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    Bob Montana - Original Comic Strip Art for Archie Sunday (Archie, 1947). Heritage Comics is proud to present the historical original art for the first "Archie" Sunday newspaper comic strip. When Bob Montana and Vic Bloom created Archie Andrews as a character modeled after Mickey Rooney's film persona, they couldn't possibly have imagined the impact that he would have on the comic industry. Archie is the all-American teen with all of the anxiety, challenges, and occasional victories that the youth of the last 60 years have experienced and, therefore, can greatly relate to. Dan DeCarlo is recognized as being the definitive artist for the Archie titles and is responsible for setting the standard for the Archie "house style". However, it was Bob Montana who established the personalities of the large cast of Riverdale characters with an expressive style that has never been matched. Montana's Archie looked more confident, more frustrated, and more in trouble. Betty and Veronica never looked better and Mrs. Grundy, well, never looked more like Mrs. Grundy. This is a wonderful example of Archie's heroic view of himself as an academic titan. Unfortunately, it's all been a dream and he's in trouble again. Because the title part of the first panel was cut away -- probably to be pasted up on a subsequent Sunday strip -- Heritage Comics has had this exceptional piece professionally restored so as to present it in a way that best reflects the original intent of the artist. It has been mounted to a heavy piece of illustration board that measures 22.5" x 29". Few pieces truly warrant the amount of acclaim that this work of art will garner for the next proud owner.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    July, 2003
    15th-20th Tuesday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 10
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
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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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