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Dave Gibbons’ ‘Watchmen’ #1-3 covers sell for nearly $217,000

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Dave Gibbons' original cover art for "Watchmen" #1

Dave Gibbons’ original cover art for “Watchmen” #1

Dave Gibbons’ original cover art for Watchmen #1-3 sold today at auction for a combined $216,892.50. The first cover, featuring the iconic blood-splattered smiley face, was responsible for the lion’s share of that total, bringing in $155,350 alone. They were joined by John Higgins’ color guide for the cover of Watchmen #1, which went for $7,767.50.

Part of the $1.4 million Shamus Modern Masterworks, accumulated in the 1980s and ’90s by retailer Martin Shamus, father of Wizard magazine founder Gareb Shamus, the Watchmen covers were included in Heritage’s Heritage’s Vintage Comics & Comic Art Signature Auction, held today and Saturday in New York City. Consigned last year to Heritage, the collection already has produced one remarkable sale: Todd McFarlane’s original cover art for The Amazing Spider-Man #328 fetched $657,250 in July, breaking the record for a single piece of American comics art set in 2011 by a splash page from The Dark Knight Returns #3 ($448,125).

Heritage’s Vintage Comics & Comic Art Signature Auction also includes John Romita Sr.’s original cover art for The Amazing Spider-Man #121, an original Calvin and Hobbes strip by Bill Watterson, and 10 pages from Dave Sim’s Cerebus: High Society.

Gibbons’ covers for Watchmen #4-12 reportedly will be put up for sale later this year.

Dave Gibbons' original cover art for "Watchmen" #2

Dave Gibbons’ original cover art for “Watchmen” #2

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Am I the only one who is disturbed by the fact that Watchmen #1′s cover went for just less than a THIRD of what McFarlane’s Spidey cover went for??? Not to speak ill of McFarlane’s artwork (which I do enjoy), but seriously – Watchmen was a landmark event in comics. Spidey is…. well…. Spidey.

Oops – sorry about that – I was looking at TOTAL number – it actually sold for less than A QUARTER of the Spidey cover.

man that DKR page is the greatest superhero page of all-time. Just look at it, it says so many things…..

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