A quick peek around the Interweb tells me that Mel Ramos used to hang around with Roy Lichtentein, Andy Warhol and James Rosenquist and he now apparently spends most of his time selling prints of women getting up close and personal with bottles of Coca-Cola.
What caught my attention though is that an original painting he did of Green Lantern has sold for $600,000. That’s it at the top of my post, and is proof that some people have more money than sense.
The intelligentsia can bang on about Pop Art all they want, at the end of the day we all know it’s a Gil Kane knock-off. And not even a good one. The price reflects the artist, not the work. If you were a Green Lantern fan and had $600,000 to burn you could probably buy most of Kane’s original art for that.
I don’t know if Kane passed away a rich man but it’s pretty terrible that an average impersonation of his work sells for so much. Many in that golden generation of creators struggled financially later in life, it’s happening to Gene Colan right now, and I think it’s a terrible state of affairs when others can cash in on their greatness.
Not that I think all of Ramos’ work is all bad. His Phantom Lady is pretty decent, which is more than can be said for his Wonder Woman. The Batman and Robin he did, which looks to be a take on Dick Sprang, is so-so, but I really dig a lot of the cheesecake stuff for sale on his website.
Anyway, if I had $600,000 to spend on Green Lantern, it’d go on some of this classic stuff from Kane. I can only hope the person who shelled out on the Ramos painting reads this and sees the error of his ways.