DC Chief Creative Officer and Publisher Jim Lee's sketch auction benefiting the Book Industry Charitable Foundation (BINC), aimed at helping comic book stores and their employees during the coronavirus crisis, is seemingly gaining momentum.
The ninth and newest sketch in a daily series that will last 60 days is Batman: Red Rain (from the 1991 first chapter in an eventual trilogy pitting Batman vs. Dracula). It was selected by the winner of the Batman Who Laughs sketch. Each auction winner not only gets the original 9"x"12 sketch, but she or he gets to select the next DC character Lee will draw, so long as it isn't a character he's already sketched.
After less than an hour on eBay, the bidding is up to $10,100. The eBay auction page can be found here.
The first nine sketches - Nightwing, Bizarro, Azrael, Doctor Fate, the Batman Who Laughs, Big Barda, Doomsday, Batman Beyond and now Batman: Red Rain - are on pace to raise over $69,000 combined with the just completed auction of The Batman Who Laughs topping out the bidding so far at $10,800, but that figure is almost certainly to fall soon.
All the auctions last three days on eBay.
BINC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to assisting booksellers in need - including comic booksellers. In the past, BINC has offered financial assistance to comic book stores affected by natural disasters and other unexpected financial crises.