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‘Golden Age’ comic artist Allen Bellman Speaks at Exhibition


Taramac, FL – Allen Bellman, 89, was born in Manhattan and studied at the High School of Industrial Arts. While still a teenager, he became a staff artist at Timely during the Golden Age of comics. He did the backgrounds for Syd Shores’ Captain America in 1942, and worked on titles such as: The Patriot, The Destroyer, The Human Torch, All Winners Comics, Marvel Mystery, Sub Mariner Comics, and Young just to name a few. MarvelComics5

On Friday, Dec. 27, Bellman will share more stories of his career as a comic book artist at the Young At Art Museum in Davie, FL as part of a celebration on the “Golden Age of Comics.”

Bellman’s lecture is part of the exhibition, Zap! Pow! Bam! The Superhero: The Golden Age of Comic Books, 1938-1950, featured through Jan. 5, 2014.

Zap! Pow! Bam! highlights many works of art and objects gathered from private and institutional collections that have not been previously seen.

As part of the exhibition, there is a vintage Superman phone booth, a pint-sized Batmobile, a superhero cinema and drawing studio, a costume area, video interviews with authors and illustrators, rare comic books, early artwork and original memorabilia.

“All my fans keep me young,” Bellman said. “They keep me out of the rocking chair. I have eight conventions lined up for 2014, including the Marvel Comics 75 -Year Celebration in San Diego (July 2014), which will be the biggest convention in history.”

For more information on Allen Bellman, visit http://www.allenbellman.com

Columbia University Acquires Kitchen Sink Press Archive


Columbia University’s Rare Book & Manuscript Library (RBML) has reached an agreement with Denis Kitchen, comics artist, historian, publisher and literary agent to acquire the archive of Kitchen Sink Press. The acquisition includes correspondence, original art, and more from many of the most prominent comics artists of the 20th century.

The Rare Book & Manuscript Library (RBML) is Columbia’s principal repository for primary source collections.  The range of collections in RBML span more than 4,000 years and comprise rare printed works, cylinder seals, cuneiform tablets, papyri; medieval and renaissance manuscripts; as well as art.

Kithcen Sink“These archives do far more than simply document comics history; they are a chronicle of the cultural and social history of the twentieth century,” said Karen Green, librarian and developer of the CUL/IS comics and graphic novels collection. Green cited her RBML colleague Karla Nielsen, who called Denis Kitchen, “the Barney Rosset of underground comics publishing,” comparing Kitchen to the late acclaimed and maverick publisher of the famed Grove Press, whose papers were also acquired by the RBML. The KSP archive acquisition is part of two initiatives at the RBML: it is part of both the RBML history of publishing project and its ongoing research into the history of comics and graphic novels.

Michael Ryan, director of the Rare Book and Manuscript Library, described the KSP archive as “spectacular,” emphasizing that “it would be hard to find someone more important than Kitchen in the business of comics in the later 20th century.”

NewImage24Launched in 1969 Kitchen Sink Press developed into one of the most important publishers of the underground comics years. Among the underground comics luminaries published by KSP are R. Crumb, Art Speigelman (KSP published sections of Maus before they appeared in RAW), Justin Green, Reed Waller and S. Clay Wilson and Mad Magazine’s acclaimed artist/editor Harvey Kurtzman. Kitchen also founded the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund in the 1986.

Kitchen founded KSP to offer artists a better model than the work-for-hire policy at the big comics spirit20publishers of the day. He offered artists the ability to keep their original art and receive a royalty rather than page rates. KSP was the publishing home of Will Eisner, creator of The Spirit newspaper strip and considered one of the greatest innovators in the medium, as well as acclaimed newspaper comics artists as Al Capp and Ernie Bushmiller.

Over the last two years, the RBML has acquired the papers and archives of XMen writer Chris Claremont, the complete Elf Quest archive of Wendy and Richard Pini and the archives of renowned Mad magazine cartoonist Al Jaffee, as it builds itself as an academic resource center for the study of the comics medium in New York City.

‘Walking Dead’ #1 Comic Book Sells for $10,000

Walking DeadThe Walking Dead is AMC’s #1 horror show that sends chills up the spines of the living. But before it was must-watch TV, it was a critically acclaimed comic book. However, one lucky individual has become its ultimate fan. A buyer, whose name has not been revealed for privacy, recently purchased it on eBay for $10,100.

The seller, FlyersComics, had the issue graded and encapsulated by the Certified Guarantee Company, which gave the book a near mint 9.9 rating.

One reason for this kind of demand for The Walking Dead #1 is its low print run. According to Image Comic’s publisher Eric Stephenson, the first issue had a print run of only 7,300 copies.

