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Press Release - October 16, 2018

Original Comic Art Charity Auction Benefits The Ed Asner Family Center

Heritage Auctions partners with Ed Asner Center to support mental health and enrichment programs

John Cassaday Captain America Ed Asner Center Family Center Auction
DALLAS, Texas (Oct. 12, 2018) — Known for his Emmy-winning roles playing curmudgeons, ranging from Lou Grant on The Mary Tyler Moore Show to Carl in the Pixar film UP, actor Ed Asner's true character is that of a philanthropist and loving father who shared his passion for comic books with his children. Earlier this year, the legendary actor and founders Matt and Navah Asneropened The Ed Asner Family Center, to offer a host of programs, classes and therapy dedicated to promoting self-confidence in differently abled individuals. They plan to open in their new location in November.

On Oct. 17, Heritage Auctions is hosting The Ed Asner Family Center Original Comic Art Charity Auction at Today's leading comic book artists, including Kevin Nowlan, Alex Ross, Jim Lee and more, have donated high-profile work for the online auction.

"The Asner family have always been comic book fans," said Matt Asner, Ed Asner's son and President of The Ed Asner Family Center. "We thought, 'What can we do to raise the eyebrows of people and highlight creativity?' We are incredibly excited about doing an original art sale. The Ed Asner Center represents unleashing creativity, and what better way of illustrating this than the world of comics?"

Matt Asner said the core values and programming of the Center are based around creation of an environment that shows the limitless potential of children with different levels of ability, including autism, Down syndrome and developmental delays. "The arts are so important for instilling self confidence in people," he said.

Matt Asner still remembers his father taking him to newsstands and bookstores while his father was a star on The Mary Tyler Moore Show. "I still remember the first comic book my father ever bought me," Matt Asner said. "It was an Avengers reprint from 1970. He sees the great, creative atmosphere around comics. He gets it. He saw the creativity, the art and writing involved, and appreciated it.

"We are honored to have 70 pieces of original art from some of the brightest stars in comics in this special auction that we feel could only be done through Heritage," Asner adds.

Artists donated both individual work and collaborations, including:

Alex RossJohn Heebink and Aaron McClellanRyan Sook
Adam Kubert, Tom Derenick, Danny Miki, Scott Hanna and Lary StuckerPhil HesterRyan Stegman
Brent AndersonJohn Heebink and Fred FredericksSandy Jarrell
Adam HughesHoward ChaykinFernando Pasarin and Scott Hanna
Colleen DoranLee WeeksHoward Porter and John Dell
Barry CrainKarl KeselTom Everhart
Dan JurgensDenys Cowan and Bill SienkiewiczShawn Martinbrough
Karine CharleboisMichael AllredCharles Schulz
Cully HamnerAaron LoprestiPaul Pelletier and Sandra Hope
Eric PowellEduardo RissoBill Sienkiewicz
Geof DarrowJohn Romita Jr.Igor Kordey and Scott Hanna
Jerry OrdwayMichael ChoPaul Smith
Jim LeeBarry KitsonFabio Napoleoni
Tom Raney and Scott HannaBobby RubioJohn Heebink and Don Hudson
Jim Valentino and Steve MontanoMike HawthorneKelley Jones
José Luis García-LópezPhilip TanScot Eaton and Andrew Hennessy
Kelley Jones and Kevin NowlanSteve Lieber, Mark McKenna and Robin RiggsKevin Nowlan
John CassadayMike Norton 
Mark Bagley and Andrew HennessyNicoletta Ceccoli 
"We are very thankful for the contributions of these artists and the time and friendship of Kevin Nowlan," Matt Asner said. "Kevin was Superman, Batman and Doctor Strange on this project. We also wish to thank Albert Moy, Spencer Beck, Animazing Gallery and Kurt Busiek for their contributions, as well."

Select highlights include, Nowlan's original cover art to Doctor Strange #19 (Marvel, 2017), the original cover art by Lee from Scooby Apocalypse #3 (DC, 2016) and variant cover original art by Cassaday for Captain America: Reborn #6 (Marvel, 2003), published in the popular six-issue series.

Bidding opens Oct. 3 for The Ed Asner Family Center Original Comic Art Charity Auction and concludes Oct. 17 at The Center also offers donors several giving levels and even explains how contributions support various programming. Donations may be made at

Heritage Auctions is the largest fine art and collectibles auction house founded in the United States, and the world's largest collectibles auctioneer. Heritage maintains offices in New York, Dallas, Beverly Hills, San Francisco, Chicago, Palm Beach, London, Paris, Geneva, Amsterdam and Hong Kong.

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Eric Bradley, Director, Public Relations

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