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Auction History Result

4z0172 CAPTAIN BLOOD WC 1935 Alex Raymond art of Errol Flynn & De Havilland on ship, ultra rare!

Date Sold 7/9/2020
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An Original Vintage Theatrical Unfolded Movie Window Card (WC; measures 14" x 22" [36 x 56 cm]) (Learn More)

Captain Blood, the classic 1935 Michael Curtiz (nominated for the Best Director Academy Award for this film) Jamaica romantic swashbuckling high seas pirate ship ocean adventure thriller (based on the novel by Rafael Sabatini; nominated for the Best Picture Academy Award) starring Errol Flynn (in the title role as Irish doctor Peter Blood), Olivia De Havilland, Robert Barrat, Basil Rathbone, Ross Alexander, Guy Kibbee, Lionel Atwill, George Hassell, Henry Stephenson, and J. Carrol Naish. Note that Errol Flynn had had a few bit parts prior to this movie, but Robert Donat dropped out of this movie at the last minute, and Warner Bros. decided that Flynn was ready for stardom, and they sure were right!
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Artist: Alex Raymond
Important Added Info: Note that we have never before auctioned this 1935 first release window card! When I (Bruce Hershenson) was a major comic book dealer in the 1960s and 1970s, it was "common knowledge" in that hobby that legendary comic strip artist Alex Raymond (who had created the Flash Gordon newspaper cartoon strip) had done the distinctive artwork used on one style of half-sheet, the six-sheet, the window card, the mini window card, and the title card for this movie (which was during the time Raymond was drawing Flash Gordon for newspapers). The artwork is unsigned, and I never saw any absolute proof of this at that time. In 2006, an auction company auctioned the original art by Alex Raymond, but while they said it was by him, they did not offer any proof. We have not seen or heard of anyone disputing that Alex Raymond drew this art, but it would be very nice to have any sort of corroboration! If anyone knows more about this, please e-mail us and we will post it here.

Also note that this window card was never folded. Often window cards would be folded across the middle, because that would make them 11" x 14", and they could then be sent with standard folded posters. Most collectors put an added value on a window card that has never been folded.

Condition: good to very good. The card has creases, smudges, and some faint stains around the edges that slightly entered into the image area. Other than the above, the card is in nice condition, and it has had no restoration. The card can certainly be displayed and enjoyed exactly as it is, or one might choose to have restoration performed, either with or without backing the card.
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