Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Amazing Fantasy #15 original Spider-Man artwork given to Library of Congress


The first appearance of Spider-Man, an 11-page story which includes his origin, now belongs to the American people. According to curator Sara Duke, an anonymous donor has given the 24 pages of original interior artwork from Amazing Fantasy #15 to the Library of Congress' Prints and Photographs division. The artwork, drawn by Steve Ditko and written by Stan Lee, first appeared in print in 1962, and is in good shape. The art has some whiteout where features of the women were modified, apparently not by Ditko, as well as pasteup word balloons. According to Sara, who called it a "lovely and generous gift," the donor checked with Ditko before donating it, and was told that since the story was a gift to him (although not from Ditko), he could do what he liked with it. The donor declined to have it appraised when giving it to the Library so the actual value of the gift is unknown, although certainly in the six figures range. Three other non-superhero stories were in the book - "The Bell-Ringer", "Man in the Mummy Case", "There are Martians among us!" - and were also donated.

Sara hopes that the Library's collection of comic book art will continue to grow with similar donations since they can't afford to buy them.

The donation has been given the accession number 2008.043. All unprocessed collections require an access to unprocessed collections request form to be filled out prior to making an appointment to see art: http://www.loc.gov/rr/print/info/022_unpr.html

Members of the press should contact Donna Urschel in the Public Affairs Office, 202-707-1639.

This post has been corrected from an earlier version.

12 comments:

Randy said...

So can the public go and actually check this out???

Mike Rhode said...

Yes, by appointment. I'll modify the post with the information later.

KRAZYKAT said...

THE PAGES ARE WORTH MILLIONS OF DOLLARS ON THE LOW END - PRICELESS ON THE HIGH END. CANT WAIT TO SEE PICTURES!!!

Gianfranco Goria said...

Hi Mike! I talked about you today in my daily press agency afnews.info.
Best! :-)
http://www.afnews.info

Roger Green said...

I hope they make yjem available electronically as well.

Mike Rhode said...

Self-referential, but this has gotten a little play on The Comics Journal message boards where attitudes can be a bit different...

...although I'm sure Sara appreciates being thought of as a 'chick'
http://www.tcj.com/messboard/viewtopic.php?t=4371

Mike Rhode said...

Somebody big has linked to this story as I'm getting far more hits than usual - anyone know who?

Thanks.

Mike Rhode said...

Ahhh, never mind - I see it's probably Mark Evanier's excellent blog News from ME that's generating the traffic.

Mike Rhode said...

Gianfranco, thanks for the link, and thanks for letting me know, since the automated link catcher didn't catch it. I see by my widget map I've got some Italian readers today.

Mike Rhode said...

Oddly enough, the Friends of the Albany Public Library linked to this too
http://aplfriends.blogspot.com/2008/04/original-spider-man-artwork-given-to.html

Ferran Delgado said...

Hi Mike,

In the Library of Congress blog there are a few pictures of the originals!

Check it here:
http://www.loc.gov/blog/?p=290

ron said...

I have that comic, and its in its original package.