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April 14, 2013


FFF Results Post #331 -- One For The Wall

On Friday, CR readers were asked to "Name Five Pieces Of Original Art You'd Want To Own If You Were The Only Person In The World Allowed To Have Original Art So You Could Get Whatever You Wanted." This is how they responded.

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Tom Spurgeon

1. Any Page At All From Kirby's Big Thor Vs. Hercules Battle
2. The Chris Ware Superman Goes Splat Page
3. Any Gilbert Hernandez One-Pager
4. That Speedy Ortiz Visits People After Dying Page, From Jaime
5. An Original Barnaby Where Gorgon Talks

*****

Scott Cederlund

1. A page of Gilbert Hernandez's clouds from Julio's Day
2. Any war story page drawn by Harvey Kurtzman
3. Matt Wagner's Mage Interlude (Grendel #17?) where Kevin Matchstick first shows up in the story.
4. Any Alex Toth romance page from a Standard comic
5. The Bill Sienkiewicz page from Elektra Assassin that's an homage to Kirby's Glory Boat page from New Gods.

*****

Rob Salkowitz

1. Just about any classic Spirit splash page from 1948-50 (River of Crime, P'Gell, Life Below, etc.)
2. Anything from Dr Strange's battle with Dormamu by Ditko that takes place in Dormamu's dimension
3. That silent seduction page from Steranko's Nick Fury #2 that ends with the shot of the gun in the holster
4. Crumb's haunting portrait of Robert Johnson
5. Any great Alex Toth action page

*****

JE Cole

1: The double page spread of Tetsuo Shima confronting Akira in the wreckage of Neo Tokyo after its accidental second destruction at the boy-gods hands
2: All the pages from the final Jim Lee-Chris Claremont X-Men issue (Adjectiveless X-Men #3)
3: "He didn't think it too many" page from Slaine The King by Glenn Fabry.
4: A single page from Richard Corben's Den. If only to prove that they still exist.
5 : The double page spread by John Totleben from Miracleman #15 which has the titular character wailing in the center of a London destroyed by the psychopathic madman Kid Miracleman.

*****

Jamie S. Rich

1. Bill Sienkiewicz's cover from the obscure Eclipse comic Phaze
2. Page 1 (or any really) from Pat McEown's "Wanted Man" story from Dark Horse Presents #130
3. Jaime Hernandez's "Death Tales" one-pager
4. The last one-page comic in Adrian Tomine's original Optic Nerve minis
5. The last page of Grendel #9, by the Pander Bros.

*****

Richard Thompson

1- Any bust of a politician by Daumier.
2- Any of Ronald Searle's drawings of Toulouse Lautrec
3- Any Pogo strips where they sing Christmas carols.
4- A Krazy Kat that features violent changes of weather (wind, rain, etc. I'm not pick. Though I 'd prefer a Sunday).
5- A Pogo strip that has a brief, cryptic-yet-graceful reference to Kelly's late daughter, Kathryn Barbara.

*****

Josh Leto

1. The Frazetta cavemen cover from Weird Science Fantasy
2. Superman "kills" Batman page from Dark Knight Returns
3. Jim Vol. 2 #1 cover by Jim Woodring (Frank in the lily pond)
4. The Punk Rock Concert cover of Love and Rockets by Jaime
5. The Jack Davis Spalding ad with Dr. J ("Street Ball")

*****

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Tom Bondurant

1. Page 6 of Fantastic Four #50, when Johnny returns from the end of the universe (by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, and Joe Sinnott)
2. Page 1 of Detective Comics #475 (by Steve Englehart, Marshall Rogers, and Terry Austin)
3. The double-page splash (pp. 2-3) from New Teen Titans vol. 1 #39 (by Marv Wolfman and George Perez)
4. Green Arrow's big soliloquy from Green Lantern vol. 2 #76 (by Denny O'Neil, Neal Adams,and Dick Giordano)
5. Any late-period Calvin & Hobbes Sunday page (by Bill Watterson, of course)

*****

Matthew Allison

5 - One of the pages from the Official Marvel Try-Out book that Charles Burns inked over in Buzz.
4 - The cover to Dark Knight Returns issue #2.
3 - Pretty much any Ramona Fradon page from Metamorpho the Element Man.
2 - Brian Bolland's Four Dark Judges double page pin-up
1 - Kirby's double splash page(s) from New Gods #5.

*****

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Des Devlin

* Will Elder, "Visiting the Grandparents" (parody of the 1950s Beer belongs goodwill print campaign) (MAD #27)
* Gilbert Shelton, "When I Set My Chickens Free"
* Gluyas Williams, Coney Island
* Al Jaffee, Christmas decorations (Humbug #6)
* Neal Adams cover (Batman #251)

*****

Chris Beckett

When I think of comic art and the comics that really stick with me, I always think of the covers rather than a specific interior page because it was the book itself that really resonated with me. So all of my original art pieces would be covers from important books.

