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    Harvey Kurtzman - Frontline Combat #2 Cover Original Art (EC, 1951). Hang on to your helmets, art troopers! Here's an explosive cover by one of the undisputed geniuses of American comic books -- Harvey Kurtzman. Kurtzman poured his heart and soul into his war tales. His scripting, layouts, storytelling techniques, and insistence on historical research and verisimilitude slowed the page output to a point where he was scarcely able to make a living at EC. However, his dedication and talent elevated those war titles into a rarified realm; mere than just throwaway amusements, the stories and covers are timeless classics of sequential art and literature. Harvey's explorations of humanity caught in the terrible circumstances of war, and the fate of the "citizen soldier" was in step with the raw, unvarnished and "truthful" approach pioneered by Bill Mauldin in his fabled "Willie and Joe" army cartoons. In his later career, Harvey's streamlined and precise artwork became subordinate to his scripting, layout art, and editing, so finding a finished piece of pure Kurtzman art can prove to be quite a challenge. The image area of the cover measures 13.5" x 19" and the art is in Excellent condition. Bid accordingly folks, because comic book art just doesn't get any better than this!

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    Auction Dates
    October, 2004
    1st-2nd Friday-Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 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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