Science Fiction Painting Sells for $1.7 Million at Auction

May 11, 2018

Death Dealer 6 Painting by famed science fiction and fantasy artist Frank Frazetta.
Credit Heritage Auctions via AP

CHICAGO (AP) - Superman may be the Man of Steel, but he's no Death Dealer. Comic books featuring the debuts of Superman, the Joker and Catwoman fetched hundreds of thousands of dollars at a Chicago auction Thursday, but the star was undoubtedly a painting by science fiction and fantasy artist Frank Frazetta.

Heritage Auctions says Frazetta's "Death Dealer 6" painting sold for a whopping $1,792,500 - a record for one of his paintings and three times the $600,000 it was expected to get.

A 1938 Action Comics #1 in which Superman debuted sold for $573,600 - not the $650,000 the auction house thought it might go for but still a nice payday for the collector who bought it for $50,000 15 years ago. A Batman comic book from 1940 in which both the Joker and Catwoman debuted sold for $227,050.