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    Frank Miller Ronin #5 Story Page 20 Original Art (DC, 1983). Ultra-Rare myth-busting page here! This page, and the other one offered in this same sale, are the only original art pages from this ground-breaking series other than from Issue #1 that we have ever seen come to market! And they are some of the very few pages from this series we have ever offered at all, owing to the comic industry lore that only pages from this first issue had ever left Miller's possession. We had previously thought that there were potentially only 48 pages of the 296 pages from this six-issue series "out in the wild". It is unknown if any other pages from Issue #5 are "out there," other than the two in this sale. Also, an unexpected treat was that the originals from issue 5 have a larger image area than the ones from #1.
    This page was wordless in the comic, relying entirely on Miller's visual storytelling. It features a flashback of the titular samurai in feudal Japan battling a band of basket-headed Ninjas.
    Frank Miller's Ronin changed the direction of comics with its prestige mini-series format, combined with the fact that it was the first modern feature where DC allowed the creator to retain the rights to the character. Ronin has since been celebrated as among the most important and influential stories ever published. Miller is arguably the greatest superhero writer/artist to work during this period, and Ronin helped launch a much-needed comics revolution -- many feel that there would be no Sandman, Watchmen, or Dark Knight, without this visionary work leading the way. And just as Frank Miller drew some inspiration in part from the various works of Moebius, and from Goseki Kojima's work on Lone Wolf and Cub, so too has Miller's Ronin inspired countless other creators, among them Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fame.
    And unlike many pages from Miller's other '80s works, the art here was pure Frank Miller, making this a rare treat indeed. The piece is signed by Miller and inscribed "For Peter 9/85."
    Crafted in ink over graphite on DC Bristol board with an image area of 11.75" by 17.75". There's a stain on the left side. Light smudging and handling wear. Very Good condition.


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