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    Joe Shuster - Original Superman Drawing for Action Comics #544 (DC, 1983). Created especially for the 45th Anniversary issue of Action Comics, this may very well be the last Superman drawing produced by Joe Shuster, co-creator of the Man of Steel. By the time this drawing was produced, Shuster was suffering from encroaching blindness and other ailments and, in fact, said in a special note that accompanied this drawing, "Since this may be the last Superman drawing I will ever make, due to the condition of my eyes, I have decided to keep the original. It has a very special and sentimental meaning for me." Despite the problems plaguing Shuster, the piece of art he produced which obviously meant so much to him, is full of the dynamic power and presence that marked his style from the very beginning. Rendered in the delicate pen and ink style that was Shuster's trademark, on a 13.5" x 17" board, the image area is approximately 11" x 12", and is clean and crisp. In very good condition, there is a slight line (approximately 2.25" in length) that comes in from the left side of the board, but does not affect the figure in any way. Arguably the most important creation in comic book history, this is a loving tribute to a classic character from one of his creators. A finer example of Shuster's Superman would be hard to imagine.

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    July, 2002
    4th-6th Thursday-Saturday
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