and how Phoenix comes to be, a sequence strikingly similar to the three pages leading to the death of Dark Phoenix in issue #137, including Jean's final scream, "Scott!"
Cockrum handled both the pencils and inks here, and his talent for characterization is very much on display. The final page in particular has been reprinted on a number of occasions. While the movie "X-Men United" altered some of the setup of the situation it featured a similar sacrifice by Jean leading to her death.
Note that the break in page numbering is because of non-story pages that were in-between, these are three consecutive pages of the story. Each page has an image area of 10.25" x 15". Aside from lettering corrections to the first panel of the third page, held in place by a piece of tape on the back of the page, the art is in Excellent condition.

Cockrum, Dave:Dave Cockrum was born in Pendleton, Oregon, the son of an Air Force officer. After spending six years in the U.S. Navy, he moved to New York and accepted a job at Warren Publishing, his first professional work. After Warren, Cockrum became a background inker for Murphy Anderson at DC comics. Eventually, he got his first big break, landing the dream job of penciling the Legion of Superheroes. His groundbreaking work on The Legion's character designs and costume changes lasted for over a decade. His tenure at DC was short lived however, as a dispute led him to work at Marvel. At the House of Ideas, Cockrum co-created, along with Len Wein, The New X-Men, the franchise that went on to give Marvel enormous financial success in the following decades, introducing such characters such as Colossus, Nightcrawler, Storm, and Mystique. He later went on to create the comic book, The Futurians, which had a short run as a monthly series and then as a trade paperback. In his later years he drew covers for the Blackhawk relaunch, and worked for Valiant, Defiant, Broadway and Claypool Comics. Dave Cockrum suffered from diabetes and finally succumbed to his illness on November 26th, 2006 . Comic Art

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