Hake's Nov. 15-17 Auction Features 2,000 Comic Books, 500 lots of Early Political Memorabilia Featured: Comics featuring first appearance of Incredible Hulk & initial adventure of Justice Society of America; original Fantasia art, sculptor’s Watchmen prototypes
News-Antique.com - Nov 13,2016 - YORK, PA –Since 1967, Hake’s Americana has been the premier source for 200+ categories of pop-culture memorabilia, all falling under the general heading of “fun.” The company’s motivated team of experts works tirelessly to bring the best of private collections to the auction marketplace. Their next big online, phone and absentee auction event, Nov. 15-17, is packed with collector favorites and unique historical material.
While on the subject of posters, not even the most sinister of monster-movie images are as foreboding as the one seen on Lot 219, a World War I recruitment poster. Boldly titled “Destroy This Mad Brute,” it depicts a wild-eyed, German-helmeted gorilla wielding a club and abducting a young woman. Printed by the U.S. Government circa 1917, it urges men to “Enlist” to stem the threat of German invasion. Estimate: $10,000-$20,000
Young sports fans who were glued to their TV screens in 1961, wondering whether Mickey Mantle or Roger Maris would be first to hit their 61st home run of the season, would appreciate the significance of Lot 682. A “real photo” button with pictures of both Yankee sluggers and the slogan “61 In ’61 Or Bust,” the rare, near-mint example from the Muchinsky Collection graphically recalls the competitive tension that surrounded the famous batting rivalry. Estimate: $2,000-$5,000
Houdini memorabilia is so widely collected, it even has its own name: Houdiniana. A “magical” example of Houdiniana is Lot 1073, a hand-signed photo of the fabled illusionist. The inscription reads: “Harry Houdini Los Angeles Oct 5, 1907,” suggesting the photo may have been obtained at one of Houdini’s LA performances around that time. The portrait photo is estimated at $2,000-$5,000.
One of the sale’s sweet spots is comic books, another Hake’s specialty. Of the more than 2,000 comics included in the November event, 400 are CGC-graded. The selection is comprehensive, spanning Golden Age through Modern productions, and includes many first issues, key first appearances, and high-grade copies.
More than 100 lots of illustration, comic and animation art have been cataloged. Leading the selection is Lot 1753, Kay Nielsen’s (Danish, 1886-1957) spectacular 1940 original concept art from the Fantasia sequence titled “Night On Bald Mountain.” The colorful scene shows six demons dancing amid eerie green flames as three grotesque rock faces leer down from the mountain’s cliffs. Any Disney art by Nielsen is in great demand. This esoteric, wildly imaginative artwork should have no trouble reaching $5,000-$10,000.
Alex Winter, president of Hake’s Americana, explained the significance of Bruckner’s wax Watchmen. “In 2001, the first series of three comic-book-based Watchmen figures debuted at Toy Fair, and DC was ready to produce them. But before they could be released, a dispute between DC and Watchmen writer Alan Moore ended the plan. DC was able to produce the movie versions later, but the figures from Tim Bruckner’s wax sculpts were never produced. These wax sculpts are unique, original artworks.”
Hake’s Americana Auction #219 has opened for bidding by phone, mail and online at www.hakes.com. The first session will close on Nov.