Feared lost for decades, original art featuring debut of Marvel's Wolverine to be auctioned

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This image released by Heritage Auctions shows original artwork that was used in the Marvel Comics' "The Incredible Hulk" issue #150. The artwork, which shows the first appearance of Wolverine, will be auctioned in May in a sale that will benefit the Hero Initiative, the group that strives to aid comic book creators in times of financial need. Heritage Auctions says the artwork drawn by Herb Trimpe 40 years ago was long thought lost. Wolverine has become one of comics’ enduring and best-known characters, appearing in several solo series and as a member of the X-Men and Avengers, too. (AP Photo/Heritage Auctions)

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By MATT MOORE, Associated Press

The original art for Wolverine's first appearance will be auctioned in May to benefit an initiative that helps comic book creators in times of financial need.

Heritage Auctions says the artwork drawn by Herb Trimpe 40 years ago for "The Incredible Hulk" No. 180 was long thought lost until the person he gave it to contacted them.

Heritage Vice President Todd Hignite said Wednesday he was astounded to see the full-page art in such pristine condition. The sale will benefit the Hero Initiative.

Trimpe said he gave the ink, graphite and blue pencil drawing to a visitor in 1983 as a gift.

Marvel Entertainment's Wolverine has become one of comics' enduring and best-known characters, appearing in several solo series and as a member of the X-Men and Avengers.

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