- Associated Press - Friday, May 16, 2014

DALLAS (AP) - A high-end collector of comic art has bought at auction the original art for Wolverine’s first comic-book appearance.

Dallas-based Heritage Auctions says the collector, who asked to remain anonymous, made the high bid of $657,250 Friday for the debut of the ferocious fighting mutant with a penchant for beer and cigars. Heritage spokesman Noah Fleisher says the bid was almost three times the expected sale price of $240,000 for the ink, graphite and blue pencil drawing.

Most of the after-tax proceeds will benefit the nonprofit Hero Initiative that helps comic book creators in times of financial need.

The artwork was drawn by Herb Trimpe 40 years ago for “The Incredible Hulk” No. 180 and was thought lost until a person to whom Trimpe gave it in 1983 contacted Heritage.