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Frank and His Friend - Special Collector's Edition Vol. 1 - by Clarence 'Otis' Dooley - curioandco.com

Frank and His Friend - Special Collector's Edition, Vol. 1

Frank and His Friend seems to get sweeter each time you read it. The turn of a page takes you from a moment of joyful exuberance where adventure could literally be waiting just around the corner, to a scene of warm tenderness where you can almost feel the hug.

This special collector’s edition captures all of that, in 128 pages of comics not seen in Time for Frank and His Friend or the Eisner-nominated Finding Frank and His Friend. What’s more, each image was selected by Frank and His Friend...

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9.95 EUR
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Spaceman Jax - "A Gem of an Idea" -  Jim Dewicky - animation production drawing - Two mantagons mining cristals - by Curio & Co. (Curio and Co. OG) www.curioandco.com

"A Gem of an Idea"

Spaceman Jax

This original production drawing by Jim Dewicky is from the episode “A Gem of an Idea” broadcast originally in 1962....

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135.00 EUR
Spaceman Jax - "A Gem of an Idea" 2 -  Jim Dewicky - animation production drawing - Mantagon on a rope - by Curio & Co. (Curio and Co. OG) www.curioandco.com

"A Gem of an Idea" 2

Spaceman Jax

This original production drawing by Jim Dewicky is from the episode “A Gem of an Idea” broadcast originally in 1962....

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135.00 EUR
Spaceman Jax - "A Gem of an Idea" 3 -  Jim Dewicky - production drawing - Mantagon sketch - by Curio & Co. (Curio and Co. OG) www.curioandco.com

"A Gem of an Idea" 3

Spaceman Jax

Giclèe Reproduction        $   49.00 Original Drawing           $   150.00   This original production drawing by Jim Dewicky is...

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49.00 EUR
Spaceman Jax - "A Jax by Any Other Name" - Jax hugs Jax - by Curio & Co. (Curio and Co. OG) www.curioandco.com

"A Jax by Any Other Name"

Spaceman Jax

Giclee reproduction of original production drawing by Jim Dewicky is from the episode “A Jax by Any Other Name” broadcast...

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49.00 EUR
Spaceman Jax - "A Jax of All Trades" -  Jim Dewicky - animation production drawing - Jax shows things - by Curio & Co. (Curio and Co. OG) www.curioandco.com

"A Jax of All Trades"

Spaceman Jax

This original production drawing by Jim Dewicky is from the episode “A Jax of All Trades” broadcast originally in 1962....

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110.00 EUR
Spaceman Jax - "A Mantagon Mystery" -  Jim Dewicky - production drawing - Mantagon show off his muscles - by Curio & Co. (Curio and Co. OG) www.curioandco.com

"A Mantagon Mystery"

Spaceman Jax

Giclèe Reproduction        $   49.00 Original Drawing           $   140.00   This original production drawing by Jim Dewicky is...

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, Jul 08, 2015
by Ned Wazowski

Collecting animated history

 Curio & Co. looks at the big business of animation art. Mantagon model sheet for 1960s animated TV show Spaceman Jax and the Galactic Adventures produced by PUD film. Image courtesy Curio and Co. www.curioandco.com

Cartoons may have been thought of as entertainment for little kids, but selling animation art is all grown up.

Animation art today is big business, with original production art from major studios such as Disney or Warner Brothers fetching high prices at auctions from fine art sellers like Christie’s or Sotheby’s. In fact, buying animation is a pretty good investment, as the pieces continue to go up in value.

That wasn’t always the case, however. Finding the art today can sometimes be pretty difficult as some pieces were thrown away once the production was finished. You read that right: the pieces were simply put in the trash. You hear stories about entire comic book or baseball card collections trashed by mothers when kids were away at summer camp, but what’s so surprising about the case of animation art is that it was done by the creators themselves.

Studios didn’t have the space or the need to keep art once production was finished. Artists were allowed to keep whatever they might want, but the studio asked that everything else just be tossed out. So unless there was an image that the artist particularly liked, out it went.

That doesn’t mean that there is nothing of this history left, however. Many pieces were saved – pulled out of dumpsters – by curious children who lived or played near the studios. Eager for a picture of their favorite characters, they dove in and salvaged many a piece of animation history – just for fun.

And thank goodness they did! Without those little dumpster divers, much of the work of smaller studios – like UPA or pud film – might have been lost altogether. Fortunately for Spaceman Jax fans, production designer Philip La Carta saved a lot of his work done for shows like Spaceman Jax and the Galactic Adventures and Brigadier Buffalo. Which means that there’s plenty of amazing pieces to keep collectors happy for many years to come.

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