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August 4, 2011


  New Comic Art Price Guide Now Available With Free Shipping
Comic Art Price Guide
The new third edition of Jerry Weist's Comic Art Price Guide is now available at HA.com/Weist!

It's softcover, 574 pages, black & white and color, 8.5 x 11 in.

The Comic Art Price Guide: Illustrated Guide with Price Range Values, Third Edition, by Jerry Weist and Jack Butterworth, is the most authoritative guide to original artwork for comic strips, comic book art, science fiction, pulp, and fantasy art. As comic art values soared over recent years, hundreds of collectors encouraged Jerry Weist to update his indispensable reference work. Now the work is done, with The Comic Art Price Guide being the culmination of Jerry's vision for this third edition. With more than 500 pages of art reproductions, price range values and artist bios, this is a must for all collectors of original comic art.

Contents include:

The Comic Art Price Guide Philosophy
Understanding Price Ranges
Guide to Newspaper Strip Art Values
Guide to Original Comic Art Values
Guide to Science Fiction and Pulp Art Values
The Lloyd Jacquet Estate discovery of original art

You can jump directly to the order page here.

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  Sunday Internet Auction
Sunday Internet Comics Auction Spotlight
Auction Ends:
August 7, 2011
10:00 PM CT

Two copies each of Amazing Fantasy #15, Spider-Man #1,
and Spider-Man #129
are
offered this week.

We've also got key issues featuring that new movie star,
Captain America.

And a whole bunch of
fanzines are in the auction.


The most valuable Silver Age comic issue.

First issue of Cap's Silver Age series.

Dave Cockrum was an active fan artist before he became a pro.

Other highlights of this week's auction include:


Milton Caniff Terry and the Pirates Daily Comic Strip Original Art dated 4-11-41 (Chicago Tribune, 1941).
Deadly drama is the name of the game of this dramatic daily. This strip titled "Double Talk" has an image area of 20" x 5.75", and the condition of the art is Excellent.
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Wally Wood Science Fiction Digest Illustration Original Art (c. 1960s).
This fantastic grey tone illustration for an unidentified story has an image area of 16" x 6", and the art is in Excellent condition.
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Joe Doolin Fantastic Pulp Illustration Original Art (undated).
Joe Doolin was Fiction House's main cover artist, and the image area of this beautifully detailed illustration for an unknown title has an overall size of 15" x 22". The art is in Very Good condition.
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Action Comics #9 (DC, 1939) CGC Apparent GD/VG 3.0 Moderate (A) Cream to off-white pages.
Fred Guardineer cover and art. Joe Shuster and Bernard Baily art. Only five unrestored copies of this book have been certified by CGC to date, attesting to how rare this book is in any grade! This was just the second cover to mention Superman's name (#7 being the first, even #1 did not have his name). Superman did not become the full-fledged permanent cover feature until #19; this cover illustration is by Fred Guardineer, a regular since issue #1. CGC notes, "Restoration includes: color touch. pieces added, reinforced. (Top Edge Trimmed) (moderate amount of tape on interior cover.)" Overstreet 2011 GD 2.0 value = $1,294; VG 4.0 value = $2,588.
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Walt Disney's Comics and Stories #22 (Dell, 1942) CGC Apparent VG- 3.5 Slight (P) Off-white to white pages.
Flag cover by Carl Buettner. CGC notes, "Restoration includes: tear seals to cover. (Puzzle filled out on 31st page in pencil.)" Overstreet 2011 GD 2.0 value = $100; VG 4.0 value = $200.
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Hanna-Barbera Bandwagon #3 File Copy (Gold Key, 1963) CGC NM 9.4 Off-white to white pages.
Last issue of the title. Overstreet 2011 NM- 9.2 value = $105. CGC census 7/11: 1 in 9.4, none higher.
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Superman's Girlfriend Lois Lane #67 Savannah pedigree (DC, 1966) CGC NM 9.4 Off-white to white pages.
Kurt Schaffenberger cover and art. Overstreet 2011 NM- 9.2 value = $115. CGC census 7/11: 12 in 9.4, 6 higher.
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The Avengers #98 Twin Cities pedigree (Marvel, 1972) CGC NM/MT 9.8 White pages.
Clint Barton (who took on the identity of Goliath in the preceding issues) goes back to being Hawkeye. Hercules and Ares appearances. John Buscema and Barry Windsor-Smith cover. Smith and Sal Buscema art. Overstreet 2011 NM- 9.2 value = $75. CGC census 7/11: 28 in 9.8, none higher. From the Gary Dahlberg Collection.
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X-Men #94 (Marvel, 1975) CGC NM+ 9.6 Off-white to white pages.
Debut of the new X-Men in this series. Second appearances of Colossus, Nightcrawler, Storm, and Thunderbird after Giant-Size X-Men #1. Angel, Marvel Girl, and Iceman resign, and Sunfire leaves the group as well. Gil Kane and Dave Cockrum cover. Interior art by Cockrum. Overstreet 2011 NM- 9.2 value = $1,250. CGC census 7/11: 53 in 9.6, 8 higher.
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  Bull---- Bulletins: Fake Stan Lee Visits Heritage Booth in San Diego




