Dave Gibbons first Watchmen cover among latest Heritage Auctions art offerings

There’s a host of art by British artists featured in the upcoming Heritage Auctions Comic Art Signature Auction, taking place over 21st – 23rd February 2019 in Dallas – and a number of covers created for early Marvel UK comics by American artists.

Rubbing shoulders with Krazy Kat art by George Herriman, newspaper strips by Alex Raymond and art by Wally Wood, and a massive offering of individual US comics, probably one of the major lots is Dave Gibbons cover for Watchmen #1, with the current lead bid at $110,000

Dave Gibbons Watchmen #1 Cover Original Art (DC, 1986)

Truly ground-breaking, the series had an effect on the industry that is still felt to this day, over 30 years later, this cover was evocative of the story being told, and like the pages of the story itself, it hid several secrets. Dave Gibbons used symbolism in this work in both bold and subtle ways. The drip of blood on the smiley face button is evocative of the hands of a clock striking 12, as “time running out” was a recurrent theme of the entire series.

There’s another spread of art from Watchmen in the auction too – pages from Watchmen #2 featuring The Comedian and Doctor Manhattan ($17.000) and Watchmen #3 – and other Dave Gibbons art that includes a two-page “Future Shock” from a 1982 issue of 2000AD, “Skirmish”.

Dave Gibbons 2000 AD #267 Complete 2-Page Story "Skirmish!" Original Art (IPC, 1982)

A Green Lantern  by Brian Bolland, for #131, is also up for grabs, as is his cover for Camelot 3000 #8 – but you’ll need at least $5000 to snag the latter!

Brian Bolland Green Lantern #131 Cover Original Art (DC, 1980)

Camelot 3000 #8 by Brian Bolland

Covers and splash pages commissioned for Marvel UK in the auction include John Buscema and Tom Palmer‘s art for Mighty World of Marvel #222 featuring Daredevil; a Michael Golden and Dave Hunt (attributed) splash page for Super Spider-Man #226 featuring the Avengers, commissioned to provide a more dramatic opener for a story that was broken into smaller parts for the weekly comic, originally published at a greater extent in the US; Jim Starlin and Joe Sinnott’s Hulk cover for Mighty World of Marvel #5; and their cover for MWOM #19 featuring the Fantastic Four.

John Buscema and Tom Palmer Mighty World of Marvel #222 Cover Daredevil Original Art

Michael Golden and Dave Hunt (attributed) Super Spider-Man #226 Avengers

Jim Starlin and Joe Sinnott Mighty World of Marvel #5

Jim Starlin and Joe Sinnott Mighty World of Marvel #19 Cover Fantastic Four Original Art (Marvel UK, 1973)

There’s also Preacher art by Steve Dillon, Excalibur art by Alan Davis and Paul Neary, and a Tank Girl page for Deadline #3 by Jamie Hewlett and a Groo card by none other than Simon Bisley!

• Heritage Auctions Comic Art Signature Auction takes place over 21st – 23rd February 2019 in Dallas – you can bid online but registration is required

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John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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