Original Namor art by creator Bill Everett is being sold at auction

Namor, played by Tenoch Huerta, has just made his live action debut in Marvel’s Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, resulting in a surge in popularity for one of Marvel’s oldest and most iconic characters. Now, an original artwork drawn by Namor’s creator Bill Everett has sold for considerable money at auction. According to The Hollywood Reporteran original Everett artwork from 1968, recently sold for $10,800 through Heritage Auctions.

The artwork is a special illustration written to fanzine publisher Martin Greim. The inscription includes a description of Namor as “the original angry young man” on the piece, which shows two images of Namor, one more in line with his original appearance from when he was first created and then one of the softer, less angular Silver Age takes over the character. According to the description, few special illustrations of Everett’s exist, making it particularly unique.

(Photo: Heritage Auctions)

Namor was first created by Everett and first appeared in 1939 Movie Funnies Weekly #1 before his first public appearance Marvel Comics #1 in October 1939. The first comic book anti-hero, Namor has been both an antagonist and a hero at various points in his character history, serving with the Avengers, X-Men, Defenders, Invaders, Fantastic Four, and even the Illuminati.

As for Everett, the creator sadly passed away in 1973 at the age of 55, making this particular piece of art one of the last in his career. He had triumphantly returned to the Sub-Mariner title by June 1972, where he had complete control over the book, writing, drawing and inking of the series until his health finally got in the way.

What do you think of this unique piece of Namor art from creator Bill Everett? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section!

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