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    Joe Simon Unpublished Boy Explorers Comics #2 Vagabond Prince "Trapped on Wax" Splash Page 1 Original Art (Harvey, c. 1946). According to Joe Simon expert Harry Mendryk, "There are only three Vagabond Prince stories and they were all drawn by Joe Simon. The origin story for the Vagabond Prince, 'Trapped on Wax,' has never been published in its entirety. The marking on the artwork shows that the story was initially meant for Boy Explorers #2. However, that title was abruptly canceled (as was its companion title Stuntman) because of the flood of new comic titles that occurred after paper rationing was lifted so that many of the titles never even made it into the actual newsstands racks. Harvey issued a black ink only version of Boy Explorers #2 for subscribers but that was not only much reduced in size but also in the amount of content. Not only did Vagabond Prince fail to be included in the small Boy Explorers #2 but it was never later printed in Green Hornet, Joe Palooka, and Black Cat comics like most of the art left over from the canceled Stuntman and Boy Explorers. The reason 'Trapped on Wax' was not printed later was because the art was not finished. Initially the entire story was completely inked but apparently some sections were unsatisfactory." The image area of this largely unseen Simon sensation measures 12.5" x 18". There is glue staining from missing art corrections, and overall aging; otherwise, the work is in Very Good condition. From the Joe Simon Estate.

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