Heritage Auctions' May 16-18 Comics Signature Auction has been led by the ever-popular Spider-Man, as John Romita Sr's cover art for Amazing Spider-Man #85 sold for $71,700.
Showing Spidey trapped between two of his deadliest foes, Kingpin and The Schemer, the cover is a fantastic example of the legendary Romita Sr's work.
Matching the $71,700 sale price was a copy of Amazing Fantasy #15, the comic book that sees Spider-Man's very first appearance.
Described by Heritage as "the crown jewel of our Silver Age section" - a grand title given the auction house's prowess at the forefront of the comics market - this copy is graded CGC 8.0 with off-white to white pages.
Also selling with strong results was Dave Gibbons' cover art for Watchmen #6, known as the Rorschach Inkblot. Consigned from the outstanding Shamus Modern Masterworks Collection, which provided the world-record breaking Spider-Man #328 cover at Heritage's July 2012 auction, it sold for $44,812.
More original art was seen in the form of Frank Miller's artwork for Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, the landmark 1986 series that provided the foundation for the most recent movie incarnation of Batman.
A magnificent black and white Batman and Robin splash from page 36 of the second book in the series brought $41,825, while a page showing Batman and Robin riding the Batcycle sold for $40,331.
Paul Fraser Collectibles has a number of superb items for collectors of comic art, including a brilliant selection from Charles Schulz's much-loved work Peanuts.