Lot 82: Dave Hoover original artwork: TARZAN color studies
December 1, 2016
Falls Church, VA, USALive Auction
Description: [Comic Artwork/Dave Hoover] 8 watercolor over pencil studies by comic artist Dave Hoover of actor Gordon Scott, drawn and colored by hand on Crescent Illustration Board. Scott portrayed Tarzan in five films from 1955 to 1960. Signed "David Hoover 79" lower right. Dave Hoover (1955-2011) described himself as "an artist and illustrator of all things related to comics and art." A student of art and animation at the Art Institute of Philadelphia, he began his career in 1977 as an animator, working on television and feature films. After a move back east, he became a comic book artist and worked on many different series including DC and Marvel titles. He was inspired by artists from Hal Foster to Al Williamson and Neal Adams but credited Frank Frazetta as a major influence and mentor and considered "Tarzan" creator Edgar Rice Burrough his favorite author. Over the years he submitted a variety of themes for consideration but returned often to draw Tarzan, with a goal of producing a cover for all 24 Tarzan novels written by Burroughs. Known as a "good girl artist" for his depictions of barely-clad pin-up girls, he worked from blue pencil sketch through enlargement to the finished colored pencil drawing. Provenance: Phil Petras Collection of Tarzan Memorabilia. Tarzan expert Phil Petras began collecting in 1972, and his material, including books, original artwork and autographs, reflects the ongoing popularity and changing portrayals of the fictional hero created in 1912 by author Edgar Rice Burroughs.