Part of the New Zealand Mint’s premium foil range, DC Comic Covers reproduces some of the most iconic, and expensive, comic covers of all time. From the debuts of such modern day giants as Superman, Batman and the Flash, to a beautiful Batman: The Killing Joke issue, these are the perfect way to display some truly fine comic artwork, without the huge expense.
As with the Star Wars and Star Trek movie poster series, these are 175 x 262 mm in size, with a weight in fine silver of 35 grams. They’re actually quite similar to the original comic covers in size, so lose little in the transition, unlike a standard one-ounce silver coin. The reproductions are very true to the original, although the mint has often left off a background colour so that the original silver can shine through – a very nice touch. Detective Comics #27, and Batman #1 are perfect examples.
While some of the other series are denominated coins, these aren’t, just carrying a mint pattern on the obverse side. The packaging is neat and makes the foil very easy to display. Due to its ultra-thin form, the foil is sealed in to prevent tarnishing, and then slipped into an acrylic frame that can display the foil standing on a surface, of be wall-mounted. A comic fan is going to love these as part of a collection, we think.
To date, there have been seven issues, with an eighth imminent. DC Comics have been publishing for decades, and there are literally tens of thousands of covers to choose from, although only a tiny fraction of that number of sufficient importance or artistic merit to warrant the foil treatment. We originally assumed the series would stick with the Golden Age and Silver Age for inspiration, but the recent release of the Killing Joke cover means the more modern portfolio is open for use. There has been some truly superb artwork produced over the last couple of decades. We’d love to see The Watchmen get done, for example, especially with a new HBO series due to launch shortly. Retailing for a recommended $130.00 USD, these don’t have a set mintage.
The first seven foils are detailed below, and the article is set up so that the eighth will be revealed automatically on September 10th. For those curious, it’s a late 50’s Superman cover.