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Dave Gibbons Watchmen #1 Page 1 Original Art (DC, 1986)....

2010 November Dallas Signature Comics & Comic Art Auction #7027

 
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Auction Ended On: Nov 19, 2010
Item Activity: 23 Internet/mail/phone bidders
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Location: Heritage Auctions
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Dallas, TX 75219
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Dave Gibbons Watchmen #1 Page 1 Original Art (DC, 1986). It starts here -- the incredible 12-part saga that shook up the comics world and later spawned a hit movie. Watchmen pages do not come along often, in fact Heritage has never offered one before! We know of many people who have read Watchmen who have never read any other comic book, and given that mass appeal, we expect very strong demand for this lot.

This is a page Watchmen fans have scrutinized at length, not only because it's the first page of the series but because Alan Moore's detailed script for the page has been reprinted in a couple of the deluxe reprint editions.

Themes introduced here include the blood-stained "happy face" badge (a motif that recurs throughout the series) with what Moore called a "jarringly inane expression". We're also introduced to Rorschach's journal, and of course the "End is Nigh" man in the third panel later turns out to be none other than Rorschach himself, though as Moore stressed to Gibbons at the time, "I don't want any particular importance attached to this scene." In general, Gibbons delivered the "familiar and yet curiously altered cityscape" Moore called for, and his visuals masterfully set the tone for this unsettling saga.

The ink on bristol page has an image area of approximately 10" x 16", and is in Excellent condition. Gibbons and Moore have signed the page in the lower right-hand border. As a bonus, the original color guide is included with the page.

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