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Sam & Max Comico production art circa '89

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Did anybody catch wind of these pieces that were on ebay recently?

It seems that somebody bought a giant storage locker worth of production artwork from the long gone Comico. Of course, Comico was responsible for the great Road Trip comic that led into Hit the Road.

http://www.comicoart.com/2011/03/comico-production-art-saved-from.html

There are still some pieces listed on ebay. These are coolest ones I saw but are now ended. Not original artwork, although how many of us would go into hock to hang this stuff on a wall?

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  • This is a spiffy look at the 4-color separation technique that Comico developed back in the 80's:

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    Road Trip sure looks cool in full color versus the black & white in the collected version. All 40 pages of the comic were up for grabs.

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  • oh, never saw that pages in colors

  • Several of the auctions talk about "Gordon Purcell"... But interesting stuff. I'd never seen the left half of this one before.

  • @Harald B said: Several of the auctions talk about "Gordon Purcell"... But interesting stuff. I'd never seen the left half of this one before.



    I think that would be the editorial page inside of the Comico Special #1. I don't have a copy of that one anymore to check. I wonder, was that comic printed in color like those color separations? I know that Surfin' the Highway and Collected Sam & Max were both black & white.

  • That's what the description says, yes. You can actually read the editorial in the bigger picture. Funny stuff.

    About the color thing: I've had to do some looking up and discard some assumptions, but your answer is yes. Most important reference: the old comicography.
    (Bit sad that I couldn't find this detail in the wiki, but I've added a mention now.)

  • @Harald B said: About the color thing: I've had to do some looking up and discard some assumptions, but your answer is yes. Most important reference: the old comicography.
    (Bit sad that I couldn't find this detail in the wiki, but I've added a mention now.)



    I think my research will involve getting some copies of the original comics again. I used to have 3 out of 4 of the old comics but gave them to my brother. Shouldn't be too hard too find a willing seller in this economy.

  • Here are the rest of the pics..., hope I didn't hit any repeats:

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  • They are in colour? I want that bad.

  • I went ahead and phoned the shop in the article who bought the entire Comico lot this year, and turns out they are a swell bunch of fellows and were happy to make a deal outside of ebay for some of these pieces!

    None of them had sold yet, so we haggled over price, I sold some of my children, and POOF! here's what arrived this week:

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    Inventory Sheet dates from DEC '88:
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    10 x Road Trip 4-color separation quad panels:
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    Comico Special cover separation, negatives, and editorial page layout:
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    I was surprised at how good the condition of everything is, no yellowing from age despite being +20 years old.

    This cover page is what really got me interested in the end. But before I post my latest bank statement for what it cost, the question is how many bags of cats would you throw down for this piece?
    (Current exchange rate: $1 = 1 bag of cats)

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  • That is amazing, I was watching a lot of that stuff on Ebay, but unfortunately I have no budget for anything outside of bills nowadays, though I did manage to get a hold of the 4 original issues of the comic, and it's a beautiful addition to my collection. You're a very lucky person to be in possession of those, and if I didn't need them, I'd probably sell an arm or a leg to pay for things like that. If it's not too much info, what price did you manage to get those for?

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