Original Art

Tom Richmond: The MAD ART OF CARICATURE Exhibit Opens August 1st at Toonseum!

Starting August 1st, 2009, the TOONSEUM at The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh will have a special art show titled TOM RICHMOND:The MAD ART OF CARICATURE. Basically, since 2000, Tom has been one of the main artists for Mad magazine. This show will feature tons of his original artwork & the reason I’m posting it here is because there will be some Batman drawings shown too. Plus, I’m a huge fan of comic art & it’s my blog, ha ha! But seriously, if you live in the area ( Pennsylvania ) then you should check it out because I bet it’s gonna be a real treat to see. The show runs until October 4th. For more information, please be sure to visit their website by clicking HERE!

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Original 1960’s BATMAN POP ART OIL PAINTING By Bob Kane!

WOW! The Bat-Blog is known for sharing a ton of news about Batman but this is actual BAT-HISTORY right here! The image you see up above is a photo of the original Batman Pop Art Oil Painting “done by” Bob Kane, the co-creator of Batman. The pics were sent in by a Bat-Blog Fan named Rick, who actually owns this amazing piece of art ( Be sure to click on it for a larger, sharper, image ). He explained how he got it in this email, he wrote:

In 1966, after the television show hit big, Bob Kane did a series of 12 large pop art oil paintings. This is one of them and, I think, the best of the bunch. I saw about 8 of them in the early 90’s when Kane exhibited them at an art gallery in Beverly Hills. Mine was owned by Cary Grant for 20 years and hung in his guest bathroom. I’ve owned it since 1987.

Oh man! I’ve known about these paintings for years & it’s so cool to actually meet someone who owns one. I’ve never seen one in real life, only publicity photos. To publish an actual photo of this on my blog is a total honor, no kidding, it’s great! Thank you Rick for sharing your story.

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Original 1966 TOPPS BATMAN TRADING CARD ART by Norman Saunders

Here’s an extremely cool photo I found awhile back while researching some major “Pop Culture Collectibles” auction. In one of their lots they had some original comic art done by Norman Saunders ( Click on it for a larger, sharper, version ). Of course he’s the ultra-famous illustrator for many of the vintage trading cards made by TOPPS back in the 1960’s & 70’s. This photo shows the original art (custom framed) with 2 actual 1966 Batman Trading Cards. This is card #1B & features “The Joker’s Icy Jest”. The weird thing is that you can see that the artwork is only a little bigger than the actual card, very cool! But regardless of size, it’s an incredible piece of art….a total masterpiece! I never checked back on this thing to see what it went for. I mean, what’s the use? I knew it would be totally out of my price range, ha ha! Whoever owns it now is an extremely lucky person.

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AUCTION NEWS – Frank Miller’s 1986 THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS Original Comic Book Splash Page Art

Right now at Heritage Auctions in Dallas, Texas ( for the next day & 1/2 ) they’re having an auction for an original piece of Batman Comic Book Art by Frank Miller. It’s the famous splash page from BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS ( 1986 ) showing Batman & Carrie Kelley ( The 1st Female “Robin” ) flying through the sky of Gotham City. It’s an extremely iconic image & also a major part of Bat-History. Right now the piece is up to $100,000.00! Yes, you read that right, one hundred thousand dollars! Man, being poor totally sucks, ha! For more info, or to bid on this baby, just click HERE!

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