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2007 Market Report
BOOK 1 MAKES £4,500, DANDY COMIC 1: £3,355
book first issue sold above its higher estimate with a winning bid of £4,091 plus
10% buyer's premium, this bright Fine Minus grade copy having its spine edges
professionally touched-in being no deterrent to the delighted purchaser. The Dandy
Comic No 1 with original flyer that we offered was more difficult to sell as its
£3,050 winning bid was £450 below its lower estimate for this VG copy. Since our
world record price of £20,350 in 2004 for a high grade version of this issue,
with ultra-rare free gift Express Whistler included, several lower grade copies
have come on to the market. As each one is offered it gives the impression that
these genuinely rare first issues are not so scarce and the prices realised react
accordingly, finding lower levels as the market digests their sales. Early Beano
and Dandy annuals come along much more infrequently and a Magic-Beano Book from
1944 in the relatively low grade of Good made £884, 1946 in VG realised £676 and
even the Maxi's Taxi covered 1949 rang up £435. (I 'ad that Big Eggo in the cab
In our auction
of June 2002 we offered a dilapidated copy of Our Wullie's first book of 1941.
The spine and part of the front and back cover were worn away and the fly page,
taking most of the resultant wear down the years, was heavily frayed at the edges.
With contents complete it made £688. Five years later with the covers and spine
now professionally restored this newly robust example was well bid to a winning
£1550. We would add that it is not always the case that restored items do as well
or better than well worn originals and often the price involved in creating a
professionally restored 'fresher' version often cannot be recovered on resale.
is even rarer to find when fully coloured, and Dudly Watkins had created the above
two pieces for the cover of The Broons Book of 1948. Maw an' Paw and Joe and Hen
didnae disappoint being taken awa' fir £375 and £205. Their rarer hard cover books,
not distributed for general sale as the softcovers were, received concerted attention
as 1958 reached £154, 1960 and '62 £110 each and 1964 and '66 £85 apiece. Our
next catalogue in June will offer the final few hard cover copies consigned to
His Magic Patch six-page complete story transported a timely £907 with Dudley
Watkin's artwork of his well-travelled schoolboy never having been offered at
auction before. Our continuing run of Young Drake artwork also reached further
heights, a two page example bringing £473 safely back to port. Dennis's artwork
didn't Menace as strongly and Davy Law's story of our anti-hero being unwilling
to get his hands out of his pockets must have resonated with the bidders who 'only'
took him to £700 from an estimate of £800-1000.
copies' bound volume collection continues to sell out with increasingly higher
prices achieved for titles like Sexton Blake, where determined bidders are now
targeting every issue of this gentleman detective that is offered, ranging between
1921 and 1961 in this auction. The two lots illustrated above each comprised 48
issues in four bound volumes and they found strong winning bids of £507 and £517
respectively. Case solved.
of girls' comics are a dedicated bunch and these lower print run titles always
sell well. 1931's modest Schoolgirl's Own was bid to £250 with the racier 1950s
offerings morphing into magazine-style Confessions and True Life All Picture Libraries
securing £222 and £341 respectively.
For the first
time ever we offered a full run of Eagle's Sister Paper, Girl, including all the
annuals and there was huge interest in these 445 issues, prepared in eight lots,
volume by volume. They were secured with a herculean effort by one successful
bidder who paid just over £1000 for all of them including buyer's premium. Looking
at The Eagle No 1 cover illustrated above, you'd be hard pressed to notice what
was different about it, even if you had an original No 1 in front of you; but
this issue was extremely rare indeed, being a promotional flyer without the heading
'Dan Dare Pilot Of The Future' and displaying a different date. There were probably
around 200 of these promos sent out to schools and churches prior to the main
print run and we only know of three other copies that exist. A stratospheric £715
was successful tendered for this rare bird.
cards by A & BC Gum are quite easy to find but a set in its original picture card
album is another proposition and £99 took this scarce set back to the batcave.
thing with the cover of Hulk #1 is that most copies inevitably lose their dark
blue background colour and fade with age. Fortunately this 1962 Fine Minus pence
copy had largely retained its original lustre and an Incredible £878 won the day.
Similarly issues 2, 3 and 4 monstered £176, £145 and £110, all four copies finding
their way to the same dedicated home in Cheshire.
In the 1950s
they used to hold a yearly Schoolboy's Exhibition at Olympia, just next to Earl's
Court tube station in London. The Hulton Press always used to take a stand for
The Eagle Paper (it's co-founder, Marcus Morris, thought it much too infra dig
to call it a comic) and various story writers, illustrators and back-room staff
were dragooned in to run the stand, chat to the boys and sign copies of the Eagle
that they had brought along. I remember the queue for these individuals often
stretched for some distance and it took at least half-an-hour to get an audience
with your favourite. Dan Dare story writer and illustrator, Frank Hampson's line
was inevitably the longest and the patient lad who had the foresight to bring
along a copy of the Eagle No 1 Promotional Issue and get it signed along the top
margin after chatting to the great man was a wise owl indeed. Before you jump
to any conclusions, it wasn't me all those years ago, I wasn't that smart. I just
bought it from the bloke who was.
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