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Press Release - July 11, 2003

Latest Heritage Amazing Comics Auction™ Internet 13071

Dallas, TX - Heritage’s Amazing Comics Auction™ (ACA) sale #13071 ended Sunday, July 6, with 703 lots offered. 507 bidders placed bids, and 223 of them were successful, for a total sell-through of $91,296.60 for 608 lots (86.34% of lots offered).

A few highlights from the 07/06/03 ACA sale are:

Marvel Mystery Comics #8 (Timely, 1940) CGC VF+ 8.5 Cream to off-white pages.
Not only is this the first of three installments of the Human Torch / Sub-Mariner battle but it it the highest copy graded by CGC to date. Overstreet 2003 VF 8.0 value = $6,750, VF/NM 9.0 value = $10,125. Realized $9,775.00

Lee Elias - Original Cover Art for Witches Tales #15 (Harvey, 1952).
It edges ever closer, and she can feel its dank breathe and her skin bristles with sheer terror... this beastly cover from the Golden Age of Harvey horror will certainly raise the hackles on the back of your neck. Lee Elias sinks his teeth into this priceless piece of monstrous melodrama, and the result is horrifying, but we mean that in a good way. It's Beauty and the Beast, in an torture chamber setting. The overall art size is 13.75" x 19.25" with an image area of 12" x 18". The interior of the art is clean, with very little wear, and the edges show some staining, probably due to some sort of matte that was originally glued to all four outside edges, which has since been removed. The logo is a photocopy replacement of the original. Realized $2,875.00

Don Heck - Original Art for Tales to Astonish #43, Complete 13-page Story "The Mad Master of Time!" (Marvel, 1963).
Ant-Man fights off premature aging and liver spots in this stylistic treat from Dandy Don Heck (pencils and inks). And this isn't just a page or two, it's the entire story from the early days of Marvel, when the universe was just aborning. The pages are clean, with minimal white-out, and only one stat on the splash page. The overall size of the pages is approximately 13.5" x 20", with the image measuring 12.5" x 18.5". Realized $2,702.50

X-Men #2 (Marvel, 1963) CGC NM- 9.2 Cream to off-white pages.
First appearance of the Vanisher. Overstreet 2003 NM 9.4 value = $2,500. Realized $2,645.00

All Star Comics #7 (DC, 1941) CGC VF 8.0 Off-white to white pages.
Superman, the Flash and Batman make cameo appearances in this vibrant copy of this hot title. Overstreet 2003 VF 8.0 value = $2100. Realized $2,070.00

Frank Frazetta - Original Sketch of Indian (undated).
Fantasy master, Frank Frazetta, created this spirited color sketch of an Indian on horseback, stalked by a pack of wolves, in an undated sketchbook. Although the color image is only 5.5" x 7.5", on an overall 8.5" x 8.75" sheet of sketch paper, Frazetta packs it full of detail, and the color is brilliant. Created in pencil and watercolor, this small sketch could easily have been a rough draft for a full painting. There is also a very small pencil sketch of a gorilla to the left of the color sketch. The work is in great shape, with some slight staining at the left and bottom edges. Provenance: The Alexander Gallery. Realized $2,012.50.

Frank Frazetta - Original Lion Sketch (undated).
A delicious color image by Frank Frazetta of a playfully pouncing lion. Painted in watercolor on a 4" x 7" sheet of watercolor paper, it's yet another image that proves Frazetta's prowess with animal anatomy. The color is electrifying, and although the art is small, it's packed with power. The art sits behind an attractive 11" x 14" matte. Signed by Frank Frazetta at the top right. Provenance: The Alexander Gallery. Realized $1,667.50

Bidding closed July 6, at 10pm CT. To bid in future auctions, simply go to Heritage’s web site, and join their free web community. Or write or e-mail Heritage for a printed or fax listing.

Heritage’s current ACA auction ends (and a new one begins) July 20, at 10pm CT. Call today to consign to a future auction, as the earliest consignments receive the most attention and publicity. Those interested in consigning to ACA or to Heritage’s live Signature auctions are invited to visit a special section on HCA's website or call Lon Allen directly at 214-252-4261, or email at

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