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    C. C. Beck and Pete Constanza - Original Cover Art for Whiz Comics #17 (Fawcett, 1941). Captain Marvel, the red-clad hero affectionately known as the Big Red Cheese, was Fawcett Publication's answer to Superman. First introduced in the pages of Whiz Comics, in February of 1940, Captain Marvel soon graduated to his own title. C.C. Beck's Captain Marvel grew to become one of the Golden Age's greatest heroes, at one time second only to Superman himself, and even outselling the Man of Steel on a regular basis. Beck proved it was possible to write great stories and have fun at the same time: evil worms, talking tigers and an entire family of Captain Marvels were all par for the course, and yet the silliness never overtook the series. This cover, from Whiz Comics #17, was penciled by C.C. Beck and inked by Pete Constanza on illustration board. An iconic image of the World's Mightiest Mortal smacking an enemy tank, by the two artists most closely linked to the character. The overall art size is 15" x 20" with a 11" x 16" image area. This unique comic treasure is in absolutely incredible condition, with very little signs of aging, mostly along the extreme outer edges of the art. Includes the original logo and indicia paste-ups.

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    Auction Dates
    August, 2003
    13th Wednesday
    Internet/Mail Bids: 18
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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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