Comic-book cover worth $500,000?

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ENTERTAINMENT -

PHILADEL­PHIA — It’s the comic-book cover that cap­tured the grim visage of an older, wiser and meaner Bat­man.

Now, the 1986 pen-and-ink cre­ation — drawn by writer/artist Frank Miller — that is the cover to The Dark Knight Re­turns No. 2 will be sold next month in Dal­las by Her­itage Auc­tions.

It’s the first cover from DC Comics’ 1986 four-is­sue Dark Knight minis­eries to be sold and is ex­pected to go for more than $500,000.

Miller’s story “rad­i­cally al­tered the di­rec­tion of comics,” said Todd Hig­nite, Her­itage’s vice-pres­i­dent.

“For fans of mod­ern comics, this draw­ing is where ev­ery­thing re­ally be­gins,” he said. “This mo­ment de­fines Miller’s Dark Knight, and the mod­ern day per­cep­tion of Bat­man, like no other draw­ing.”

Also up for sale is a 9.2-graded copy of Bat­man No. 1 from 1940 that shows Bat­man and Robin swing­ing in front of a Gotham City sky­line. A sim­i­lar copy sold for $850,000 in 2012.

The record price for a comic book re­mains Ac­tion Comics No. 1, which sold for $2.16 mil­lion in 2011. That fea­tured Su­per­man’s first ap­pear­ance.

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