Following up on our report on how some art created for British comics helped Heritage Auctions profits soar in 2017, a number of early Marvel UK published pieces go under the hammer next month as part of their upcoming auction in Dallas over 22nd – 24th February 2018.
A number of the artworks are by Dave Hunt, who died last year, whose autobiography, completed by Lee Benaka, will be published soon – more details below.
Some of the art on offer – covers and recreated splash pages for UK titles – is from Super Spider-Man, a weekly title published in the mid 1970s, and is offered alongside some other great Marvel US work, including John Romita Sr.’s iconic cover for Amazing Spider-Man #100 (see below) and a recreation of the cover of Silver Surfer #4, when he battled Thor.
Dave Hunt, who died last March, was an American painter, comic book inker and occasional penciler during the so-called “Bronze Age of Comic Books” (1970-1985) and who later worked mainly on properties related to the Disney company and Hanna-Barbera. He was mainly active for Marvel Comics and DC Comics, and drew a number of artworks for Marvel UK titles and his work for the company is detailed in his autobiography, to be self-published by art collector Lee Benaka in 2018.
Lee has been advising Dave Hunt’s estate on some art sales, and they were very happy with the results from auctions of his work last year, especially his cover for Super Spider-Man Issue 171.
Lee worked with Dave for three or so years on his autobiography. “It was pretty much wrapped up when he passed away,” he told downthetubes. “I have been working with a designer colleague on final corrections recently.I shopped it around to a few publishing houses, but they felt Dave was too obscure for them.
Lee tells us two pages of the book are devoted to Dave’s work for Marvel UK comics, and the book has some nice images of the work Dave did for those comics.