Pop-Sequentialism: Comic Art of the Modern Age

Schicke Ausstellung in der La Luz de Jesus Gallery in Los Angeles: Pop-Sequentialism: Comic Art of the Modern Age. Oben ein Punisher-Artwork von Garth Ennis und wo wir grade beim Thema Comics sind: Heute ist Free Comic Book Day und ich mache mich gleich auf den Weg zu meinem Dealer um mir meinen kostenlosen Fix zu holen (nur um dann doch noch viel zu viel Geld dazulassen). Außerdem wurde eine einzelne Zeichnung aus Frank Millers „Dark Knight Returns“ für grob 450.000 Dollar verkauft. Nicht schlecht für ein Comic aus den 80ern.

Heritage Auctions announced that it just sold original art from the third issue of Frank Miller's modern classic The Dark Knight Returns for $448,125. That's different from the other mega-purchases in two important ways: It was a single page of original art rather than a published comic, and rather than being published in the Golden Age era of the late 1930s, this was from a comic that came out in 1986.

The image is the single most memorable image from the entire comic book series and the greatest image from the decade of the 1980s ever to come to market, as well as now standing as one of, if not the most desirable pieces of original comic art from any era to come to market. It is a perfect stand-alone image of Batman and Robin (Carrie Kelley, the first female, full-time Robin) soaring high above Gotham City, emblematic of the entire storyline.

"I've always loved that drawing," commented Miller, when asked before the auction what his thoughts on its imminent sale were. "Danced around my studio like a fool when I drew it. I hope it finds a good home."

The previous record price for a piece of original American comic book art was set last year when the cover of EC comics Weird Fantasy #29, by legendary artist Frank Frazetta, sold at Heritage via a private treaty sale for $380,000.

"Heritage auctioned Frank Miller's original art work for the cover of Daredevil #188 for $101,575 last year," said [Ed] Jaster [VP of Heritage Auctions], "so we knew there were serious buyer's out there, especially for Miller's top work. Now we know for sure what collectors are willing to pay. This piece is far away the current king. Nothing else has even come close."

Frank Miller 'Dark Knight Returns' Page Now Most Valuable Piece of US Comics Art Ever Sold