Master Race Original Art Lifts Heritage Auctions' Comics and Comic Art Auctions Week Past $11.1 Million
Sky-high demand yields sell-through rates above 99 percent
DALLAS, Texas (November 21, 2018) – The original art for the comic story that changed how comics told stories set a new world record and claimed top-lot honors to help Heritage Auctions’ Comics & Comic Art auction reach $10,776,936 in total sales Nov. 15-17 in Dallas. The auction produced stellar sell-through rates of 99.36 percent by lots sold and 99.68 by value sold.
Combined with Heritage’s Sunday Internet Comics, Animation & Art Auction, which amassed $407,636 in sales the Comics department realized a total of $11,184,572 for the weekend. The Sunday Internet auction was led by Amazing Fantasy #15 (Marvel, 1962) CGC VG+ 4.5 Cream to off-white pages, which sold for $28,905.60, and The Incredible Hulk #1 (Marvel, 1962) CGC Qualified FN+ 6.5 Off-white to white pages, which brought $26,400.
The Belgium-based Boon Foundation for Narrative Graphic Arts cast the record-setting $600,000 winning bid to add the original art for the eight-page story Bernie Krigstein Impact #1 Complete 8-Page Story “Master Race” Original Art (EC, 1955) to its collection of artworks from comic strips and graphic novels.
“The foundation’s mission statement to ‘share, enthrall and preserve’ matches Heritage Auctions’ mission perfectly,” Heritage Auctions Co-Founder Jim Halperin said. “We’re thrilled that this artwork, for one of the most critically acclaimed comic stories of all time, will tour the world on public display.”
A throng of more than two dozen collectors went after The Incredible Hulk #1 (Marvel, 1962) CGC NM- 9.2 White pages until it finally closed at $336,000, surpassing the previous high for a Hulk #1 offered at Heritage Auctions of $264,000. The issue marks the origin and first appearance of the Hulk, one of the most popular comic heroes, and the only issue in which he appeared in grey, rather than his more familiar green.
With an extremely dramatic and memorable image occupying the majority of the page, Steve Ditko Amazing Spider-Man #18 Story Page 22 Original Art (Marvel, 1964) sparked a flurry of bids from nearly three dozen collectors before finishing at a record for any Spider-Man interior page at auction: $288,000. A huge, striking image covering about two-thirds of the page shows Spider-Man, crumpled newspaper in hand, declaring that “… a man can’t change his destiny … and I was born to be … Spider-Man!!!”
One of the title’s boldest covers of all time found a new home when John Romita Sr. Amazing Spider-Man #60 Cover Kingpin Original Art (Marvel, 1968) nearly tripled its pre-auction estimate before selling for $288,000. The cover shows Wilson Fisk, a.k.a. The Kingpin, swinging Spider-Man around by the ankles in a depiction of pure power. Created in larger-than-twice-up scale in ink over graphite on Bristol board with an image area of 13-1/2 by 20 inches, the image is signed by Romita.
Considered one of the most dramatic covers in the title, Jack Kirby and Syd Shores Captain America #109 Cover Original Art (Marvel, 1969) is another that sparked bids from more than two dozen collectors before finally drawing $264,000. Created by Kirby, Captain America’s co-creator, and Shores, one of his Golden Age artists, the image is so popular that it appears as the image on Captain America’s Wikipedia page. The start of Captain America’s own title after taking over the numbering from Tales of Suspense with issue #100, this issue marked the second re-telling of the character’s origin from Captain America Comics #1 (1940). The dramatic cover image was created in ink over graphite on the 11-1/2-by-17-inch Bristol board.
Other top lots included, but were not limited to:
· Detective Comics #27 (DC, 1939) CGC Apparent NM- 9.2 Extensive (A-5) Off-white pages: $180,000
· Action Comics #13 (DC, 1939) CGC VF/NM 9.0 Cream to off-white pages: $156,000
· Amazing Fantasy #15 (Marvel, 1962) CGC VF- 7.5 Off-white to white pages: $144,000
· Superman #1 (DC, 1939) CGC GD- 1.8 Off-white pages: $132,000
· Amazing Fantasy #15 (Marvel, 1962) CGC FN/VF 7.0 Off-white to white pages: $114,000
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