DescriptionFred Ray Superman #12 Cover Original Art (DC, 1941). Great Caesar's Ghost! Here is the original art from one of the most iconic Superman covers of the Golden Age. It was the first depiction of our Armed Servicemen on the cover of this title, and remains a powerful image of the Man of Steel marching arm and arm with two of America's brave sailors and soldiers, ready to defend their country against the Axis threat.
Although there was war and unrest throughout the world, prior to this issue Superman and other DC characters fought a "generic" enemy army. In this issue, cover dated September 1941 (a full three months before Pearl Harbor), Superman joins the "real world" fight against the real enemies of America. From this point forward, DC's roster of superpowered heroes were at war with the Axis, and they "pulled no punches."
As was often the case artists did not have a publisher-supplied "template" available and drew the cover on standard illustration board. The art would either be adhered to a template with logo, text and crop marks added or if the image size was not just right, make a photographic stat of the art and place that on the template leaving the original art intact. It is rare for the art to be saved and only by the efforts of legendary Batman creator Jerry Robinson, a close friend of Ray's, was the art requested back and saved. Fred Ray's original art is ink over graphite on Bristol board with an image area of 8.5" x 8.5" The background circle spotlight circle, and all logo masthead elements are carefully matched recreations. This is one sweet-looking WWII-era cover and a true piece of American history! With restoration work, it is in Very Good condition.
We're sure we don't have to tell you that very little original DC Golden Age cover artwork like this still exists, with most surviving pieces still locked away in private collections. Adding this to your collection is guaranteed to boost it to World Class status!
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