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Press Release - February 26, 2002

$2 Million Heritage Comics Auctions to Offer Rare Disneyana

Dallas, TX -- A $2 million Heritage Comics Auctions Friday, March 15 and Saturday, March 16 at The Hotel Intercontinental, 15201 Dallas Parkway, Dallas will include rare Disney materials.

This “Signature Sale” will feature extraordinary early comics, children’s books, original prints and lithographs, movie posters and documents signed by Walt Disney.

Auction highlights:
1) Original Disney Studio advertising art for cartoon “Donald’s Lucky Day,” 1939. Offered are three of the five illustrations Disney artists Tom Wood and Hank Porter produced in ink and watercolor for “Good Housekeeping” magazine.

One of the most popular magazines of the 1930s and ‘40s, “Good Housekeeping” went into millions of American homes. In the early ‘30s, the Disney company decided to run a full-page promotion of its cartoons and feature films in each issue. Wood and Porter, two of Disney’s finest artists, created all the early pages in ink and watercolor.

The typical layout contained four or five large color illustrations and text keyed to a current release. "Donald's Lucky Day" was produced and released in late 1938; the “Good Housekeeping” page appeared in the February 1939 issue.

Among the finest examples of Disney art, several of the complete five-panel “Good Housekeeping” originals have sold for more than $50,000 each.
2) Carl Barks Color Lithographs (Another Rainbow, 1990). One of the few complete same-number sets in existence, this comprises the desirable “regular” issue prints - all 26 large and 17 small prints designated #92.

The lithographs are signed by the late Carl Barks, the beloved artist who wrote and drew Donald Duck and Uncle Scrooge comic book stories from the 1940s-1960s. All are accompanied by their original certificates of authenticity and any special-edition comic books released with them.

In the spring of 2000, Another Rainbow valued the set at $60,760 (large at $49,650 and small at $11,110), and "Sailing the Spanish Main" was priced at $11,000.
3) “Donald Duck Finds Pirate Gold!” Four Color Comics No. 9 (Dell 1942). A historic “key,” this is the first Donald Duck story drawn by Carl Barks, who is viewed as the most important artist in the funny-animal genre. Reproductions of Barks’ paintings of Donald Duck have sold for more than $75,000.

This edition is as prized in its genre as Action Comics No. 1 and Detective Comics No. 27 are in theirs. A solid lower-grade copy with good presentation, devoid of any large tears, creases or tape. CGC VG- 3.5 Cream to off-white pages.
4) “Mickey Mouse Outwits the Phantom Blot,” Four Color Comics No. 16 (Dell, 1941). The first Mickey Mouse comic book from 1941, this is considered the first "real" Mickey comic. The cover and interior art are by Floyd Gottfredson.

Almost never seen in an unrestored grade, this flat book has astounding colors and no major creases. Defects include small pieces off the top of the front-cover spine, top back cover and bottom spine back cover. CGC VG- 3.5. Light tan to off-white pages.
5) Carl Banks’ “Donald Duck in Frozen Gold,” Four Color Comics No. 62(Dell, 1945). One of the most collected issues of the massive Four Color run, this classic has only slight corner wear. CGC VF 8.0 Off-white to white pages.
6) “Walt Disney’s Vacation Parade” Comic, No. 1 (Dell, 1950). Featuring Carl Barks’s Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse.

Because of their size, high-grade Dell Giants are scarce. This one contains 132 pages and is the highest-graded copy according to CGC's census report. CGC VF 8.0 Off-white to white pages.
7) “Donald Duck” hardback. (Grosset & Dunlap, 1936). An extremely rare book with text and illustrations differing from the “Donald Duck” linen book first published in 1935. Contains 36 pages with color and black-and-white illustrations and features Mickey Mouse and his nephews.

No dust jacket; several pieces off the spine, and "A. Finzel" written on the top of the first page. GD- Tan to cream pages.
8) “Walt Disney’s Donald Duck” linen book (Whitman, 1935). Disney Studios wrote and illustrated this first book devoted to Donald Duck. Sixteen pages, heavy linenlike finish cover stock. Condition: VG/FN.
9) “Mickey Mouse and His Friends” Whitman, 1936). A very rare “linen” book published at the same time as the Donald Duck linen book. Printed on heavy linenlike stock, it measures 9.5 x 13 inches. Significant wear on spine with slight rounding on the corners. Condition: GD+ Tan to cream pages.
10) “40 Big Pages of Mickey Mouse” No. 1 (Warner Books, 1936). This linen book is extremely rare and almost never offered for sale. It reprints “Mickey Mouse Magazine” No. 1 with 44 pages of puzzles, games and pictures, a different cover, no ads, a slightly different text and smaller size (10.25 x 12.5 inches).