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Special note: Although first issues have more cachet than the second, The Walking Dead #2 is actually even more rare. Stephenson states, only 5,400 first-run issues were printed.


Unique Collector Fights Greatest Foe

Dr. Steven Landman - AP

Dr. Steven Landman – AP

KILDEER, Ill. — Steve Landman 62, a suburban Chicago dentist is in a fight for his life. Diagnosed with anti-MAG IgM peripheral neuropathy, an autoimmune disease that attacks the nerves, Landman for months watched helplessly as the numbness that started in his toes crawled up his legs to the point where he now moves as if trudging through mud.

Landman is weighing his options while hoping for a cure to the disease, which can upset a person’s sense of balance to the point that walking is impossible. So, he’s turning to his collection of 10,000 comics in an effort to raise enough money to live on and fight his affliction.

“I won’t really have an income in a few months,” said Landman, who has to sell his practice because of the disease. “Even though it’s a lot of money, it’s going to have to carry me to whenever, whatever.”

From the time he was in grade school until he was about to enter college, Landman bought a dozen comic books a week at the local drug store, and only bought flawless copies. “When the guy behind the counter tossed it in a bag, treating it like toothpaste or a pencil, I had to slow the guy down,” Landman recalled. “He’d look at me, like, ‘You’re weird, you’re nuts.’

But what really sets Landman’s collection apart is what he did next. First he put them in plastic bags. Then he placed pieces of cardboard as backboards for his comics — nearly unheard of decades ago.

Word of the online auction of 420 of Landman’s more pristine comics, including the first appearance of the Fantastic Four and Hulk and early appearances by Spider-Man, has lit up the comic book world.

“I’ve never heard of anything like this come out of the blue like this,” said Ralph DiBernado, owner of Jetpack Comics LLC, in Rochester N.H. He said the auction house’s estimate that the collection is worth $500,000 might be low by as much as a quarter-million dollars when the auction ends Dec. 13. “It’s a spectacular collection, the best thing you could ask for.”

Landman is pinning his hopes on the money and publicity from the auction there might be someone who as a kid shared his love for comics — a doctor or researcher, perhaps — who might know something that he can use for the last chapter of a book about his life he’s toyed with writing. “I don’t want to write a book without a happy ending,” he said. “Until I get something, I don’t want to go there.”

Action Comics Cover Art Sells for $112K

Curt Swan would be humbled.

YORK, PA –The original Curt Swan cover art for Action Comics #309 rewrote the record books at Hake’s Americana when it sold for $112,015 on day three of the firm’s Nov. 19-21 auction. The sale made it the highest-grossing Hake’s auction since the company’s launch in 1967.

Curt Swan cover art for Action Comics #309 featuring the Superman family and John F. Kennedy, $112,015. (Photo: Hake’s Americana)

Curt Swan cover art for Action Comics #309 featuring the Superman family and John F. Kennedy, $112,015. (Photo: Hake’s Americana)

Swan’s cover art for Action Comics #309 is believed to be the only surviving original art from the issue DC Comics tried to recall in JFKthe week following President John F. Kennedy’s assassination. “While there was nothing at all disrespectful about the comic book’s portrayal of JFK as Clark Kent, a comic book is still entertainment, and its release might have seemed inappropriate at a time when America was grieving over the death of its president,” said Hake’s General Manager Alex Winter. “Although DC Comics did its best to recall the issue, the distribution process was already too far along for it to be stopped. As a result, Action Comics #309, and the cover art we sold, will always have a connection to history.”

Critics Agree: “The Fifth Beatle” is a Must Have

Tony Award-winning producer Vivek J. Tiwary’s graphic novel “The Fifth Beatle” relates the story of early Beatles manager Brian Epstein.

Plucking them from obscurity, Epstein developed the Beatles’ signature look and launched them in the USA. Without Brian Epstein’s managerial leadership, it’s likely that The Beatles would have never risen to the band’s legendary status. The Fifth Beatle (Dark Horse), tells a story about one man’s infinite devotion to his clients, a devotion that couldn’t fill the hole in Epstein’s spirit. A gay man who turned to drugs to curb his sexual desires and calm his nerves, Epstein escaped his personal troubles through his work, but it ultimately wasn’t enough to save him from an accidental overdose that took his life at the young age of 32.

The fully painted interiors by Robinson are stunning, his real life interpretations are spot on and he does a phenomenal job with story shifts and tone.  Kyle Baker’s talents are used for a chaotic sequence showing The Beatles’ infamous 1966 trip to the Philippines drawn in the style of The Beatles animated TV series.

The high quality of the art makes The Fifth Beatle a valuable book for  fans and comic lovers alike.

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