Greg Hildebrandt's stunning original cover art for this month's debut issue of Star Trek: Year Five #1 comic book series highlights dozens of sci-fi and horror masterpiece paintings in Heritage Auctions
' April 23 Illustration Art Auction in Dallas and on HA.com.
The new Star Trek: Year Five series, released by IDW Publishing, will feature a succession of creators to pen the first arc, which will "explore a hidden chapter of Enterprise history." IDW is launching the series with a bang by involving Hildebrandt, the legendary sci-fi artist who lends his talent to the first Star Trek project in his career, which has spanned more than 60 years. The 38-by-28-inch painting cover art may sell for $10,000 to $15,000.
Another piece of Star Trek history is Steven Chorney's 1991 poster study for Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (est. $1,000-$2,000) and Richard "Sparky" Moore's Star Trek: Mission to Horatius book cover and interior illustrations (est. $800-$1,200).
Additional original sci-fi paintings and artworks include:
· The 1954 original cover art for Orbit Science Fiction #5 by Ed Valigursky (est. $3,000-$5,000). Orbit Science Fiction was a science fiction magazine only published in 1953 and 1954 by the Hanro Corporation and only five issues were published.
· Legendary sci-fi artist Edmund (Emsh) Emshwiller's surreal Mind Mate, Amazing Stories digest cover, July 1964 (est. $2,000-$3,000)
· The Spirit of Science-Fiction, 1953, the original cover art for Science Fiction Plus magazine, by Frank R. Paul and Dorothy Les Tina (est. $700-$900)
· Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos book cover, 1971, by Victor Valla
Among a group of classic horror original paintings:
· The painting Dark Moon, 1953, Hannes Bok's stunning original cover art for Fantasy Digest (the second issue renamed Fantasy Magazine). The 1950s series sported four beautiful covers by Bok, and this painting of a woman with eerily glowing eyes is one of his most striking artworks (est. $10,000-$15,000)
· An original, 1946 cartoon illustration of Morticia Addams of The Adams Family by creator Charles Addams (est. $3,000-$5,000)
· Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos book cover, 1971, by Victor Valla (est. $1,500-$2,500)
· Formerly from the Ray Bradbury Collection, Something Wicked This Way Comes - The Dust Witch, 1988, by Joseph Anthony Mugnaini (est. $3,000-$5,000)
Original Fantasy art includes:
· The original art from the Magic the Gathering card titled Silkenfist Order, 1999, by Greg Hildebrandt (est. $1,500-$2,500)
· Boris Vallejo original cover art for Conan The Fearless paperback cover, 1986 (est. $6,000-$8,000)
· Artist Walter Martin Baumhofer's Red Snow, Doc Savage magazine cover, February 1935 (est: $12,000-18,000). The painting shows a dramatic scene with several men floundering in the water as a lifeboat takes on water, a measure of chaos that is punctuated by the presence of a handgun. The image appeared on the cover of Doc Savage magazine, named after the fictional character who first appeared in American pulp magazines during the 1930s and 1940s.
· James Allen St. John's Tarzan and the Golden Lion, book frontispiece, 1922 (estimate: $40,000-60,000) presents a harsh view of the risks involved with challenging the balance of nature. An interior illustration, the appeared in Tarzan and the Golden Lion by Edgar Rice Burrows (A.C. McClurg, 1922).
· Another popular pulp cover is Hugh Joseph Ward's The Man Who Carried Death, Spicy Detective Stories magazine cover, August 1940 (estimate: $30,000-50,000). The Spicy Detective series is one of several in the weird menace for which Ward is known.