This is another Heritage auction that feels like it's more about original art than comics. Starting, for me at least, with the image above. To me that's one of the great Wrightson horror covers. It's a real belt and suspenders horror image. Just the guy chasing the kids with the bloody ax is pretty creepy, then Wrightson adds in a bandoleer of severed heads to make sure you're kept up at night.
As always what follows are just few of the many lots that have caught my eye in one way or another (minus the ones I've bidding on )
A significant page from a historical perspective. Super memorable. I don't think I'd like to have this one hanging on the wall because it's so terribly depressing, but it's still a humdinger of a page.
Pre-#1 artwork. I'm a fan of the raw style they did for these books. I was blown away by TMNT back in the day.
This IS something I'd like to hang on my wall
It's one of the great shames (alongside All Star #8) of all the big 1st appearances. IF this had Doctor Strange on the cover it would be even a cooler book. Don't get me wrong. It's a super cool book, but it would be even more awesome with Doctor Strange on the cover.
No commentary needed from me. It might not be Action #1, but it's a classic book.
I think this is a great book. I'm not in the market for it myself, but in general I think ASM 194 is a cool, cool book.
You can't beat this comic book. Schomburg airbrush cover x Nedor x Edgar Church.
A unique comic (1 of 1) with art by the excellent Sara Richard. I'm curious what this will sell for.
Just like the title says, the $100,000 Club data is updated with results from the recent Comic Connect Event Auction and the standalone sale of the Hulk #1 CGC 9.2 for $320,000.
That Hulk #1 sold previously at Heritage. Whoever bought it there made a handsome profit on the book. Buying the book for $125,000 in 2009 and selling it for $320,000 in 2014 is a strong ROI no matter what your business.
As an aside, I myself won this beauty in the Comic Connect auction. I can't wait to get my hands on it.
This image was sent to me as a result of my free comic book appraisal page. It's not for sale and I haven't gotten a better image than this, but I still think it's interesting enough to share. It's a copy of New Book of Comics #1 from 1937 found in a basement along with some other papers and a low grade copy of Superman #6. This book is listed as "rare" by Overstreet and warrants a Gerber 8. There are also only 9 copies in the CGC Census. Neat book.
I added three new silver age keys to my Existence and Grades of Silver Age Key Books From the Major Pedigree Collections list.
Which is pretty cool.
As always I love to hear about new books either for this list or for the $100,000 club. I can't do this stuff without help from all of you so keep up the awesome work.
I can't remember seeing a Heritage Signature Auction so dominated by original comic book art. This one is clearly an original art auction with some comics tossed in for fun. There have been some other auctions with strong original art lots, the Shamus collection is the noteworthy example, but those auctions all seemed to have a strong set of comics attached as well. This is a little different.
Obviously the Herb Trimpe and Jack Abel Hulk #180 page with the first image of Wolverine is going to get a lot of attention. It's already at $227,050.00 with some time left to run. Even if it ends at this number it will be a significant original art sale. I still think it has some room to run, too. People might just go bonkers for that page.
Still, even beyond that there are some great pieces that are pushing original art to the top of the charts in this auction. There's a Dave Cockrum and Bob McLeod X-Men #94 page, a Bill Watterson Calvin and Hobbes Daily and the dramatic Frank Miller Batman: The Dark Knight Returns #2 page pictured at the top of this post.
Quite a lineup right there. Should be a fun auction to watch.
Feast your eyes on some books that, for the most part, sold in the 1990s and early 2000s in different auctions. These all struck me, for one reason or another, as interesting books to share.
Showcase #4 Mohawk Valley, Sotheby's 1995
At this point, Showcase #4 was still a hot book. This lot sold for $34,500.
Unrestored FN Detective 27, Sotheby's 1997
Gorgeous book, no?
Fantastic Four #1 CGC 9.4, JP The Mint
Obviously, this is my favorite of all the books that went through JP's hands.
High Grade, Restored Action #1, Sotheby's 1996
A restored VF+ 84. Apparently just the cover needed to be reattached, which… is a curious issue for a book as nice looking as this one. Still, how gorgeous is this book? It's crazy nice.
Herb Trimpe and Jack Abel The Incredible Hulk #180 Final Page 32
This is a pretty significant piece. The Hulk 181 cover would be better, of course, but this is a pretty great panel page. The nice, big teaser image of Wolverine in all his old school costume glory really makes this a great page. There will be some bids placed on this one.
More on this auction later.
I've updated the All Time Record Comic Book Sales page with a nice little chart illustrating sales over the past 20 years. It's new, so let me know if you experience any issues. It should work in the latest Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera and IE9+.
Here's a snapshot of the chart. It's not interactive. The real one is.
The chart is interesting in that it shows two separate events that changed the playing field over night. The introduction of CGC in the early 2000s (since
I have incomplete data on those early sales, they actually stack up right at the beginning of 2000) and then the series of record sales in 2010, which immediately changed the range. We used to have a solid ceiling of $350,000. Overnight we went to world where multiple sales in individual auctions would break that barrier.
I just spotted this in the latest Heritage Signature Auction.