The neglected art of Maurice Whitman’s Jumbo Comics, up for auction

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We recently noted that the series Ghost comics is sought after by vintage collectors, in large part because of the covers of an underrated artist of the late Golden Age, Maurice whitman. But Whitman’s work graced a lot of comics from the mid-1940s to the early 1950s that are unfairly overlooked. After serving in World War II, Whitman entered the comic book industry in the mid-1940s for people like Harry chesler, Lloyd Jacquet and Jerry Iger. But in 1947, he began to work for the publisher with whom he would make his mark: Fiction House. Whitman has worked on interior stories for people like Wings BD, Planet Comics, Jungle Comics and other Fiction House titles 1947-1950 before they started doing covers as well. Maurice Whitman created dozens of covers for Fiction House 1950-1954, and his covers for the classic Giant comics the series are excellent examples of his many accomplishments. There are many Giant Comics # 161-167 with the Maurice Whitman covers of the very end of this important series up for auction at Heritage Auctions Sunday and Monday Comic Auctions Aug 1-2, 2021.

Jumbo Comics Covers by Maurice Whitman.
Jumbo Comics Covers by Maurice Whitman.

Whitman worked for Fiction House until the summer of 1954, and the company went out of business soon after, falling victim to the anti-comic moral panic of the mid-1950s. He then moved on to a wide range of work for Charlton, Warren Publications and others. But his work at the Fiction House is Whitman at the peak of his ability, and his Giant comics covers are among his best works. There are many Giant Comics # 161-167 with the Maurice Whitman covers of the very end of this important series up for auction at Heritage Auctions Sunday and Monday Comic Auctions Aug 1-2, 2021.

# 161 (Fiction House, 1952) CGC Apparent VG + 4.5 Mild to moderate (C-2) Off-white to white pages. The covers of Ghost Gallery begin. The art of Jack Kamen and Lou Cameron. CCG Notes: “The restoration includes: a moderate amount of glue on the back cover. »Overstreet 2021 GD 2.0 value = $ 25; VG 4.0 value = $ 50.

# 162 (Fiction House, 1952) CGC VG 4.0 Off-white to blank pages. Cover by Maurice Whitman. The art of Jack Kamen and Robert Webb. Overstreet 2021 TB 4.0 value = $ 52. CGC 21/7 Census: 3 in 4.0, 13 above.

# 163 (Fiction House, 1952) CGC VG-3.5 Cream to off-white pages. First appearance of L ‘Eyeil. Appearance of Suicide Smith. The art of Ken Battefield. Overstreet 2021 TB 4.0 value = $ 52. Census CGC 21/7: 2 in 3.5, 16 above.

# 164 (Fiction House, 1952) CGC FN-5.5 Slightly brittle pages. Reprints of Star Pirate begin. The art of Robert Webb and Murphy Anderson. Overstreet 2021 FN 6.0 value = $ 108. CGC 21/7 census: 3 in 5.5, 7 above.

# 165 (Fiction House, 1952) CGC VG + 4.5 Off-white to white pages. Robert Webb art. Appearance Sheena. Overstreet 2021 TB 4.0 value = $ 66. CGC 21/7 Census: 2 of 4.5, 27 above.

# 166 (Fiction House, 1953) CGC VG 4.0 Cream to off-white pages. Robert Webb art. Overstreet 2021 TB 4.0 value = $ 66. CGC 21/7 Census: 3 in 4.0, 16 above.

Jumbo Comics # 167 (Fiction House, 1953) CGC GD / VG 3.0 Cream to off-white pages. Appearance of the Space Rangers. Latest issue of Jumbo Comics. Overstreet 2021 GD 2.0 value = $ 33; VG 4.0 value = $ 66. CGC 21/7 Census: 3 in 3.0, 14 above.

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