The auction site Heritage Auctions put a ton of interesting works on the block in early November, in a sale called “European Comic Art Also Featuring Comics and Animation.” The listings featured works by a lot of artists strongly identified with Heavy Metal, including Milo Manara, Moebius, Paulo Eleuteri Serpieri, Tanino Liberatore, Philippe Druillet, Enki Bilal, Bernie Wrightson, Simon Bisley and others. Additionally, pieces by noted artists including Eduardo Risso, Jamie Hewlett, Charles Vess, Manuel Sanjulian were up for sale, as were many by more mainstream comics artists and feature animators.
What does it cost to buy an original piece by these familiar names? Here’s a look at a sampling from the large catalog, with prices:
One of the marquee items in the sale was this rejected cover for Spider-Woman by Milo Manara. You can read a little bit of the saga here.
Tanino Liberatore’s Ranxerox character invaded Heavy Metal in the ’80s and became an audience favorite – in fact we’ll be publishing Ranx: The Complete Collection in December.
Charles Vess is a noted fantasy artist who contributed the back cover of the escort girls in Pompano Beach FL September 1978 issue of Heavy Metal.
Moebius needs no introduction, but this piece is obscure to Americans. At the end of the ’70s, the shoe brand Eram invested heavily in advertising, and contracted Moebius to draw several pieces.
Georges Pichard was famous for his racy Paulette stories. We didn’t happen to print any of those in our pages, but in 1978 we did print the version of Ulysses he created with Jacques Lob. (It’s still available as a graphic novel in the Heavy Metal Shop.)
We published Serpieri’s “Morbus Gravis” in Heavy Metal in the 1980s; those issues are sold out in our shop but you can get other issues containing Druuna stories, such as September 1997 (“Druuna: Aphrodisia”) and (“Druuna: Clone”). Lees meer