When The Hero Initiative calls for big-name artists to draw covers for auctions, they tend to step up, and unlike the guy who sold "Archie" #1 to protest the Veronica marriage, 50 different artists from George Pérez and John Romita Sr. to Todd McFarlane and Cliff Chiang have chosen to celebrate the event and help raise money for creators in need. Like the "Ultimate Spider-Man" #100 Project before it, the Archie Covers: Fifty Times an American Icon auction will showcase a wide range of covers (hand-drawn on "Archie #600" this time) and make each original piece of artwork available to its highest bidder.

Neal Adams, Darwyn Cooke, Sam Kieth, Jerry Ordway and Tim Sale are also onboard, according to HeroInitiative.org, so if you've ever wanted to see some modern legends of superhero storytelling venture into Riverdale and you missed "Archie Meets the Punisher," now is your chance. A quick gallery from the auction awaits after the jump, and the full 50-cover collection will be available à la carte in the near future on eBay.

See select covers after the jump.

Ben Dewey

George Pérez

John Romita Sr. (inked by Todd McFarlane)

Michael Metcalf

Fred Hembeck

Mike Perkins

Andrew Pepoy

Norm Breyfogle

Stan Goldberg

Don Perlin

Rich Ellis

Tony Fleeces

Mark Dos Santos

Tone Rodriguez

Chris Moreno

Bill Morrison

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