Winsor McCay ‘Imps’ art, Darth Vader and ‘The Flash’ lead Hake’s Mar. 11-12 auction


Original box art for Remco’s 1980-81 series of six Universal 9-inch monster action figures, including L to R: Dracula, Wolfman, and Creature from the Black Lagoon, plus (not shown) Frankenstein, Mummy, and Phantom of the Opera. Each artwork measures 17½ x 20 5/8 inches and is estimated at $5,000-$10,000.

YORK, Pa. – Monsters, Beatles, superheroes and U.S. presidents might sound like strange bedfellows, but their paths will intersect compatibly on March 11-12 at Hake’s first auction of the new decade. More than 2,000 lots of prime pop culture memorabilia will be offered over the two days, encompassing hundreds of popular collecting categories. View the fully illustrated catalog on LiveAuctioneers.

Featured: 1,600+ comic books including Showcase #4 introducing The Flash, original comic book art, Universal monsters box art, Beatles rarities

Auction fireworks could erupt when early original comic art by the legendary Winsor McCay (American, circa 1866/71-1934) crosses the auction block. McCay’s 1903 mixed-media Sunday color page titled “Why the Parrot Learned to Talk” features mischievous characters known as “The Jungle Imps,” who starred in a Cincinnati Enquirer comic strip from January through November 1903.


Winsor McCay, original Jungle Imps art for 1903 Sunday comic strip, ‘Why the Parrot Learned to Talk,’ 19¾ x 23 1/8in., mounted on illustration board. Estimate $35,000-$50,000

“Winsor McCay, who became famous for his Little Nemo comic strip and Gertie the Dinosaur animated cartoons, created the art for the Enquirer’s entire run of 43 Jungle Imps stories,” said Hake’s Auctions president Alex Winter. “McCay’s Imps art is ten times as rare as his later Nemo art. Knowledgeable collectors will jump at the chance to own the original art for a published Imps Sunday strip.” Estimate: $35,000-$50,000


R. Hem (French), cartoon poster depicting trailblazing American animation artist Winsor McCay and promoting the 1911 short titled ‘Little Nemo.’ Rare, artist-signed example of what was possibly the first-ever cartoon poster. Estimate $10,000-$20,000

Winsor McCay’s talent was admired on both sides of the Atlantic by his fellow cartoonists, including the renowned French poster artist R. Hem. In 1911, Hem created a vibrant poster to promote the short “Little Nemo,” with a French heading that translates to “Winsor McCay – The Latest in Cartoons.” It colorfully depicts McCay at his desk, surrounded by paints, brushes, drawings of his famous characters, and an inset depiction that pertains directly to the cartoon short. An extremely rare example of this poster – thought by some to be the first cartoon poster ever created – is entered in Hake’s auction with a $10,000-$20,000 estimate.


‘Showcase’ #4, Sept./Oct. 1956, CGC-graded 8.0 VF, featured origin and first appearance of the Silver Age Flash (Barry Allen). Estimate $75,000-$100,000

More than 1,600 comic books will be offered, including 300+ issues that are certified (mostly CGC). There are many key issues, first appearances, Pedigree copies, and books from Signature Series. Leading the group, a Sept./Oct. 1956 issue of Showcase #4 in 8.0 VF condition is historically important because it contains the origin story and first appearance of the Silver Age Flash, one of several superheroes DC reinvented in the post-WWII era. “According to the CGC census, there are only 494 certified copies of this issue worldwide, and only 12 have a higher grade than the one in our sale. It’s a gem, and we think collectors will be fighting for it,” Winter said. Estimate: $75,000-$100,000


Howard Chaykin, original pen-and-ink art from the Marvel comic ‘Star Wars’ #2, Aug. 1977, Pg. 27. 10½ x 15¾ in. Estimate $10,000-$20,000

High-end treasures await Star Wars fans, as well. An outstanding example of original comic book art, Page 27 for Marvel Comics’ August 1977 Star Wars #2 brings together many franchise favorites in a pivotal scene, including Luke Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi and C-3PO. Drawn by Howard Chaykin and inked by Steve Leialoha, the artwork carries a $10,000-$20,000 estimate.


