Neal Adams Green Lantern cover art to sell at Heritage Auctions
Heritage Auctions are set to offer one of the most important covers in comic book history, Neal Adams' original artwork for Green Lantern #76.
Published in 1970, the issue effectively kick-started the Bronze Age of comic books as superheroes began to deal with real-world issues.
Writer Denny O'Neil and Adams produced a 13 issue run that teamed up the Green Lantern with the Green Arrow, effectively the first 'buddy' comic book series, in which the pair encountered poverty, social injustice and drug addiction across the U.S.
"This is without a doubt the most memorable and important cover the great Neal Adams ever crafted," said Joseph Mannarino, Director of Comics & Comic Art, New York for Heritage Auctions. "This comic book ushered in the Bronze Age of comics along with an entirely new approach to socially relevant storytelling. In short, this is one of the most important pieces of comic art to ever appear on the market."
Although the run was critically acclaimed by the likes of The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, it was cancelled after poor sales. However, it has since become known as a landmark moment in comic book history.
Adams' original artwork for the cover will be offered with the official endorsement of the artist himself, who will also receive a portion of the profits.
"To all of you who participate in this auction, I wish you well," says Adams. "The highest bidder of this auction will own a cover that changed an industry.... For the Better!"
The artwork is expected to sell for in excess of $300,000, and a portion of the proceeds will also be donated to the Hero Initiative, a not-for-profit organization which offers assistance to comic book artists in need.
The Heritage Auctions Comics and Comic Art Signature Auction takes place in Beverly Hills on November 19-21.
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