Original Art, a comparison.

We’ve posted some really top tier original art. But with that top tier comes top tier prices.

What’s out there for people on a budget? 

It’s not as grim as it may seem. You just need to scour a little bit. Dig. And decide what’s important to you – is it the artist? Is it the specific piece? Is it the characters involved? Depending on your answer, you can really narrow it down and find some bargains therein. And so, to that, an example or two. 

A lot to like about this piece. Cool panel layout, really clear shot of Doctor Octopus in full action, and then an iconic Spidey shot with Doc Ock in the corner. All in all, great page. Now why is it starting at $19.99 with no bids? A few reasons. The artist is Kevin West, who despite having worked on some definite name titles, doesn’t particularly strike wonder into the casual reader. To be honest, I am not familiar with the name though I have read books he’s worked on. Second, and more importantly, this is from WHAT IF? #42, so an out of continuity piece that doesn’t necessarily have any sort of “relevance” in the grand scheme of things. However, if you just dig Doc Ock and want a cool piece, this seems like a steal to me. 

I have to say that this is a GREAT piece. Iconic artist Joe Staton (though far from a household name) was a staple artist of the DCU of the late 70’s into the early 80’s. This page is from a 1981 issue of Green Lantern and is at a relatively affordable $199 buy it now… however I bet a solid “or best offer” would get this one. This isn’t a splash page and doesn’t have a ton of action, but damn if it isn’t cool and have a couple of good looks at ol’ Hal Jordan. 

And so here we drop into the big spender category. Big name artist, big name characters, high profile project, cover page. That’s like a red bull mixed with a five hour energy drink with a handful of ginseng tablets as a chaser. BOOM, BOOM, BOOM, BOOM. The Marc Silvestri cover for the X-Men Messiah Complex one shot. You get one of the biggest name artists in comic history drawing a cover for not only one of the biggest comic teams in history, but the one he became a legend on. So… when you ask yourself, “why is this $4000?!?”… well So do I. But those are some reasons that I will accept, and just acknowledge there’s a lot of people with much more disposable income than I.

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