Original Sunday page artwork for a Flash Gordon comic strip from 1937 sells for $60,375 at auction Original Sunday page artwork for ta Flash Gordon comic strip by the illustrator known as “the artist's artist,” Alex Raymond (1909-1956), dated 1/24/1937, sold for $60,375 at Philip Weiss Auctions.
News-Antique.com - Sep 19,2016 - LYNBROOK, N.Y. – Original Sunday page artwork for the Flash Gordon comic strip, done by the illustrator known as “the artist's artist,” Alex Raymond (1909-1956) and dated 1/24/1937, sold for $60,375 at an auction of comics, comic art, animation, illustration art, sports items and movie memorabilia, held Sept. 8th by Philip Weiss Auctions, in the firm's Merrick Road gallery.
The Flash Gordon strip, commissioned in 1937 by King Features Syndicate, distributors of the comic, was the top achiever in a 600+-lot auction that grossed right around $600,000. The strip showed Flash and Dale battling a Magnoped, with great action for both key characters. The lot was truly fresh to the market, having only recently been pulled from a noted cartoonist's estate.
“This was our first sale of the fall season, and it was a big success, with nice high prices, active bidding and large numbers of bidders,” said Philip Weiss of Philip Weiss Auctions. “Prices were strong across the board, in all categories, and the market for original comic book art and scarce comics continues to be strong. I feel confident offering more of this material in future auctions.”
Following are additional highlights from the auction. All prices quoted are inclusive of a sliding scale buyer's premium, which differed depending on how a winning bid was placed. Internet bidding was provided by LiveAuctioneers.com and Proxibid.com
The runner-up top lot was an example of one of the rarest, most iconic comic books ever printed: Superman #1 (DC Comics, 1939). It was a handsome copy, with some restoration along the spine of the front cover and routine wear and tear due to age, but it would still be the centerpiece of most anyone's Golden Age collection. This less-than-perfect comic book gaveled for $32,500.
The sale featured Part 3 of the Joe Kubert collection. Kubert (1926-2012) was a legendary comic artist and his estate included important drawings by him of Hawkman and Hawkgirl, as well as signed original cover art for Tor #3 (1974), Starman #12 (1st Special, 1976), Dr. Fate #9 (1975), Omac #8 (1975), Battle Classics #1 (1978) and G.I. Combat #198 (1977). All came up for bid.
Of these, the strongest lot was the pair of costume concept drawings of Hawkman and Hawkgirl, done in ink on 6 inch by 10 inch and 10 inch by 8 inch sheets and dated 1958-59. They appear to be the first concept renderings of these Silver Age characters, who debuted in 1961. Both were signed and dated and featured Kubert's handwritten notes. They were sold as one lot for $13,800.
Close behind was Kubert's original art for Tarzan #242 (Oct. 1975), for the cover story “Mayan Sacrifice”. The artist-signed, 12 inch by 17 inch piece went for $11,500. Also, original cover art for Hulk #253 (Nov. 1980), by Rich Buckler, for the cover story “Trial By Monster”, 11 inches by 17 inches, hit $7,500 despite condition issues from improper storage after Hurricane Sandy.
A late 1940s, post-World War II release French grande poster