Can Stan Lee travel through time? That's what we thought at this year's San Diego Con when we got a visit from a dead ringer for Stan, or at least the Stan of circa 1980.

This funny fellow had us fooled with verbiage that sounded like the words of the Smilin' one himself. The one giveaway was that Fake Stan is shorter than the famously lanky "Man"... where's a soapbox when he really needs it?

After facing front for the photo shown here, this funky flashman made the case that he should be able to keep the Twin Cities pedigree copy of Avengers 1, the issue being "his" creation. Of course the real Stan consigned his personal copy of the book to Heritage back in 2003.

Fake Stan, wherever you are: Excelsior!

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  Employment Opportunities

While other auction firms have reported shrinking sales and significant lay-offs, Heritage, the world's third largest auction house, is adding multiple world-class specialists. These specialists will, in some cases, head new departments and in others will enhance existing department expertise. We have positions open at our headquarters in Dallas as well as at our new state-of-the-art galleries in prime locations in both Midtown Manhattan and Beverly Hills.

Heritage is seeking to hire the world's best specialists in the following categories:

  • American Art Director: New York
  • Asian Art Specialist: Dallas, Beverly Hills, or New York
  • California Painting & Sculpture Specialist: Beverly Hills
  • Fine Jewelry Specialist: Beverly Hills
  • Partner Opportunities: Classic Cars: Dallas
  • Rare Coins: New York
  • Vintage and Contemporary Photography Specialist: New York
  • Western Art Director: Beverly Hills or Dallas

If you are interested and feel you have the qualifications we seek, please email your resume and salary history to Experts@HA.com.

We are also seeking to fill the following corporate positions:

  • Bullion Coin Trader: Dallas
  • Cataloger - Firearms: Dallas, TX
  • Cataloger - Historical Manuscripts: Dallas, TX
  • Cataloger - World Coins: Dallas, TX
  • Client Data Specialist (Part Time): Dallas, TX
  • Client Services Representative: Dallas, TX
  • Desktop Support Technician: Dallas, TX
  • Graphic Designer: Dallas, TX
  • Imaging Specialist Dallas, TX
  • Interns: Dallas, TX
  • Maintenance Associate: Dallas
  • Operations Associate: Dallas, TX
  • Settlements Clerk (Part Time): Dallas, TX
  • Shipping Associate Dallas, TX
  • Videographer: Dallas
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If you are interested in applying for one of these Corporate positions, please apply here.

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  Around Heritage

Hollywood Engineer's Kissed, Autographed Marilyn Monroe 1952 Yankees Baseball Surfaces At Heritage

A 1952 New York Yankees team-signed baseball, signed by both Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe, and still bearing Marilyn's lipstick, kept in a box in a closet for years, is expected to bring in excess of $20,000 when it is offered as part of Heritage Auctions Aug. 4 Signature® Vintage Sports Collectibles Platinum Auction, held in conjunction with the 32nd Annual National Sports Collectors Convention in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont, IL.

