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Lot 125: Frazetta Ace McCoy Johnny Comet Original Comic Art

Frank Frazetta, Ace McCoy Sunday, 1/25/53, 16"x24". Johnny Comet (later re-titled Ace McCoy) was the title of Frank Frazetta's newspaper comic strip which ran from January 1952 through January 1953. Despite the high quality of Frazetta's artwork, the strip never became very popular. Initially an adventure strip about a race car driver, the strip gradually morphed into a humor strip featuring the "Mom and Pop" characters in this example. Like most of Frazetta's work from this period, the title character physically resembled Frazetta himself. This excellent example is the next-to-last Sunday page in the series.

Post Office Box 469
West Plains, MO 65775
(417) 256-2224

June 24th, 2008 6:00 PM MST

For the past 30 years Russ Cochran has been collecting and publishing comic art. Russ Cochran was born in West Plains, Missouri. Without television in the 1940s, Russ developed a passion for comic books. In 1964 Russ earned his Ph.D. in Physics and became the Chairman of the Drake University Physics Department in Des Moines, Iowa. As time passed, Russ felt the  desire to become a collector of the comic books he had always enjoyed in his youth. The hobby brought him to his first comic book convention in 1965. Russ pursued a collector’s connection with Bill Gaines, publisher of EC Comics and MAD Magazine. Bill Gaines and Russ Cochran shared a mutual enthusiasm which led to a great friendship. Their relationship inspired Russ Cochran to republish the entire collection of EC comics. In 1975 Russ followed his dream by moving back to West Plains, Missouri while devoting all of his energy toward publishing. Today Russ Cochran’s Auction offers select comic art for those collectors who share his appreciation and nostalgia.

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125: Frazetta Ace McCoy Johnny Comet original comic art

Estimate $10,000 - $15,000Jun 24, 2008
West Plains, MO, USA