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    Gil Kane - Production Art for The Savage Sword of Conan #3, Complete 14-page Story, "The Testing of Blackmark" (Marvel, 1974). Gil Kane's groundbreaking Blackmark was published as a mass-market paperback by Bantam in 1971, making it a strong candidate for "first graphic novel." The world, unfortunately, was not yet ready for graphic novels. Three years later, Kane's work was reprinted as a serial in Marvel's black and white Savage Sword, where it had to be reformatted for the magazine page. These fourteen pages are mostly photostats in which the art of the paperback is rearranged for the new publication. There is some original art here, since Kane drew new panels (six times in this group of pages) or extended existing ones (seven times) as part of the rearranging process. This is a fascinating glimpse of the intersection of the creative and production processes. Stats are yellowing but original art sections are much whiter. There are marginal blue-pencil notes throughout these 17" x 23" pages, which have an approximate 13" x 19" live art area.

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