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Who watches the Watchmen art auction?

Posted by on February 18, 2013 – 8:00 am

Watchmen #1If you’ve got several hundred-thousand dollars sitting around (or even if you’re just “buy-curious”), you might be keen to own a piece of comic book history when the original Watchmen cover art by Dave Gibbons goes on sale at the Heritage Auctions Comics & Comic Art event, Feb. 21-22 in New York City.

Over the next several months the original comic cover art for all twelve of the Watchmen comics will be auctioned off from The Shamus Modern Masterworks Collection, with the cover art work for issues #1, #2 and #3 first up on the block.

Dave Gibbons’ historic Watchmen #1 cover art, with the bloody Smiley Face and iconic doomsday clock, is expected to fetch well over $100,000 (current online bid is at $40,000). The historic significance of Alan Moore’s revolutionary comic series is expected to push this artwork’s selling price into the stratosphere (maybe even to Mars!).

The first three pieces of original cover art and the Watchmen #1 cover color guide art by colorist John Higgins will all hit the auction block Feb. 21-22. The remaining cover art for issues #4 – #6 will be auctioned in May, followed by covers #7 – #9 in August and #10 – #12 in November.

For those uninitiated in Watchmen lore, what are you waiting for? Head to your local comic shop and pick up the graphic novel compilation. In the meantime, here’s some trivia regarding what many consider to be the finest comic book series ever published:

  • Watchmen #3Watchmen is widely considered to be one of the greatest stories in modern comic book history.
  • The 12-issue series by writer Alan Moore and artist Dave Gibbons was originally published by DC Comics from 1986-87.
  • The Watchmen comic series is said to have revolutionized the medium of comics with its intricate re-examination and deconstruction of the entire concept of the superhero.
  • Time magazine included the Watchmen series in its list of the top 100 English-language novels published from 1923 to the present and described it as “a landmark in the graphic novel medium” and a “masterpiece.”
  • In 2009, the series was adapted into a major feature film, directed by Zack Snyder (Man of Steel).

If you are on a spending spree, you might also want to pick up the original cover art for The Amazing Spider-Man #121, by artist John Romita, also featured in the Feb. 21-22 Heritage Auction. You may remember that ASM #121 is the famous story when Gwen Stacy meets her untimely death at the hands of the Green Goblin and changes the web-crawler’s world forever.