Heritage 2013 Nov 21-23 Auction Beverly Hills

Another high profile Heritage auction ended over the weekend in Beverly Hills, with a large selection of original art going for record prices. No iconic pieces this time around but an excellent collection of material ranging from Alex Raymond Jungle Jim to Wizard Spider-Man.

Heritage Auctions LogoAnother high profile Heritage auction ended over the weekend in Beverly Hills, with a large selection of original art going for record prices. No iconic pieces this time around but an excellent collection of material ranging from Alex Raymond Jungle Jim to Wizard Spider-Man.

The trend of covers commanding the highest prices continued, with practically all silver age covers and key modern covers bringing in the most. It’s worth taking a look at the entire Heritage 2013 November 21-23 Comics Signature Auction to see what’s what. Below I’ve picked out five items that stood out from the crowd.

G.I. Joe, A Real American Hero issue 1 page 43 by Herb Trimpe and Al Milgrom

 

G.I. Joe, A Real American Hero issue 1 page 43 by Herb Trimpe and Al Milgrom, 1982, sold for $4,780. Source. Many boys watched the new G.I. Joe cartoon and then swept into their local variety stores to pick up a copy of the tie-in comic, myself included. I remember this page clearly. It’s all about the book and characters; I didn’t remember or even note the creative team at the time.

Advantage Seller. Not a lot of interest in Herb Trimpe outside of bronze age Hulks. While G.I. Joe pages are scarce and a splash page makes for high desirability it seems highly overpriced.

Uncanny X-Men issue 173 page 14 by Paul Smith and Bob Wiacek

 

Uncanny X-Men issue 173 page 14 by Paul Smith and Bob Wiacek, 1983, sold for $9,560. Source. A great period for X-Men, with Paul Smith bringing pure magic to the book. Really nice inking by Wiacek on this page, with Wolverine’s costume and his expressions in the first and fourth panel.

Advantage Seller. Leaps and bounds above similar Paul Smith X-Men pages, no doubt this page went to that level because of its tie in with the recent Wolverine movie.

Batman by Bruce Timm

 

Batman by Bruce Timm, undated, sold for $334.60. Source. Timm has a very clean art style and immediately captures memories of Batman: The Animated Series.

Advantage Buyer. A great character study by Bruce Timm of his most famous work.

Rawhide Kid issue 42 splash by Larry Lieber

 

Rawhide Kid issue 42 splash by Larry Lieber, 1964, sold for $717. Source. How many comic pages have “yahoos” in the title? A great page with a smooth composition. What’s the deal with the coffee: was Rawhide Kid a teetotaler?

Advantage Seller. From an era where great and wonderful things were happening at Marvel, Larry Lieber and western art work continues to languish. A great splash by an accomplished Marvel creator from 1964, and as much as I wish it was worth more people just don’t care about westerns or Lieber art. Will it take a movie deal to finally bring interest?

Marvel Fanfare issue 34 page 23 by Charles Vess

 

Marvel Fanfare issue 34 page 23 by Charles Vess, 1987, sold for $1,374.25. Source. Part of the amazing three issue Vess run in Marvel Fanfare featuring The Warrior’s Three, this is a stunning piece that was rejected as a cover but made it into a mini portfolio in issue 34.

Advantage Buyer. While not a cover, regardless of what was written along the top, Marvel work from Charles Vess is very limited. Some Spider-Man work and this Warrior Three material, this piece is exceptional.

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Scott VanderPloeg
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4 Comments

  1. The G.I. Joe page is not a shock as G.I. Joe #1 pages are scarce and locked away in permanent collections. This piece is one of the top pages in the book and the Herb Trimpe art has nothing to do with the price; this is G.I. Joe nostalgia-gold, with a passionate fan base seeking out and paying a premium for a handful of issues. Few books have this cache, #26 & #27 would for sure; but it sure makes the complete #21 look like a steal now. I don’t expect many other Joe pages to follow this price trend, but like Transformers #1 pages, the prices on Joe #1 pages are unique. Any Joe art pre-Cobra Island goes for more than one would expect, and especially if it has one of a handful of key characters on it.

    The PMS X-Men page auction price had nothing to do with the Wolverine movie; there is a collector that has been snatching up #172/173 pages for a few years now, a lot of the top pages are in this collection, so this spurs on the competing collectors to get a page while they can. Much of the PMS storyline is collector gold, very sought after, and because those X-Men issues are such a highpoint in the series 172/173 pages will continue to be an outlier. But PMS pricing has been ratcheting up for at least 7 years. Many pages are in a couple of hands, and supply has been limited (though available from these collectors slowly, to control supply and maximize value).

    The Timm page is a great value, given the prices on his published pieces and head sketch prices.

    The Vess is nice, and a great value. Vess prices have been stagnant for a while, and the unpublished nature impacted price. Though if it were a Spider-Man piece, another zero at the end wouldn’t have won the auction.

    As far as Rawhide Kid, I’m in agreement: I don’t care, either. But it likely could be priced $300-700 more if it were on a dealer site.

    Overall though, I saw nothing I had to have in my collection at the hammer prices we saw this weekend. Prices continue to climb, with value available is you’re willing to step outside your collecting core, especially if it’s non-Marvel artwork, which continues to outpace everything else it seems.

  2. The Bruce Timm piece was a steal I think.

    I’ve always thought owning a Kirby would be something cool. No way I could afford an old FF or Hulk page and I’m not really interested in the 4th World stuff. For me the right Kirby would be a page from one of the western titles he did for Atlas/Marvel.

    What would one of those go for – from the early 1960s?

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