The condition is acceptable with slightly brittle, but readable, pages. There is coloring on pages 6 and 11, all four corners are rounded and a dust shadow appears on the spine. Very collectible. Grade GD-.
11) “Pop-up Mickey Mouse” hardback (Blue Ribbon Books, 1933). A very rare Disney book published by Disney Studios.

The pop-ups still work. Crayon coloring on the inside of pages 4 and 5. Grade: GD+ Cream pages.
12) “Pop-Up Minnie Mouse” hardback (Blue Ribbon Books, 1933). This very rare Disney book contains working pop-ups. A 2 inch rip on bottom spine; supple pages. Condition: GD+ Cream pages.
13) Al Taliaferro Original Disney Comic Strip Art (1967). With the advent of Taliaferro’s “Silly Symphonies” in 1936, Donald Duck has appeared in the dailies.

The artist drew Donald Duck newspaper strips for more than 34 years, making him almost as prolific as Carl Barks, the foremost Duck artist. This Disney Sunday strip features Donald as the editor of a horror publishing company, assisted by the Vampirelike Miss Arsenic. Measuring 22.5 x 16 inches, the piece is in excellent condition.
14) Walt Disney Signed Letter (1964). A cartoonist, motion picture producer and businessman, Disney was a legend in the entertainment industry. Offered is a typed letter to John Hurt of Curtis Publishing Company. Dated December 29, 1964 on personal letterhead, the letter is signed "Walt Disney."

The letter is in pristine condition, with exceptional whiteness. The piece was folded in thirds for mailing and has staples at the upper-left and lower-right corners. Mounting remnants on the reverse indicate this piece was likely framed. With a bold signature, it would be a superb acquisition for the autograph hunter or Disney collector. Letter of authenticity from University Archives included.
15) Walt Disney Signed Contract (1962). Offered is a 1962 two-page signed contract setting out the conditions of a donation Disney made to the Chouinard Art Institute; signed "Walter E. Disney" on the second page.

Also signed by Royal Stark for the CAI. Staple holes and minor creasing in the upper left corner where the document was originally stapled and folded over; hole punches at the top of each sheet. The signature is bold and quite attractive, perfect for display. Includes a letter of authenticity from University Archives.
16) Pinocchio: Segunda Maravilla del Genial” (RKO 1940) and “Bambi: Una Deliciosa Historia de Amor” (RKO 1942) French Affiches. Avila Sigler designed this Spanish Pinocchio poster. Very Good+ on linen.

While Bambi was given a less-than-average poster campaign in the United States, the French created a spectacular poster considered far superior to its U.S. counterpart. Very Fine on linen.
17) “Mickey Mouse in the Klondike Kid” (United Artists, 1932). One Sheet (27 x 41 inches). In this classic animation one sheet, Black Pete as Pierre the Trapper menaces Mickey and Minnie Mouse.

Posters from this period of Mickey's career are extremely rare, with only a few known copies. Considered the most beautiful ever made for the Mouse, works from this period are in high demand. Another copy of this poster sold in 1995 for $57,500. Very fine on linen.

Auction Session 3
2 p.m. CST, Sat., March 16

Lot Viewing
By appointment Mon., March 11 - Thurs., March 14
Heritage Comics
100 Highland Park Village, Second Floor
Dallas, TX 75205.
Tel. 214/668-6928.

8 a.m.-6 p.m. Fri., March 15
8 a.m. - noon Saturday, March 16
The Hotel Intercontinental, 15201 Dallas Parkway (near Beltline), the Lalique Room

Fax Bidding
Deadline is noon CST Thurs., March 14
Fax 214/443-8425
Attn.: Norma Pedrero

Internet Bidding
Closes at midnight CST Wednesday, March 15, before the March 16 session

Telephone Bidding
Must be arranged on or before Wed., March 13
Tel. 800/872-6467
Norma Pedrero, ext. 24

Comics: Auction Session 1
7 p.m. CST Fri., March 15

Original Art: Auction Session 2
10 a.m. CST Sat., March 16

Comics: Session 4
7 p.m. CST Sat. March 16

Lot Viewing
By appointment
Tues. March 5 - Wed. March 13
Heritage Comics
100 Highland Park Village, Second Floor
Dallas, TX 75205

8 a.m. - 6 p.m. Fri. March 15
8 a.m. - 10 a.m. Sat., March 16
The Hotel Intercontinental
15201 Dallas Parkway (near Beltline)
Lalique Ballroom

Fax Bidding
Deadline noon CST Thurs., March 14
Fax 214/443-8425
Attn. Norma Pedrero

Internet Bidding
Closes at midnight CST before the session on sale.

Telephone Bidding
Must be arranged on or before Wed., March 13.
Norma Pedrero, ext. 242

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