Batman: Original 'Dark Knight Returns' Artwork Expected to Sell for $500,000


There are few comic book figures as endearing as Batman and there are few versions of The Dark Knight more revered than Frank Miller’s 1986 rendition of an aged Bruce Wayne coming out of retirement to rescue Gotham once again. Miller single handedly changed not only Batman but shifted comic books to a new level in their evolution as serious literature and collectors are nuts about anything they can get their hands on from that specific era.

So it should come as absolutely no surprise that an original drawing of Miller’s Batman, specifically an original drawing of the cover from The Dark Knight Returns No. 2, is set to sell for around $500,000 at an auction next month in Texas.

Per a report from Matt Moore and THR.com:

Now, the 1986 pen and ink creation — drawn by writer/artist Frank Miller — that is the cover to The Dark Knight Returns No. 2 will be sold next month in Dallas by Heritage Auctions. It’s the first cover from DC Comics’ 1986 four-issueDark Knight miniseries to be sold and is expected to go for more than $500,000.

The graphic novel, which was released as chapters back in 1986, is one of the most well known and respected comics to have ever been written and it was drawn on heavily for the tone of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy. Ever since Nolan’s success with the franchise, there has been hope that a film adaptation of Frank Miller’s comic will be made, especially now that he’s being cinematically mentored by Robert Rodriguez.

We may be years away from that but this piece of artwork is one heck of a collectors item and it comes as no shock that the item is set to sell for so much.

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