Original Art for Chapter V of The Body Missed the Boat by Jack Iams. Paul Norris.
Original Art for Chapter V of The Body Missed the Boat by Jack Iams

Original Art from the Creator of Aquaman

Original Art for Chapter V of The Body Missed the Boat by Jack Iams

Notes: A two color pen-and-ink drawing captioned, "I heard the crack of fist on jaw before I saw anybody's hands move." The scene depicts a man in a pith hat decking a man in a rattan chair. In black ink on white cardstock, with highlights in blue identified with codes that likely indicate colors.

Your cataloguer could not determine where this image was published. Iams' book, his first mystery, a comic novel set in the Congo, was published in hardcover in 1947 and in paperback in 1949. It seems it must have been serialized in one of the pulp magazines in between, and this image comes from that project.

Norris is best-known as the co-creator of Aquaman. He also drew one of the early iterations of Sandman. According to Wikipedia, Norris was a staff artist for King Features, working on many of their projects. He drew the newspaper comic strip Brick Bradford for 35 years.

11 by 12-1/8 inches.

Edition + Condition: Near fine. Typical markings and stamps on the back (verso). Signed by Norris in the lower right corner with the code, BMB-5 (Body Missed the Boat, chapter 5). With a pasted-on printed copyright slip.

Publication: New York: King Features Syndicate, 1948.

Item No: #361495

Price: $600