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Another amazing Toronto Comic Arts Festival, or TCAF, this past weekend. It’s a free show in a wonderful space, so there’s nothing to hold a reader back from attending. As has become our tradition my son and I attend Saturday from show opening until we’ve browsed everything twice. He is eight and the world of comic reading at this point…

Xenozoic Tales (Cadillacs and Dinosaurs) Fax Header by Mark Schultz, undated, sold for $750. Source. Pretty soon a detailed description of what a fax is will be required… Advantage Buyer. Mark Schultz art is hard to come by, and his output is minimal to say the least. This is a penciled and inked piece featuring his most famous creations.

Diamond released their April 2017 sales numbers over the weekend and ICv2 has extrapolated those and determined actual unit sales: Top 300 Comics Actual and Top 300 Graphic Novels Actual. These numbers are for Diamond’s direct sales in North America only and don’t include Diamond UK or the bookstore market. It’s worth reading the additional information under the sales charts. For the purposes of…

Cave Girl issue 13 splash by Bob Powell, 1943, sold for $6,572.50. Source. Bob Powell is an artist that just doesn’t get the credit he deserves. Very active from the 1940s to the 1960s, he produced a lot of pages. The market until this point has kept his work at much lower prices, and this is the very high end…

In the mid 1970s, when science fiction was primarily read by hard-core fans and Star Wars had yet to enter the cultural zeitgeist, Ron Goulart and Gil Kane created Star Hawks, an innovative two-tier science fiction comic strip that brought a comic book design sensibility to the newspaper page. But Star Hawks was shelved by the syndicate before it began.…

Luckily for most Artist’s Edition readers and collectors almost all of these books are still available for cover price from Diamond through your local comic shop. For the full list with Diamond order codes please see our AE Index. The following are those volumes no longer available from Diamond and thus out of print, sorted by publisher. We’re only tracking…

Heros The Spartan Episode 13 from Eagle Magazine Volume 14 issue 22, 1963, sold for $2,629. Source. Another excellent Bellamy Heros double page spread. Simply stunning art. But what a change a few weeks can make. In Auction Spotlight #2 we looked at the last auctioned Heros page at Heritage, which went for $5,736. Now this is the third on…

The unmistakable art of Kelley Jones sets the mood for two gothic thrillers in the new DEADMAN: KELLEY JONES GALLERY EDITION. Collecting Jones’ artwork from DEADMAN: LOVE AFTER DEATH #1-2 and DEADMAN: EXORCISM #1-2, this Smythe-sewn hardcover edition is sourced from the original boards and showcases the boldly dramatic line art that established Jones’ creative style prior to his work…

April 28, 2017 / / AE News 0 Comments

Luckily for most Artist’s Edition readers and collectors almost all of these books are still available for cover price from Diamond through your local comic shop. For the full list with Diamond order codes please see our AE Index. The following are those volumes no longer available from Diamond and thus out of print, sorted by publisher. We’re only tracking…

Widely considered one of the most important sci-fi comic strips ever published, Jeff Hawke is a benchmark in intelligent, adult-oriented storytelling! Jeff Hawke’s not your average space-hero; focused on reasoning, diplomacy and moral virtues instead of brute force, he is frequently forced to be the ambassador — rather than the saviour — of mankind! His universe is populated with alien…

April 21, 2017 / / AE News 0 Comments

Last updated on April 28th, 2017 at 03:15 pmDiamond has updated Previews World with the May 2017 catalog. Scouring the full list this month shows one new Artist Edition format book and one new Original Art Edition. For complete details and daily updates visit our AE Index. The Book Of Ballads, The Original Art Edition Artist Charles Vess comes together with…

April 14, 2017 / / AE News 0 Comments

Diamond released their March 2017 sales numbers over the weekend and ICv2 has extrapolated those and determined actual unit sales: Top 300 Comics Actual and Top 300 Graphic Novels Actual. These numbers are for Diamond’s direct sales in North America only and don’t include Diamond UK or the bookstore market. It’s worth reading the additional information under the sales charts. For the purposes of…

Last updated on April 11th, 2017 at 02:29 pmMichael Kaluta is one of the most revered and versatile artist’s in comics and illustration. He is frequently recognized as the definitive artist of The Shadow, has been praised for his Lord of the Rings paintings, and illustrated the Metropolis novel. He was also part of the legendary artist’s collective (along with…

Taking the Artist’s Edition Index from print to the spoken word, join me monthly for a look at all things Artist’s Edition. This month we take a long look at AE MIA: Missing After Announcing, April 2017 Previews, Artist’s Edition Out Of Print Sales February 2017, February 2017 Sales Numbers, John Romita’s The Amazing Spider-Man Artist’s Edition, and Dave Stevens’ The Rocketeer Artist’s Edition.

Our weekly look at an auction item that piqued our interest continues. Aces High issue 5 complete six page story Spads Were Trump by Bernie Krigstein, 1955, sold for $7200. Source. Russ Cochran auctions fly under the radar, mostly to their vary random assortment of material. Advantage Buyer. A complete EC Comics story for $7200, averaging $1200 per page. But you’re…

I’m at maximum capacity. My home library is crammed with bookshelves and they’re all full. I now have stacks of books on the floor without a home. I’m in need of some sort of book hoarders support group or reality television show to swoop in and make it all work out. But how did it get this way? Things started…

March 31, 2017 / / AE News 5 Comments

The Artist’s Edition format has only been around for seven years, but it’s already garnered some missing in action volumes. Publishers like to announce upcoming books at conventions or through advance book solicitations, but then they never materialize. Let’s take a look at what has been announced but yet to see print, in chronological order. At SDCC 2013 a slew…

Heros The Spartan Episode 6 from Eagle Magazine Vol 13 #48, by Frank Bellamy, sold for $5,736. Source. This may seem like a lot of money for a comic most have never heard of, but for those in the know it’s highly sought work. Bellamy did some amazing colour work for Eagle Magazine, so some Canadians and Australians were exposed…

Will Eisner’s innovative storytelling, layouts, and art on The Spirit inspired a generation, and his acclaimed run of graphic novels beginning with 1978’s A Contract with God helped pioneer the form. This catalog includes original artwork from the landmark Will Eisner Centennial Celebration exhibitions taking place in 2017 at Le Musée de la Bande Dessinée and the Society of Illustrators.…