DescriptionAl Avison - Original Cover Art for Witches Tales #3 (Harvey, 1951). Al Avison was Harvey's most prolific and versatile artist during the 1940s and '50s. He was able to churn out cover after cover, mimicking many popular styles that were best suited to whatever genre he happened to be working on. Still, he had a distinctive quality in his use of the ink medium that was confidently applied with his fine line brush as with this nice piece. The maniacal image of the witch looking into her crystal ball at the scene of the terrified female victim bound to the boat must have riveted the juvenile comic readers of the day! Avison loved to add extraneous figures of horror, as seen in the monster fish. Due to Harvey's practice of removing or cutting away title stats to be used for subsequent issues, Heritage Comics has had this excellent piece professionally restored so as to present it in a way that best reflects the original intent of the artist. The title mast area is a replaced stat that has been taped along the top edge of the piece and can be lifted so that all of the original art below can be seen as a whole. A 2" x 2.25" piece that had been cut away from under the "Weird Yarns..." area was replaced. Otherwise, this piece is in nice shape with moderate staining and use of white-out. The overall size of the piece is approximately 13" x 19"
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