Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice


    Fred Ray Superman #12 Cover Original Art (DC, 1941). Early issues of Superman and Action Comics had some of the most iconic of the Golden Age covers, and this is definitely one of them! This issue was on the racks three months before the attack on Pearl Harbor, and the US's subsequent entry into World War II. Even so, Superman is already showing his support for the US Armed Forces on this cover featuring members of the Navy and Army forces. It was the first depiction of US Armed Servicemen on the cover of this title. Covers such as these helped form the United State's overall attitude towards getting involved in WWII. Pearl Harbor was the spark that set off the powder keg. Original art from this era was often not saved or stored well. It is only by the efforts of legendary Batman co-creator Jerry Robinson (a close friend of Fred Ray's), that this art was requested back and saved. The original art on this image was created in ink over graphite on Bristol board. It measures approximately 8.5" x 8.5", and has been fitted into a replacement Bristol board with professionally created replacement stat paste-up logo and header text. The background "spotlight" circle is also a very carefully fitted replacement piece. Iconic, patriotic, historic, and exceedingly rare, this is one incredible piece of art. With restoration, this is in Very Good condition.

    Shipping, Taxes, Terms and Bidding
    Calculate Standard Domestic Shipping

    Sales Tax information  |  Terms and Conditions

    Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments

    Glossary of Terms

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    August, 2017
    10th-12th Thursday-Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 34
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 4,146

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    19.5% of the successful bid (minimum $19) 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)

    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 28 days left to consign to the 2019 February 21 - 22 Comics - Dallas!

    Learn about consigning with us

    Heritage rocks!
    James C.,
    Glendale, CA
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2018 October 12 Illustration Art - Dallas
    2018 October 12 Illustration Art - Dallas
    REALIZED $1,745,893
    2018 December 8 - 9 Animation Art Signature Auction - Beverly Hills
    2018 December 8 - 9 Animation Art Signature Auction - Beverly Hills
    REALIZED SO FAR $1,956,296