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    Antonio Prohias - Mad #60 "Spy vs. Spy" Page Original Art (EC, 1961). The spirited rivalry between the Spies begins here in this 1961 "Spy vs. Spy" strip, courtesy of Castro refugee Antonio Prohias. Here is their very first American appearance, from Mad #60. "The sweetest revenge," Prohias told a Miami Herald reporter in 1983, "has been to turn Castro's accusation of me as a spy into a money-making venture". Prohias, one of Cuba's premier editorial cartoonists before the revolution, fled to the U.S. in 1960, his anti-Castro cartoons earning him international awards -- and the enmity of his government, which accused him of working for the CIA. About to turn forty, with a family to support, he had to take work in a New York City sweatshop before stumbling into Mad magazine's offices, where in January, 1961, they began to publish his masterful series, "Spy vs Spy." Since then, the Spies have done battle more than 500 times and continue to surprise, deceive and revolt. In three decades with the magazine, Prohias produced over two hundred of the self-contained gags. There are two pieces here -- the logo art, and the panel strip, both have an image area of approximately 16" x 10", and their condition is Excellent. Signed by Prohias in the final panel.

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    January, 2006
    19th-21st Thursday-Saturday
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    I have done a preliminary analysis and the total of the hammer prices was $67,550. With BP, the final figure was $80,722.25. That is against the total insurance value of $34,785 or 2.32 x ‘pre-auction estimate’. Incredible, really, so a big thanks.
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