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Press Release - September 20, 2002

Charlie Brown, Snoopy 1965 oil painting expected to sell for more than “peanuts”

(Dallas, TX) - A unique piece of 1960s Americana will be offered for sale at a huge comic books auction in Dallas in October. It is an original oil painting of Peanuts comic strip characters, Charlie Brown and his dog, Snoopy, drawn by their creator, Charles Schulz, for a fund-raising event.

The painting’s owner and consignor is Stan Lee, creator of Spider-Man, according to John Petty, director of Heritage Comics Auctions of Dallas. The firm will conduct the sale on October 10 through 13 as part of the Dallas Comicon, a comics and pop culture collectors convention.

“This is the only known oil painting by Charles Schulz of any of his Peanuts characters,” said Petty.

“Schulz created the 20 by 30 inch painting for a 1965 fund-raising auction hosted by actress Joan Crawford to benefit the USO. Stan Lee bought it, and kept it in his personal collection,” Petty explained.

The painting is expected to sell for $75,000 or more. It depicts a smiling Charlie Brown standing to the left of Snoopy’s doghouse while Snoopy is prone on his back on the roof.

“Rendered in oils on Masonite, Schulz cut slats of wood and attached them with nails to the painting to create Snoopy’s doghouse. Snoopy’s ear is made of felt,” said Petty.

Another original artwork in the sale is the first known sketches of Wonder Woman from 1941. The two ink, pencil and crayon drawings on one sheet of paper have handwritten notes by Wonder Woman creator, Dr. William Moulton Marston, and original artist, H.G. Peter, commenting on her bracelets, boots and red, white and blue costume.

Peter’s note indicates, “I slapped these two out in a hurry.” Dr. Marston’s reply includes the comment, “I think the gal with the hand up is cute. I like her skirt, legs, hair.”

The Wonder Woman artwork is expected to sell for $20,000 or more.

The Heritage auction also features the multi-million dollar comic book collection of Academy Award-winning actor, Nicolas Cage, including his copies of the first appearances of Superman, Batman, and other superheroes.

“The Nicolas Cage Collection is a real treasure-trove of high-quality material from the Golden Age of comics,” said Petty. Heritage Comics Auctions and Jay Parrino’s The Mint of Kansas City, Missouri City are jointly selling the Cage Collection. All told, Petty expects that the auction could break the record for a comics and pop culture auction (currently about $5 million). Bids will be accepted by mail, phone, fax, online at, or live at the event.

Heritage is the world’s largest collectibles auctioneer, with auction sell-through of over $70 million in 2001, and expected 2002 sell-through of about $90 million.

For additional information, or to purchase a catalog, contact: Heritage Comics Auctions, 100 Highland Park Village, Second Floor, Dallas, TX 75205. E-mail: Phone: (800) 872-6467.

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