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2010 MARKET REPORT
SUMMER SPECIAL £3410.00
doesn't often make our lead in the Market Report but this 1969 Beano front cover
by Dudley Watkins had Biffo promoting the publication of The Beano Summer Special,
out that same week. Watkins had also drawn the front cover of the Special and
he had to redraw it in small scale for the Beano artwork last panel as well. These
Summer Specials are highly collectable in their own right and this strong combo
included the original comic and was bid to £3410, a new record.
the first 10 issues of The Beano, the war years Christmas numbers have the most
value. 1939 Xmas went to £301, and 1942 received £290 - early presents for their
Dandy issues with neat small repairs found strong favour with No 10 at £220 and
No 13 at £206. Other issues from the same era were bid from £80-160 each.
of Magic comics continues to find favour with collectors. Although not so well
known and having only survived for 80 issues, they are actually rarer than their
longer lasting DC Thomson siblings. A bright covered No 5 with small repairs made
£154 with a vg+ No 6 at £184. Dull, worn later issues were sold at £40 each.
what inspiration Bill Finger and Bob Kane might have found in early 1939 when
conceiving their crime-busting caped crusader, The Bat-man? But here was his 1913
precedent, The Winged Man: 'The story of a strange genius possessed of Wonderful
Powers of invention who sets forth to deal out Justice to the Evildoers of the
Modern World'. Featured on the cover of The Wonder, issues 1-26 in a bound volume
made £242. Ka-Pow.
story papers are well collected and also rarer than their male counterparts as
print runs were considerably lower for a target market much more concerned with
cake-making than comics. The 1921 bound year of School Friend starred Bessie Bunter
with free gift art-plate of her less rotund classmates playing hockey. Bully off
complete year for 1940 was full of propaganda war stories, often featuring Hitler
and his cohorts on the front cover. Illustrated here, they railed at their nemesis,
The Slippery Slink for £330.
three key war years Knock-Out bound volumes and several of our customers had waited
long years for them to turn up. Sexton Blake, Deed-A-Day Danny and Stonehenge
Kit (The Ancient Brit) progressed from 1939 (issues 18-44) at £242, 1940 (45-70)
at £329 and 1941 (97-122) with Fun Book of the same year at £347. Prize fighters.
a bright weekly starring Buffalo Bill, Claude Duval and Strongbow (The Indian
Chief, not the cider) but £302 was quite a heady brew for 37 consecutive issues
at £8 a pint.
artwork by H Stanley White was produced for Mick Anglo's Paget Comics imprint
in 1951. A combination of 2 titles, Oh Boy! And Wonderman lasted for only the
one issue. £605 strongly underlined its rarity.
drawn by Mick Anglo, himself, was for his highly successful Marvelman title, and
continuing the upward trend of UK artwork, made £550. This piece was donated to
the Oxfam shop in Stowmarket, Suffolk and Compal is pleased to defer the 20% vendor's
No wide lapel
would be complete without Doctor Who's Dalek Pin Badge, originally for sale in
Woolworth's for one and thruppence in 1964 - now available on original card at
£61 in 2010 (use Dalek voice..) In-fla-tion - In-fla-tion.
is one of the most highly regarded artists in the comics fraternity and his artwork
for TV Century 21, especially Thunderbirds, does not often come onto the open
market. This signed board from 1969 with triple perspective panels of Thunderbirds
2 coming in to land ticked all the collecting boxes, Bellamy's magnificent piece
finally selling for £3288, a hotly contested record.
starred Typhoon Tracy, Kid Solo, Sword For Hire and Rod The Odd Mod but there
was nothing odd about the prices garnered for this unbroken run of 72 issues offered
over four lots. 1-5, illustrated above, were in low grades finding £77 but the
other higher Hurricanes stormed to £447 averaging £7 each. We also offered some
pretty worn Commandos but bidding was feverish: 11 issues between 19 and 69 (two
lacking back covers) rocketed to £556 with a further lot of 11 in vg grades at
£448. More than £1000 together. Bravo 3 zeros.
need to be in high grade just to make buyers interested but here were wonderful
examples of the first two issues of Avengers complete with requisite free gifts.
We were even asked by the eventual winning bidder if the Avengers Wonder Gun ammo
was still intact within its pop-out card. It was and £221 was duly proffered.
amateur restoration, Batman #12 from 1942 made £88 and Fantastic Four #1 with
chipped back cover didn't leave Ben Grimm at £640. Remember eleven years of our
previous sales can be accessed via our ComicSearch facility with all the original
text details. Over 13000 lots are available and this service is free.
Kubrick's 1964 film of Dr Strangelove, Peter Sellers plays the eponymous character
who is handicapped by a wayward right arm which is given to performing - without
warning - a Nazi salute.
A few weeks
ago I heard of a small auction in Cornwall where a few comics had been lotted
for sale in the middle of a book section without any fanfare or much advance publicity.
After discreet inquiries I was able to determine that nearly 200 Dandy comics
were being offered in one lot from No 18 to No 220, an almost complete war years
run with a guide price of £1000. In our business grade is everything but to ask
too many questions about condition on the phone might alert the proprietors to
their real value so I decided to take a quick break in Penzance to check them
out for myself. Entering the near empty saleroom on the day before the sale I
casually leafed through the Dandys whilst also checking a half a dozen other lots
in which I had no interest whatsoever. They were in pretty good nick so I decided
to attend the following day and snap up my bargain.
in around teatime about 15 minutes before my lot was due to come up to find a
saleroom packed to the rafters, 3 dealers known to me at the back and two of the
harried staff connected to telephone bidders. Then The Dandys came along and I
was surreally looking at Dr Strangelove's outstretched arm as the bidding passed
£3000, £4000 and £5000, finally stopping at £6700 when the arm reluctantly dropped
back to my side. Every face was turned towards mine as a small frisson of applause
echoed round the room. If you've ever won anything at auction you will know that
this is the death-knell code for, 'everyone look at the prat at the back who paid
to tell you that this is the first time I've ever gone over the limit in the auction
room but as many of my customers will confirm, you just have to stop the other
bugger getting it.
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