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Comics A.M. | Iconic Neal Adams cover art sells for $442,150

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Comics A.M. | Iconic Neal Adams cover art sells for $442,150

Auctions | Rob Salkowitz looks at the recent sale at auction of Neal Adams’ original cover art for Green Lantern/Green Arrow #76 for an impressive, although not record-setting, $442,150. He notes that the significance of the issue, and the endorsement of the sale by Adams, likely had an effect on the price. In 1970, most publishers didn’t routinely return original art to artist, and Adams has been critical of the sale of artwork that was simply taken, and sometimes given away, by staffers or editors. In this case, however, he announced through the auction house that “since the proprietor of the cover has agreed to equitably share the income of the auction with me and my family, I hereby validate sale and ownership of this piece and I will, in fact, supply a Certificate of Authenticity to the highest bidder of the auction, and the ownership of this cover will never be questioned by me.” A portion of the proceeds was also donated to The Hero Initiative. [ICv2]

Legal | Albert Parsons pleaded guilty to taking part in the 2010 burglary that led to the death of comics collector Homer Marciniak, winding up the legal proceedings in the five-year-old case. Parsons admitted to his involvement in the home invasion, led by Rico Venditti, to steal the 77-year-old Marciniak’s comics collection, valued at $30,000. Marciniak was assaulted and tied up during the robbery, and died the next day of a heart attack. Parsons could face up to 20 years in federal prison for his part in the crime; Venditti and four others have either pleaded guilty or been convicted for their roles. Venditti will be sentenced on Jan. 22. [Buffalo News]

Best of the year | The results are in for the Goodreads Choice Awards, which are chosen by popular vote. The fourth volume of Saga tops the graphic novel list, followed by Nimona and Attack on Titan. [Goodreads]

Creators | Özge Samanci talks about her new graphic novel, Dare to Disappoint, a memoir of growing up in Turkey in the 1980s. [Hurriyet Daily News]

Creators | The local newspaper profiles Tom Beland, creator of Chicacabra and True Story, Swear to God, who does his work in a coffee shop. [Press Democrat]

Museums | The Batalion Comic Book Museum and Club in Prague is a bar that honors the work of Czech underground cartoonist Kája Saudek, who died in June. [Atlas Obscura]

Retailing | Superhero Creamery & T Shirt Factory in Ashland, Kentucky, has just celebrated its first anniversary. The store carries comics and ice cream and frozen yogurt with comics-themed flavors such as The Uncanny X-Mint and Harley Quinnamon. [Daily Independent]

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