The current Heritage weekly auctions contain the first appearance of Venom, an Ivan Reis Green Lantern cover, and an NES copy of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. The Comic Books Select Auction closes on Sunday and Monday, September 25-26, 2022, the Video Games Mini-Boss Auction ends on Tuesday, September 27, and the Comic Art & Animation Select Auction closes on Wednesday, September 28.
The comic auction is led by two high grade Marvel keys, starting with Tales of Suspense #48 CGC 9.2 with the introduction of Iron Man’s iconic red and gold armor, which was designed by Steve Ditko. This issue features art by Ditko and a cover by Jack Kirby, and also houses the debut of Mister Doll.
The other key is The Amazing Spider-Man #300 CGC 9.8 with the origin and first full appearance of Venom. Todd McFarlane produced the cover and art for the issue, which is currently tied for No. 8 on Overstreet’s list of Top 25 Copper Age Comics.
On the original art side, Heritage is selling Ivan Reis’ Green Lantern #25 original cover art. Done in graphite on DC Bristol board, the page illustrates the dramatic war between the Guardians and Green Lantern with the Anti-Monitor.
Angel, Cyclops, Iceman, Beast, Professor X, and Jean Grey appear on Werner Roth and Dick Ayers’ X-Men #27 story page 6 original art. The early X-Men page was created in twice-up scale in ink over graphite on Bristol board.
The video game auction features Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back WATA 9.4 CIB (oval SOQ R) for NES, following the plot of the 1980 film. As Luke Skywalker, players wield a blaster and lightsaber, travel to Hoth and Dagobah, rescue Han Solo and Princess Leia, and face Darth Vader.
A rarity is offered with the Superman Returns: Fortress of Solitude WATA 9.6 A (sealed) for Game Boy Advance. Based on the 2006 film, the Superman game focuses on puzzles rather than action. This is the only copy listed on Wata’s August 2022 population report.