Phillip Weiss auction features comic art from Krazy Kat to Sgt Rock



2016-08-15 15:00:29

From Krazy Kat to Sgt Rock, an upcoming sale at Phillip Weiss Auctions will feature a treasure trove of original comic artwork spanning six decades of comic strip history.

Amongst the most valuable pieces are three full-page strips featuring a trio of famous characters from the Sunday paper funny pages: Flash Gordon, Krazy Kat and Popeye.

First is full-page Alex Raymond strip featuring Flash Gordon and Dale Arden battling a Magnoped. First published in syndication in January 1937, the strip is completely fresh to the market and comes with an estimate of $10,000 - $20,000.

Next is another strip appearing at auction for the first time in its history: a George Joseph Herriman strip featuring the highly influential character Krazy Kat.

The surreal and often poetic strip ran from 1913 until 1944, and in 1999 was voted by Comics Journal as the #1 American comic of the 20th century. The full page story, published in 1936, also featuring characters Ignatz, Officer Pup and The Ladybug, and is expected to sell for $18,000 - $24,000.

The third strip, by cartoonist Don Trachte, features Popeye attempting to get a day's work out of the lazy Wimpy, in return for his regular price of a hamburger. Unsigned and undated, but created for Sunday syndication in the 1930s, the page is valued at $10,000 - $15,000.

The auction also features the third part of the Joe Kubert Collection, featuring original comic book artwork from the artist who made his name on D.C titles such as Sgt Rock and Hawkman.

Kubert also established The Kubert School for graphic and comic book artists, and taught young artists including Stephen R. Bissette, Amanda Conner, Rick Veitch, Eric Shanower, Steve Lieber and Scott Kolins.

Highlights from the collection include Kubert's 1975 cover for Tarzan #242, estimated at $5,000 - $8,000; a rare pair of concept drawings featuring Hawkman and Hawkgirl, circa 1958, estimated at $10,000 - $15,000; his 1978 cover for Battle Classics #1, valued at $3,000 - $5,000; his cover for Omac #48, priced at $2,000 - $4,000; and the 1974 cover artwork for Tor #3, estimated at $4,000 - $6,000.

Elsewhere the auction will feature rare Disney production animation cels; sports trading cards and autographed memorabilia; rare movie posters; comic books; and American illustration art.

The Sports, Comics, Comic Art, Animation and Illustration Art sale takes place at Phillip Weiss Auctions in Lynbrook, New York on September 8.

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