BATMAN 615 COVER - LEE/WILLIAMS VS. AVENGERS 80 COVER - BUSCEMA/PALMER
Most of the collector community knows all around good guy, Scott Williams. He's one of the very BEST ink slingers working today, he's Jim Lee's regular finisher, and he also has one of the best and diverse art collections I've seen. About the time that HUSH came out I got to thinking that I'd really like to own one of the covers from that series drawn by Jim Lee and inked by Scott. I contacted Scott and as it happens he managed to get back my favorite cover, BATMAN 615 (shown above). It's a beautiful image of Batman and Nightwing running into frame with a fantastic art deco cityscape behind them. It still gives me chills when I look at that awesome cover. Anyway, it was one of Scott's favorites too--no way he was jst going to sell it to me. But he was willing to trade if I had something he liked. Finally he settled on my AVENGERS 80 cover (above) by John Buscema with luscious inks by Tom Palmer--a childhood favorite of mine. At the time, Albert Moy, who reps Jim Lee was selling Hush covers for about 10k. The Avengers 80 cover was valued at about 20k. The thing was, Scott informed me, and I believe him, that he had offers for the Batman 615 in the 25K range. Still, he really liked my cover and was willing to trade the Batman for the Avengers straight up. I thought about it. I loved his cover, but my thinking at the time was that it was a crazy lopsided trade in his favor--so I didn't pull the trigger, I passed. I guess I'm just an old time collector when it comes to trading classic vintage material for modern stuff. I'll opt for the vintage stuff all day long. Scott was funny when I told him this--he said that he actually felt the same way--which is why he was willing to do the trade in the first place. Now, as it turns out, making this trade would have been a huge financial gain for me. Shortly after Scott and I broke off trade discussions, the BATMAN 608 cover sold for over 80k. I'm sure that even today the Batman 615 has a 20-30k advantage over my Avengers 80 cover, could be more. I guess, in retrospect, this is the trade I should have made. I don't know. Long term, I gotta believe that the vintage art is poised for a comeback. That's where, after all, I throw my extra bags of cash. But, maybe, maybe, one of these days, Scott will agree to ink me a recreation of that lovely 615. Wouldja please, Scotty?