DescriptionFrank Frazetta Famous Funnies #209 Cover Original Art (Eastern Color, 1953).
One of the most renowned Frank Frazetta comic covers ever! This was the first of eight issues of Famous Funnies that sported Frazetta covers (issues #209-216). A sudden flash of greatness, they stand out as an apex of artistic perfection of comic art in the minds of many collectors. It's undeniable that Frazetta viewed his pen-and-ink work from this period as his absolute pinnacle. This specific cover features Buck Rogers, but more importantly, Wilma Deering in one of the most jaw-droppingly beautiful and graceful full-figure images of a woman ever to grace a comic book cover. If there was any doubt in any viewer's mind, this image justified and cemented Frazetta's legendary status at delineating the female form. His iconic line work epitomizes the '50s "retro" style so beloved by many fans. Combine that linework with his lush and shadowy inks and you have a powerful cover composition and an enduring classic science fiction image.
This is the first example from that historic run that has come up for public auction in many years. The last previous example we offered was way back in 2003... 15 years ago! When you reflect on just how sought-after these covers are, and the propensity for collectors to lock them up in major collections for long periods of time... well you might not get another chance to own one of these stunning works of art.
Crafted in ink over graphite on Bristol board with an image area of 14" x 14.5". The board has been affixed to a larger illustration board with a recreation of the header/logo added to the top. Frazetta signed the piece in the bottom of the original art area with one of his iconic signatures. The original art is lightly toned and still in Excellent condition. A remarkable piece!
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