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    Jack Kirby and Joe Simon Unpublished Tiger 21 Sunday Comic Strip Proposal Original Art Group (c. early 1950s). According to Joe Simon sage Harry Mendryk, "Joe Simon's personal collection includes two large illustration boards of an unfinished syndication proposal, Tiger 21. In the upper left corner of each board, outside of the actually art area, are the numbers 1 and 4 which represent the individual page numbers. John Morrow wrote an article about them in The Jack Kirby Collector #15. Simon and Kirby were apt to recycle syndication proposals into comic books. I previously discussed the work they did in turning the strip "Inky" into "Artist Loves Model" published in In Love #3. Joe and Jack also transformed a Tiger 21 story into "Homecoming: Year 3000? for Fighting American #4. The Fighting American only appears at the start and the end while the rest of the story is given over to Tiger 21's Starman Zero. Starman's appearance in Fighting American was somewhat apt as the two shared a similar origin. Both involved the use of a machine to transfer the mind from one body to another. In Fighting American it was the mind from a frail body into that of his recently deceased brother. For Starman Zero it was into a synthetic body much more durable than that of a human. The oddly named title refers to a distant star that, in the strip, is reachable via something called the time jump. Tiger 21 was also the name of a television science fiction show that Kirby proposed to NBC in the early 1950s. For the television version, Tiger 21 was the name of the hero's space ship." Each penciled strip has an approximate image area of 27" x 18", and they average Very Good condition. From the Joe Simon Estate.

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    March, 2013
    3rd Sunday
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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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