VALOR 3 Page 29 Original Comic Book Art REED CRANDALL Debt of Honor Crusades EC
Offered for sale is the original art for the comic book (Tales of Mortal Combat, and Deeds of). This comic book panel page was published as page #29 (the final story page, 7 of 7) from the Debt of Honor story in issue #3 of Valor comic book, published in July/August 1955 by EC Comics. The image area measures approximately 18 tall by 13 wide. It is not signed or dated. Comics Magazine Code Authority stamp of approval (dated March 17, 1955) on reverse.
This is the original art (rendered in pen and ink over graphite/pencil on EC Bristol board) for this comic book page, penciled and inked by Reed Crandall and written by E. Originally colored by Marie Severin and lettered by Jim Wroten. This fantastic page, featuring terrific art by Reed Crandall, is the final story page (7 of 7) from the story "Debt of Honor" about King Richard the Lionhearted and his failed quest to capture Jerusalem from Saladin. Both a terrific work of art and a piece of comic book history. A crusader, Mortain, promised to lead King Richard into Jerusalem, but betrays him to Saladin, where he is captured.
The two leaders agree to a truce which includes Richard foregoing vengeance against the turncoat. However, pushes his luck and demands that Richard honor his bargain, and pay the promised price (1,000 pieces of gold) for the services rendered. There's really nothing to like about Mortain... Ince this was an EC story, you just know that hell receive his due, one way or another, when the Debt of Honor is finally paid. Wonderful page design and execution by a talented artist.Saladin radiates calm serenity, at least until he realizes how Richard intends to pay the debt. Richard and his soldiers are grim and determined. Beautiful inking by one of the all-time classic EC artists. "This story of King Richard the Lionhearted and his failed quest to capture Jerusalem features not only terrific art by Reed Crandall, but shows just how much EC's hands were tied by the 1955 Comics Code Authority, which demanded changes in the final two panels page 7, where a traitor is "rewarded with gold. The published art showed only curtains, while the original page reveals, in shadows, the man's head being held back, and a soldier pouring molten gold as the victim screams in terror. Even though these scenes are not graphic in nature, the CCA would not allow them, and even modern reprints use the censored version. The art is in ink over graphite on EC Bristol board, with an average image area of 13" x 18". Comic Book and Artist Information. Valor was a comic book published bimonthly in 1955 by EC Comics as the second title in its New Direction i. Subject to the Comics Code Authority line. Edited by Al Feldstein, Valor focused on stories of action and adventure in period settings. He penciled or inked many other comic characters including The Ray, Doll Man, Captain America, the Firebrand and others. He later provided art for Warrens Creepy, Eerie and Blazing Combat and for Tower Comics. He was inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 2009. Condition : The art is in excellent condition on art paper. No stats, paste overs or white out corrections. Brown glue stains as noted above to final two panels where replacement art was removed from the censored panels (the replacement art is NOT included). Stamps to reverse as noted. Owned by an adult collector in a smoke free home. International buyers please wait for an invoice from me before paying. Please check out my other auctions for a selection of comics, graphic novels, trade paperbacks, books, toys, video games, CDs, comic book, comic strip and illustration art, and other collectibles. The item "VALOR 3 Page 29 Original Comic Book Art REED CRANDALL Debt of Honor Crusades EC" is in sale since Thursday, January 19, 2017. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Comics\Original Comic Art\Interior Pages". The seller is "rfcarlinii" and is located in Kings Park, New York. This item can be shipped worldwide.