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Denys Cowan’s missing original art has been returned

SONY DSCDenys Cowan has recovered all 27 pieces of original art lost early last month by UPS en route to the Geppi Entertainment Museum in Baltimore.

“I’m elated,” the artist wrote Friday on his Facebook page, “but also dismayed because of the condition of some of the artwork.”

The art had been headed to “Milestones: African Americans in Comics Pop Culture & Beyond,” an exhibit curated by Milestone co-founder Michael Davis, who revealed the loss, and his frustrations with UPS, last month. The box of Cowan’s original art, along with a separate package belonging to Davis, were sent for overnight delivery; however, Cowan’s shipment was delayed en route, with no explanation. When the package arrived, with new tape used to reseal it, just one of the 28 pieces of artwork remained — leading Davis and others to conclude that they weren’t “lost,” but rather stolen.

Among the missing art were interior pages from Hardware and Steel, concept pieces for Static, Rocket and Hardware, and pieces featuring Batman.

Davis was joined by museum owner Steve Geppi, who’s also CEO of Diamond Comic Distributors, and museum president Melissa Geppi-Bowersox in pressuring UPS for an explanation, and in contacting art dealers and collectors to spread the news of the loss.

In an open letter posted Friday on his Facebook page, Cowan offered his thanks to everyone who offered support and provided help:

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Diamond helping in search for Denys Cowan’s missing art

"Hardware" art by Denys Cowan

“Hardware” art by Denys Cowan

CEO Steve Geppi is putting the weight of Diamond Comic Distributors behind the search for 27 pieces of original art by Denys Cowan lost earlier this month by UPS in transit to Geppi’s Entertainment Museum in Baltimore.

“Over the next few days, we will be reaching out to as many people as possible,” Geppi said on the Diamond Galleries Scoop blog, which notes the comics distributor is a UPS customer. “Our goals are to let people know exactly what art is missing. […] Not only will be using our various email newsletters and social media, we’ll be personally contacting comic art collectors and dealers and asking them to help spread the word. In fact, that effort is well under way.”

The art was headed to “Milestones: African Americans in Comics Pop Culture & Beyond,” an exhibit curated by Milestone co-founder Michael Davis, who revealed the loss, and his frustrations with UPS, on Wednesday. The box of Cowan’s original art, along with a separate package belonging to Davis, were sent for overnight delivery; however, Cowan’s shipment was delayed en route, with no explanation. When the package arrived, with new tape used to reseal it, just one of the 28 pieces of artwork remained — an interior page from Wolverine #125 by Cowan and Bill Sienkiewicz.

Among the missing art — a partial rundown can be found at the Scoop — are interior pages from Hardware and Steel, concept pieces for Static, Rocket and Hardware, and pieces featuring Batman. Davis has received little response from UPS.

(via The Beat)

Denys Cowan’s original art lost during shipping

denys cowanTwenty-seven pieces of original art by Denys Cowan were lost in shipment earlier this month to “Milestones: African Americans in Comics Pop Culture & Beyond,” an exhibit at the Geppi Entertainment Museum in Baltimore.

Milestone co-founder Michael Davis, curator of the show, writes that when they handed off the box for delivery by UPS, it contained 28 pieces of art; when it arrived in Baltimore, it contained just one.

“Included were irreplaceable work from original Milestone concept drawings to Batman #400 pages other works from both before and after those career highlights,” Davis explains.  Now they’re gone, he writes, “Perhaps, forever.”

“The art was either stolen or ‘fell out,'” he concludes. “I’m sure it was stolen, someone opened the box, opened the plastic took the art except for one, resealed the box, badly and sent it along it’s merry way. I can’t say that for a fact because I was not there when it went missing. I also can’t say for fact slavery is bad as I’ve never been a slave but I’m pretty sure it is.”

The “Milestones” exhibit continues through April.


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