X-Men Dark Phoenix Saga art leads Heritage comic sale

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2015-08-11 08:29:46

An original piece of comic book art from one of the most celebrated X-Men stories of all time is up for grabs at Heritage this month.

The Heritage Comics and Comic Art Signature Auction will feature John Byrne and Terry Austin's original splash page art from X-Men #137 – the penultimate issue from the renowned 'Dark Phoenix Saga'

The double splash page has been described as "one of the greatest full-team images of the X-Men ever, directly from the heart of one of the most acclaimed runs in comic book history."

Pencilled by Byrne and inked by Austin, the artwork dates back to 1980 and is expected to sell for in excess of $150,000+.

"Fans never expected the cover blurb of 'Phoenix Must Die!' to be accurate, but that's where this comic arc shockingly ended," said Todd Hignite, Vice President of Heritage Auctions. "This two page spread featuring Cyclops, Jean Grey (aka Marvel Girl/Phoenix), the Beast, Angel, Nightcrawler, Wolverine, Storm, Colossus, Professor X, Lilandra, and Gladiator is one of the most memorable splash pages of all time."

Further highlights from the sale's comic book art section will include original Jungle Jim and Flash Gordon comic strip artwork by Alex Raymond, dating from 1935 and estimated at $100,000+; Neal Adams' original 1971 cover art for Detective Comics #418, featuring Batman and The Creeper; a page of original Frank Miller and Klaus Janson artwork from Batman: The Dark Knight Returns #2; and the original Dan Stevens cover artwork for Rocketeer: The Official Movie Adaptation #1, estimated at $40,000.

The sale will also offer 22 original illustrations of Tarzan, each drawn by renowned comic book artists on special blank covers of Joe Kubert's Tarzan of the Apes Artist's Edition. Proceeds from the sale of each of these books will The Joe Kubert Scholarship Fund, in a collaboration between Heritage, IDW Publishing Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. and the Joe Kubert School.

"All of us at Heritage Auctions have a deep and abiding respect for Joe Kubert and his legacy as both a pioneering artist and a teacher," said Hignite. "It means a lot to us to be a part of this project and to do something that benefits Joe's school and nurtures the next generation of comic book artists."

The Heritage Auctions' Comics and Comic Art Signature Auction takes place in Dallas on August 27-29.

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