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    Frank Frazetta - Original Cover Art for Famous Funnies #213 (Eastern Color, 1953). A true example of why Frank Frazetta is considered by comic enthusiasts to be the greatest science fiction cover artist of all time. When viewing this cover, one realizes they are in the presence of genius, and must pay homage to the man who has been revered in this industry for 55 years. This awe-inspiring cover is only one of eight done for Famous Funnies, featuring Buck Rogers and his companion confronting a horrifying creature intruding upon their existence. The fear and claustrophobia is paralyzing, trapping the viewer in the space capsule with Buck as he quickly contemplates his fate. In an interview with Frank in 1995, he stated the following about his work on the Famous Funnies cover, and in particular issue #213: "I did those covers at a time when I had total mastery; I could draw anything and draw it superbly. Remember that, up to that point, I had been drawing in pen and ink for 10 years professionally. I was drawing every day. The more you draw, the better it gets. At least, that's the way it worked with me. I tried to vary my approach on each one of the Famous Funnies covers -- different subjects and different rendering techniques. I don't want to bore the fans by imitating myself and I certainly don't want to bore myself. On one cover I used Craftint board just to change the look a bit. I even swiped an interior rocketship scene from Wally Wood on one of the covers. I did it deliberately. Why not? If you're going to swipe a rocketship interior, who better than Wally Wood? I try never to swipe. I prefer to make things up. This was a little tribute to Woody. Wally was very pleased. We used to have fun with one another in those days by doing that kind of thing. The guys loved my covers; Steve Douglas (the art editor of Famous Funnies) just loved my stuff. It really is some of the best drawing I ever did. Some would argue that the Canaveral Plates from the early '60s were better. Maybe they're right. All I know is that I was very pleased with those Famous Funnies covers; they are me at my very best." Incidentally, these covers were the last job Frazetta did in comics. In pristine condition with no white-out or wear, and beautifully framed, the piece measures 28" x 25" overall, with an image area of 17.25" x 14.5". This is a rare opportunity to obtain what would certainly be a cornerstone in any art collection. The last Frazetta Famous Funnies cover offered appeared at San Diego Comic-Con 2001 for $150,000.

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    15th-16th Friday-Saturday
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