DALLAS — The original cover art from The Amazing Spider-Man #100, among the most iconic covers of the 1970s, may sell for as much as $300,000 during Heritage Auctions’ winter Comics & Comic Art auction Feb. 22-24.
Game-Changing Spider-Man Cover
Brimming with fresh-to-market high-grade vintage books, the auction features rarely seen art, such as Frank Frazetta’s “Tree of Life” original painting, which also carries an estimate of $300,000. In addition Jack “King” Kirby and Vince “The Prince” Colletta’s talents are present. The original Marvel Comics’ cover art for Thor #154 enters the sale with an estimate of $80,000. In addition, the original art for the 1964 Superman #171 is on offer. The creation of Curt Swan and George Klein may bring at least $50,000.
Artists John Romita Sr.’s and Frank Giacoia’s cover art for The Amazing Spider-Man #100 masterfully portrays Spidey and dozens of famous canon characters and marks the first time the artwork is appearing at auction.
“This cover was done during the peak period of John Romita, Sr.’s artwork, at a time when Spider-Man’s popularity was extremely high,” Heritage Auctions’ Senior Vice President for Fine & Decorative Arts Ed Jaster said. “John Romita, Sr., had done the covers and interior of Spider-Man #39-95, and he changed the character from a kind of nerdy high school kid to a more self-confident college student, which is part of the reason why Spider-Man was able to capture more of an older market.”
Comic Strip Art Also Set to Shine
Original daily newspaper comic strip art in this auction includes two important rarities: a scarce
original Calvin and Hobbes daily comic strip by artist Bill Watterson ($70,000+). Also, fans of Charles Schulz are offered the original art for the Dec. 21, 1958 Peanuts Sunday comic strip featuring a coveted holiday theme and an entire cast of characters ($70,000+).
Additional highlights include:
• Batman #1 (DC, 1940) with an estimate of $250,000.
• All Star Comics #8 (DC, 1942) first appearance of Wonder Woman, with an estimate of $100,000.
• Complete run of Archie-related comic or character reference published between 1941 and 1971, represented in 30 lots.
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