The black and white pen and ink cover drawing of "The Dark Knight Returns" No. 2 is up for auction and is expected to sell for more than $500,000.
(HERITAGE AUCTIONS) - The comic book cover image shows a grizzled, grim face of an older and meaner Batman. The 1986 pen and ink creation, drawn by writer/artist Frank Miller, is the cover of "The Dark Knight Returns" No. 2 and is slated for auction next month by Heritage Auctions.
It is the first cover from DC Comics' 1986 four-issue "Dark Knight" miniseries to be sold and is expected to go for more than $500,000 (USD).
Also up for sale is a 9.2-graded copy of "Batman" No. 1 from 1940, that shows Batman and Robin swinging in front of a Gotham city skyline. A similar copy sold for $850,000 in 2012.
The record price for a comic book remains "Action Comics" No. 1, which sold for $2.16 million in 2011. That issue featured Superman's first appearance.
The Heritage Comics & Comic Art Auction will take place August 1-3 in Dallas,Texas.