Given the proliferation of comic books over the years, naturally a throng of artists have come and gone. Some seventy years ago, two true elites collaborated on a number of classic Gold Age comics, to the great delight of fans. Get up close and personal with the teamwork of Frank Frazetta and Al Williamson, with this original artwork board in framed display. This rare piece was created for issue #8, page 28 of "John Wayne Adventure Comics," which hit the newsstands in March, 1951. Seen in a visible area of 14-1/4 x 19-3/4", this prized production is professionally framed and matted to overall dimensions of 21-1/4 x 26-3/4". While moderate signs of age/wear are evident, display appeal rides high with distinct graphics.
Tremendous authenticity is literally marked all over this grim wild west scenario. A stamp at the bottom left corner credits publisher "Toby Press Inc." of New York and identification is part printed, part written on the bottom border with "Flat 2, Pg 28, John Wayne Comics No.8". The issue number and page information is repeated on the top border, along with "John Wayne" written in a hand that is consistent with other known original artwork boards from this title and period. A blue pencil editorial marking is located on the left side border and other notations on various points of the perimeter are "#8 P6" at bottom right and "Page 6" at top right. As the John Wayne comics featured several stories per issue, these last notations are likely references to the particular story number and page of that story.
Positioned at bottom right, Williamson's signature shows ("9") potency, and though Frazetta has not signed, his work as the inker of this John Wayne Adventure Comics issue is well documented. Frazetta is known for doing the inking on much of Williamson's penciling work of the period and he often contributed to his partner's penciling work as well. At the time this comic was published, Frazetta was only twenty-three years old and Williamson was just turning twenty, making this a great collaboration piece from fairly early in their professional careers as artists. This lot has a reserve. Estimated value is $2,000-3,000+.
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