Extremely bright colors after all these decades. Truly incredible Eye-appeal: high-quality paper was used. Any admirer of the timeless lines of the skilled Sekowsky, who did the pencils (along with Dick Giordano inks) on this cool issue, would happily add this showpiece to his or her comic art collection.This lot is a must-have piece of DC history for any fan of vintage hero comic-books and/or unique JLA or Wonder Woman ephemera, or of original production art to Silver-Bronze DC comics, or just the serious art fan who likes having true rarities instead of the mass-produced'collectibles' of the modern era. Many of you have read about this significant find in C. We are secure packagers and prompt shippers so expect to be pleased.
PROVENANCE: Jack Adler worked through all the major periods of the comics: Golden-Age, Silver-Age, and Bronze-Age. He even colored the plates for the very first golden-age comic, the landmark introduction of Superman, in Action Comics #1, when he was but a youth in 1938! He graduated from high school at the age of fifteen, and quickly earned his degree in Fine Art. He continued his freelance work, including work for the comics and the fashion industry, and eventually became DC Comics' premiere colorist, on staff from the early'50's through the mid'80's, and was head of the art department for much of his tenure. He became proficient at sculpting, pencilling, inking, painting, and photography.He pioneered the washtone/graytone effect which became so popular on the DC "Big Five" war titles. Plus, he inked many'50's,'60's, and'70's comic covers as well. Moreover, he also developed the "3-D" process used on the Batman 3-D and Superman 3-D comics in 1953; --so we're talking about a top contributor to DC history. During the summer of 2004, the living legend himself, Jack Adler, (thought by some to have passed away years ago), at the urgings of his kind family, made his very first and only public appearance, at the San Diego Comic-Con. He was honored Thursday afternoon at the massive annual convention with the Inkpot Award For Excellence for Outstanding Achievement In Comic Art, and a rousing standing ovation from the many onlookers at the panel of Golden-Age and Silver-Age Greats, hosted by Mark Evanier of course!
Adler, other noteworthy members on the entertaining and informative panel were Tom Gill (RIP), Sid Jacobson, Gene Colan, Frank Springer, Harry Harrison, and Frank Bolle. On Friday at the Comic Con, there was a one-on-one panel, with just Mark Evanier and Jack Adler, titled "Spotlight On Jack Adler", and many questions were answered for the crowd of audience members, who were kept entertained by the charismatic and respected legend. It is amazing how many great names were hired on or got their start in the industry by him.He also explained how he invented the 3-D image technology popularly used in Viewmasters, but was unable to get the deserved patent, as the film itself had been patented, but not in a similar 3D format, so he got burned, as viewmaster was able to capitalize on his invention freely! Plus, the method that made integrating photo cover and line-drawn cover art easily into a single cover image was also pioneered by this influential innovator. The technology was supposed to be kept a secret, but was leaked immediately by a DC exec! Julius Shwartz had told him "don't tell me about it, just do it", and when it worked, it worked, and was immediately utilized, as the articulate and charming Adler related.
As an accomplished photographer, he created covers using photographs he had taken of his own grandchildren, producing his own copies of Shazam #2 and #6, which were displayed on an overhead projector to the glee of many enthralled listeners. The picture of Captain Marvel, sitting reading to the innocent youths, was actually of Jack Adler reading to his grandkids.These same grandkids were present at the panel, and turned out to be pleasant, gracious, and kind adults. Moreover, he highly touted the art skills of good friends Neal Adams and Joe Kubert, relating entertaining stories, of course! He helped Kubert set up his now legendary School Of Comic Book Art. Once the school was set up, he was supposed to head the school, but had to back out, as he couldn't bring himself to move to New Jersey. You could write a book on the contributions Mr. Adler made to the medium many of us know and love. He passed away at the age of 93 in the summer of 2011.
Back in the "good ole days", DC normally burned or discarded such production art once the comic went to print. Fortunately, during the period of 1967 to 1974, this award-winning artist pulled aside many prime examples, representing each step of the comic-making process. Nevertheless, there's an extremely small amount of these that were saved, considering the volume that was produced in those days.
It is estimated that out of 840,000 pieces created for the production process over that time period, only about 4,000 or so survived, thanks to Jack Adler; A miniscule pecentage of less than one half of one percent. This unique Trifecta Set includes the actual Original Cover Painting for the cult-classic comic. It is about a half-inch taller than a comic, and also slightly wider. Up close, one can actually admire the brushstrokes and varying hues, intended by the top colorist Jack Adler, which never made it to the blander printed version that is beloved by fans for decades. The lot includes the Approval Cover.The editorial and creative staff reviewed it and approved it for use, to make sure there were no errors or needed improvements, before the actual book hit the press. Also included is the finished product, DC's own FILE COPY of the comic-book itself! This exclusive lot was obviously appreciated since day one, as somebody took very good care of it! Gorgeous showpieces are obviously well preserved, and in stellar condition. Back in the late eighties, in Texas, Mr. Then, years later, it changed hands again, with the vast bulk of the load still untouched... Eventually, after lengthy negotiations, longtime friend and colleague Randy Tusha and myself were able to acquire the whole load, except for the horror, from the Southern California art collector who possessed this landmark find since 1997. The horror genre was obtained after an additional three and a half years of wrangling, and they too are now finding their way into the hands of the true fans who will preserve and cherish them the right way.
A signed & embossed cardstock Certificate Of Authenticity is included with the painted art, and for the Approval Cover, forever guaranteeing the provenance from this major historic discovery. The matching DC File Copy comic-book includes a thin, non-embossed COA. Color Guides are slightly larger than comic size; since they were part of the editorial process they can include tack-holes, white-out, indentations from a paper clip, staple-holes, chips, pencil notations, tape, and/or edge wear.This is a great looking showpiece, which would be especially impressive framed. All colors are rich and uniform, and extremely bold thoughout! The Approval Cover and the File Copy comic have great colors and gloss, with excellent eye appeal. As Usual: LOW ASKING PRICE AND NO RESERVE! KEY COMICS IS ALWAYS DEALING IN COMICS & ART!
Good Luck and Happy Collecting! The item "Wonder Woman 195 COVER PAINTING plus APPROVAL PROOF & FILE COPY COMIC 1971 Diana" is in sale since Monday, April 10, 2017. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Comics\Original Comic Art\Covers".
The seller is "keycomics" and is located in Mesa, Arizona. This item can be shipped worldwide.