From the Collection of Jerry Robinson,
Two Iconic Golden Age Covers for the First Time at Auction!
Click here to bid on the Superman #14 cover!
Click here to bid on the Detective Comics #69 cover!
On November 10th at 12 PM Eastern, bidding will open for Fred Ray’s famous “Patriotic Shield” cover to Superman #14 (Jan/Feb 1942), and Jerry Robinson’s “Double Guns” Joker cover to Detective Comics #69 (Nov 1942).
“The cover to Superman #14 is arguably THE most important piece of surviving original comic art in existence, and the cover to Detective #69 is just ‘mind-blowingly’ rare and historic,” stated Rob Reynolds, Director of Consignments at ComicConnect.com. “When compared to something like a Jackson Pollock, and thought of in the context of cultural relevance and desirability – one can easily understand why both these pieces are already garnering attention and interest from the fine art world.”
In 1942, the first waves of American superheroes were clearly at the height of their considerable powers. No two superheroes stood taller than Superman and Batman. Rarely is one able to gaze upon pieces of art that so perfectly captures a moment in time. A moment in time made up of one part innocence, one part patriotism and one part pure fantasy escapism. Such were the early 1940s.
The owner and consignor of the two covers is Jerry Robinson, Batman artist and creator of the Joker. Mr. Robinson has been a creative force in American comics for eight decades. He is a talent that understood early on the impact comics could have on American culture, and understood that original comic art should be saved and treasured. Jerry Robinson assembled and preserved for seventy years one of the greatest collections of comic art, and this collection has never been offered to the public until now.
These two pieces are among the finest original covers from Jerry Robinson’s collection, and are available for sale in ComicConnect.com’s November / December 2010 Event Auction with no buyer’s premiums.
ComicConnect.com will offer a 6 Month Interest-Free Time Payment Plan on both auction lots. Interested parties should contact them for details.
Superman #14 is the most important and the most iconic Superman cover artwork in existence. No question there. Known as the patriotic shield cover, this image has been reprinted time and time again. To quote Geoff Boucher of the LA Times, “If I could have any piece for my own home, I’d pick Ray’s Superman 14 or Robinson’s brilliant Detective 69.”
Detective Comics #69 is simply mind-boggling. Known as the double-guns Joker cover, it is one of the greatest Golden Age superhero covers of all time. Tales of THE great comic covers being thrown out by DC are the stuff of legend. Thankfully, this brilliantly designed cover by Jerry Robinson is still alive & well, and ready to find a new home. The Joker is the first and greatest supervillain in comics, and voted among the best villains in all literature.
ComicConnect.com is the first company to sell a comic book for $1 Million, and currently holds the world record with the sale of a comic for $1.5 Million. They are always accepting comic books and original comic art for auction, and offer generous cash advances up to $1 Million. They do not charge buyer’s premiums in the interest of delivering higher net returns for their clientele. For questions about consigning or bidding, ComicConnect.com may be reached at 212-895-3999 (international 001-212-895-3999) or emailed at [email protected].
About Jerry Robinson
While a journalism student at Columbia University, Jerry Robinson began his cartooning career in 1939 at age seventeen on Batman for which he created the Joker, comics’ first supervillain. He named Batman’s protégé, Robin, designed his costume and helped develop other characters including the Penguin, Two-Face and Alfred. Robinson is Editorial Director of CartoonArts International and Cartoonists & Writers Syndicate that syndicates and exhibits the work of 350 leading cartoonists and graphic artists from fifty countries.
Among Robinson’s thirty published works is The Comics: An Illustrated History of Comic Strip Art (Putnam), acclaimed as the definitive study of the genre; the biography, Skippy and Percy Crosby (Holt); and The 1970s: Best Political Cartoons of the Decade (McGraw Hill). Three new books will be published in 2010: An updated edition of The Comics and a two volume set of his 1950s sci-fi strip, Jet Scott (Dark Horse); and a biography, Jerry Robinson: Ambassador to the Comics (Abrams).
His award-winning features of social/political satire, Still Life and Life With Robinson, were syndicated daily for thirty-two years. Robinson‘s drawings appeared regularly in Playbill, the Broadway theatre magazine. He is the co-art director of the hour-long animation, Stereotypes, filmed at Soyuzmult Studios, Moscow, and co-author of the musical Astra: A Comic Book Opera that opened in Washington, DC in 2006. A graphic novel adaptation of Astra was published in Japan and the U.S.
Robinson served as President of both the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists and the National Cartoonists Society. He has traveled to over forty countries, served on international art juries, and on tours of Europe, North Africa, Japan and Korea entertaining servicemen. Robinson produced major exhibitions for the United Nations [n Rio de Janeiro, Vienna , Cairo and New York; and the first in-depth exhibition of the genre, The Superhero:The Golden Age of Comic Books 1939 –1950 at the Breman Museum, Atlanta, now on tour.
Robinson represented Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel, creators of Superman, in their struggle to obtain financial security and restore their creator credits and obtained the release of jailed and tortured cartoonists in Uruguay and the Soviet Union. For eighteen years Robinson was on the faculty of the School of Visual Arts, The New School and Parsons School of Design. An exhibition of his color photography was held at the SVA Galleries. In 2000 Scriptorium Films produced a ninety-minute television documentary on Robinson’s career for Brazilian TV.
Robinson received the National Cartoonists Society Milton Caniff Lifetime Achievement Award and the San Diego Comic-Con Eisner Hall of Fame.