Tuska worked for the Lev-Gleason Company for nine years and during that time turned out his most gritty and hard-boiled work for both of their crime comic titles. Nearly 60 years later, this work is still held in high regard by his fans. Tuska went on to work for DC, Marvel, Tower, Harvey, Archie and other companies up until around the 1980s. He was eventually awarded an Inkpot Award for Lifetime Achievement at the 1997 San Diego Comic Con, and in 2005 a new book devoted to the artist and his work was published. This original has been in storage in a private collection for many years and is now being offered to the collecting community for the very first time. Be sure to keep an eye out every week for my other eBay auctions as we continue to sale rare paperback cover paintings, original science fiction illustrations, original comic book and comic strip artwork, and various comic books from the 1940s through the 1970s.
The image area on this art measures 12" X 18" and is drawn with brush and ink on paper. Other than one small text paste-over missing, this page is in excellent condition. Some editor's blue pencil notations can be seen in the some of the panels and in the border areas, but overall, it's a fairly clean page. Any Tuska art from Lev Gleason comics is quite rare, as the publisher threw out most of their original comic art when they went out of business back in the 1950s.
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