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    Frank Miller Batman: The Dark Knight Returns (10th Anniversary Edition) Batman and Robin Frontispiece Splash Page Original Art (DC, 1997). "Like any hero, Batman is complex. Here we see him as a father figure, instructing one of my favorite creations, dear Carrie Kelly." --Frank Miller
    Definitive is the only adequate description of this masterpiece. Time magazine ranked The Dark Knight Returns as one of the top ten graphic novels ever created. As Alan Moore wrote about the series: "Beyond the imagery, themes, and essential romance of Dark Knight, Miller has also managed to shape the Batman into a true legend by introducing that element without which all true legends are incomplete and yet which for some reason hardly seems to exist in the world depicted in the average comic book, and that element is time -- time has come to the Batman and the capstone that makes legends what they are has finally been fitted. In his engrossing story of a great man's final and greatest battle, Miller has managed to create something radiant which should hopefully illuminate things for the rest of the comic book field, casting a new light upon the problems which face all of us working within the industry and perhaps even guiding us towards some fresh solutions."
    Ten years after it was released the shock waves in the industry were still peaking, and for the 10th Anniversary Edition of the ground-breaking series, Frank Miller created this perfect stand-alone image of Batman and Robin (Carrie Kelley, the first female, full-time Robin), in action, in their element cloaked in the darkness of night -- this one has everything going for it.
    Frank Miller's splash page of the Dynamic Duo shattered all existing records for a piece of comic art in one of our previous auctions, and we a similar demand in the market for this visionary piece. This gem has been locked away in Frank Miller's own collection since the 10th Anniversary Edition's publication and is the definition of "fresh to market." And unlike many pages from the series, where differences between the original art and the published version are evident (as a result of Miller making changes on pasteovers), no changes were made to this artwork for publication, and the original contains no paste-ups or stats -- it's pure Miller art, just the way it appeared in print.
    In short, this is one of the most senses-shattering pieces of original comic book art Heritage has ever had the pleasure to offer! This splash page has an overall size of 12" x 19", and the art is in Excellent condition.
    From the Collection of Frank Miller.


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    Auction Dates
    February, 2012
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