The Impossible Collection will exhibit over 1000 comics and 100 fandom artworks, including full runs of some of the first superhero comic books, featuring classic and iconic characters. Most significantly, the ‘holy grail’ will be on display: Action Comics #1, the issue with the first ever appearance of Superman. This original copy graded 9.0 went for 3.2 million dollars at auction — the most a single copy has ever been sold for. Other issues presented will be copies of the first appearance of Batman in 1939, the Joker and Catwoman in 1940, and the Silver Age Flash in 1956.
With the launch of the Warner Bros. and DC Comics film Batman VS Superman on Good Friday, it is evident how much of an impact comic books have made on the world. The superhero genre is now a multi-billion dollar industry, with films, television programmes, merchandise, and apps. Comic books are a very relevant and culturally diverse art form and have offered a unique perception of political, cultural, and social prospects over the last 80 years. From historical events to present day issues, for some these artworks are an idealistic outlook of how the world should be. As Vincent Zurzolo, a spokesman for the Impossible Collection, says, ‘What sets the Impossible Collection apart — beyond the improbability of seeing over 1000 original comic books in such incredible condition — is its breadth and depth which are unprecedented.’ The comic books and artwork combine to exhibit the impact of the graphic art genre as a coveted form.
The Impossible Collection will be on private display before it embarks on a world tour, starting in London later this year.
By Stephanie Butler