CURT SWAN "ACTION COMICS" #309 COMIC BOOK COVER ORIGINAL ART FEATURING SUPERMAN FAMILY & JFK.
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Auction #210 - Part II
Item numbers 1271 through 3109 in auction 210
15x20" thin artboard featuring original pen and ink art by noted Silver Age Superman comic book artist Curt Swan for the Feb., 1964 issue of "Action Comics" #309 published by DC Comics. Art has been inked by Sheldon Moldoff. The cover features Superman greeting a long line comprised of his alter-ego Clark Kent (w/whom he shakes hands), Lois Lane, Daily Planet newspaper editor (and Clark Kent's boss) Perry White, Supergirl, Batman, Robin, Superman's pal Jimmy Olsen, Clark Kent's ex-flame Lana Lang, Legion of Super-Heroes members Saturn Girl, Element Lad and Chameleon Boy and Police Chief Parker. Clark Kent's former mermaid girlfriend Lori Lemaris is seen in a tank in the bkg. The issue itself was written by Edmond Hamilton and featured a story in which President John F. Kennedy disguises himself as Clark Kent (as seen on cover), helping Superman retain his secret identity. While cover dated Feb., 1964, the issue hit stands just one week after Kennedy's assassination in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963. Despite the obvious desire DC had to recall the issue, the publication and distribution process was too far along to allow for a recall and the issue appeared on newsstands across the country. Cover has the "Action Comics" title paste-over as well as "Comics Code Authority" seal and issue number paste-overs and word balloon connected to title paste-over. Additionally, sign text below title paste-over has "Station WMET-TV" correction paste-over. Scattered white correctional fluid touch-ups to paste-overs and along lower left margin. Various penciled editorial notations along margins. Sheet has some lt. handling wear w/pinholes at corners and scattered glue staining around paste-overs. Art areas remain bold, clean and VF. Artboard is Fine overall. Unique and historic comic art.
It has been pointed out to us that the original artwork from "Action Comics" #309 was not to be donated to Kennedy's widow. Not to be confused w/Al Plastino's art from the July, 1964 issue of "Superman" (originally slated for issue #168, it was actually published in issue #170), the issue that was to be donated to Mrs. Kennedy.
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