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    Frank Frazetta "The Panther Legend" Page Original Art (1946). In 1946, a young Frank Frazetta got his first job in the comics business, working as an apprentice for Fiction House. Frank's main duties were erasing pencils after a page had been inked. Eager to prove himself capable of much more, he began an adaptation of the classic 1942 horror film, The Cat People (it's unclear if this was assigned to him, or if he worked it up on his own). Frazetta was always a big fan of horror films, and also of Milton Caniff's art, and you can see the Caniff influence in this moody, Film Noir-like page in the drapery, the heavy use of negative space, and the sharp black and white contrast. While the end result would have made any comic artist proud, the teenaged Frazetta wound up taking the art home, unfinished and unpublished. The pages have been kept in the Frazetta archives for over 50 years.
    The art is in ink over graphite on illustration board, with an image area of 13.5" x 18". There is no use of whiteout. There is considerable handling wear along the outer borders, but this historic page is still a visual knockout. Very Good condition. A Letter of Authenticity signed by Frank's son William Frazetta is included.


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    May, 2015
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