Sunday, May 19, 2013

Wally Wood's 1970s Tower Comics Art Prices!

Known as one of the greatest comic book artists in the war, crime, science fiction, superhero, and humor genres, Wally Wood was  a child prodigy,  influenced by the best newspaper strip artists. Hal Foster, Alex Raymond, Milton Caniff, and Will Eisner were all blended into Wood's detail heavy style all his own. After briefly working as an assistant to both Will Eisner and George Wunder, Wally producing some early romance comic stories for Fox, and soon came into his own at EC and Avon, working mainly on science fiction stories. Equally impressive was his hilarious work for Harvey Kurtzman’s EC humor title, Mad. During the Silver Age, Wood even re-designed Daredevil for Marvel, and was greatly involved in producing the superhero and spy line-up, T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents for Tower...Once again I ran across a fantastic ad from the early 1970s Comic Buyers Guide from art dealer Ken Spivey featuring a good collection of Wood Tower Comics pages. Ken mentioned how most dealers were asking the top prices of $25-30 for an average page, though he only had two in that "high" range that were really exception examples. The eighteen pages of art in the sale were priced for the grand sum of $376 but could be had for $312 as a group, but  he would also consider serious offers! Stressing how it was harder to find these T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents and Dynamo gems (some with Steve Ditko inks), this dealer from Georgia also had two Total War and a Captain Action page in the group as well. Hey, just check out this list and the cover above that sold for $21,850 back in 2004!

T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents #9 pg. 45 for $15
T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents #12 pg. 9 for $25 (Ditko Inks)
T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents #15 pg. 2 for $22
T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents #15 pg. 5 for $20 (This nice page is shown above)
T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents #15 pg. 8 for $22 
T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents #15 pg. 10 for $22
T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents #15 pg. 11 for $20
T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents #17 pg. 1 for $30 (The splash listed below sold for $5377 in 2011)
T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents #17 pg. 2 for $15
T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents #17 pg. 3 for $20
T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents #17 pg. 5 for $20 

Dynamo #1 pg. 44 for $25 (Ditko Inks)
Dynamo #1 pg. 47 for $20 (Another great page listed below with Ditko Inks)
Dynamo #1 pg. 48 for $20 (Ditko Inks)
Dynamo #1 pg. 52 for $20 (Ditko Inks)
Total War #1 pg. 26 for $25
Total War #1 pg. 31 for $25
Captain Action #1 pg. 11 for $15

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