Friday, 11 April 2014

Heritage Auctions: The 'BBC Censors Dave Sim' Original Art Auction

Dave Sim is auctioning the original art for his recent IDW covers at Heritage Auctions in their Comics Signature Auction to be held in Dallas, Texas, USA, between 15-17 May, 2014. You can place your internet bid before hand from 25 April, 2014.

DOCTOR WHO PRISONERS OF TIME #8 (IDW 2013)
For reasons known only to themselves, the BBC chose to have this cover dramatically altered by series colorist Charlie Kirchoff. We think it looks better the way Dave Sim drew it originally! One thing is for sure: only the winning bidder for this piece will have Doctor Who Number Eight exactly as Sim originally rendered him for the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary.

DOCTOR WHO PRISONERS OF TIME #9 (IDW 2013)
On this one the BBC didn't so much "censor" Dave Sim as replace Dave Sim with... himself!... using a blow-up of the head of Doctor Who Number Nine from Sim's #12 cover instead of this beauty. So this is, officially, the only completely Unpublished (as opposed to... semi-published?) Dave Sim DOCTOR WHO cover. A certifiable comic-book rarity any way you look at it!

DOCTOR WHO PRISONERS OF TIME #10 (IDW 2013)
An elaborate and highly detailed piece of work by Dave Sim working in his photorealism style. The BBC ended up only using only a dramatically enlarged portion of Sim's cover: a head and shoulders shot of David Tenant, Doctor Who Number Ten. What were they thinking? This marks the first time we've ever auctioned a "mostly unpublished" or "semi-published" comic book cover! Lot includes 5 signed and numbered copies of the "censored" cover comic book itself.

DOCTOR WHO PRISONERS OF TIME #11 (IDW 2013)
We've had an UNpublished Dave Sim DOCTOR WHO cover and a SEMI-published Dave Sim DOCTOR WHO cover. And here we have a MOSTLY published DOCTOR WHO cover. Only the supporting actor has been deleted on this one. Lot includes 5 signed and numbered copies of the "censored" cover comic book itself.

DOCTOR WHO PRISONERS OF TIME #12 (IDW 2013)
We didn't know what to expect when we opened this one and... Surprise! The BBC actually DIDN'T censor this cover at all. In fact, they used it as the cover of the "Prisoners of Time" trade paperback collection. It's certainly a show-stopper, depicting all eleven actors who have played DOCTOR WHO over the last 50 years. So whether you're a major Doctor Who fan or just like photoreailstic comic art, you're probably going to want to bid on this one.

THUNDER AGENTS #2 (IDW 2013)
Dave Sim really goes "All Out Woody" on this tribute to the original THUNDER Agents artist, Wally Wood -- even going so far as to trace the original logo! Definitely a one-of-a-kind item for anyone who's a fan of Dave Sim, Wally Wood or both.

2 comments:

JLH said...

I don't know why they say Prisoners of Time #12 wasn't "censored". Dave's version has the Richard Hurdnall First Doctor from the Five Doctors, while the finished product has his face altered to look more like William Hartnell.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, looks like they switched out Doc One and combed Doc Ten's hair. Censorship!!!

And when they published the THUNDER AGENTS cover they took out Wally Wood's name. Censorship!!!

Sam C