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Friday, December 9, 2016

Museum Quality Pieces

I rarely discuss original comic book artwork for sale. By which I mean work created for the purpose of publication, not fan commissions.

This isn't an oversight so much as it is the byproduct of my own ignorance about the market. As a skinflint reluctant to part with $4 to buy a modern comic, I find the much higher prices of the original art market make me absolutely squeamish.

That's not to say that I think the prices are undeserved — I consider the original artwork for the cover to Booster Gold #1 to be essentially priceless. (One day I will own an original Booster Gold piece by Dan Jurgens, perhaps in time for Booster's 50th anniversary!) However, as an outsider, I really don't feel qualified to discuss the original art market. This is a shame considering how much amazing, original comic book art is available online.

Take, for example, this piece by Dan Jurgens and Norm Rapmund on sale through

Dan Jurgens pencils and Norm Rapmund inks
Booster Gold, Volume 2, #17

Isn't that great? With the colors removed, you can really see the pen and brush techniques of the artists and get a feel for how the inks can complement the original pencils. (Pencillers get all the attention, but the influence of an inker on a finished piece cannot be understated.)

I understand why people collect this original art, especially in this modern age of electronic media. In a way, owning a piece like this is like owning a page of Leonardo da Vinci's sketchbook. It brings you closer to the medium that you love.

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Under the Weather, Over the Pencils

I'm suffering from a string of migraine headaches that are making it very difficult to sit in front of a computer monitor. So for the time being, all you're getting is this panel from Booster Gold, Volume 1, #13.

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Nice bedside manner, Nurse Ratched.

I've always loved inker Gary Martin's nearly minimalist approach with this issue. His style has always felt appropriate for the very 1980s adventures of a very 1980s hero, and turned Dan Jurgens' traditional action-adventure layouts into a noir motion picture, especially as we finally get Booster's sad-sack take on his own twisted origin story. You can find some of Gary Martin's work in his gallery on

Booster had to travel to the future for a cure to his illness. Hopefully, some caffeine and aspirin will take care of mine. (It's hard to type without looking at what you're doing.)

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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Snap! Sadly Nevermore, Amazing Pencil

Yesterday, Dan Jurgens tweeted some solemn news:

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Since 1985? That means that pencil did the work on all 115 comic books penciled by Jurgens that featured Booster Gold, including the entire volume 1 and most of volume 2 of the character's self-titled series. That's also the same pencil that created Doomsday and killed Superman! (And created and killed Waverider!)

Someone save that pen: the Space Museum is getting a whole new exhibit!

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