2/26/2014 1:11:00 PM Feared lost, original art of Wolverine debut found
The original art for the first appearance of Wolverine — a ferocious fighting mutant with a penchant for beer and cigars — will be auctioned in May in a sale to benefit the Hero Initiative, the group that strives to aid comic book creators in times of financial need.
Heritage Auctions said Wednesday that the artwork drawn by Herb Trimpe 40 years ago for “The Incredible Hulk” No. 180 was long thought lost until the person he gave it to back in 1983 contacted them about selling it.
The owner, who asked not to be identified, received the art as a gift from Trimpe after he and his family had visited. A comic collector, he brought some issues drawn by Trimpe, hoping for an autograph. Trimpe obliged. As they left, the artist told him to wait.
“He ran back upstairs to his studio and he came with this page of artwork in his hands,” Hignite said of ink, graphite and blue drawing. On it was inscribed “Ben — Best Wishes Herb Trimpe.”
The sale May 16 will benefit the Hero Initiative with a majority of the after-tax proceeds going to the nonprofit.