The other day, my pal Dan sent me a link to the Scoop, which trumpeted an upcoming auction for a truly legendary page of original artwork.
It's for none other than the splash page for Superduperman, the hilarious Superman (and Captain Marvel) parody illustrated by Wally Wood for MAD #4 (1953)...back when it was still a comic book and not a magazine.
Now, I'm usually not as bewitched by original art as other comic book fans are. As an artist who works around other artists and artwork every day, I guess original art has lost much of the novelty or mystique others might see in it. That said, pages like this one are a big exception...primarily because of (A) it's aforementioned legendary status among cartoonists and comic book fans and (B) it's the work of Wally Wood at the height of his career and skill.
However...I certainly don't admire it enough to blow $20,000 on it (which the same article places as it's "pre-sale estimate"). That's a level of enthusiasm I truly can't comprehend.
How about you? Are you turned on by original art...or not? If so, what's the appeal? I'm not out to argue with you or talk you out of your enjoyment of it....I'm just curious. Also, what's the most you'd be willing to pay for a page of original art?