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About Rare Comic Book Art Drawings

Updated on March 10, 2014

What is rare in comic book art?

When I started to research this hub, I found out something quite surprising, that there is quite a lot of rare comic book art that it almost took over the search results on ebay, I never knew that so many pieces of art existed to do with golden age comic books and the silver age comics.

Usually when limited pieces of art were printed they only limit them to at least 50 to 100, but also in some cases only the original piece of artwork somehow survived out of the printed pieces and this is what makes the art that much rarer.

All the old classical comic book artists such as Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, John Romita, all have rare pieces of panel to page layout artwork between them, and it is this classic art that is much sought after within the comic book circles.

Spiderman artwork By Steve Ditko

Steve Ditko, Original artist of the early spiderman comic.
Steve Ditko, Original artist of the early spiderman comic.

Steve Ditko Spiderman Artist

 Steve Ditko is an artist before my time, but I have seen his work through Spiderman reprints and whilst it's not as good as Jack Kirby's art it still represents an age of comic book art for that time in the 60's. The style was simple, the panel layout also basic but still had a professional feel to it in some page panels.

Although as we see Spiderman now he can jump through the air actually like a spider with his legs almost twisted around his own head and that didn't seem to be apparent back then with Steves Spiderman art, but it's still collectible today and people will pay a good price for a rare piece of Ditko comic book art.

Jack Kirby Pencils

Jack Kirby's Thor page pencils.
Jack Kirby's Thor page pencils.

Types of comic book art

Some artists who draw the pages may ink their own work too which could add to the value of each piece, some of the art could be comic book story pages or splash pages which are just full page drawings of one panel.

Single character comic book art is quite popular as certain characters can be associated with comic book artists as they may have a good run on one comic book and just become the artist for that book that fans become accustomed to.

Cover art from comic books is another type of art and has become very collectible over the years with buyers trying to find rare pencil art from some of the golden age comic book covers or the 60's.

Dale Keown Hulk Art - Full Page Sketch

Considered by many as the best hulk artist - Dale Keown.
Considered by many as the best hulk artist - Dale Keown.

Is there a piece of artwork you would like to own from any comic book artist and why?

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    • waynet profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Tully 

      8 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom


      Yeah comic books are art in themselves!!

    • billyaustindillon profile image


      8 years ago

      Great to see another comic art fan!

    • Mutiny92 profile image


      8 years ago from Arlington, VA

      GREAT Pictures! i love old comic books. Will follow you!

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      9 years ago

      john buscema or john romita do it for me, for newer artists if would have to go with romita jr his work on spiderman is fantastic, also stuart immonen is a talent i enjoy.

    • waynet profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Tully 

      9 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Jim Lees art is very iconic and popular and he has drawn many comic books since the days of x-men and I would like a page of his original artwork too.

      Although Dale Keown, Marc silvestri and Todd Mcfaralanes art would be quite nice too.

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      9 years ago from CAMDEN-WYOMING, DE

      I would love to have a piece of anything by Jim Lee. I don't think he is overrated as some might argue, as I collected during his X-Men days in the early nineties and find these books perfectly crafted. Arthur Adams is also a favorite of mine, he did exceptional work on New Mutants and X-Men over the years.

    • waynet profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Tully 

      9 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Yeah I'd have to agree with Barry smiths art on Conan, I would certainly like to own a page or two from Jack Kirby especially when he drew the fantastic four, his art just is so classic and his visual storytelling was superb!

      Thanks for the comment!

    • Mike Lickteig profile image

      Mike Lickteig 

      9 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

      OK, I'm an old-timer but if I could own artwork from any comic book artist, I would choose either Jim Steranko or Barry Smith. Steranko broke all the rules while working on SHIELD and Captain America, and Barry Smith's Conan was utterly beautiful (especially Red Nails). A third choice would be Neil Adams, but I wasn't a fan of everything Adams did. I did love his Batman, Green Lantern/Green Arrow, and X-Men, but he won me over with a Spectre comic guest-starring Wildcat. That comic was amazing!


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