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    Norman Saunders - Classics Illustrated #145 "The Crisis" Cover Original Art (Gilberton, 1958). In 1956, Woody Gelman and Ben Solomon had just moved to become the heads of Topps art department, after producing a line of comic books called Triple Nickle Comics, which were a cheaper imitation of Classics Illustrated. Norman Saunders painted this cover for The Crisis in 1958, and two years later, when Solomon and Gelman were planning to produce a series of bubblegum cards to commemorate the centennial anniversary of the Civil War, they designed a series that was both gory and informative, following the same approach to history as Classics Illustrated). It is no coincidence that they turned to Saunders as their main freelance artist for their sensational series, Civil War News, which was issued in 1961. Solomon and Gelman were undoubtedly influenced by this painting and the Classics Illustrated comic book, The Crisis, in conceiving their approach to the subject. This was Norman Saunders' second of only five covers that he painted for Classics Illustrated. The art is oil on stretched linen, and measures 15" x 22". It's in Excellent condition.

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