Yep, we finally got around to it!
Sorry if you were temporarily blinded by the garish colors, but this is the cover to Gold Key’s BEEP-BEEP THE ROAD RUNNER # 65 (July, 1977).
Thanks to New York Comic Con 2012, a piece of this book is now mine!
|Mine! All MINE|
It isn’t often that you find original Gold Key Comics artwork for sale (presumably, most of it was destroyed) so, when you do, you pounce on it. As I did with the cover to this issue.
|Pounce on it -- QUICKLY! Go on...|
An art dealer had it stashed among pages upon pages of the more typical mainstream comic stuff, with no notation of what it was, or even of the artist. For the record, it was Jack Manning, who did lots of the Gold Key Road Runner comics of the period – and some interesting Mickey Mouse stories of the early ‘70s!
Alas, I cannot scan and share this item with you – which, I must admit, looks FAR BETTER in its original BLACK AND WHITE than its published color version. Then again, how could it not!
It measures 13.50 x 20.75 and has the area for the UPC Code sketched in blue pencil covering some lines of the art.
Below the art are pre-printed designated lines for STORY TITLE followed by a handwritten “Beep Beep # 65”, PUBLICATION followed by “May 1977 G-2546”, and PAGE with no entry.
And, in the lower right margin is the ACTUAL NAME AND ADDRESS for Western Publishing’s Los Angeles office – the building within whose walls the Dell, Gold Key, and Whitman comic books were editorially formed!
Western Publishing Co., Inc.
6922 Hollywood Blvd. # 321
Los Angeles, California 90028
How ‘bout THAT?! Just knowing where these comics were created is worth the price of the piece! Imagine the myriad talents of writing, art, and editorial processes who walked THOSE hallowed halls over the years!
|Like maybe THIS GUY? Carl Barks!|
Had I known this some years ago, I’d have sought out that building on one of my trips to Los Angeles. I’d probably be disappointed to find some “ad agency” or other mundane occupant there.
|And, another "good deal" below!|
|Cash and (unfortunately) carry!|
|And, like the Yankees, Wile E. just ran outta luck - and hits!|
Yeah, I couldda probably left it all day with the dealer, but I eventually got used to the burden – and (as any real fan will understand) was just glad to have it with me!
The worst of it was upon leaving the Con and encountering gusts of October evening wind, whipping through the concrete canyons of New York City. There was a moment where I thought that the broad, flat image area of Road Runner and Wile E. -- and its broader-still backing board -- would take-off like an “Acme Kite”, and maybe take me with it!
|...Or, just use your own COVER ART!|
At the very least, this rendition of Wile E. was often seen “twisting in the wind” that night… a position with which he is not unfamiliar!
And so we close the (comic) book on New York Comic Con for 2012! My advice to all of you is to go there someday! You’ll have great fun… and, if you parse it wisely, much material for your Blogs!