If you’re a fan of comic book movies, you might not recognize the character on this piece of original art that has hit the auction block. But if you’ve been to the movies in the past few years, you’ve seen the character.
And you’ll be seeing plenty more of him in the future.
It’s the painted cover from Marvel Preview No. 4 from way back in January 1976 and this issue from the bland-named series is the first appearance and origin of Star-Lord — the lead character in Guardians of the Galaxy.
In the movies, Star-Lord seems a tad more hip as played by Chris Pratt. The artwork, which is up for grabs via Heritage Auctions, was created by Gray Morrow, who regularly created work for D.C. Comics and Marvel Comics in the past. Since it’s a painting, it also is a bit different than the typical penned pieces that still have commanded serious money for key issues in the last decade.
The auction listing says this piece is “A truly spectacular cover, it is crafted in oil on 20 by 29.5-inch illustration board. There is slight edge/corner wear; however, it is in otherwise Excellent condition.”
There are more than 20 days remaining in this auction and bidding presently sits at $3,000, which is a bargain — and a number that won’t stand.
Why? Well, Buzz is no comic art connoisseur but here goes … this is a pricey book on its own in graded form with high-grade specimens having asking prices higher than that and, most importantly, we’ll see plenty more of Star-Lord with the second Guardians of the Galaxy movie coming next year and a pair of Avengers: Infinity War movies each year after that.
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