Historic First WOLVERINE Art Up For Auction
Herb Trimpe's original INCREDIBLE HULK #180 art
CREDIT: Marvel Comics
Wolverine is one of the most recognizable superheroes in comics and the world at large, and this May you can bid for a chance to own his first appearance.
Heritage Auctions has just revealed that they will be auctioning off the original art page from the comics debut of Wolverine in 1974’s The Incredible Hulk #180. The page is illustrated by Herb Trimpe, with inks by Jack Abel and hand-lettering by Artie Simek, based on a script by Len Wein, and shows the Canadian mutant Wolverine stepping out of the woods to intrude on a battle between the Hulk and the white-haired animalistic villain Wendigo.
Although the owner of the page remains anonymous, Heritage Auctions says Herb Trimpe gave the collector the page in 1983. If you look closely at the page, you’ll see a personal message from Trimpe to, assumedly, the buyer, saying “Ben – Best wishes. Herb Trimpe”. The auction house says that “the majority” of the proceeds after taxes will be donated by the owner to the Hero Initiative, a not-for-profit comics creator support organization
The retail value of this piece will be determined by the final auction price, but it’s the latest in a line of high-profile comics original art to go on the market. Earlier this month the earliest known surviving Superman cover art, Action Comics #15, was sold at auction for $286,800. The highest reported selling price for any piece of original comics art goes to Herge’s cover to Tintin in America, which sold for $1.6 million in 2012.