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2008 Market Report
BOOK 1: £4,405 - 1939 BEANO COMICS: £276 each in [vfn] - TV21 DALEKS ARTWORK £1600
wee lad on the upturned bucket has done it again; Oor Wullie gained a stunning
£4405 for his first book in Fine + , the highest grade ever offered at auction.
And just when we thought the Beano early issues had reached their high watermark
at £200 each in our November 07 catalogue, five issues made £276 each, but as
before in Very Fine grades.
It is still
a story of Oor Wullie and The Broons as Tea Time At Glebe Street made £552 and
the rare jigsaw of The Broons At Hame found £440 (with a box flap and 29 pieces
missing). Wullie's Butter wouldn'ae Melt cover churned £661, and his Infinity
Cover reached £608, all early 50s books now attracting very strong interest. There
will be some more in our June catalogue with a Broons Book 1 to lead the charge.
volume collection continues to sell well as The Union Jack, complete with Sexton
Blake stories throughout and laced with WW1 propaganda, was raised to £385 for
its complete year of 1916. That great detective's eponymous titles found £550
for 20 copies from 1920 and £880 for 38 copies from 1922, an average of £25 a
copy. The Greyfriars Boys' Herald was also warmly received with Bunter and his
chums, FA Cup stories and the early comic strip of Cheerful Clarence And Fat Fred
finding favour at £280.
are beginning to show their muscles as Schoolgirls' Own and The School Girl complete
year volumes from the 20s scored £220 each and Schoolgirls' Own Library from 1937-40
in 59 issues soared to £441, their new owner telling us she's happy to rebind
some of the more worn and loose cloth covers. Top marks, girls.
was often the home for Leslie Charteris, John Creasy and Edgar Wallace to showcase
their detective talents and these story papers' evocative covers magnificently
highlighted the pot-boiling action within. 58 copies in a couple of bound volumes
and some loose issues charted a crime-busting £462 and some more 1930s complete
years will be offered in June.
reprints normally fetch up to £10 a copy depending on content and condition, but
values in this area have been neglected for years and this may be about to change.
Illustrated above was a rare variant issue of the first reprint of Superman, but
it lacked the 'No 1' on the front cover and had different stories inside from
the original. We thought that this was a pre-publication issue to test the market
at 6d and were only aware of one other copy like this in existence. Our keen-eyed
bidders thought so too and a kryptonic price of £253 was the winning bid, a record
for an Oz reprint. There's a further selection of some rare titles in our next
auction in the summer.
of rarities The Dan Dare Spaceship Builder No 1 Construction Set is almost as
hard to find, especially with most of its kit intact, and £385 has guaranteed
weeks of unadulterated pleasure for the happy winning bidder who can now construct
interplanetary spacecraft to his heart's content. When informed of his success
he said, " I'm over the moon.."
sales increase steadily and Ron Turner's first Daleks work for TV21 No 50 was
a key piece showing The Mechanoids deadly attack. One determined American bidder
doctored the opposition with an exterminating £1600.
artwork rarely appears at auction and his Garth signed cover from The 1976 Daily
Mirror Book Of Garth was always going to strong-arm its £450-500 estimate where
it finally pressed a heavyweight £990.
favourite, Frankie Stein was on of Ken Reid's masterful creations and his bolt-necked
antics nearly drove Professor Cube to deconstruction (almost every week). The
winning bidder bolted for £396. In the 1980s this mirthful monster was redrawn
with great effect by Robert Nixon and a particularly endearing Summer Special
cover of Frankie going shark-surfing was swallowed at £378, a record for 80s artwork
in our catalogues.
Our Us Golden
age section offered some higher grade rarities but prices are softer in this area
and perceived bargains can be found. Slightly below estimate £85 and £108 were
bid as Bruce Gentry went gently and Fight comics threw in the towel.
In our Silver
Age section key titles attract the most attention and X-Men, Avengers and a good
run of Green Lantern all performed well. However, a CGC'd copy of Hulk 181 in
'9.2' [nm-] grade failed to sell. It appears that 9.4 and 9.6 are the grades that
slabbed comics from the 70s are now wanted in. This seems to suggest that the
comics incarceration business has now peaked if only the top 4 - 5% of the market
is holding its price in this area.
the above Market Report (I know, I know, I'm the only one…) got me to thinking
about Oor Wullie, The Broons and Scotland in general (this wee lad was born in
Glasgow). My Dad and his brothers used to have a warehouse in Sauchiehall Street
where among other things they refurbished damaged war goods and sold them up and
down the country to corner shops and general stores. I say 'sold', but many a
deal was done by barter as money was just as scarce as basic commodities in those
war weary years. I seem to remember being told that a dozen eggs was the going
rate for a good torch with a spare battery. Twice a year my father would travel
to the Isle Of Skye loaded up with two heavy suitcases for the only general store
which was on the North shore. The ferry to Skye ran once in the morning and once
in the afternoon and no cars were allowed on the island. The only bus went round
a few times a day and the other vehicles consisted of a fire engine and a hearse,
both driven by the same chap who ran the shop at the top. To my father's immense
dismay he found himself on the morning ferry with a rival salesman, also bending
under the weight of his cases of torches, candles, batteries, tins, dry goods
and the like. The rivals waited disconsolately at the bus stop and after a while
my father excused himself for a roll-up back at the terminal. The bus arrived
and the rival boarded with glee as Mr Phillips had not returned. After half an
hour's dark and bumpy journey his joy turned to misery when having entered the
shop he was informed by the owner that, 'Yer too late, young Phullips has git
here afore ye.' Distraught he waited all afternoon (probably in the pouring rain)
for the bus to go back, only to come face to face with my father on the returning
ferry. 'A dinna understand it', he said, 'You weren'ae on the bus, there are nae
cars on the island, and the only thing I saw on the road wis a funeral. 'A wis
drivin' the hearse,' my father replied.
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