The best grouping of Frank Miller Dark Knight artwork ever to be offered in a single auction, led by one of the most evocative images from the famed series, The Dark Knight Returns #2 Batman and Robin Splash Page 36 Original Art (DC, 1986), estimated at $75,000+, depicting a seriously wounded and determined Bruce Wayne in a fatherly embrace with his protégé Robin (Carrie Kelly), will cross the block on May 17 in Dallas as the highlight lot in Heritage Auctions’ Comics and Original Comic Art Signature Auction.
“This drawing encompasses everything that the relationship between Batman and Robin represented as Miller re-imagined and re-energized the franchise,” said Todd Hignite, Vice President of Heritage Auctions. “This is the story many fans consider the greatest Batman story ever told and this is one of the greatest, most evocative moments in the entire story. It’s a truly transcendent image from one of the great comic sagas of all time.”
The Dark Knight splash page is complemented in the auction by two more Miller interior masterpieces – The Dark Knight #3 Clark Kent/Bruce Wayne Page 14 Original Art (DC, 1986), estimated at $40,000+, and The Dark Knight Returns #2 Batman and Robin Ride the Batcycle Page 38 Original Art (DC, 1986), estimated at $30,000+.
The latter is a study in contrast between DC’s twin icons, Superman and Batman, in their secret identities as Clark Kent and Bruce Wayne, while the former stars Batman, Robin, Commissioner Gordon and an appearance of the Batcycle.
Additional collectibles that will be auctioned at the event are: a high grade copy of Amazing Spider-Man 15, the first appearance of Spider-Man, Todd McFarlane’s Amazing Spider-Man #324 Sabretooth cover original art, Dave Gibbons Watchmen #6 “Rorschach Inkblot” cover original art, a near Mint Daredevil #1 and a near mint Batman #3!