$1m Man of Steel: Superman comic art set for record

He's faster than a speeding bullet. More powerful than a locomotive. Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound. Now Superman could be about to break yet another record.

One of the most defining images ever created of a comic hero could fetch a record price at auction.

Fred Ray's 1942 cover artwork to Superman 14, known as Superman Patriotic Shield, was saved by DC Comics colleague Jerry Robinson, who, when he was only 18, created The Joker, the nemesis of Batman.

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Online auctioneer ComicConnect.com is running the sale until 1 December, when it is expected to sell for up to $1 million (625,000), beating the previous record for a piece of original comic art of $380,000 (236,630), set this year for a 1955 Weird Science cover by Frank Frazetta.