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Frank Miller and Klaus Janson Batman: The Dark Knight Returns #4 Superman, Batman, and Alfred Page 44 Original Art...

2013 November 21 - 23 Comics Signature Auction - Beverly Hills #7084

 
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Auction Ended On: Nov 22, 2013
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Location: Heritage Auctions - Beverly Hills
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Frank Miller and Klaus Janson Batman: The Dark Knight Returns #4 Superman, Batman, and Alfred Page 44 Original Art (DC, 1986). From the landmark story arc that redefined the Batman franchise for the modern audience, "The clock strikes twelve." The Batman vs. Superman battle has ended at last. The Batman lies dying in Superman's arms as the epic of The Dark Knight draws to a close.
"The clock strikes twelve" is the fourth-from-the-last page in the book and perhaps the most poignant of the entire series. The iconic top panel dominates the mood of the page -- meanwhile, below, beneath their feet, the Bat Cave erupts and explodes -- stately Wayne Manor burns -- and Alfred Pennyworth dies. The image of Superman cradling the mortally wounded Batman, in a pose of heroic suffering reminiscent of Michelangelo's masterpiece of Renaissance sculpture, The Pieta, has such powerful visual impact that it wouldn't be at all surprising to see it turn up on the big screen in the upcoming Batman vs. Superman movie. For now, you can hang the original on your wall -- a show-stopper which features full-figure portraits of both Batman and Superman, as well as two expressive close-up "reaction shots" of their faces.
Here is one of the most dramatic pages that we've offered to date, and with Batman, Superman, and loyal Alfred all appearing, it would be near-impossible to find an example with more gravitas. "This modern masterwork has an image area of 11.5" x 11.75". Aside from being lightstruck, and having the typical four tape residue stains in its margins, the art is in Excellent condition. Signed by Frank Miller at the lower right.

Miller, Frank:Frank Miller (American, b. 1957): is a multi-talented cartoonist, writer, and film director, most celebrated for his work on the Marvel characters Daredevil, Elektra, and Wolverine, as well as on his own characters for the Dark Horse titles Hard Boiled, 300, and Sin City. In the late eighties, Miler became the first and foremost of a new breed of "noir" comic book storytellers, thanks to the tremendous popularity of his work on the industry-changing Batman: The Dark Knight Returns series. He also directed the film version of Will Eisner's The Spirit, and shared directing duties with Robert Rodriguez on Sin City, and produced the film 300..

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