Frank Miller Absolute Dark Knight Book Cover Original Art (DC, 2006). "It took me years to define, in my own mind, Batman as less a creature of vengeance than of vigor. This piece is one of my personal favorites. To me, it sums the man up." --Frank Miller
    On its publication in 1986, Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns changed the landscape of the graphic novel irrevocably. With its dark vision of Batman's future and its stunning artwork, The Dark Knight Returns set the world on fire. 15 years later, Miller's sequel, The Dark Knight Strikes Again, further redefined the boundaries of the superhero genre.
    Some pieces of art stand as definitive masterworks by their creators -- Joe Simon and Jack Kirby's Captain America, Will Eisner's The Spirit, and Robert E. Howard and Frank Frazetta's Conan are all examples of timeless masterworks that have bestowed artistic immortality on the artists who created them. In much the same way, this bone-jarring cover for The Absolute Dark Knight brings together in one iconic image the elements that made Frank Miller's gothic vision of the Batman such a legendary work of industry-changing artistry. The savage violence, the unparalleled use of strobe-like high-contrast graphics, the relentless "shock and awe" attack of the Gotham Guardian's campaign -- all of these elements are perfectly crystallized in one iconic image by the man all have hailed as a master of sequential illustration. Brilliantly conceived and flawlessly executed, Frank Miller steers the viewer into Batman's haunting end game, creating a no-holds-barred image that flash-freezes a moment of electrifying tension between justice and vengeance that only becomes more compelling upon each viewing. This beautiful, hauntingly iconic cover image is all Miller pencils and inks and represents one of the greatest pieces of artwork by the artist ever to become available at auction.
    A classic work by a modern master, this masterpiece comes directly from the artist and will be the prize addition to any collection. This cover has an overall size of 11" x 17", and the art is in Excellent condition.
    From the Collection of Frank Miller.

    Fees, Shipping, and Handling Description: Flat Material, Small (view shipping information)

    Sales Tax information  |  Terms and Conditions

    Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments

    Glossary of Terms

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    February, 2012
    22nd-24th Wednesday-Friday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 17
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 6,768

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    19.5% of the successful bid (minimum $14) per lot.

    Jerry Weist's Comic Art Price Guide 2011
    Want to know more about this artist? Dates, history, background, and value ranges are covered in the comprehensive new guide. Order Now!
    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Floor auctions

    Open for bidding: (View All)

    Fine Art
    Ends on 01/30/2018

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Only 33 days left to consign to the 2018 April 7 European Comics Signature Auction - Dallas!

    Learn about consigning with us

    I have done a preliminary analysis and the total of the hammer prices was $67,550. With BP, the final figure was $80,722.25. That is against the total insurance value of $34,785 or 2.32 x ‘pre-auction estimate’. Incredible, really, so a big thanks.
    Mark A.,
    Stratford-Upon-Avon, UK
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2017 October 13 Illustration Art Signature Auction - Dallas
    2017 October 13 Illustration Art Signature Auction - Dallas
    REALIZED $1,098,328
    2017 December 9 - 10 Animation Art - Beverly Hills
    2017 December 9 - 10 Animation Art - Beverly Hills
    REALIZED $1,505,404