The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Tuesday, May 22, 2018

British Rocker Selling Original Art from First 'Watchmen' Comic Book
Heritage Auctions offers 1986 Issue #1, Page #1 art for "The Watchmen "from collection of rock personality Stephen "Krusher" Joule, 19 Nov.

DALLAS, TX.- The original art of Page #1, Issue #1 of The Watchmen, the very beginning of one of the most acclaimed comic sagas ever - and one of Time Magazine's All-Time 100 Greatest Novels in 2005 - will be auctioned by Heritage Auctions, without reserve, on 19 Nov., as part of its Signature® Comic and Comic Art Auction.

The art work, which was purchased for £85.00 (roughly U.S. $150) in 1987 is expected to bring $15,000+.

The page, featuring the introduction of the blood-stained "happy face" badge, Rorschach's journal and even the first un-costumed appearance of Rorschach himself, comes to auction from the collection of notorious British hard rock designer, musician, DJ and TV host Stephen "Krusher" Joule, long known for his artwork for such rock gods as Iron Maiden, Ozzy Osbourne, Black Sabbath, Motley Crue, AC/DC, Deep Purple, Robert Plant and Motorhead - including some punk luminaries like The Sex Pistols and Blondie - as well as for his longtime tenure as Art Director at Kerrang! Magazine, a longtime bible of Heavy Metal music.

"Sometime in late 1987 I was walking off an absolutely horrendous hangover on my way to work at Kerrang!, which meant that I was stumbling, mumbling and tumbling through Covent Garden," said Joule. "As I was passing the shop where I had originally bought my Watchmen comics, I saw a poster proclaiming 'ORIGINAL WATCHMEN ARTWORK FOR SALE.' My hangover cure was immediate. This was the moment that I'd been waiting for all my life."

Striding up to the door like a man on a mission, Joule asked "Where's the Watchmen pages?"

The owner pointed to a person at the back of the shop who was picking up a portfolio.

"That man down there is looking at them," Joule recalls being told. "I was like a greyhound out of a trap, followed closely by the owner, who was asking me 'Is there any particular page you're interested in?' No sooner than the words were out of his mouth, and the man with the portfolio had just finished unzipping it, did I see a vision of beauty, the Holy Grail, Page #1, issue #1. I pointed to it and said, 'Yes! That one!"

Even the most hardcore and irascible denizens of Metal eventually need a break from the rock and roll life, and want to be closer to their aging parents, which has led Joule to sell of this singular and important piece after more than 23 years of ownership.

"After 33 years of living in my council flat on the 15th floor of what I lovingly refer to as 'Terror Tower,'" he said, "I want to get out of London and be closer to Ma Krusher. This should help facilitate that."

In collector circles, original Watchmen art from the 1980s is very highly sought-after. It is, in fact, among the small handful of most important titles from the entire history of the medium. Appearances of original Watchmen art are very rare indeed, let alone the very first page of the very first book.

"Watchmen pages have proven very scarce on the open market," said Todd Hignite, Consignment Director for Heritage, "and do not change hands very often. In fact, this is the first one Heritage has ever offered - so we couldn't be more excited that it's the page that kicks off the entire Alan Moore/Dave Gibbons saga. Many people who've never read any other comic books have read Watchmen, and given that mass appeal, we expect very strong demand for this lot."

In fact, Joule began to realize the importance of this very page many years ago when he attended an Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons signing, where he brought this page to get the signatures of the Watchmen creators.

"When I asked (Gibbons) to sign this page he was more than willing," said Joule, "but when he saw that it was Page #1, Issue #1, he said, 'Bloody hell, I told the wife not to sell that one!' Sadly for him, it was a little too late."

Heritage Auctions | "Watchmen" | Stephen "Krusher" Joule |

Today's News

November 17, 2010

Cologne Fine Art & Antiques: Showcase Juxtaposes Works of Art from Different Cultures

Art Historian Michael Peppiatt Writes About Giacometti's Studio in New Book     

London's National Portrait Gallery Finds Relics of English King Richard II in Its Basement

Alexandra Munroe Named First Samsung Senior Curator of Asian Art at the Guggenheim

Archaeologists in Egypt Unearth Twelve More Sphinx Statues Along the Ancient Avenue

Kate's Excellent Adventure: A Month at Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry

Former President George Bush Breaks Ground on Presidential Center at SMU in Texas

Christie's to Offer One of the Finest Private Collections of Early 20th Century Decorative Art

Paris Louvre Asks Public for Help to Buy Lucas Cranach the Elder's Painting "The Three Graces"

Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum Opens "Pioneers of Flight Gallery"

New York Based British Photographer Adam Fuss Exhibits at Timothy Taylor Gallery

Swiss-Based Gallery, Artvera’s Gallery, Helps Crack Artwork Forgery Ring in Germany

Gift from Brody Estate Expected to Yield More than $100 Million for the Huntington

The Field Museum Announces Exhibition of the Machines that Helped Create the Modern World

Announcing the Winners of the Contemporary Art Society Annual Award for Museums, Commission to Collect, 2010

Falmouth Art Gallery Celebrates Top Artists at Ten Year Collecting Retrospective

British Rocker Selling Original Art from First 'Watchmen' Comic Book

Work to Begin on National Mall Levee

Hammer Museum Celebrates 20th Anniversary with 20 Days of Free Admission

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- Boy and an amateur archaeologist unearth legendary Danish king's trove in Germany

2.- Exhibition at The Met illustrates what visitors encountered at The palace of Versailles

3.- Philadelphia Museum of Art opens "Modern Times: American Art 1910-1950"

4.- Exhibition at Michael Hoppen Gallery presents a cross-section of works from Thomas Mailaender's career

5.- New York's Chelsea Hotel celebrity door auction raises $400,000

6.- Stevie Ray Vaughan's first guitar drives Entertainment & Music Memorabilia Auction to nearly $2.9 million

7.- Lichtenstein's Nude with Blue Hair tops $2.4 million sale of Modern & Contemporary Prints & Multiples

8.- $6.7 million Fancy Intense Blue Diamond sets auction record at Sotheby's New York

9.- Mexico court blocks sales of controversial Frida Kahlo Barbie doll

10.- Dutch museums to conduct new research on the paintings of Pieter de Hooch

Related Stories

Custer items rule Heritage Auctions $2.5+ Million December Americana event

Rescued from a tag sale, Garrard centerpiece brings $32,500 at Heritage Auctions

Iconic film car, 'Rain Man' 1949 Buick Roadmaster Convertible, brings $170,500 at Heritage Auctions

Spectacular British, Islamic collections headline Heritage Auctions event in New York

1933 King Kong three sheet brings $388,375 to set house record at Heritage Auctions

Beatles trove offered in Heritage December event to celebrate 50 years of 'Beatlemania'

Renoir's Le Bouquet expected to bring $500,000 in Heritage Auctions' American & European Fine Art event

German 14-light Candelabra pair brings $86,638, in Silver & Vertu section of Heritage Auctions event

Sevres style porcelain urns bring $65,725 to lead Heritage Auctions' first ever Signature Estate Auction

"Ides of March" denarius sets record at Heritage Auctions Long Beach event       

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful