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Jim Lee X-Men #1 Original Cover Art Was Bought To Match The Rest Of It


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This may have been an even wiser investment than it may have seen at the time. All four covers to X-Men #1 that form a quadriptych cover for the fifth, had their original artwork sold in a private offer last year. Now Thomas Fish has posted the pages to his ComicArtFans account, followed by many admiring comments.

Thoma Fish Bought The Jim Lee X-Men #1 Original Art Cover

This is also the week that the original artwork page that shows the moment that Peter Parker, Spider-Man bonded with the symbiote Venom costume, by Mike Zeck from Secret Wars #8, sold for $3.37 million at auction, a new record for internal original comic book art.

Thomas Fish is the co-owner of Blowout Cards, founded in 1999, as is the leading online retailer of sports and other trading cards in the hobby today, with a brick-and-mortar storefront The Fantastic Store in Northern Virginia. Fish is a well-known collector of original comic book art, and who previously paid the second-highest amount for a comic book internal page, the original artwork by Herbe Trimpe featuring the first appearance of Wolverine from Hulk #180, for two-thirds of a million dollars. At the time Thomas Fish told Beckett.com that “I believe the first published image of Wolverine represents a fantastic investment opportunity. Comic book characters such as Spider-Man, Superman, Batman and Wolverine are billion-dollar franchises. Comic book sales have already topped $1 million, and it’s only a matter of time that comic art sales reach seven figures. Comic art is used in the production of those comic books and they are one of a kind.” Of course, that happened this week.

Thomas Fish also previously owned and sold the original art for the cover of Amazing Spider-Man #300 by Todd McFarlane, bought for $16,000 and sold for $125,000, the cover to X-Force #1 and the first appearances of Ghost Rider and Mary Jane Watson. It was also reported in that article that he owned the original art from the complete issue of X-Men #1 by Jim Lee. Now it seems that he has the cover art to match.

The rest of us will just have to settle for the Jim Lee X-Men Artists Edition, which Thomas Fish will have made possible for IDW to publish. It just got a second printing as well.

Posted in: Comics, Marvel Comics | Tagged: jim lee, Thomas Fish, x-men

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