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    Dave Sim - Original Art for Cerebus the Aardvark #1, page 5 (Aardvark-Vanaheim, 1977). In 1976, cartoonist Dave Sim drew a fanzine logo for his girlfriend, Denise Loubert. It was only later that they realized they'd misspelled the name of Cerberus, the mythical three-headed dog who guards the gates of Hades, so they decided it was the name of the company mascot, instead. So when, in 1977, Sim decided to publish a comic book of his own creation, he called it Cerebus the Aardvark. Initially, the formula was simple: place the Aardvark character in a setting that allowed Sim to draw as much as possible like comics artist Barry Windsor-Smith, whom he greatly admired. Since Smith was best known for his work on Conan the Barbarian, a Conan-like setting, full of wizards and monsters and swords and taverns and ancient royal courts and beautiful wenches was chosen. This page, from the first issue, is definitely Smith-like, and Sim's roots certainly show. The art is drawn on a sheet of 10.5" x 15.5" paper with a 10" x 14.75" image area; the page has been mounted on a slightly larger piece of illustration board. The work is clean, with some slight staining along the left edge and some tape staining along the right edge. Signed by Dave Sim at the bottom right.

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