Value of Original LB Cole Art

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LB Cole art price guide

Very little original art by LB Cole survives today, but what there is finds a home very rapidly.

Facts About Original l.b. cole Comic Art

Record Sale for Artwork:
$22,800 Target Comics #94 Cover Art

Key Comic Book Issues:

  • Terrors of the Jungle #18
  • Blue Bolt #108
  • Classics Illustrated #152
  • Classics Illustrated Junior #50
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How Much is L.B. Cole Artwork Worth?

Actual original art is extremely scarce, but what has surfaced sells strongly when the subject matter is horror or crime/thriller in nature.

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Prices For L.B. Cole Art

Target Comics #94 Cover Art sold for $22,800
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Animal Study Illustration Group of 10 sold for $900
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Best From Boy's Life #2 Cover Art sold for $900
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Blue Bolt #108 Recreation Cover Art sold for $3,880
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Catman Comics #31 Recreation Cover Art sold for $5,675
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Classics Illustrated Painted Cover Art sold for $2,630
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Classic Illustrated #152 Page 6 sold for $480
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Classics Illustrated #152 Page 8 sold for $480
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Classics Illustrated #152 Page 12 sold for $310
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Classics Illustrated #152 Page 13 sold for $385
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Wild Animals I Have Known #152 Splash Page 1 sold for $1,440
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Classics Illustrated #159 Painted Cover Art sold for $2,270
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Classics Illustrated Junior #50 Painted Cover Art sold for $900
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Classics Illustrated Junior #567 Painted Cover Art sold for $310
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Classics Illustrated Junior #568 Painted Cover Art sold for $570
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Dick Tracy Adventures Magazine #1 Cover Art sold for $5,280
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Elephant Hunting Illustration sold for $425
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French Dragon Painting sold for $1,020
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Hell Painting sold for $5,675
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Manhunt #1 Page 4 sold for $1,015
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Mystic Comics #6 Recreation Cover Art sold for $5,520
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Suspense Comics #8 Recreation Cover Art sold for $2,875
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Terrors of the Jungle #18 Recreation Cover Art sold for $775
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The World Around Us #4 Complete 80-Page Story sold for $5,760
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Weird Terror Specialty Painting sold for $5,675
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History of L.B. Cole in Comic Book Art

LB Cole was a comic book artist, editor and publisher most commonly known for his cover art which he often painted.

During the 1940s, Cole worked for Holyoke Publications, Gilberton and Ajax/Farrell providing, both cover and interior art, as well as serving as an editor for Holyoke. 

Cole regularly provided the cover art for titles like Suspense Comics and Contact Comics.

In 1942, Cole formed his own comics studio where he supplied a variety of publishers with work until the studio closed in 1948.

Cole was the cover artist for Blue Bolt Comics by Novelty Press and in 1949, he bought their characters and artwork and relaunched as Star Publications from 1949-1955. He continued to produce cover art after the closure of Star Publications for titles like Classics Illustrated Junior.  

In the 1960s Cole became the art director and editor for Dell Comics

He was also the cover artist for the 11th edition of the Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide. Cole often made recreation cover art of classic titles as well to sell.

In 1981, Cole was awarded an Inkpot Award and in 1999 he was inducted into the Will Eisner Hall of Fame. 


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