DescriptionReed Crandall Modern Comics #79 Blackhawk Cover Original Art (Quality, 1948). Blackhawk required Crandall to draw more than convincing scenes of planes, tanks, and weapons. He also had to construct dynamic, multiple figure compositions, and pit his heroes against compelling weird menaces. Influenced by such titans of illustration as Howard Pyle, N. C. Wyeth, and James Montgomery Flagg, Crandall's work was amazingly realistic, leaning more toward classic book and magazine illustration than comic book cartooning. According to one of his fellow artists, "Reed was a real problem for the shops. His stuff was so great, every time he came into work we all stopped to look at his stuff." To keep their overall productivity high, publishers soon learned to request that Crandall work at home rather than in their bullpens. This Golden Age showstopper is fresh to the art market, so collector interest is sure to be keen. The vintage art board of this cover was cut above the image area during the production process at Quality Comics, perhaps in order to reuse the title logo. This missing piece has been replaced using new board and a carefully color-matched replacement logo; otherwise, the art is in Excellent condition. This page has an overall size of 15" x 19.5".
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