Hey, Times Herald Readers, Remember When Spider-Man Used to Shop at Sanger-Harris?

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While we wait for some return calls, let's set aside the heavy lifting for this never-before-seen flashback about to go on sale on Heritage Auction Galleries's website: a might-be-unreleased John Romita Sr. drawing done for a Sanger-Harris giveaway comic intended to be stuffed into a Dallas Times Herald, probably some time 'round 1979 to '83. Over the years we've ambled down Amnesia Lane to flip through the stacks of comics that did make it into our plastic sleeves and cardboard boxes -- everything from Spider-Man and Hulk hanging out at Sangers and Texas Stadium to Big Tex hanging with The X-Men. But this one? Never seen it before. Says Heritage:
An exceptional image from the legendary John Romita, this was the cover for a Dallas Times Herald newspaper advertising supplement, possibly unpublished, featuring Spider-Man and Doc Ock. If this were a comic book cover from the same era, it would easily sell in the $5-10K range, and even given its nature as advertising art, it is still an absolutely dynamic and classic image of two of Marvel's greatest characters.
It goes up for grabs July 23.
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Ed D.
Ed D.

Perhaps even cooler, the Romita Sr. cover art for the definitely-published Spider-Man Dallas Times Herald comic featuring the Dallas Cowboys (and the Cheerleaders) is up on eBay right this very moment for a mere $5000.

http://cgi.ebay.com/Romita-Sr-...

Gblair58
Gblair58

The Dallas Times Herald, what a blast from the past. I threw a paper route for them in Lancaster, circa 1975. Your own Jim Schutz is writer from that fine publication, yes? It's demise is an example of the fact that the bullshit of the Republican party is just that. Since the Belo owned Dallas Morning News bought their competitor, in my opinion the only decent paper in town, news coverage is non-existant. Why read the DMN rag for AP stories I read online two days prior?The Republican mantra of big business is good, no matter the consequences fucks us all. Give me a shout-out via email JIm, I am in thailand now, but on my next trip to dreary Dallas, I'll buy you a beer or three.

md
md

The Republican mantra was competition is good. Big government is bad.

But big business has corrupted both parties. The problem is the people who write the campaign finance guidelines benefit from the loopholes. If they were to limit contributions to a reasonable amount and only from individuals government would be more responsive to the people.

StopDISD.org
StopDISD.org

Those were the days...talk about comics...check out the Municipal Monster comic posted in the Dallas Observer last year click below. http://blogs.dallasobserver.co... ..also,  check out the new tune called  Justice 4 Jubilee performed by Prolific MC. Artwork  created by Jake Ewing the creator of the Municipal Monster. http://www.stopdisd.org/justic... ...and don't forget to check out the Municipal Monsters' Summer and Christmas Nightmare edition on the link below http://www.stopdisd.org/catego...

Erich S
Erich S

I think Heritage is over-valuing this comic. A) These newspaper supplements were never worth anything in any condition to begin with and B) John Romita was never a fan-boy fave in the way, say Frank Miller or John Byrne were. Don't get me wrong, I always enjoyed Romita's '60s work on Spidey, but I can't see this fetching much more than 3 figures at the most...

El Rey
El Rey

I have a couple of these promotional comics too. I never thought they were worth anything except nostalgia. Cool.

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

I still have my copies of the Spidey/Hulk and Xmen at the state fair. Its what introduced me to the world of 4 color comics that I still love to this day

Jerome Weeks
Jerome Weeks

Curious. I notice Johnny Romita doesn't continue the Sanger-Harris building's trademark arched columns, so I'm not expecting perfect architectural or historical accuracy.

But ...nowadays, the truly ugly Elm Place parking garage is directly across the street. So when Romita drew this in 1980-ish, was Elm Place what Spidey was swinging FROM? Because whatever it is, it must have been taller than Sanger-Harris.

Raydan2647
Raydan2647

Ahhh the days of Sanger Harris, where it all started for me...sigh.. thought those doorless entry ways downtown were the coolest invention ever made. Macy, Schmacy, give me Sanger Harris anytime. I want this comic art.

Lakewoodhobo
Lakewoodhobo

Just replace Sanger Harris with DART, add a couple of bums pissing on the sidewalk and, BAM, it's 2011.

LakeWWWooder
LakeWWWooder

You can always tell a Sanger-Harris man...

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