Single Page of Rob Liefeld Deadpool Art Sells for $55K At Record-Breaking $12M Comic Auction

A comic book and comic art auction held by Heritage Auctions which made over $12 million has broken the world record for most valuable sale of its kind, Heritage claimed in a press release Tuesday.  Amongst the treasures sold at the action was an original page of Rob Liefeld art from New Mutants #98, the first appearance of Deadpool. Liefeld created Deadpool, now the subject of a major motion picture franchise whose second film releases this week, along with writer Fabian Nicieza, though he's said he could have done it with a janitor. Now, it's Heritage Auctions which appears to have hit the Liefeld Lotto, earning a total of $12,201,974, topping the previous record holder, also a Heritage auction from 2012 which made $10,389,821.

As you can see, the page also features Cable, who first appeared eleven issues earlier in New Mutants #87. Well, technically speaking, he appeared as a baby, Nathan Christopher Charles Summers, son of original X-Men Scott Summers and Jean Grey, in Uncanny X-Men #201. Cable is featured prominently in the Deadpool 2 movie. Could we see this very scene play out?

In addition to the overall record, a Frank Frazetta painting titled Death Dealer 6 1990 broke its own record by more than double when it sold for $1.79 million. A Gary Larson Far Side strip broke the Gary Larson Far Side strip record by selling for $31,070, though it was outdone by a Calvin and Hobbes strip by Bill Watterson which sold for $67,725. Page 3 of X-Men #1 by Jack Kirby and Paul Reinman sold for $89,625. A CGC VG 4.0 graded Action Comics #1 also sold for $573,600. In total there were over 1600 items sold at the auction, which took place May 12-15.

Here are some other highlights from the press release:

In addition to the copy of Action Comics #1, key books in high-grade condition broke the six-figure barrier. An issue of Batman #1 (DC, 1940), CGC FN- 5.5, never before offered for sale, sold for $227,050. Justice League of America #1 (DC, 1960), CGC NM+ 9.6, ended at $215,100, and a copy of Whiz Comics #2 (#1) (Fawcett Publications, 1940), CGC FN 6.0, the first appearance of Captain Marvel, sold for $173,275.

One of the most sough-after issues of all time, Superman #1 (DC, 1939), CGC GD 2.0, brought $167,300 and 25 bids pushed the auction price of Action Comics #7 (DC, 1938) CGC VG/FN 5.0, known for being the second Superman cover ever, to $161,325.

The auction's offering of original comic art included John Romita Sr. The Amazing Spider-Man #61 Cover Original Art (Marvel, 1968), which sold for $167,300. Continuing collector's streak for paying high-flying auction prices for art by Robert Crumb, his original art for a "Head Comix" 1-Page Story from Yarrowstalks #2 (Yarrowstalks, 1967) sold for $143,400.

Artist Dave Cockrum's bombastic Original Cover Art to X-Men #102 (Marvel, 1976) sold for $131,450 and a magnificent splash-page of Original Art by Jack Kirby and George Roussos from Fantastic Four #25 (Marvel, 1964) sold for $113,525.

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A prophecy says that in the comic book industry's darkest days, a hero will come to lead the people through a plague of overpriced floppies, incentive variant covers, #1 issue reboots, and super-mega-crossover events.

Scourge of Rich Johnston, maker of puns, and seeker of the Snyder Cut, Jude Terror, sadly, is not the hero comics needs right now... but he's the one the industry deserves.

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