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Curt Swan

Curt Swan

Nationality: American

Biography:
Curt Swan (American, 1920-1996): was drafted into the army in 1940, where he spent World War II working on the G.I. magazine, Stars and Stripes. After returning to civilian life in 1945 he began working for DC Comics. After a stint on Boy Commandos he began to just pencil pages, leaving the inking to others.

He drew many different features including "Tommy Tomorrow" and "Gangbusters", but slowly began gravitating towards the Superman line of books including Superboy, Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen and the "Legion of Super-Heroes" feature in Adventure Comics. He drew the daily newspaper comic strip Superman from the late 1950s until its demise in 1964.

Swan became the artist most associated with Superman during the Silver Age of comic books, producing hundreds of covers and stories from the 1950s through the 1980s. With his frequent inker Murphy Anderson, the pair's collaborative artwork came to be called "Swanderson" by the fans. A mannered, subdued stylist, he brought Superman his smoothest, most polished look and set the mold of DC's corporate image and licensing for years.

After DC's 1985 12-issue limited series Crisis on Infinite Earths and with the impending 1986 revision of Superman by writer and artist John Byrne, Swan was released from his duties on the Superman comics. His swan song on Superman was the non-canonical 1986 story "Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?," written by Alan Moore. After this, Swan continued to do occasional minor projects for DC, including an Aquaman limited series and special in 1989, and various returns on illustrating Superman

 

Curt Swan Original Art Values Sold at Auction

Item Realized
Curt Swan and George Klein Superman #186 Cover Original Art (DC, 1966)
Curt Swan and George Klein Superman #186 Cover Original Art (DC, 1966)....
Lot 92198
Auction 7087
Saturday, February 22, 2014
$53,775.00
Curt Swan and George Klein World's Finest #168 Cover Original Art (DC, 1967)
Curt Swan and George Klein World's Finest #168 Cover Original Art (DC, 1967)....
Lot 92296
Auction 7137
Saturday, May 14, 2016
$50,190.00
Curt Swan and George Klein Superboy #113 Cover Original Art (DC, 1964)
Curt Swan and George Klein Superboy #113 Cover Original Art (DC, 1964)....
Lot 92216
Auction 7147
Saturday, August 29, 2015
$38,240.00
Curt Swan and Dave Hunt Superman #370 Story Page 11 Original Art (DC, 1982)
Curt Swan and Dave Hunt Superman #370 Story Page 11 Original Art (DC, 1982)....
Lot 12140
Auction 121827
Sunday, July 8, 2018
$840.00
Curt Swan and Frank Chiaramonte Superman #363 Story Page 14 Original Art (DC, 1981)
Curt Swan and Frank Chiaramonte Superman #363 Story Page 14 Original Art (DC, 1981)....
Lot 12139
Auction 121827
Sunday, July 8, 2018
$408.00

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ItemCurrent Bid or Price
Curt Swan and John Forte Superman #137 Story Page 26 Original Art (DC, 1960)
Curt Swan and John Forte Superman #137 Story Page 26 Original Art (DC, 1960)....
Lot 92209
Auction 7189
Friday, August 3, 2018
$3,600.00
Curt Swan and Joe Rubinstein Who's Who in the DC Universe #1 Ocean Master Pin-Up Illustration Original Art (DC, 19
Curt Swan and Joe Rubinstein Who's Who in the DC Universe #1 Ocean Master Pin-Up Illustration Original Art (DC, 19...
Lot 93599
Auction 7189
Saturday, August 4, 2018
$110.00
Curt Swan and Frank Chiaramonte Superman #360 Story Page 8 Original Art (DC, 1981)
Curt Swan and Frank Chiaramonte Superman #360 Story Page 8 Original Art (DC, 1981)....
Lot 14195
Auction 121829
Sunday, July 22, 2018
$16.00
Curt Swan and Dave Hunt Superman #389 Story Page 4 Original Art (DC, 1983)
Curt Swan and Dave Hunt Superman #389 Story Page 4 Original Art (DC, 1983)....
Lot 14196
Auction 121829
Sunday, July 22, 2018
$30.00
Curt Swan and Dan Adkins Superman #375 Story Page 10 Original Art (DC Comics, 1982). One of Swan's better inkers, on his...
Curt Swan and Dan Adkins Superman #375 Story Page 10 Original Art (DC Comics, 1982). One of Swan's better inkers, on his long run as a definitive Superman artist, is Adkins, a protege of the great Wallace Wood. That influence intensifies this emotional confrontation between Superman and Vartox, a superhero who has been brainwashed into behaving like a villain. Ink over graphite on Bristol board. Image area, 10" x 15". Excellent condition.
Lot 11117
Auction 121801
Sunday, January 7, 2018
$300.00

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