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    Dick Sprang and Charles Paris - Batman Daily Comic Strip Original Art, dated 2-19-46 (McClure Syndicate, 1946). Dick Sprang began ghosting the Batman feature for DC Comics in 1941. He inked his own work until 1945, and after a stint by Gene MacDonald as inker, Charles Paris took over, and became known as one of the greatest Batman inkers. Sprang went on to do seventy-five Batman stories and thirty-five covers. He once outlined his storytelling approach thusly: "You tried for a variation, and never repeat the same scene, never the same degree of sequential medium shot or closer, long shot. Always vary it. And in all this moving around you try to bring a rhythm into the way you draw the continuity of action and setting. The slant of a building, an exaggerated perspective, leads into the opposite, a bridge, or some other building in the next panel, something that always keeps the reader interested, and alive visually. We're drawing dramatic action stuff, not pretty pictures, so the camera probes, trying to get the best effect of movement and suspense." Dick Sprang Batman dailies are extremely rare, with only three examples known to exist. The image area of this strip is approximately 6.5" x 21.5", and the art, on Craft-Tint board, is in Excellent condition. The strip has been autographed in the lower border by Batman creator Bob Kane, and by Dick Sprang in the first panel. Sprang is considered by many collectors to be the ultimate illustrator of the Dark Knight Detective; don't let this rare chance to own a vintage original piece slip by.

    ‡ The owner placed a late bid on this unreserved lot and repurchased it, subject to applicable commission.

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    Auction Dates
    June, 2004
    11th-12th Friday-Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 15
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