Sunday, January 5, 2014

1994 Martian Manhunter & Zook original art by Dave Fontaine

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Currently available from Hake's Americana & Collectibles for a very reasonable $115.00...
"11.25x16.75 sheet of art paper has 9x13-1/8" image area in ink and colored markers. The Martian Manhunter, aka J'onn J'onzz has word bubble reading "Sigh!" as a giant version of his friend Zook appearing just as he did on the cover to "House Of Mystery" #143 (Martian Manhunter's first appearance in what would become his home title in June, 1964) looks over his shoulder while J’onzz holds copy of "House Of Mystery" #143 comic book (the front cover being a hand-colored stat). Created in 1994, art is signed in ink "Dave Fontaine 94" at lower right. Blank top margin has strip of masking tape holding protective acetate cover sheet in place. Image area is Exc. Well done. From the Robert M. Overstreet Collection and comes with COA."
Was this art featured in one of the Overstreet price guides, I wonder? Obviously the Zook is heavily referenced from Joe Certa's original cover, but there's a heavy Kevin Maguire look to that face, as well. Not that I care, because this is ginchy and a certified classic antique!

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