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Press Release - May 1, 2019

Frank Frazetta Masterpiece Joins Superman, Batman and Captain America in Heritage Auctions’ Comics & Comic Art Auction

Painting and vintage comic books expected to sell for millions in Chicago auction


Superman number 1 sold at auction
DALLAS, Texas (May 1, 2019) — The most serious of collectors have a rare opportunity to acquire an unquestioned collection centerpiece when one of the most popular paintings by iconic artist Frank Frazetta crosses the block in Heritage Auctions' Comics & Comic Art Auction May 16-18 in Chicago.

Frank Frazetta Egyptian Queen Painting Original Art (1969) (estimate: $5,000,000+) is arguably the most famous piece by Frazetta, the legendary American fantasy and science fiction artist whose paintings and illustrations have been used in a multitude of media, including comic books, paperback book covers, posters and album covers. The image is so popular that it has inspired other artists to try to create their own versions as an homage to Frazetta.

"In the late 1960s, Frank Frazetta completely reinvented and massively expanded the entire field of fantasy illustration, as his paintings single-handedly sold hundreds of thousands of books and scores of wildly popular posters," Heritage Auctions Vice President Todd Hignite said. "Dating from this peak period, his masterful Egyptian Queen is indisputably one of the greatest and most important paintings the artist ever created … and it is by far the absolute best Frazetta painting to ever be offered at auction."

Superman #1 (DC, 1939) CGC VG/FN 5.0 Cream to off-white pages (estimate: $400,000+) is the finest unrestored copy Heritage Auctions ever has offered of the issue that ranks No. 3 on Overstreet's "Top 100 Golden Age Comics" list. The demand for this issue is such that it is more difficult to find in this grade (or better) than older prized DC issues like Action Comics #1 and Detective Comics #27. Not surprisingly, more restored copies of the 80-year-old issue have survived than unrestored copies like the one offered here. The story and art are from Superman co-creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. The issue retells the origin of Superman, and features the first pin-up of the Man of Steel on the back cover.

Ranked No. 5 on Overstreet's "Top 100 Golden Age Comics" list, and a candidate to elevate to at least a tie for the No. 4 spot, Batman #1 (DC, 1940) CGC FN- 5.5 Cream to off-white pages (estimate: $300,000+) is a must-have issue for any serious collector. The Caped Crusader got his own title in this issue about a year after he first appeared in in Detective Comics #27, and the two titles ran concurrently for more than 70 years. The issue, which includes the first appearances of both the Joker and the Cat (who later was known as Catwoman), features a pin-up of Batman and Robin on the back cover, includes art by Bob Kane and Jerry Robinson.

Egyptian Queen is one of 23 works by Frazetta in the auction. Also offered is Frank Frazetta Jaguar God #2 Cover Painting Original Art (Verotik,1995) (estimate: $250,000+), one of two paintings the artist did in 1995. Incorporating many of the elements expected in a Frazetta image, the Jaguar God protects his damsel in distress against a horde of half-ape minions. This oil on canvas is a great example from the era by Frazetta, whose work has enjoyed a surge in popularity and demand in recent years.

Captain America Comics #1 (Timely, 1941) CGC FN/VF 7.0 Cream to off-white pages (estimate: $250,000+) leads the finest run of Captain America comics that Heritage Auctions ever has offered in a single sale. Copies of this issue, which includes the origin and first appearance of both Captain America and Bucky, are extremely scarce on the market, and when they do become available, demand soars. Red Skull makes his first appearance in the issue, which features Captain America knocking down Adolf Hitler on the cover by Jack Kirby and Joe Simon.

Charles Schulz Peanuts Sunday Comic Strip
The sale also features 90 lots of comic strip original art, including:

· Charles Schulz Peanuts Sunday Comic Strip Charlie Brown, Snoopy and Lucy Original Art 12-30-62 (United Feature Syndicate, 1962) – estimate: $50,000+

· Hal Foster Tarzan #307 Sunday Comic Strip Original Art dated 1-24-37 (United Feature Syndicate, 1937) – estimate: $30,000+

· George Herriman Krazy Kat Sunday Comic Strip Original Art dated 3-3-18 (King Features Syndicate, 1918) – estimate: $30,000+

· George Herriman Krazy Kat Sunday Comic Strip Original Art dated 8-17-19 (King Features Syndicate, 1919) – estimate: $25,000+

· Charles Schulz Peanuts Daily Comic Strip Charlie Brown and Linus Original Art dated 2-8-55 (United Feature Syndicate, 1955) – estimate: $20,000+

· Régis Loisel Mickey Mouse: Café Zombo Comic Strip Original Art (Glénat, 2016) – estimate: $6,000+

Other top lots include, but are not limited to:

· John Byrne and Terry Austin X-Men #137 Double Splash Pages 2-3 Original Art (Marvel, 1980) – estimate: $200,000+

· Jack Kirby and Joe Sinnott Fantastic Four #70 Cover Original Art (Marvel, 1968) – estimate: $200,000+

· Carl Barks McDuck of Duckburg Painting CB-OIL 84 Original Art (1974) – estimate $175,000+

· Tales of Suspense #39 Iron Man (Marvel, 1963) CBCS NM+ 9.6 White pages – estimate $150,000+

· John Byrne and Terry Austin X-Men #137 Story Page 30 Original Art (Marvel, 1980) – estimate $25,000+

· Robert Crumb, Harvey Kurtzman, Gilbert Shelton, and Others East Village Other V6 #1 "Science Fiction Comics" Jam Page Original Art (EVO, 1970) – estimate $100,000+

· The Incredible Hulk #1 (Marvel, 1962) CBCS VF+ 8.5 Exceptional White pages – estimate $100,000+

· Murphy Anderson Hawkman #4 Zatanna First Appearance Complete 13-Page Story "The Girl Who Split In Two!" Original Art (DC, 1964) – estimate: $80,000+

For more information and images of these and the rest of the 1,403 lots in Heritage Auctions' Comics & Comic Art Auction, please visit

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