The original art for the cover of Superman #12 (DC, 1941) by Fred Ray — the earliest piece of art from the comic book series to ever surface — saved from the trash bin more than 70 years ago by legendary Batman artist Jerry Robinson, will make its first ever public auction appearance as the centerpiece of Heritage Auctions‘ May 28-30, 2015 Comics Signature® Auction The cover, one of the most iconic Superman covers of the Golden Age, shows the Man of Steel marching arm and arm with two of America’s brave sailors and soldiers, ready to defend their country against the Axis threat. It was the first depiction of America’s armed servicemen on the cover of this title, though certainly not the last. Equally as important is the fact that one of the greatest Batman artists of all time, Jerry Robinson — who was also a close friend of Ray’s — asked DC Comics for the art after the issue had published. Robinson passed away

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