Following the hugely successful sale of Frank Frazetta art from the collection of Dave Winiewicz, Profiles in History is delighted to announce their upcoming sale of select works from the personal collection of legendary writer, director, and film producer Frank Darabont, to be held at our California gallery on Saturday, July 30, 2016. Featuring original works by master artists Bernie Wrightson, Mike Mignola, Sanjulian, Jack Davis, Will Eisner, Eric Powell, Bob Peak, Rich Corben, Vaughn Bode, bronzes by Ray Harryhausen, rare movie posters including a Frankenstein 1941 Italian 4-fogli, and more.
Beautifully illustrated with original 1:1 high resolution scans on archival matte paper revealing exceptional detail, technique and vivid color as never before seen. Featuring art by Bernie Wrightson, Mike Mignola, Bob Peak, Sanjulian, Jack Davis, Vaughn Bode, Will Eisner, Mort Drucker, “Ghastly” Graham Ingles, Eric Powell and more.
- Profiles In History, June 2016
- 10.5″ x 14.5″, 156 pages
- $95 USD, as part of two book set
Another catalogue of original art from Profile In History, following in the footsteps of the DocDave Winiewicz Frazetta Collection. This time it’s a softcover featuring a lot of Bernie Wrightson art along with a good amount of other horror art from Eric Powell, Mike Mignola, and a lot more. For a complete list of contents please view the PDF from their site; you can get an excellent feel for the material and decide if you want to pursue the print catalogue on the aftermarket.
The same layout is used this time as well: the art on the right side of the page with the description and an enlargement on the left. While most present well some of the enlargements are bit blurry. The original art presents well. The pieces are quite varied but we get a great amount of black gradients, correction fluid, paste-ups, and the like. The canvases from Graham Ingels presented poorly.
The design is clean and well presented. With a strict two-page layout the material is displayed well, the original comic art in alphabetical order. There’s a one-page introduction by Darabont about collecting, then the art, and a few pages dedicated to the auction itself. A straightforward package that gives an excellent overview of the original art.
Production is quite good. A glued binding of medium glossy paper. The book stays mostly open on most pages because of the papers’ weight. Because of the glued binding, I didn’t want to be too aggressive.
This was sold as part of a two-book set, with Comic & Illustration Art Auction, for $95 USD in 2016. It is long sold out from the publisher. I’ll be covering the second book in a future review. I received this set for free, presumably because I purchased the DocDave Winiewicz Frazetta Collection catalogue. It just showed up in the mail, which was pretty great since I considered buying this but decided against it as I wasn’t a fan of it being softcover.
If other auction houses published art catalogues of this calibre I could see an additional revenue stream open up, especially Heritage. It would have to be at this size or larger, but what an opportunity for art fans. And it gets around most restrictions currently faced by AE format publishers like licensing, copyright, etc.