Sunday, June 28, 2015

Valiant Market - Archer & Armstrong #2 page 17

It's been a little while since I posted a new Valiant Market article (you can check out some previous articles here) and things have only gotten more expensive! These posts are meant to track original art sales of pages that are in high demand and appear very rarely such as pages from UNITY or Deathmate Prologue, splash pages etc.

Today's piece is from Archer & Armstrong #2 by Barry Windsor-Smith.  It features both Archer and Armstrong as well as a great early shot of Turok. Not only that but this issue is part of the epic UNITY crossover.  Back in 2012 we had our last public sale (as far as I can tell) of a page from this book. That was a fixed price sale at $700. I remarked back then that the price was low and today we have a auction style sale that finished at $1,530 + shipping on ebay. This is more than I would have guessed as recent sales of Valiant Barry Windsor-Smith art are in the $800 - $1000 range (with the exception of pages from X-O Manowar #1 which are in the $1,500 - $1,600 range). To see an early Archer & Armstrong page in the range of X-O Manowar #1 pages is surprising. I would attribute the rise to the popularity of the current Valiant comics. New fans are being made everyday in droves and old fans are remembering how much they love Valiant.