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    Carl Potts and Jim Lee Punisher War Journal #1 Page 29 and Complete Story Layouts Original Art (Marvel, 1988). Here is an interesting page from the first issue of Punisher War Journal: a preview of upcoming storylines with artwork by Carl Potts and Jim Lee. Also includes a complete set of rough layouts by Carl Potts, filled with notes and directions to Jim Lee. Layouts are produced in graphite on paper with an image area of 8.5" x 11" with handling wear on every page. Page 29 is produced in ink over graphite on Bristol board with an image area of 10" x 15". The top edge is irregularly trimmed, there is production tape in margins, and slight toning. Signed by Potts. The layouts are in Very Good condition. The page is in Excellent condition.

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    Carl Potts' recollections about this work:

    "After the original Steven Grant/Mike Zeck Punisher miniseries I edited became a surprise hit, Marvel launched a Punisher ongoing monthly title. I was fortunate to get Mike Baron and Klaus Janson to produce the creative work for the new monthly.

    I had plenty of ideas for Punisher stories but there was no outlet for them on the ongoing monthly. Baron had more than enough strong story ideas of his own - there was no need for his editor to feed him storylines. The sales on the monthly Punisher title kept climbing. So, I decided to propose that Marvel do a second ongoing Punisher title that I would write and do layouts for.

    As a full-time staff editor at Marvel, there was little time for me to write and draw an ongoing periodical title. My freelance creative work could only be produced at night and on weekends. So, I proposed that Punisher War Journal (PWJ) be published on a six week schedule instead of a monthly schedule. That allowed me to write and do layouts for PWJ.

    Jim Lee had been drawing Alpha Flight for my editorial office for about a year. Alpha Flight was his first ingoing professional comics assignment. Jim was doing his own layouts and finished pencils on Alpha Flight so it didn't occur to me to ask him if he'd be interested in producing the finished PWJ art over the layouts.

    When Jim and I spoke on the phone about upcoming Alpha Flight work, I mentioned my search for someone to do finished art over my layouts. Much to my surprise and delight, Jim said he was very interested. And that was that.

    The Potts/Lee combination produced the art for five of the first seven issues of PWJ (including issues 6 & 7 depicting the first encounter between Punisher and Wolverine). After that, sales were so strong that Marvel really wanted to bump the book up to a monthly schedule.

    So I pulled back my role writer and Jim handled all of the penciling work."

    In this excerpt from his Foreword for The DC Comics Guide to Creating Comics: Inside the Art of Visual Storytelling by Carl Potts, Jim Lee discusses how important working with Potts was to Lee's development as a great comics creator:

    "Nothing gives me greater pleasure than introducing the art of visual storytelling as presented by my mentor and art guru, Carl Potts. For the most part, everything I learned about creating comics can be divided into two periods: the time BC-also known as "Before Carl"-and the time after, which I call "conquering the deep, dark void." In years 1 to 22 BC, I struggled to learn the art of visual storytelling. Just because you have a love for reading comics and some innate drawing talent, that does not mean you automatically qualify as a comic book artist. In fact, I think it works against you, because you think you know more than you actually do. You think that you draw better than your least favorite professional artist even if you can't complete an entire page of panel-to-panel continuity by yourself. Ever. That was me.

    But somewhere deep inside, I realized I needed to improve. (Because no one was giving me any work, right?) So I learned all I could about comics and visual storytelling through the few books that were available at the local library. However, it wasn't until I met Carl through another Marvel Comics editor-the late, great Archie Goodwin-that I started on my true path toward enlightenment in the deep, dark void.

    And that's where Carl served as my guide. My sensei. My Jedi master. And teach me he did: everything from "the 22 panels that always work" by Wally Wood to "how not to cross the line." He gave me telephone book-thick tomes of photocopies from books explaining all the ins and outs of cinematic terminology and visual storytelling. Carl passed along handwritten memos explaining what I did well (not much) and what I did wrong (though constructively polite) as I turned in tryout page after tryout page. Carl laid out several of my biggest projects so that I could work over his thumbnails.

    Jim Lee
    Burbank, California"

    The layouts in this lot will give the buyer a look behind-the-scenes of the first issue of one of Marvel's highest selling comics in the late 1980s. The layouts also have numerous story and art notes that Potts wrote for Lee.

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