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Original Art Stories: Gene Colan, Captain America #601 On Sale

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Sometimes an email crosses the desk that just makes you gasp. This was one of them. Gene Colan is selling the original art to what might well be the last comic book story he ever draws: Captain America #601. The art is on-line, in it's entirety, for all to see and bid upon. Seeing the whole story in it's purest form is worth a bid in it's own right, so I strongly suggest that people pop over to Gene's site, check out the pages, and the sweet cover, and then start placing some high bids. But for a spare $50,000, I'd be bidding for the lot.

The auction is being held at Gene's site, in his on-line store. The link is: http://genecolan.com/GeneStore/OriginalArt/Cap601Auction.html#0 The auction does have a very interesting rule - all the pages, and cover, has to have a bid, or nothing will be sold. Thus, if you want to buy a page then you have to be sure that every other page has an opening bid. I like this policy - it ensures maximum results and that no-one …

Original Art Stories: Art Theft - A Scenario

Recently on the Jack Kirby Yahoo list there’s been a lot of discussion about stolen artwork, centering on both Kirby’s own Marvel artwork, and the recently donated art for Amazing Fantasy #15 by Steve Ditko. Part of the debate has been to establish the difference between what is classified as ‘theft’ and what is classified as ‘liberated’ when it comes to original comic book art. My views on this subject are very clear, but this illustrates it better than anything.

The following scenario was posted by Joseph, who routinely posts on the Jack Kirby Yahoo list. The scenario is as such:

Company x bought and paid for artwork that rightfully belongs to them. It's awesome artwork on the level of Kirby.

They were going to use it, but for reasons unknown they're sitting in a shelf to be destroyed at a future date to make room for some orange crates coming in as that's now their new business.

They are a Chinese co. with a labyrinth of management that makes it hard to get to a person in a…

1939 Letter From Grace Everett, Re: Bill Everett & Amazing Man

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The following is the text from a letter that was recently posted onto eBay. Dated, 1st March, 1939, the letter was written by Bill Everett's mother and relates to Bill working on a new creation for Lloyd Jaquet - the man who founded Funnies Inc, a company that produced Marvel Comics #1, which would lead to the formation of Timely Comics, later to become Marvel. As people who read this might well be aware, Bill Everett was one of the pioneers of comic books, and if all he ever did was create Namor, The Sub-Mariner, then his place in history would be well and truly cemented. As it stands he did much, much more.

The letter shows an interesting insight into Bill's life at the time and the frustration he was clearly feeling in attempting to come up with a new character on demand. The general thought is that the letter relates to a character named Amazing Man, which debuted in September, 1939. The letter refers to both Centaur and a new character which makes the theory all the more …

Cricket: ASHES, 1930 Style, Grimmett & Bradman

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Seeing how it's the cricket season, I thought I'd once again dip into my collection of original newspaper clippings, scrapbooks and the like and find some interesting gems. In this case I decided to scan a few bits from a scrap book of clippings and reports of the 1930 ASHES series, the series where Bradman and Grimmett virtually beat England on their own.
By the time the Second Test rolled around Bradman had already made his mark. He had made 1000 runs in a calendar month (May)and had scores of 8 and 131 for the First Test. He was a certified run machine and spectators came to the games, it seems, solely to see him bat. In the Second Test he didn't let anyone down, other than the home side, as he finished the game with scores of 254 and 1. The clearly defined pattern was that if England couldn't bowl Bradman out cheaply, then it would cost them dearly.

Even then the score of 254 wasn't nearly enough.

Clarrie Grimmett wasn't lying down though and just letting…

Theatre Royal, Adelaide, August 17th, 1907

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It's amazing what you can stumble upon at garage sales and the like. This programme cost me a whopping $0.20, incredible when you consider that I've dated it to circa 1907. That might not be a massive date, all things considered, but for a disposable paper item such as this, printed on not the best paper stock around, it's very impressive indeed.

The programme details a full night's entertainment, ranging from what I believe was the debut of Marshall Crosby, through to a motion picture, with the entire evening being hosted by Leslie Harris. I've managed to tie the date down to August, 17, 1907, by virtue of this entry in Marshall's bio. "Although he had sung at school and won at an eisteddfod, Crosby had no thoughts of a theatrical career until he auditioned as a baritone and joined Leslie Harris's company as 'Marshall' Crosby. He appeared at the Theatre Royal, Adelaide, in August 1907 before touring with Henry Clay and Harry Rickards in vau…

Spam Fail

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Ya know, it's kinda sad when even the spammers can't be bothered trying anymore. Go ahead, click and enlrage it - it's weak at best.

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