We have an absolute delight for all you Whovians and True Believers out there; original Doctor Who Weekly and Monthly artwork by the celebrated British comic book artist, Dave Gibbons.
Recently acquired from an avid comic book collector, this original artwork, around 30 individual pages and covers, is an amazing glimpse into comic book production in the early 80s, all penned by one of the best comic book artists out there. It’s rare that comic book art of this calibre comes up for sale and even rarer in this quantity.
Gibbons is best known for his collaborations with writer Alan Moore, which include the miniseries Watchmen and the Superman story “For the Man Who Has Everything”. He was an artist for 2000 AD, for which he contributed a large body of work from its first issue in 1977. He has worked for Marvel, DC, Vertigo, Dark Horse and more.
He became the lead artist for the Doctor Who comics in 1979, illustrating the comic strips from 1-69, only missing 4 issues during this time. These strips were later reprinted by Marvel in the US monthly comic of Doctor Who, for which Gibbons also illustrate the covers.
We have various original artwork from 9 issues of the British publication - numbers #20, #24, #47, #48, #49, #61, #62, #63 and #68 and 4 original front covers for the US comic, issues #2, #6, #7 and #11.
The storyboard pages measure 495x335mm while the covers measure 430x280mm All are drawn in graphite, blue pencil, markers and pens on Bristol Board with some alterations made with correction fluid when they were altered for use in the US comics. Some pages have Letratone/zip-a-tone sheets on top of the hand-drawn artwork. Each is marked up with various notes, some from Gibbons himself, plus the US front covers are signed off by the legendary Jim Shooter, the Editor in Chief of the Marvel Doctor Who comics at the time.
This artwork has to be seen to be truly appreciated, the accuracy of the line art and layout are to be marvelled at.
All artwork is now available on our website.