Fred Guardineer’s original cover art for Action Comics #15 could fetch $200,000 at Heritage Auctions‘ Feb. 20-22 Vintage Comics Signature Auction in New York. This is the earliest Superman cover art known to exist. “It is a blockbuster piece of early American comic art history and a fitting companion to the landmark finds in this auction,” said Ed Jaster, Senior Vice President at Heritage. In addition to this collectable item, the upcoming auction will also include two Silver Age milestones:Amazing Fantasy #15 — the first appearance of Spider-Man — in 9.0 grade by CGC, and the original cover art to Tales of Suspense #84 by Jack Kirby and Frank Giacoia.
Other notable comics books include a 9.4 grade CGC NM copy of Tales of Suspense #39, the first appearance of Iron Man; the finest known copy of Amazing Man Comics #5 (#1), 9.4 CGC Mile High Pedigree, a rare and sought after issue that the Overstreet Price Guide classifies as one of the Top 100 Golden Age books; Robert Crumb’s original drawings for a complete three-page story “Ducks Yas Yas” from Zap Comix #0 and the original cover art by John Buscema and George Roussos for The Avengers #42 among others.
The auction also features the Dino Mauricio Golden Age Classic Cover Collection: 150 of the most collectible covers representing important themes, iconic characters and rare images, such asSuperman#1 and Detective Comics #31 to rarities like Great Comics #3 with its “Hitler in Hell” cover.