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Will Eisner Art: City People Notebook "Smellbound" p. 6 lot of 3

Will Eisner Art: City People Notebook "Smellbound" p. 6 lot of 3
    Price: $1,650.00
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    WILL EISNER. Title/date/description: Preliminary drawing and finished art for the 6th page of "Smellbound," which is page 46 of City People Notebook (1989); a 3-piece total lot.

    Will Eisner made some subtle changes between his initial layout and finished page, but they are overall quite close. However, did Will forget Armando's mustache in panel 3? Would look very nice when framed together, perhaps with the pencil and a gray-toned published page flanking the larger inked original.

    Size/medium/condition: The underlying roughs of the preliminary drawing are in blue pencil with tighter black pencil lines on top, on 8.5 x 11 inch white paper. The final art is drawn in pen, brush & ink on an 11 x 14 inch Bristol board, with some blue pencil guide lines still visible. Also pictured here is Eisner's transparent vellum overlay on which he has indicated in ink, spots of White-Out and sections of red mask, the areas where "20% B.D." (Benday) gray tones were to be incorporated into his printed image. (See the published City People page for the combined effect). The aging red mask displays some cracking and its low-tack adhesive has permitted a small piece or two of the mask to fall off, however this in no way effects the two separate pieces of original art. There are small pieces of white tape with registration marks on the extreme corners, well outside the image area, and small applications of White-Out. Eisner's inventory rubber stamp and handwritten "City People" title is on the reverse side.

    Excellent condition. Price: $1,650 (lot of 3 pieces)

    Provenance: Warranted to be from the Will Eisner estate, which this agency exclusively represents. Comes with signed Bill of Sale.