Action Comics cover art steals the show at $112K

 

YORK, Pa. – Richly visual, historically significant and unique in the dictionary sense of the word, the original Curt Swan cover art for Action Comics #309 helped rewrite the record

Curt Swan cover art for Action Comics #309 featuring the Superman family and John F. Kennedy, $112,015. (Photo courtesy Hake's Americana)

Curt Swan cover art for Action Comics #309 featuring the Superman family and John F. Kennedy, $112,015. (Photo courtesy Hake’s Americana)

books at Hake’s when it closed at $112,015 on day three of the firm’s Nov. 19-21 auction. The sale achieved $1,346,848, making it the highest-grossing Hake’s auction since the company’s launch in 1967.

Swan’s eye-filling cover art for Action Comics #309 is believed to be the only surviving original art from the issue DC Comics tried to recall in the week following President John F. Kennedy’s assassination. Coincidentally, the issue’s storyline, which included all of the members of the “Superman family,” focused on The Man of Steel’s friendship with President Kennedy, disguised as Clark Kent.

“While there was nothing at all disrespectful about the comic book’s portrayal of JFK as Clark Kent, a comic book is still entertainment, and its release might have seemed inappropriate at a time when America was grieving over the death of its president,” said Hake’s General Manager Alex Winter. “Although DC Comics did its best to recall the issue, the distribution process was already too far along for it to be stopped. As a result, Action Comics #309, and the cover art we sold, will always have a connection to history.” In claiming top-lot honors, the Swan cover art became the second-highest-priced item ever sold by Hake’s.

The Nov. 19-21 auction also featured a collection of approximately 50 of the late Maurice Sendak’s favorite Disney and comic character toys auctioned for the benefit of the Maurice

One-sheet sci-fi movie poster for the classic 1951 film “The Day The Earth Stood Still,” fetched $13,891. (Photo courtesy Hake's Americana)

One-sheet sci-fi movie poster for the classic 1951 film “The Day The Earth Stood Still,” fetched $13,891. (Photo courtesy Hake’s Americana)

Sendak Foundation. A 1930s Saalheimer & Strauss tin-litho mechanical bank depicting a toothy, widely smiling Mickey, whose tongue thrusts forward to accept a coin when his right ear is pulled, was bid to the midpoint of its estimate range at $28,750. A circa-1930 Distler Mickey Mouse Organ Grinder wind-up toy with rare graphic box settled at $27,830.

View the illustrated catalog from Hake’s Nov. 19-21, 2013 auction, complete with prices realized, at www.hakes.com.

For Hake’s consignment information, contact 866-404-9800, 717-434-1600 or hakes@hakes.com.

 

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