1) cover for Flash #323 by Carmine Infantino - the Flash was "my" superhero and Infantino was my Flash artist and this cover showcases best the distinct manner with which Infantino drew super speed. Gorgeous!
2) cover for G.I. Joe #23 - this was the first comic I remember buying that started my now quarter-century + collection and it will always have a special place in my collection
3) cover for Crisis on Infinite Earths #8 - George Perez was the superhero artist whose work rose above the rest, and this cover, which included the death of my favorite superhero is the iconic Crisis cover, for me.
4) cover for Sandman #8 (mini-series) - I would welcome any piece of art from Dave McKean, but to have the art from the first issue of Sandman - a defining series in my comic reading history - that I ever bought would be unreal.
5) cover for From Hell #1 - Alan Moore is my favorite comic writer and From Hell is, to me, the pinnacle of his oeuvre. and Eddie Campbell's art in this was revelatory. So, the cover from that first issue (I can still picture it on the shelf the day I walked into my local shop and first discovered it, having no idea Moore & Campbell were working on this) would easily be the crown jewel of my collection.

*****

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Tim O'Neil

1. The last page of Cerebus #231
2. The page from Louis Riel where Riel talks to God.
3. Anything from Brian Chippendale's Ninja.
4. The last page of "Jeepers Jacobs."
5. Page #37 of Marvel Two-In-One Annual Annual #7.

*****

Sean Kleefeld

1. The cover of Fantastic Four #254
2. The double page spread in Batman #237 showing the Rutland Halloween Parade
3. "Stupid, stupid rat creatures!!"
4. Any Jack Kirby/Joe Sinnott collaboration
5. Any of Winsor McCay's Little Nemo in Wonderland

*****

Scott Dunbier

FFF Original Art #1: Golden Age Covers
* Frank Frazetta, Famous Funnies #213 Cover
* Harvey Kurtzman, Two-Fisted Tales #25 Cover
* Reed Crandall, National Comics #26 Cover
* Wally Wood, Weird Science #16 Cover
* Mac Raboy, Master Comics #27 Cover

FFF Original Art #2: Comic Strips
* Robert Crumb, A Short History of America (Original version)
* Charles Schulz, Peanuts daily from October 2, 1950
* Hal Foster, Prince Valiant Sunday from June 19, 1938
* Bill Watterson, The Calvin and Hobbes Sunday with them wearing sunglasses and dancing
* EC Segar, The Popeye Sunday with Wimpy eating the cow

FFF Original Art #3: Complete Stories
* Bernie Krigstein, Master Race
* Alex Toth, Taps
* Robert Crumb, You Can't Have Them All: Magnificent Specimens I Have Seen
* Al Williamson, Food For Thought
* Barry Smith, Cimmeria, Land of Darkness and Night

FFF Original Art #4: Silver Age Covers
* Jack Kirby, Avengers #4 cover
* Jeff Jones, Wonder Woman #199 Cover
* Steranko, That Hulk Annual Cover with Hulk holding the logo
* Jack Kirby, Kamandi #1 Cover
* Barry Smith, Conan #24 Cover

FFF Original Art #5: Other stuff
* Jack Kirby, Fantastic Four Annual #1, two-page spread with Submariner
* Will Eisner, P'Gell splash, her lounging lounging
* Walt Simonson, Detective #442, Manhunter part 6, page 1
* Neal Adams, Green Lantern/Green Arrow #89, last page
* Frank Frazetta, Untamed Love splash page from Personal Love

*****

Michael F. Russo

1. R. Crumb's "A Short History of America"
2. The splash page introducing Reuben Flagg in "American Flagg" #1 (background depicts Mark Thrust program)
3. D.C. Comics Presents #3, page 24 Garcia-Lopez's Superman moves the Earth
4. Jean-Michel Basquiat's Pegasus (I think John McEnroe owns this)
5. Pages from Love & Rockets #24 depicting Maggie's first visit to Ray's apartment

*****

Danny Ceballos

1. Lynda Barry's painting of James Brown
2. Harvey Kurtzman's rough for the cover of MAD #1
3. Osamu Tezuka's cover image of Dororo for WEEKLY SHONEN SUNDAY #8, 1968
4. Jillian Tamaki's cover drawing of Everlasting Boy for Supermutant Magic Academy mini #1
5. R. Crumb's back cover for ZAP #1

*****

Chad Hanna

1. A Space Period Chester Gould Dick Tracy
2. Any Fontaine Fox Toonerville Folks Panel
3. R. Crumb's "Patton" story
4. Dave Sim and Gerhard's High Society "Phone Book" cover
5. Any of the final pages of Yves Chaland's Freddy Lombard "F.52" story

