Win Mortimer - Original Cover Art for Batman #79 (DC, 1953). Original art collecting is a fairly new phenomenon in the comic book market. Long thought of as valueless production pieces, art was routinely destroyed after use until relatively recently. Consequently, vintage art is extremely hard to come by. This piece, which was evidently rejected during the editorial review process, was to have been featured as the cover of Batman #79, but someone obviously objected and the image was pulled, replaced by Mortimer's far tamer "Bride of Batman" cover. Perhaps in the increasingly-paranoid days of 1953, with Kefauver and the US Senate looking for any excuse to pounce on the comic book industry, the image of Robin in stocks was considered just a bit too provocative. Whatever the reason, the fact that this piece has survived is nothing short of a miracle. Double-matted and measuring 23.5" x 18.5" overall with an image area of 18" x 12", this exceptionally clean piece is a treasure that any Bat-collector would be proud to own.

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    March, 2002
    15th-17th Friday-Sunday
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