Leading auctioneer Heritage Auctions has an incredible auction of Tarzan comic art and more coming up in January, from the collection of the late Derek Peter Ogden, a British fan of the jungle hero and longtime publisher of the Erbania fanzine, first published out of Blackpool in 1956.
The auction, taking place 9th January, with bidding opening next week, includes a staggering number of rare Tarzan comic art including strips by Hal Foster, Burne Hogarth and Russ Manning, illustrations by others, including Mike Zeck, plus rare Tarzan books, magazines, film posters and other non-Tarzan items.
Peter Ogden, who died in 2017, was the longtime editor of Erbania, a Tarzan fanzine, which was originally published out of Blackpool in April 1956 through to 2010, by which time Peter lived in Tampa, Florida, which included art by artist such as Jim (James) Cawthorn, Frank Reyes and many more; a publisher and editor honoured by Tarzan fans around the globe. He’s much missed by that community, but information on his publication is available on the excellent ERBZine official Edgar Burroughs web site curated by Bill and Sue-On Hillman.
• You can view the Peter Ogden Collection auction items here on Heritage Auctions | Bidding opens 11th December with the auction on 9th January 2020
James Cawthorn is best known to Burroughs fans for his early work on the British fanzine Burroughsiana, edited by Michael Moorcock from 1956-1958, and for Erbania, edited by Pete Ogden during the same period. He also illustrated for Tarzan Adventures, a series of Tarzan comics interspersed with other stories and articles, also edited by Michael Moorcock. The series was reprinted by Savoy in 1977.
James Cawthorn: The Man and His Art was originally intended to be a modest memorial by Maureen Cawthorn Bell for her artist brother following his death in 2008, but as noted in this review by John Coulthart, the book grew into a heavyweight volume of 448 pages containing over 800 individual pieces of art: book covers, illustrations for magazines and fanzines, private pieces for friends and relatives, and many sketches or preliminary works, most of which have never seen print before.
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