Now I get it. [In the comments from the last two days] Jed was talking about the magic specialness that is missing from the overall perception of comics art as Art, and the insanity of Mr. and Mrs. Public paying an outrageous fortune for a Dali sketch or a Warhol scribble, while an original page of FRANK art sells for far far less.
I can explain that the way I explain so many things in life:
People are stupid. It really is that simple. You can go and read all the analyses and theses and essays and columns by all of the learned scholars, but it really won't explain anything because there is no logical explanation. MY explanation is that people don't understand art but they do understand celebrity. I could go on and on and explain that further, but in the end it just does not make sense the way art is praised and rewarded by society. Usually. Some things I agree with. But you would probably disagree. For example, I think it is good that Little Miss Sunshine made it all the way to the Oscars. But most comics fans would probably rather see that horrid "Batman Begins" get more praise and glory.
In that respect, it's all a matter of taste. But in the overall Big Picture, trying to answer Jed's question is like trying to understand suicide bombers. It's crazy, plain and simple.
Yo, check this out. The new Slam Bang contains TWO classic Mark Martin comics from Nancy's Magazine, plus a beautiful full color back cover by Mark Martin, plus that little Fan-Atic Press logo I scribbled 80 years ago and they're STILL USING IT!!! Go see.