Detective Comics #27 Proof Sheets

BatmanFrom the Heritage Auctions site.
Five of the proof sheets from the first Batman story.
Detective Comics #27 by Bob Kane and Bill Finger

They were rescued in 1975 from an old steamer trunk sitting on a curb awaiting trash pick-up in Rego Park, Queens. Mario J. Sacripante spied the trunk outside of the building where he lived, and where – he soon learned – Bob Kane, Batman’s creator, had also lived for many years.

“Holding some of these pages next to the printed comic I was struck by the details of the art that are better visible here,” said Barry Sandoval, Director of Comics Auction Operations at Heritage. “Very little original comic book art from the 1930s has survived, so this is probably the closest a collector would ever get to owning original art from one of the most collectible comic book stories ever.”

In 2011 the pages were estimated at $1,000+ each.
The final selling price is listed beneath each page.


Sold For: $5,676.25


Sold For: $19,120.00


Sold For: $13,145.00


Sold For: $13,145.00


Sold For: $17,925.00

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Neal Adams on Al Williamson


“He (Al Williamson) was the inheritor of the Alex Raymond school, and he was the logical inheritor of the Flash Gordon comic strips, and he did not get them because people making decisions for those things were stupid. And remain stupid. But it doesn’t matter anymore because nobody cares about comic strips.”

Neal Adams from an interview by Comic Book Resources.

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Coming soon…


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Working Professionally as a Cartoonist – Updated

A few things that I’ve learned over the years that have crystalized through teaching…

• Devote your time to sharpening your art skills AND your business skills – trends, networking, contracts, etcetera all.

• Don’t pigeonhole yourself to one small aspect of the art form, like limiting yourself to just comics. Remember that Michelangelo wanted to devote himself to sculpture when he was commissioned to paint the Sistine Chapel.

• The people who succeed are generally the people who are working their asses off. Surround yourself with people like this, people who commit themselves fully and are getting their work out into the world. They’ll generally be better than you which is a GOOD thing – that way the bar keeps getting raised.

• Working hard isn’t enough, you have to work smart as well. You have to create work that’s marketable – that will suit the needs of someone who will then pay you.

• Working long hours with no sleep to meet deadlines isn’t the answer. Your career is a marathon, not a fifty yard dash. Eat right, exercise and sleep regularly like your parents told you to.

• Start now (yesterday is even better). Research the jobs you want, look at the submission guidelines (and follow them METICULOUSLY), then work up samples that will blow the competition out of the water. Follow Steve Martin’s advice to those aspiring to enter the entertainment field – “Be so good they can’t ignore you.”

• To cap this off… If you treat your skills as a hobby then that’s where they’ll stay, as a hobby – and that’s FINE as long as that’s your conscious decision – but if you want to have it as your career then you need to get on board and on track.

And that’s…

For more info, check out the following links:

Comics – Pricing your Work

Things to Consider When Commissioning Artwork

Work for Hire – The Fallout

Homage or Swipe?

Cartoon Art Scams

Comics – Tools of the Trade

Comic Book Inking Tutorials and Videos

Recommended Books on Drawing & Cartooning


Using Reference


When you wish upon a star…

Motivational Misinformation

Convention Prep – AHHHHH!!!

Networking and the High Cost of Comic Conventions

Mike Wolfer on Fan art/Homage art

Graphic Novels

Comic Book Podcasts

Intro to Anime – sorely needed…

And last but not least, The Business of Cartooning.
This page has a number of subcategories, including…

1 Comic News Blogs
2. Contracts
3. Resources/Articles
4. Print On Demand Publishers
5. Self-Publishing Resource Articles
6. Convention Resources
7. Cartooning Schools and Organizations
8. Financial Aid


I started these posts after teaching Comic Art at the
Minneapolis College of Art and Design.
Here’s the biggest thing I learned teaching there.


…and a special thanks to Professor Barb Schulz, head of the department,
for giving me that opportunity.

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My Somali Neighbors Are Not the Enemy.

With Donald Trump set to come to Minnesota August 19th and stirring up racial tensions here with his anti-Muslim rhetoric, I’m reminded of a Sally Forth strip I drew a few months back.

I draw what’s familiar to me, and the area I live in is home to a large number of Somali Americans. They have been here for generations and are our neighbors. The strip simply showed a little Somali girl as a background character.


Most of the comments I got were favorable, such as Hijab.comment



or the following excerpt;
(Note: I’m leaving out names for the following emails because they were not on social media and not expected to be shared.)

Hi Jim,
Wanted to comment on the Feb 22 Sally Forth strip (as an aside, I read Sally Forth every day and really love it, especially the dad), I noticed in the first panel, lower left hand, there is a girl wearing a hijab or head scarf. I am assuming the implication is this is a Muslim girl. I don’t want to presume to speak for you but from my perspective this is brilliant. By subtly doing this you are taking a big step toward making the hijab ubiquitous which in turn will make the hijab simply an everyday sight and, hopefully, in time, will diminish the amount of anti-Muslim hatred that is currently flowing around our country.

But I also got the following.

Muslim student, in reference, panel one dated 2/22/16.
Do you have any idea how destructive this pseudo religion is?
I can answer this, you don’t.
Enjoyment, respect that I had has diminished.

A link to an article from the conservative website Breitbart followed, I assume, to further educate me.

Speaking of education…
I recently went to see Nobel Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai speak at the Target Center here in Minneapolis. She survived a bullet to the head by a Taliban gunman in 2012 (for being an advocate for a girls’ right to go to school), and her message is that the key in fighting global terrorism is education.



In regards to Donald Trump and his ‘ideology of hatred’, Malala’s words are straight and to the point.

“The more you speak about Islam and against all Muslims, the more terrorists we create…”

“So it’s important that whatever politicians say, whatever the media say, they should be really, really careful about it. If your intention is to stop terrorism, do not try to blame the whole population of Muslims for it because it cannot stop terrorism. It will radicalize more terrorists.”

So in regards to the cartoon I drew…
That a little Somali American girl in a classroom is seen as the ENEMY is the danger of Donald Trump’s rhetoric – and the danger of a Donald Trump presidency.

-Jim Keefe

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Captain America Statue – Give Credit to Joe Simon and Jack Kirby

Joe Simon and Jack Kirby created Captain America.
Please sign the petition to engrave Simon and Kirby’s names
on the Captain America statue.

Here’s the link…
Engrave Simon and Kirby’s names on the Captain America Statue



CAPTAIN AMERICA COMICS #1 Published: March 01, 1941

Published: March 01, 1941

For more of Jack Kirby’s Captain America, check out
Captain America by Jack Kirby and Jack Kirby’s The Red Skull.

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Comic Book Inking Tutorials and Videos

Joe Kubert on the craft of storytelling in comics.

Next up, some Tutorials.

A good overview of inking supplies and what’s what with Mary Doodles.

Inking splatters with Jonathan Glapion

Razor blade technique with Mike Manley

The late Jeremy Dale talks Copic markers in Artist Alley at C2E2 2011

Spotlight on the artists of EC Comics.

Bernie Wrightson interview from 1987.

Finally, some legendary cartoonists at the drawing table…

Joe Sinnott shows his tools of the trade.

Dave Gibbons and Travis Charest do some drawing.

John Buscema and Bill Sienkiewicz do some drawing.

Inking tutorial from John Buscema

John Romita and Joe Kubert do some drawing.

John Romita Sr draws Mary Jane – in conversation with Stan Lee and John Romita Jr.

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