FRED RAY "SUPERMAN" #12 COVER RECREATION ORIGINAL SPECIALTY ART.
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Thursday, July 16, 2015 1:10:00 PM Eastern Standard Time
Auction #215 - Part II
Item numbers 988 through 2613 in auction 215
Large 18.75x22" artboard features original India ink, tempera and watercolor specialty art that recreates Ray's cover for the Sept. 1941 issue of "Superman" #12, showing the Man of Steel walking arm-in-arm w/a sailor and soldier. Ray (1920-2001) was a comic book artist and commercial illustrator best known as the primary "Superman, Batman" and "World's Finest" cover-artist of the 1940s, whose work helped shape the defining look of DC Comic's iconic superhero characters, and for his more than two decades as artist of the DC Comics feature "Tomahawk". c. 1980s. Ray has signed art at lower right. Ray only did a very limited number of re-creations later in his career, and as a result, all are highly sought after amongst Superman enthusiasts. As originally matted and framed, artboard has 1.25" to 1.5" margins that are lighter than rest. The blue of sailor's uniform has faded over time, as has Ray's signature, but both remain distinct. Lower left margin has some spots of dust soiling but if re-matted and framed, art would again display nicely. The few Ray re-creations we've seen sell in recent years have all exceeded $5,000. VF overall. Franco Toscanini Collection.
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