The ball was one of 15 similarly signed by the 1952 World Champion Yankees and gifted to the victorious squad of a 20th Century Fox intramural softball league, one of whom was Sound Editor Eddie D'Orazio, the father of the consignor of the ball.

"I was only six years old when my dad got this ball," said D'Orazio's son. "It was always in the house with us when I lived with my parents, then it came to me, as the oldest son, when dad died in 1969."

This joint Hollywood and Major League artifact has spent the better part of the last half-century sitting in a box in a closet in the consignor's house.

"I thought it was a really neat heirloom, so to speak, and something that I always attached to the memory of my dad – he was only 55 when he died – so it was a connection between us," he said. "I knew it needed to be protected so I kept it in a box in the closet unless I wanted to show it somebody, maybe once every couple of years."

"Let's just say that this baseball lived a dream shared by countless millions of red-blooded American males, smooched by the definitive blonde bombshell at her most famous," said Mark Jordan, Consignment Director for Heritage Auctions. "I would say that this thing could mount a substantial challenge for the title of most desirable post-war signed baseball on earth."

A Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe signed baseball sold for $191,000 at Heritage in May of 2006, a world record price realized that still stands to this day. The auction house would not speculate on whether this baseball would bring a similar amount.

"There's no telling where the bidding on this could go," said Jordan. "We do expect, however, that the top collectors in the world will be very carefully considering their bids on this one, which could result in something special."

The piece has survived in remarkable condition due to the care with which it has been stored. It features Monroe and DiMaggio's signature sharing the sweet spot on the ball; their romance and brief 1954 marriage established the pair as one of American history's most famous couples.

Joining the iconic lovebirds are 26 signatures from the World Champion 1952 Yankees, notably the rare rookie-format Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, Phil Rizzuto, Johnny Mize, Billy Martin, Allie Reynolds, Gene Woodling and more.

The Mick finds even more reason to enjoy the 1952 season, inheriting not just DiMaggio's coveted center field position in the Bronx, but also the good fortune to appear on the ball's western panel, where Marilyn's red lipstick kiss is instantly apparent.

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  Now more than 4,000 CGC comics on ComicMarket at Heritage!

ComicMarket is our new fixed-price service, featuring CGC-graded comics consigned by members of Heritage's ComicMarket Network. Heritage acts as a broker and escrow agent for any transaction by making comics from third-party sellers available to our customers in one location.

ComicMarket features CGC-graded comics consigned by members of Heritage's ComicMarket Network. Heritage acts as a broker and escrow agent for any transaction by making comics from third-party sellers available to our customers in one location.

If you ever think a price is too high on a ComicMarket item, Heritage is happy to relay counter-offers, just use the Make An Offer button on the item page.

New items are added daily. To see the newest listings, just click here.

Available right this minute:


Ghost Rider #1 (Magazine Enterprises, 1950). CGC VF+ 8.5 Cream to Off-White

Ghost Rider #10 (Marvel, 1975). CGC NM 9.4 Off-White to White

Ghost Rider #37 (Marvel, 1979). CGC NM/MT 9.8 Off-White to White

The Flying A's Range Rider #23 (Dell, 1958). CGC NM 9.4 Off-White

Interested in listing your comics here? There's no listing fee, no exclusivity required, and you keep the comics until they sell. Please contact Jessica Aylmer at JessicaA@HA.com.

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  Cover of the Week: Guess the Decade this Comic is from
he Adventures of Bob Hope #103
he Adventures of Bob Hope #103
he Adventures of Bob Hope #103
he Adventures of Bob Hope #103

Hints: There are go-go-checks on top, a mini-skirt, a "hip" teen who looks like he's dressed for some psychedelic Continental Congress, and the CGC label says there are cameos by Batman, Robin, and Ringo Starr.

To quote Peter Fonda in "The Limey": "It was just '66 and early '67. That's all there was."

Bid on this early '67 issue of The Adventures of Bob Hope here.

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