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1962 Topps "Mars Attacks" #12 "Jet Interceptor" Unpublished Development Sketch by Wally Wood
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $1,067
Presented is an extraordinarily significant extreme rarity relating to "Mars Attacks": an original unpublished development sketch by famed artist Wally Wood. In the early days of planning Topps' landmark "Mars Attacks" set, the company worked with artists Bob Powell and Wally Wood to produce dozens of sample sketches, with each artist offering his own interpretation of various scenes requested by Topps. According to Len Brown, co-creator of the set along with Woody Gelman, some of Wood's sketches were "a little subdued," and although they were masterfully created, Topps sought to capture more "drama and excitement" on the final versions. The offered drawing is Wally Wood's interpretation of #12 "Jet Interceptor," which served as the inspiration for #12 "Death In The Cockpit" in the final issued set. This unpublished development sketch from The Fred Walstrom "Mars Attacks" Collection is the actual plate specimen which is featured as a full-page illustration in the Mars Attacks 50th Anniversary Collection book produced by Topps in 2012 (a copy of which accompanies this item). The black-and-white pen-and-ink sketch, which measures approximately 4-3/4 x 3-3/8 inches, is in overall Near Mint condition and has been professionally matted along with an example of the final #12 "Death In The Cockpit" card to total dimensions of 9-3/8 x 11-3/4 inches. Very few early development sketches have survived, and a drawing by legendary artist Wally Wood, known for his work in a wide range of media, is especially desirable. This is an incredible relic from the creation of the "Mars Attacks" issue which would be a magnificent addition to any "Mars Attacks" or nonsport artwork collection. Reserve $500. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $1,067
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