#055 G.I. JOE COLLECTION

The moniker G.I. Joe was derived from the use of the name for the generic U.S. soldier, just as Tommy is used in Britain, the character has become an American icon standing for so much more than a simple toy could seem to represent and even led to the coining of the term “action figure.” G.I. Joe was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in 2004 and the Pop Culture Hall of Fame in 2017. What took them so long? Let’s assume G.I. Joe really needs no introduction and go right onto letting you know this lot contains three items worth telling you about. The first is an actual chromalin press proof of the cover of G.I. Joe, A Real American Hero #72, June 1986, Stiletto, and the second is the comic itself, protected in its glassine cover. In 1986, Marvel introduced G.I Joe Special Missions, a spin-off series which ran for 28 issues concurrently with the main series. Item three is the proof of the cover for #16, December, “Tight Circle.” Collect all three. Marvel, 1986.

#052 ORIGINAL CD COVER ARTWORK FOR POCAHONTAS

Pocahontas stands against the wind as John Smith sails away around the river bend in this truly majestic painting from the closing of the film for the cover of the Pocahontas CD as part of the “Disney Dreams” limited edition box set collection of 16 film soundtracks released as a Christmas exclusive only in Japan. The scene is richly rendered in acrylic on a 15 x16″ sheet of heavy board by Disney master artist Ron Diaz. Disney, 1991.

#051 ORIGINAL CD COVER ARTWORK FOR ALADDIN

The ancient city of Agrabah celebrates a whole new world for Aladdin and Jasmine under a scimitar moon in this spectacular painting for the cover of the Aladdin CD as part of the “Disney Dreams” limited edition box set collection of 16 film soundtracks that was released as a Christmas exclusive only in Japan. Glowing with detail, the beautiful painting is 18 x 18″, meticulously rendered in pastel on heavy deckle edge art paper by Disney master Ron Diaz. Disney, 1991.

#050 ORIGINAL UNPUBLISHED ARTWORK of ARIEL AND FLOUNDER

Running over with joy, this spectacular illustration, though camera ready and finished with printer’s marks, was never published. The action, as the two leap joyously against the setting sun, and the notation “page 24″ indicate the triumphant conclusion to a story. But what story? And with such a beautiful piece of art in question does it matter? Hand inked and painted on a 9 x 7″ cel, the image is 5-5/8 x 4-3/4′, with master acrylic background rendered on a larger 13 x 15” board to accommodate text. Disney, 2000.

#049 ORIGINAL ARTWORK of ARIEL AND FLOUNDER WITH TREASURE CHEST from “ARIEL’S CHRISTMAS UNDER THE SEA’ CD BOOKLET

Deep in her secret grotto, Ariel is enchanted to learn how humans celebrate Christmas and is inspired to create the holiday right here in Atlantica. Accompanied by her best pal Flounder, she avidly studies how it is done in this original artwork for page 7 of the read-along booklet accompanying the special holiday CD and cassette release. The camera-ready art is gorgeously hand inked and painted on a 9 x 7″ cel with original background rendered in acrylic on a 13 x 15″ board with printer’s marks. The top portion of the board is blank to accommodate the text of the story, but can be trimmed off for framing. Disney, 2,000.