Extremely rare Darth Vader 12 Back-A double-telescoping lightsaber action figure from Kenner’s 1978 Star Wars toy line, unpunched, white stand denoting early production. CIB LOA. Estimate $75,000-$100,000

With a history of one blockbuster result after another for ultra-rare Star Wars action figures, Hake’s has still more surprises in store, starting with a double-telescoping Darth Vader 12 Back-A, AFA graded 75 Ex+/NM. “What sets this very early example apart from any other Vader we have sold is that the card is unpunched and, significantly, it comes packaged with a white cardboard stand beneath the figure’s feet. Only a prototype could pre-date this one,” said Winter. Accompanied by a notarized CIB LOA, its auction estimate is $75,000-$100,000.

From the same now-legendary Minnesota collection that produced the Darth Vader comes a Jawa 12 Back-A action figure graded AFA 60 EX in an unpunched blister card. The vinyl cape indicates it is the earliest iteration of the figure. Unquestionably a significant piece within the rarefied niche of pre-production and early production figures, it comes with a CIB LOA. Estimate: $20,000-$35,000


Original oil-on-canvas Frankenstein artwork used as box art for 1980-81 action figure produced by Remco, from series of six monster paintings to be auctioned by Hake’s. Estimate $5,000-$10,000

An unheard-of opportunity presents itself in the form of six original oil-on-canvas paintings (shown at top of page) created as the box art for Remco’s 1980-81 series of Universal 9-inch monster action figures. The subjects are: Frankenstein (shown immediately above), Dracula, the Mummy, Wolfman, the Phantom of the Opera, and the Creature from the Black Lagoon. The consignor acquired the paintings directly from sources at Remco. Each of the artworks measures 17½ by 20 5/8 inches and is estimated at $5,000-$10,000.


1962 Parlophone Records photocard signed by all four members of The Beatles. First issue. Comes with Hake’s COA, and LOA from noted Beatles autograph expert Frank Caiazzo. Estimate $10,000-$20,000

Collectors of Beatles memorabilia still feel the same excitement the legendary Fab Four ignited when they first set the music world on fire nearly 60 years ago. The auction offers several coveted Beatles items, including a 1962 band-signed Parlophone Records photocard. The card is one of only two known examples of its type with all four bandmates’ signatures on the front. Accompanied by a Hake’s COA and LOA from Beatles autograph expert Frank Caiazzo, it is estimated at $10,000-$20,000.


Outstanding Lincoln and Hamlin 1860 campaign parade flag, glazed cotton with 33 stars. Estimate $20,000-$35,000

Flying high over Hake’s parade of early political memorabilia, an Abraham Lincoln and Hannibal Hamlin 1860 campaign flag is so rare – one of only two known – that it was not even listed in the respected reference Threads of History, as its existence had not yet been established. Arguably, the historical importance of this extraordinary 33-star pre-Civil War flag is inestimable. At auction, it is expected to make $20,000-$35,000.


Linen-mounted one-sheet poster for original 1958 release of classic sci-fi film ‘Attack of the 50Ft. Woman,’ 27 x 41½ in. Estimate $5,000-$10,000

As always, a tempting selection of posters is available. Towering above the movie subcategory is a linen-mounted one-sheet poster for the original 1958 release of the sci-fi classic Attack of the 50Ft. Woman. Estimate: $5,000-$10,000. Among the signs from music venues and outdoor concerts is an original psychedelic poster promoting the 1968 Monterey International Pop Festival, where Jimi Hendrix made his first electrifying US appearance. Estimate: $1,000-$2,000

Hake’s March 11-12, 2020 auction is now open for bidding. For additional information on any item in the sale, call 866-404-9800 (toll-free) or 717-434-1600. Email