*****

Buzz Dixon

1. The Jehovah-like Pencil Sketch Jack Kirby Did Of His Grandfather That Was Hanging In His Living Room
2. Terry And The Pirates, Sunday Oct. 17, 1943 (http://hoodedutilitarian.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Caniff_speech_9_17_43.jpg)
3. Any Sunday Rick O'Shay where Hipshot Percussion talks to "the boss"
4. Vaughn Bode's cover for the February 1968 issue of Galaxy
5. Cerebus Throwing A Baby

*****

Stergios Botzakis

1. The last page of Spider-Man's origin from Amazing Fantasy #15
2. The last page of Daredevil #232 (Next: Armageddon)
3. Any page from Gilbert Hernandez's For the Love of Carmen
4. An action sequence page from Jaime Hernandez’s Whoa Nellie
5. Any page by Carl Barks with Uncle Scrooge swimming in his money bin

*****

John Platt

1. Any Will Eisner Spirit splash
2. The cover to Warren's Spirit magazine, issue 28
3. Any Rick Geary one-page strip
4. The cover to Mike Mignola's Hellboy: Conqueror Worm # 2
5. Every page of Promethea # 32 by J.H. Williams III -- plus a wall big enough to display it all.

*****

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Oliver Ristau

1. The climax and also final page from "Master Race" by Bernie Krigstein http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-PQJOnDHjSIk/UEI11aiWWuI/AAAAAAAAC2A/-R-2ke-USrk/s1600/bernardkrigstein-masterrace-page-008.jpg
2. That impressive Spread (Page 10/11) from "Frankenstein Alive, Alive" #2 by Bernie Wrightson http://www.steveniles.com/.a/6a0105352227a9970c017c32bffac9970b-popup
3. Any "Flash Gordon" page by Alex Raymond
4. The bizarre beauty captured in the sixth page of Kerasköet's "Jolies Ténèbres" /leseprobe.php?id=9783941099302&page=6
5. I think this is a page from Warren's "1984" magazine, drawn by Alex Nino. Anyway, I want it.

*****

Marc Arsenault

1. Pages 2-3 spread from Jack Kirby's New Gods #6 'Glory Boat'
2. Page 2 from the first Moebius Incal book
3. Harvey Kurtzman's cover rough for Mad #1
4. Page 5 of Showcase #4 by Carmine Infantino - the one with the floating food. I kept a xerox of the top panel by my desk for many years.
5. Saga of the Swamp Thing #23 page 16 by Bissette & Tottleben

*****

Scott Cederlund

1. A page of Gilbert Hernandez's clouds from Julio's Day
2. Any war story page drawn by Harvey Kurtzman
3. Matt Wagner's Mage Interlude (Grendel #17?) where Kevin Matchstick first shows up in the story.
4. Any Alex Toth romance page from a Standard comic
5. The Bill Sienkiewicz page from Elektra Assassin that's an homage to Kirby's Glory Boat page from New Gods.

*****

Shannon Smith

1) Any of Carmine Infantino's Star Wars covers. I'd probably grab #15 first.
2) Any of Joe Kubert's Tarzan covers.
3) Any of Gene Colan's Tomb of Dracula covers or pages.
4) A Peanuts strip featuring Lucy's psychiatric help stand.
5) A page from R. Crumb's The Book of Genesis. (Or maybe the back of the dust jacket.)

This was way too hard. I'd want some late 70s Kirby Marvel stuff too. Devil Dinosaur, 2001... how could you choose?

*****

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Will Pfeifer

1. The cover of Love & Rockets #24 by Jaime Hernandez
2. That great Jack Kirby two-page spread from the first issue of Kamandi
3. Will Elder's splash page from "Starchie!"
4. The original art of that insanely detailed Batcave print Dick Sprang drew several years ago
5. Harvey Kurtzman's Times Square arcade

*****

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Jonathan Baylis

* The cover to Captain America 212 (actually up for auction next month!!!) - Kirby (you know the one, Tom)
* Cover to Swamp Thing 28 - Bissette/Totleben
* Marvel Team-Up #55 Splash Page - Byrne
* Any of those Tom Gauld Noah's ark pages from Kramer's Ergot
* any Master Race page - Krigstein

*****

Dave Knott

* A late 20's "Polly and Her Pals" Sunday strip by Cliff Sterrett, preferably the "night at the theatre" one
* Walt Simonson's cover for Thor #337
* Any page from Herge's "Tintin In Tibet"
* The Robert Crumb page where he kills off Fritz The Cat
* The last Doonesbury strip, after Garry Trudeau finally retires

*****
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