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    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.

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    August, 2017
    10th-12th Thursday-Saturday
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    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.
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