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Original Art Pierre Frisano Golden Age Garth French Comic Book Cover 1949 For Sale
! ORIGINAL ART FRENCH GARTH COVER BY PIERRE FRISANO !!!!
Offered is a very nice and VERY EARLY original art illustration drawing by well-known French comic artist PIERRE FRISANO (who just died a couple of months ago) for the cover of a Golden Age GARTH French Comic Book (Collection Merveilleuse), published in 1949 by Éditions S.A.G.E., France. This is the cover of GARTH #9 and is titled "Le Mystére de la Grotte Sous-Marine" [The Mystery of the Underwater Cave]. The famous British comic strip series GARTH was reprinted in this French comic book. This cover depicts super muscle man Garth battling a weird shark-like fish in an underground cave. Supposedly GARTH was England's answer to Superman. The original GARTH masthead logo photostat and the other logos and price box are still on this board. The art is colored with watercolor on the reverse side.
The very recently deceased PIERRE FRISANO (born on January 7th, 1934, died on July 28th, 2013) was a well-known illustrator, cartoonist, and comic artist in Europe who had a long and productive career and was active until at least 2006. He started drawing comics and illustrations professionally when he was only 14. In fact, he was only about 15 or 16 years old when he drew this cover, strangely enough! He was one of the artists that drew the series Future Shock in 2000AD magazine.
The art image area measures 10-1/4" x 7-1/2" and was drawn with black ink on bristol board, in Fine condition.
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PIERRE FRISANO was a productive artist of French post-War realistic comics, who has cooperated with both magazines and newspapers. After World War II, when he was only thirteen years old, Pierre Frisano falsified his birthdate, obtained his degree and went to work as a furniture-maker. Shortly before going into military service, he was introduced to René Lexis, who worked for Sagédition publishers. Here, Frisano (aged 14!) made his professional debut, making cover illustrations, short stories and novel illustrations. In 1952 he replaced Gérald Forton on 'Jim Cartouche', a series published by Ray-Flo publishers. Four years later, he cooperated on several female magazines, followed by a period of ten years drawing (mainly) vertical strips for Paris-Jour.
From 1972, Frisano teamed up with Jean-Marie Pélaprat to make a comics adaptation of the television series 'Daktari'. During the same period, he began a longtime association with Raymond Maric for the juvenile press. For magazines like Le Journal des Pieds Nickelés, Le Journal de Bibi Fricotin and Lili & Aggie Magazine, the duo created such series as 'Le Patrouilleur de l'Espace', 'Macchus', 'Gorak' and 'Skatié' until 1979. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Frisano worked for even more magazines, like Pistil ('Swen et Bogi'), Télé-Junior ('Fantômas') and Captain Fulgur ('San Kukaï'). He also made an album with 'Zorro' at MCL and cooperated on the publications of Edi-Europ, like Défi, Super Fantastik and Vautour. In addition, he drew for Larousse collections like 'L'Histoire du Far West' and 'Découvrir la Bible', and worked on episodes with 'San Kukaï' and 'Capitain Fulgur'.
In 1981, he started working with Maric again, with comics for Spirou magazine ('Contes Défaits', 'Pérouana Prince Inca'), Dargaud publishers ('Che Guevara - les Barbudos du Granna') and R.T.L. ('Othello', 'Aïda'). Other comics Frisano made in the 1980s, include 'Sébastien, les Chemins de la Vie' (with Jean-Paul Tibéri, Loubatières), and the adaptations 'Jacquou le Croquant' and 'Sans Famille' (published in Okapi). In the 1990s, he made 'Saint-Martin' and 'La Petite Thérèse de Lisieux', two new cooperations with Maric for publisher Le Signe. Between 1996 and 1999, Frisano and Maric made the historical series 'Courtisanes' for Glénat.
GARTH was a comic strip in the British newspaper Daily Mirror from July 24, 1943, to March 22, 1997. The strip belonged to the action-adventure genre and recounted the exploits of the title character, an immensely strong hero who battled various villains throughout the world and many different chronological eras. Garth was widely syndicated throughout English-speaking countries during its long run. The 1960s Australian fast bowler Garth McKenzie was nicknamed after the comic strip hero.
Steve Dowling and Gordon Boshell were the originators of the Garth character, and at the time, took on 15-year-old John Allard, who stayed with the strip for its entire lifetime. After 59 adventures Dowling retired and handed Garth over to Allard, which he carried on until 1971 when Eagle comics' Dan Dare artist, Frank Bellamy, took over the art with Allard writing the scripts. Garth's longevity had been established by Don Freeman, who created almost every basic Garth plot on which the saga was built. Peter O'Donnell, Jim Edgar and Angus Allan also wrote extensively for the strip during its decades-long existence. Philip Harbottle is a leading Garth expert and collector of the strips, and he wrote several of the stories during the 1990s. Martin Asbury became Garth's artist after Frank Bellamy's death in 1976, drawing the strip and writing many of the stories until its final episode in 1997.
In 1993, Bill Storrie produced perhaps a dozen or so 60-page photocopied magazines titled The Gopherville Argus Special Edition No. 1 featuring Garth as a tribute to the writers and artists who had been involved with the strip. Most if not all Garth strips are now owned by King Features Syndicate.
As of Wednesday 13 August 2008, "Garth" has reappeared on the website of the Daily Mirror, drawn by the artist Huw J. Davies.
It started a run of reprints in the Daily Mirror in the issue dated Monday 21 February 2011.
Garth's time-travelling adventures lasted for over 50 years and covered 165 stories (plus two additional stories published in the Daily Mirror Book for Boys, 1970-71). In the backstory, Garth washed ashore in Shetland and was adopted by an elderly couple. Garth developed almost superhuman strength and eventually became a naval captain and all-round military genius. Garth travelled through many eras and confronted villains such as Madame Voss and Apollo. His true love was the ancient goddess-like figure, Astra. Garth's sidekick and mentor was Professor Lumiere, who psychoanalyzed the hero and recovered memories of his previous experiences.
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Original Art Pierre Frisano Golden Age Garth French Comic Book Cover 1949: $150