I’m an original art fan and collector, and one of my fondest memories of working on this site came in 2011 with the auction of an iconic splash page from Dark Knight Returns #3 by Frank Miller and Klaus Janson for a then-record $448,125. I had that post meticulously written out beforehand — or so I thought — based on where I expected the final price to land, just waiting on the final hammer. But then, the bids just kept going, and going. The perception of 1980s and early 1990s original comic art changed in that moment. And it didn’t stop there, by any means.
That’s not to say that every piece of comic art that Miller has drawn is worth a cool half a million dollars on today’s market. Luckily for collectors with less-than-superhuman budgets, that’s not the case quite yet. Still, the original art from Miller’s body of comics work has been among the most sought-after prizes in recent years for the serious art collector, and it’s easy to see why. Concepts that he’s had a hand in shaping are still influencing subsequent generations of comic and film creators, and are looming large on movie screens today.
The original art of legendary creator Frank Miller, the man behind The Dark Knight Returns, Sin City, 300, Daredevil, Ronin and Wolverine will be for sale at the Metropolis Gallery booth at the Big Apple Comic Con, March 11-12 in New York City.
“I have been a big fan of Frank’s work going all the way back to Daredevil. I am thrilled to be representing Frank Miller at Big Apple! He is one of the most influential artists of the last 40 years. I am not just talking about in the world of comic books. I mean in the world. His comic art and stories have influenced generations, including writers, painters, set designers, comic creators and film makers”, says Metropolis Gallery curator, Vincent Zurzolo.
“I am looking forward to seeing some of my artwork being sold at Big Apple with Vincent and his team”, added Miller himself. According to the Big Apple website, Miller will be appearing at the show on Sunday, March 12, and Stan Lee will be at the show both days, so it sounds like a pretty good trip for the weekend if you’re in the area.