For Sale: Original Art For One Of The Most Iconic Comic Book Covers Ever (Hint: Dave Gibbons, Watchmen)

These things are forever open to debate, but I’m having a hard time coming up with too many cover images from the history of American comics that I’d definitively call more iconic, more memorable, more instantly evocative of what makes comics what they are, than the cover of Watchmen #1 by Dave Gibbons, which kicked off the Watchmen series by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons in 1986.

The original art for this cover, along with the covers of Watchmen #2 and #3, are coming up for sale in a Heritage Signature Auction in February.

As we’ve been telling you on Bleeding Cool, the market for important and vintage original comic book art has been exceptionally strong over the past couple years, and observers have been expecting that to start bringing out the truly important pieces. We’ve already told you about another key piece of art in this Heritage Auction, the John Romita cover to Amazing Spider-Man #121, “The Night Gwen Stacy Died”.  I think these Watchmen covers also fit the bill.

The Watchmen covers are from a comic art collection that Heritage Auctions has dubbed the Shamus Modern Masterworks collection, a rather stellar group of original art from the 1980s and 1990s being sold by Martin Shamus, the father of Wizard Magazine founder Gareb Shamus. The collection has already produced a number of eye-popping hammer prices, including the $675,250 sale of the Todd McFarlane cover of Amazing Spider-Man #328, the record price for a piece of American comic book art.

In 2010, we told you that Watchmen #1 page 1 sold for $33,460. I understand that the complete Watchmen #1-12 cover set sold for roughly $26,000 at Sotheby’s in 1993.  Next month, each of these covers is going to sell for… a large multiple of that.

These covers are up for auction in the February Heritage Auctions Vintage Comics & Comic Art Signature Auction, February 21-22 in New York. Online bidding begins February 2.



'Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation' world premiere at the Vienna State Opera (Wiener Staatsoper)

Featuring: Christopher McQuarrie
Where: Vienna, Austria
When: 23 Jul 2015
Credit: Toppress/


Christopher McQuarrie Accepts Mission: Impossible 6


Death Sentence: London No.6 From Titan Comics Preview


J.J. Abrams Says Star Wars: The Force Awakens Is Done; Doesn’t Want To Ruin Movie With Spoilers


Kieron Gillen Talks To The People Of London Via Underground Staff With Time On Their Hands

"Stronger Together" -- When Kara's (Melissa Benoist) attempts to help National City don't go according to plan, she must put aside the doubts that she -- and the city's media -- has about her abilities in order to capture an escapee from the Kryptonian prison, Fort Rozz, when SUPERGIRL moves to its regular time period, Monday, Nov. 2 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Photo: Cliff Lipson/CBS ©2015 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Supergirl Gets An Additional Seven Episode Order

21 Cyber-Monday Comic Book Deals – Buy One Get Two, Buy One Get Three, Buy Loot Crate Get Socks

Finn Gets A Focus In New Star Wars Behind The Scenes Clip

Steven Moffat To Talk About His Plans To Leave Doctor Who (UPDATE)

No Skip Week For Comic Books This Christmas


Looking Inside The New Red Sonja #1