Thursday, 3 June 2010

The Astrals

This cool Kirby page just turned up on Heritage Auctions...

The Astrals never saw print, but I love the page all the same. Click the image to get a better look. If I had the money I'd be bidding.

GLEEP!

7 comments:

Jeff said...

What's the story with this comic? Why didn't it see print & who was the publisher?
Any info appreciated!

Dom said...

All I know is what's in the spiel for the auction on Heritage...

Jack Kirby and Bill Wray The Astrals page 1 Original Art (c. late 1970s). Soon after the release of Star Wars, Chicago radio station promoter, Glenn Kammen, had a concept to print a giveaway comic starring two of the station's popular DJs. Kammen commissioned Jack Kirby to pencil four pages which were inked by Bill Wray, but the comic book was never published. This title page was printed as the centerfold of The Jack Kirby Collector #16 (July, 1997). The art has an image area of 14.5" x 19" and it is in Excellent condition. Let's Boogie!

Jeff said...

I get that weekly Heritage e-mail and I completely missed that description, thanks!

I'll be curious to see what it finally goes for.

Jared said...

I'm curious about the rights for it - if the winner had the rights to publish it... making back 650 would be dead easy.

Hurk said...

Not that i know anything as i've not bought any original art before but i thought if you buy a piece of art you don't have the rights to publish it as those are always held by the artist (unless he/she gives permission or sells the rights??)?

Hurk said...

PS: Groovy page anyway, d'ya know if any fan-boy-band has since recorded the song in real-life??

Jared said...

I'm sure you're right. Although I can never remember how copyright law works. I've heard 75 years for books (in the UK, at least), so if you can scrounge up something unprinted by someone (very) long dead, you're in good luck...