I got some of the pages auctioned from the aforementioned collector's assembled works. Some were artists I was looking for, but some just looked cool. This page is John Van Fleet from Hellraiser #4 (1989). I've not read the book, or anything by Clive Barker, but I like photorealistic comics.
Here is the finished page, which is essentially the same with words.
I was surprised to have the opportunity to purchase one of the pages that we've discussed on this very forum just a couple of months ago. It's from Chris Claremont and Marshall Rogers' story "Safe Streets" which appeared in Bizarre Adventures #25. On the surface it's a somewhat lurid tale in which an old friend of Misty Knight, now a vampire, tries to seduce Misty and turn her undead. Misty and Colleen kill the vampire and then must deal with irate citizens who feel that the vampire was helping the keep the streets safe by eliminating drug pushers and other miscreants. As I said in the other thread, this seems like a metaphor for the way New Yorkers sometimes rationalized the Mafia's presence.
Anyway, here's the original page of the vampire attacking Misty in the back of a taxi cab.
The washed colors became shades of grey in the final product. Claremont's captions speak of the themes of addiction and temptation which he would assay repeatedly in his 70s/80s stories.
Another one I got from the same collection was this early Adam Hughes work from Maze Agency (1988) #4. The detectives are trying to track down serial killer "Jack the Ripper." These days Hughes is known for his full-blown cover work, usually featuring females, but at the time he was a penciler working with inker Rick Magyar.
What else? I got a set of pages from The Ultimates #10. It's a flashback to Captain America sabotaging a Nazi train, except at least one of the Nazis is an alien in disguise. It starts like this on page 2:
Cap is hanging on to the side of the train, as is more obvious in the final color version:
One collecting goal I didn't think I'd easily achieve was to own a Kirby original. But I was able to get this late Kirby pin-up of the character Kublak from his Phantom Force work for Image Comics in 1994. The art seems better than Kirby's 80s output for DC; perhaps he spent more time on a pin-up.
If anybody deserved the creator rights that Image offered, it's Kirby! Sadly, this issue was published posthumously in April 1994; Kirby had died in February. Here's the character in context (in Phantom Force #2), inked by Michael Thibodeaux, who took over pencils in issue #3 and returned the series to his own Genesis West imprint.
Issue #1 contained tributes from Image's founders, with Rob Liefeld providing a lengthy explanation of the project's origins.
My next set of original pages included some "sure, why not?" purchases of series and authors that I wasn't personally attached to, but they looked interesting in isolation. First up: Paris Cullins and Willie Blyberg art from New Gods #17 page 23, 1990.
Mike Esposito has a sideline, perhaps now a main line, of recreating classic covers. I got this one recreating Amazing Spider-Man #39. John Romita did the cover originally; Under his pseudonym of Mickey Demeo, Esposito inked Romita on the interior but apparently not the cover.
I guess that's the World Trade Center in the background? Here is the original published piece for comparison.
Greg Land deserves every bit of criticism he gets for over-swiping and even stealing art from others. But when he tones it down, I have no complaint. This is from Iron Man #7, page 6, 2013 with inks by Jay Lestein.