Lot 83: Dave Hoover TARZAN portfolio w/ original artwork
December 1, 2016
Falls Church, VA, USALive Auction
Description: [Comic Artwork/Dave Hoover]. TARZAN portfolio of printed drawings with original artwork given by artist Dave Hoover to Phil Petras. 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. His portfolio of Tarzan artwork for Phil Petras dates from the mid-1990s to 2011 and features prints of animation storyboards, color copies for "Tarzan, the Magnificent," "Tarzan of the Apes," "Tarzan the Invincible" and Tarzan erotica. ++ Original "Happy Birthday" artwork depicting Tarzan with bow in hand, drawn and signed at lower right, "Dave Hoover 80." ++ Hand signed illustrated print "To Phil,/ Dave Hoover." ++ Copy of illustrated letter presenting portfolio to Phil Petras, signed by "Dave" to "Phil." ++ 6 color prints, including Tarzan on elephant Tantor, cover art for "Invincible," and cover for "Tarzan of the Apes." ++ 22 pages of prints incl. storyboard animations, comic book page panels and 2/99 limited edition prints. ++ 6 erotic prints, possibly done as a private commission. All pages in very good to fine condition, paper type varies, most 11 x 17 in., one dbl-page joined foldout 21 x 17 in. 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.