The original art for all 27 pages of Sam Glanzman‘s ATTU #3 is up for auction from Heritage Auctions – an auction benefitting the talented artist’s widow, Sue.
Attu originally ran for just two issues, first published by 4Winds in 1989, and centred on a barbarian character, dipping into the dream-like mixture of science and fantasy that had characterised the earlier Kona Glanzman enjoyed working on for Dell in the 1960s.
A rare series entirely created, written and drawn by Glanzman, the story opened in 137 million BC, in the land of Gondwana, where caveman Attu comes face-to-face with his destiny. In the Forbidden Cave, he discovers a spaceship and a woman frozen in suspended animation and is bombarded with images of his future – fantastic visions of eras far beyond his own…
Up for auction is the entirety of the tale created for the third issue of the series (complete with its meta-fiction ending), that was finally published in the 2016 collected edition Attu: The Collected Volumes #1 from Dover Publications.
Incredibly, this comics rarity seems to have escaped the attention of collectors so far, attracting few bids which is a great shame given the cause.
“This auction benefits Sam’s widow, and we desperately need help to get the word out to art collectors as soon as possible,” urges Drew Ford, publisher at It’s Alive, which has released several books featuring work by Glanzman.
The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War” and “Dan Dare”.
He’s the writer of “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.