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Dark Knight Returns Sketch Cover By Bill Sienkiewicz

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Bill Sienkiewicz really outdid himself on this rendition of Frank Miller’s Dark Knight Returns. The sketch cover was created for graphic designer Chip Kidd who has amassed quite a collection of Batman Black and White covers illustrated by many top comic book artists!

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DC Comics Announces Dark Knight Returns Prequel By Frank Miller, Brian Azzarello & John Romita Jr.

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DC has announced a prequel to the seminal Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller, Brian Azzarello and John Romita Jr.

Revealed at the “DC Comics – Heroes To The Core” panel at New York Comic Con, this untitled series will debut in February.

This would be an expansion of the Dark Knight related work Miller and Azzarello are already doing with Dark Knight III: The Master Race, and a reunion of sorts for Miller and Romita Jr. as they worked together on Daredevil: The Man Without Fear.

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Dark Knight Returns By Christopher Stevens

Artist Christopher Stevens rendered Frank Miller’s Dark Knight Returns with prismacolor colored pencil, copic marker and watercolor on bristol board.

Here is what he has to say about the image:

“As an 80’s kid and huge Batman fan, DKR was a big deal to me, so on the few occasions I’ve been asked to draw Bats in his armor suit have all been a treat for me. I’m very curious to see how the film handles this material. I never thought there would be a major Hollywood film that actually recreated this story or was even inspired by it. Crazy times.”

Check out more of Christopher’s art HERE.

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Frank Miller’s Dark Knight Returns’ No. 2 Cover Fetches $478,000 at Auction

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Heritage Auctions has sold the original pen and ink cover of The Dark Knight Returns No. 2 for a whopping $478,000 at auction.

The Dark Knight Returns written and illustrated by Frank Miller, was published in 1986 and it, along with “Watchmen,” by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, ushered in a new era of storytelling in comic books.

The Dark Knight Returns imagines the future of Gotham City, where crime and corruption are at an all-time high and Batman must come out of retirement to save his hometown. But this older Dark Knight has not mellowed with age. Along the way he picks up a new Robin, Carrie Kelley, who was the first female in the role. The Dark Knight Returns led to a creative revival for Batman that paved the way to the film franchise.

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Heritage Comics Celebrates Its 50th Signature Auction, May 16-18, In Dallas With The Best Grouping of Frank Miller Dark Knight Artwork Ever Offered In A Single Auction

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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.

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“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+.

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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!

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