Proof of Heroes

The Julius Schwartz Printer’s Proof Cover Collection
Benefiting The Hero Initiative

On exhibit: January 20 – March 3, 2012

“Proof of Heroes” was a gallery exhibition featuring nearly 300 comic book cover printer’s proofs, spanning a decade (1964-1974) of Julius Schwartz’ 42 year run as Editor at DC Comics.

Julius Schwartz began working as an editor at (what is now known as DC Comics) in 1944! During the 1950s & 60s, he oversaw the revival of superheroes such as the Flash, Green Lantern, Hawkman, the Batman, and the Atom, which led to the Silver Age of comic books.

These one-of-a-kind Printer’s Proof’s were originally sent to Schwartz for his final approval, before their commercial print run. The covers feature artwork from such icons as Nick Cardy, Murphy Anderson, Neal Adams, Carmine Infantino, Mike Kaluta and many, many more!

When The Hero Initiative approached Tate about the idea of showcasing this collection in our upstairs gallery space, Bear and Bird, he jumped at the chance to share these unusual and rare collectibles with South Florida comic book fans. “These covers are a part of DC Comics history, they are totally unique and cool,” said Tate Ottati. “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to offer a really great gallery event for our customers and to also help out The Hero Initiative with their very worthwhile cause.”

All the covers in this collection will be available for sale at the price of $100 and include a unique Certificate of Authenticity.

In-Store Signing with George Pérez and Alex Saviuk Saturday, January 21st from 2-4pm
We regret to announce that Paul Levitz was unable to make the trip due to a family medical emergency. He promised to make a separate trip down as soon as possible to make up for it. Our best wishes are with his family.

Proof of Heroes Gallery Show Reception Saturday, January 21st 5pm-8pm

What is the Hero Initiative?

The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book creators in need. Hero creates a financial safety net for yesterday’s creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. It’s a chance for fans to give back something to the people who have given them so much enjoyment.

Since its inception, The Hero Initiative has had the good fortune to grant over $500,000 to the comic book veterans who have paved the way for those in the industry today. For more information, visit or call 626-676-6354.

in conjunction with the exhibition of “Proof of Heroes”

The Justice League of America 100 Project

Exhibition and On-Site Auction to benefit The Hero Initiative

Dates on display: January 20-22, 2011

JLA 100 Project On-Site Live Auction
Saturday, January 21st, starts promptly at 6pm

Link to flyer | Link to photos of signing and auction

The Justice League of America 100 Project, is an exhibition and auction of original covers created by 100 well-known modern comic book superstars, including Alan Davis, George Pérez, John Romita and Alex Ross.

For just a few short days, fans will have the opportunity to view two-thirds of the traveling collection in sunny South Florida, home to TATE’S Comics, one of the world’s best comic book stores. You’ll be able to see these one of a kind creations live and in person‚ and own them through on-site auctions run by and benefitting The Hero Initiative.

DC generously donated 100 blank-covered cardstock copies of Justice League of America #50 to Hero, whose support from the comic community is the force that made this project possible.

“I’m thrilled to be part of such a great project, and also showcased among so many of the greatest artists in the world,” said Hero Initiative Chairman George Pérez. “And of course, it’s wonderful that sales of the covers will go toward helping many comic creators in need.”

This project represents Hero Initiative’s first major collaboration with DC Comics. In addition to the on-site auction of one-third of the featured covers, both hardcover and softcover editions of “The Justice League of America 100 Project”, a book collecting all the covers, will be available for sale.

“We are honored to support such a worthwhile cause and encourage DC Comics fans to participate in these Hero Initiative auctions that offer one-of-a-kind JUSTICE LEAGUE #50 covers,” stated Dan DiDio, co-publisher of DC Entertainment.

If you cannot make this once-in-a-lifetime event and would like to bid on one of these magnificent covers, proxy bidding is available by contacting Joe Davidson at: Deadline for proxy bids is January 10, 2012.