DescriptionMurphy Anderson Strange Adventures #144 Atomic Knights Cover Original Art (DC, 1962). Invading mole creatures, from inside the earth, plant strange flowers that emit black clouds and darken the planet -- can Gardner Grayle and the Atomic Knights stop them in time? That's the premise for the story "When the Earth Blacked Out!," as featured on this, the only Silver Age cover to feature the Atomic Knights. This rare cover has never before hit the auction block, and with the characters figuring heavily in DC's new Convergence multi-title mini-series (they even appear on the cover of Convergence: Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes #2), we expect plenty of interest from fans of both Modern Age and Silver Age comics. The art is in ink over graphite on Sparta Bristol board, with an image area of 12.5" x 18.5". The pasted-on masthead, title blurb box, CCA stamp, and word balloons are all original production pieces except for the balloon at the far left ("Those strange plants..."), which is a recent color-matched replacement. Those pasted-on elements are beginning to work loose; there is a tear in the "A" in Adventures, part of the price box is missing, and there is an old rubber cement stain along the left side; there's also a bit of board tanning and some minor handling wear along the outer edges. There's still plenty of eye appeal though, and the cover will display nicely. Overall condition is Very Good. For "old-timers" (like many of us here at Heritage) who remember the original run of Atomic Knight stories in Strange Adventures, just seeing this cover art, with the giant Dalmatians, is a dream come true. One lucky collector will be taking this one home -- will it be you?
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