STEVE DITKO "WAR OF THE GOBOTS" ORIGINAL GOLDEN BOOKS BOOK ART.
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Auction #209 - Part II
Item numbers 1145 through 2874 in auction 209
Pair of 10x18.5" sheets containing original pen and ink art for first/title page and page 24 of Golden Book "War Of The Gobots," published in 1984. The book was adapted by Robin Snyder and featured art by noted comic book artist and writer Steve Ditko, who is best known as the artist and co-creator, w/Stan Lee, of the Marvel Comics heroes Spider-Man and Doctor Strange. Cover art was provided by Jeffrey Oh (see previous item #1811). Title page art features three different views of Leader-1 (the leader of the Guardians (good) Gobot faction), transforming from his robot form to his fighter jet form. This page has "Gobots" logo as well as "War Of The Gobots" title paste-overs and paste-overs for creative team and publisher information at bottom. Second sheet shows angry army officers pointing at "NASA" space shuttle wreckage to which Gobot human allies Hunter, Nick and A.J. standing nearby. Sheet has large book text paste-over at top. To the left of this is a 1x1.5" area of glue staining w/surface paper remnants, likely from misplacement of the text paste-over. This sheet also has "The Mystery Of The Gobots" title handwritten at bottom, crossed out and corrected to "War Of The Gobots." Both sheets shows some scattered lt. aging. Leader-1 has lt. trace of coloring on robot face but art areas are o/w clean and Exc. Art comes w/22 water-colored overlay sheets, one per page of book, missing just page 16. These have some rippling as to be expected from watercolor usage and just come along. Great 1980s Ditko art, featuring characters not usually associated w/this legendary comic book artist.
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