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Wrightson’s FRANKENSTEIN Cover And Kirby Complete MIGHTY THOR #139 Original Art, More Going up for Auction

The Mighty Thor #139
Credit: Jack Kirby/Vince Colletta

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Profiles in History is proud to announce, Comic & Illustration Art: The Property of a Distinguished American Collector.

This is an important and private collection of comic and illustration art that has been locked away for decades. The auction will be December 12th in Los Angeles.

Highlights include:

Credit: Bernie Wrightson

Bernie Wrightson’s original wraparound cover art for the 1983 Marvel illustrated edition of Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, widely considered to be the finest illustrated book of the 20th Century. Artist Bernie Wrightson turned his hand to illustrating the classic horror novel as a labor of love, and working over the course of a decade, produced some of the most staggeringly intricate and evocative work of his career. Born in Baltimore, MD, Wrightson is hailed as one of the greatest artists in the history of the medium. He passed away in 2017.

Bernie Wrightson’s work continues to exert a profound influence on many of the world’s most acclaimed artists, writers, and filmmakers. Profiles in History recently sold a Wrightson Frankenstein interior plate from director Frank Darabont’s collection for a record price of $156,000. The Frankensteinwraparound cover is sure to smash all records for an original Wrightson artwork. This piece is pictured at top and estimated to sell for $750,000 – $1,000,000.
 

Credit: Jack Kirby/Vince Colletta

Jack Kirby and Vince Colletta original artwork for The Mighty Thor #139 complete 16-page story “To Die Like a God” (Marvel, 1966). It’s not everyday that you get an opportunity to own a complete Silver-Age twice- up Jack Kirby drawn “Thor” story, much less one that has so much action going on! Accomplished in pencil and ink on large comic art stock. It’s pictured above and estimated to sell for $60,000 – $80,000

Al Williamson, Frank Frazetta, and Roy Krenkel original artwork for Weird Fantasy #20 complete 7-page story “I, Rocket” (EC, 1953). Two of EC’s finest artists of the era and legendary fantasy artist Frank Frazetta team up to illustrate this classic tale adapted from a story by sci-fi author  Ray Bradbury. Estimated to sell for $60,000 – $80,000.

John Byrne’s original artwork for Fantastic Four #256, the complete 22-page story “The Annihilation Gambit” (Marvel, 1983). From the prime period of John Byrne’s highly acclaimed run on Fantastic Four, this story includes beautiful images of the Avengers as well as cosmic villain Galactus. It’s pictured right and estimated to sell for $40,000 – $60,000.

Jack Kirby and John Verpoorten original artwork for The Eternals #2 complete 17-page story “The Celestials” (Marvel, 1976). The Eternals is slated to become the next blockbuster franchise in the Marvel Cinematic Universe! It’s pictured below and estimated to sell for $40,000 – $60,000.

Steve Ditko original artwork from The Amazing Spider-Man series, including pages from multiple key issues. Ditko created Marvel’s most innovative and popular character with writer Stan Lee. His artwork is hard to obtain and highly coveted among collectors. A total of six pages, each estimated to sell for $20,00 – $60,000

Other highlights include sought-after works from many legendary artists such as Robert Crumb (2 complete stories), John Buscema (splash from one of the most important stories in the history of The Avengers!), Brian Bolland (a complete DC hero story), Michael WM. Kaluta (paintings, multiple covers/pages and a complete horror story), just to name a few.

The bonanza of original artwork also contains multiple complete stories from EC Comics, Marvel, DC, MAD, and Warren, and pieces from artists Neal Adams, Gene Colan, Will Eisner, Jack Davis, Harvey Kurtzman, Gil Kane, Johnny Craig, Graham Ingels, Russ Heath, Joe Kubert, John Romita, Jim Steranko, Bernard Krigstein, David Lloyd, Mike Ploog, Mort Drucker, Jeff Jones, Jim Lee, Adam Hughes, Sanjulian, Mike Zeck, Ken Kelly, Barry Windsor Smith, and many more.

Auction previews (by appointment only):

East Coast – Dec. 5th – 7th
Society of Illustrators
128 East 63rd St.
New York, NY
Contact: Rob Pistella (804)-363-1365 / robpistella@mac.com

West Coast – Nov. 1st – Dec. 12th
Profiles in History
26662 Agoura Road
Calabasas, CA
Contact : Zach Pogemiller (310)-859-7701 / zach@profilesinhistory.com

Order a spectacular limited edition catalog at www.profilesinhistory.com. The oversized coffee table catalog is beautifully illustrated in vivid color, with many full-page, high resolution scans exhibiting exceptional detail and clarity.

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