A merchant on eBay had quite a few reasonably priced pages from the Chris Claremont/Sean Chen series X-Men: The End (2005-6), so I got a couple. The series was conceived as 18 issues but then split into three arcs of six issues each. So this one entitled "#7 page 12" ended up as page 12 of X-Men: The End, Book Two: Heroes and Martyrs #1. The X-Men are reeling from attacks on multiple fronts, so Rogue flies Emma Frost to assist.
Here is the finished page. I'm not familiar with Sean Chen beyond this series, but I like his style. I've had this series churning in the hopper for a possible review thread for several months, but other series keep bumping it.
The other page I got was from "issue #13, page 13" of the same series, which was published as X-Men: The End, Book Three: Men and X-Men #1. Some of the X-Men are talking on the Starjammer while Deathbird exerts psychic control over Aliyah, her daughter with Bishop. The top image, an establishing shot of the Starjammer spaceship, is a stat copied from the third issue.
The finished image makes it clearer that Deathbird is not physically present.
I got an original page for which it seems no finished version exists. In the mid-90s, Marvel put comic book inserts in early issues of the NFL's Pro Action Sports magazine. Spider-Man graced issues #1 and #3. X-Men were in #2 and apparently were set up for issue #4, but the #4 comic was never released. Perhaps the #4 magazine was never released either?
Anyway, this oddity features Mojo and Spiral, two of my favorite X-Men foes. The plot seems to be that Mojo, ever the TV mogul, is somehow going to mess with the Super Bowl. Art apparently features pencils by Chris Marrinan and inks by Keith Williams, if the credits for issue #2 (the previous X-Men insert story) are any guide.
ETA: Other pages in this series are attributed to Michael Bair. Dunno if that means he did pencils, inks, or both.
ETA #2: Michael Bair confirmed through email: "Yes indeed I did an X-Men story for the NFL comic. It was a Mojo story and was drawn in that 90's X-Men style. Pencils & Inks by me circa '94."
Last Edit: Jan 14, 2020 14:02:31 GMT -5 by rberman
I'll probably never own a Bill Sienkiewicz page since they seem to sell in the $5,000 range. But I did get this sketch by him. It was entitled "Frankentein's Monster," though it has no gothic element. For all I know, it may be a self-portrait. Sienkiewicz has found that if he gives his art exercises a genre name, comic book fans snap them up. Thus he's done many paintings of women, put them in red caps, and sold the result as "Elektra."
When I read through Grant Morrison's run on New X-Men, I was particularly struck by Ethan Van Sciver's expressive, detailed work. I was glad to get page #7 from issue #123. It has blue pencil layout followed by Van Sciver pencils and Danny Miki inks.
Here's the final product, with Logan and Emma trading barbs with each other and surly new student Angel.
One of the comics in my cousin's early 70s stash was Action Comics #413, with a voodoo-themed Superman story. It also had a memorable Metamorpho back-up, perhaps informed by Captain Marvel comics at Fawcett, in which Simon Stagg is betrayed by an old friend. The trap includes a tour of a cave with statues of the seven deadly sins. Two of the eight pages were available on eBay from the same seller at reasonable prices! So I bought them. I wonder where the other six have gone. Here's the original of page 5, showing the tour of the statues...
And the final version, obviously not much different...
Last Edit: Jan 14, 2020 15:01:02 GMT -5 by rberman
Here's page 7 (out of 8) from the same Metamorpho story as the page above. A little sleuthing revealed that pages 5-8 were sold together at auction a few months ago and are now separated. I'm a little bit sad to see how the pages of stories are much more likely to get permanently scattered rather than subsequently reassembled. It's what the market wants since not all pages of a story are valuated equally. An wealthy collector's works were auctioned this week. Among the 200+ offerings was an entire issue of John Byrne's run on Fantastic Four. While it was in the collector's care, it was kept intact, albeit without the cover. What are the chances that it will remain intact? It would be nice if it was worth more that way, but that does not seem to be the case.