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AUTUMN 2017 MARKET REPORT
Beano Comic 1: £1,480 – Iron Man #1: £1,280
Although the front of our Beano No 1 had some of its cover torn away, it came with its promo 8 page mini-comic and doubled its upper estimate, selling for £1480.
Beano 100 in [fn-] grade sold at the lower end of its estimate at £275 whilst the [vfn-] Xmas 1942 edition made £320.
Conversely, a lower grade copy of Beano 247, the 1944 Xmas issue, realised a strong £360.
A run of low grade 1944 Dandys also exceeded expectations with 19 issues soaring to £460
Knockout numbers 2, 4 and 7 starring Sexton Blake and Stone-Age Kit hit £85.
The first Knock-Out Fun Book did jolly well. Bunter tucked in at £110.
36 scarce ‘Blitz’ books, read by children during WWII in air-raid shelters and London tube stations during Nazi bombing raids made just under £10 each.
Two different Blue Beetle No 1s along with Spy Smasher and Wonder Boy performed well with £145
L.Miller’s Captain America No 2 from 1954 is rare. It reproduced US Captain America Comics #78 cover but Cap’s protagonist, Electro-Man, had his chest emblem Hammer and Sickle restyled to a meaningless blob for the UK cover – unlike the US, Commies were not given publicity in post-war Britain. £310 doubled its upper estimate.
Seven of Streamline’s Crime No 1s and one-shots made over £20 each.
The Johnnie Hazard title is a scarce New Zealand reprint and the first 10 issues were compilations of the US King Features dailies. They sold for £135
Mystery Comic Tales 1-4 by L. Miller was the complete run and £50 for these L B Cole cover beauties was good value for the canny buyer.
This scarce run of Oz first issues made nearly £50 each. Wizard.
Here were 6 UK Super-Hero comics including Elecroman who jolted £19 for each issue from the winning bidder
A collection of 44 low grade Alan Class/L.Miller square bound reprints made £5 each. Strong money.
Charley’s War artwork by Joe Colquhoun shows Charley Bourne negotiating the infamous St Quentin canal in one of the most daring actions of the First World War. £960.
Extensive colour touches and a re-attached spine did not prevent Human Torch #7 from reaching £230.
Forbidden Worlds #1 in [vg] condition went above estimate at £310
This Amazing Spider-Man #4 cents copy had Marvel chipping to its RH edge but did well at £230
Also strongly bid were Amazing Spider-Man #10 and 14 at £170 and £165 respectively.
Here is A S M #49, CGC 9.4 at a healthy £350
The Avengers Golden Record LP came with a reprint Avengers #4 in 1966 and £160 played a good tune.
Avengers #55 cents [vfn] demanded £95 for the first Ultron.
Our Daredevil #1 had a faded cover but this cents copy still reached the heady heights of £520
Fantastic Four #6 and #7 in mid grades prospered at £210 and £200 respectively
Iron Man #1 CGC 9.4 impressive at £1280
It’s always difficult to predict the value of a key issue with strongly noticeable defects, but such is the strength of the US comics market this cents copy Journey Into Mystery #83 with two punch-holes to its spine reached an astonishing £1580 although the Stan Lee cover signature worked on the plus side
The second appearance of Iron Man propelled Tales Of Suspense #40 to £230
Here is a mid-grade cents copy of X-Men #2, good value at £240
A good run of 9 lower grade Batman comics from the early 60s made £20 each.
Seven Green Lanterns between #6-21 shone brightly at £155
Superman vs Muhammad Ali proposed the fight of the century and £95 provided a ringside seat.
Last month I was lucky enough to have a ringside seat at my wedding of the century when our daughter got married in Devon.
It didn’t rain, the groom turned up and the grub was good so you could say it was a big success. So here’s a pic with assorted family members to give you a smile.
It’s now a month later, they’re still married and I’m still smiling.
Comic Book Auctions Ltd.