The original Little Nemo featured here first ran in The New York Herald on Jan. 24, 1909, about four years after McCay debuted the strip about a little boy whose adventures transpired while he slept. The Krazy Kat strip is personalized and includes a thank-you to Elmer Raguse, the eight-time Oscar-nominated sound engineer at Hal Roach Studios, and it's among the rare Herriman-hand-colored originals known to exist.
Other items include:
* Paul Pope's most famous work, the first issue of 2006's Batman: Year 100, an Elseworlds tale set in Gotham City 2039
* Frank Miller's iconic cover of 1982's Daredevil No. 185, the first issue where the writer-artist turned over the pencils to Klaus Janson
* Page 11 from Amazing Spider-Man No. 69, in which John Romita Sr. and Jim Mooney pit the Wall-Crawler against the Kingpin
* Jean-Claude Mézières' original cover for the 1976 edition of Valerian, The City of Shifting Waters
* Mathieu Lauffray's mixed-media and acrylic cover for 1996's Star Wars: Heir to the Empire No. 6, the final issue of that limited-run series.
Heritage is also offering an original illustration of Astro Boy by his creator Osamu Tezuka. This scene is rendered in kamishibai format, a form of storytelling incorporating Japanese street theater famous in the 1930s. As the catalog notes: "The kamishibai were shown by storytellers who would visit villages and set up a miniature wooden stage, into which they would slide illustrated pictures and embody the different characters of the story they were telling." This rare work featuring the kid robot is exceedingly rare.