One of the greatest covers in history is going up for auction…
Denny O’Neil and Neal Adams’ 1973 classic Batman #251 was central to our recent JOKER WEEK coverage, with appearances in our TOP 13 JOKER STORIES EVER (click here) and TOP 13 JOKER COVERS EVER (click here) rankings.
I also made the point that the issue — The Joker’s Five-Way Revenge!, which was just re-released as a Facsimile Edition — was strong evidence that the Bronze Age was comics’ true Golden Age. (Click here for much more on that.)
Anyway, I noted fleetingly that Adams’ original art for the Batman #251 cover was going to be auctioned off — and now that day is almost here.
Starting about Nov. 1, the cover — one of Adams’ two greatest and one of the very best in comics history — will be featured by Heritage Auctions in bidding that ends at its Dallas auction Nov. 21-24. (The seller is unnamed.)
Just check out the art, in high-res:
Magnificent. And you can click here for more details about the auction.
I had the chance to eyeball the cover up close at New York Comic Con earlier this month and one thing immediately jumped to mind: “Damn, I wish I were independently wealthy.”
Cuz the pre-auction estimate on this seminal work is a mere $250,000.
But, hey, one can dream.
— ADAMS Discusses the BATMAN #251 Cover. Click here.
— O’NEIL and ADAMS Talk BATMAN #251 and Bringing Back the Joker. Click here.