Neal Adams writes to Bleeding Cool, regarding the sale of his most famous comic book cover ever, currently up for auction on behalf of a private collector.
The Green Lantern Green Arrow #76 cover (and subsequent series of books) changed the direction of comics when it was first published.
That first cover set the tone of that change and is easily recognized by everyone in our industry around the world.
Now with that same cover at this auction, I would like to announce a New and Historical game-changer for collectors, historians and fans alike.
Please let me be very clear. Whatever the origin and history of this cover has been since I first drew it, I'm here now announcing that, at the completion of this auction and during the auction I, Neal Adams, its creator and artist,…100% approve of this auction, the sale and subsequent ownership of this cover.
That since the proprietor of the cover has agreed to equitably share the income of the auction with me and my family I hereby validate sale and ownership of this piece and I will, in fact, supply a Certificate of Authenticity to the highest bidder of the auction, and the ownership of this cover will never be questioned by me.
This sharing of profit with the creator, of the sale of artwork produced back in those days when ownership has ever been in question, will in this case and may in all cases go far in bringing underground artwork into the light of a fair and open marketplace.
To all of you who participate in this auction, I wish you well. The highest bidder of this auction will own a cover that changed an Industry…. For the Better!
Best regards and good will to everyone,
The item was believed to have been lost when DC Comics moved locations, as was quite common at the time. This deal has negated any such… unpleasantness. It's hoped that similar arrangements can be entered into when they return to the market.