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2010 MARKET REPORT
COMIC No 5: £1210 - BEANO COMIC No 6: £881
run of Beano comics continued to find strong bids with the Beano No. 5 going to
the US for £1210. It was the highest grade copy ever to be offered at auction
and completed an important collection there. It was followed by the Beano No.
6 which, at £881, almost doubled its upper estimate. Even the free gifts got in
on the act with Beano No. 36's Big Bang Gun exploding to £176.
propaganda war issues are never out of favour and the complete year of 26 issues
for 1945 in Very Good / Fine Plus went for a record £1101, the crayon delivery
name to the front of most issues being of no consequence.
here was the complete year of Dandy's propaganda war issues also from 1945, including
the only appearance of Keyhole Kate on the front cover of issue 295 when for a
fortnight, Korky was relegated through the cat-flap at the back. In grades of
Fine to Very Fine they sold for £693. This is a strong price for The Dandy of
this year but emphasises the difference between Beano and Dandy comics for this
period when Beano generally fetches a third more at auction.
Book for 1958 had Big Eggo's Beano Band marching to £506 and The Dandy Monster
Comic for 1952 had Dan pulling the Dandy Gang to £523.
years of mid grade Dandy Monster Comic annuals for 1944, 1945 and 1946 all reached
firm prices around £440 apiece so goalkeeper Korky finally scored, downhill racer
Desperate Dan came first and The Dandy All Stars came out to play.
is popular in Germany and he packed his bags for a foreign trip with issues 1-47
(1936) at £376 and issues 48-99 for the following year at £312. Big prices for
a Big Cheese.
remains popular, especially in bound volumes. 1929's complete year of schoolboy
yarns, stirring deeds of the Great War and Harry Wharton's adventures in Africa
and the Wild West found favour with £221. We are highlighting a run of similar
excitement with The Gem in our next auction in May so keep your eye on the ball
and a straight bat (it's not all about football this summer, you know).
in complete years of 1938 and 1939 continued its strong run with the highest grades
ever offered at auction. 1938 hotspurred to £385 and 1939 to £456 including it's
free gift booklet 'Get Your Gas Mask On' applying just as much to the War as it
did in the confines of a crowded classroom.
by Amalgamated Press in 1932-33, The Boy's Wonder Library ran for just 26 issues.
Fifteen of them were offered here including No's 1-8 and estimated at £70-100
these rare mid-grade copies reached £278.
run of mainly Fine / Very Fine Film Funs included the rare George Formby Big Hit
Song Book and at £288 seemed sturdy enough not to need a lamp-post to lean on.
Merry and Bright were large format comics printed on low-grade paper stock which
was lightly coloured in pastel hues to disguise pulp discolouration. Whilst The
Rollicking Rambles Of Reggie And Roger and the adventures of The Blue Domino are
long consigned to the decade of Thirties mirthfulness, their winning bids of £219
and £225 are finding a new audience today.
is the gap-toothed teacher's pet and whilst takin' her flooers, he spots Wullie
an' Bob hae'in a quick draw afore school. Percy is quick to sneak on them to teacher
and they get a leatherin'. In an extreme act of kindness, Wullie befriends Percy
and takes him to his garden telling him to take some fresh roses fer teacher -
then they ring the bell - an' it's teacher's garden. So it's 500 lines for Percy
and 500 laughs fer Wullie an' Bob. (And £632).
for 1951 can fetch £5-10 each, but issue 452 heralded the first appearance of
Dennis the Menace by Davy Law. Even a ragamuffin can be graded Fine Plus and £345
was his unslippered reward.
for 32 issues, and edited by Douglas Bader, it starred Captain Falcon by Frank
Black and featured US reprints of Flash Gordon, Johnny Hazard and Brick Bradford.
These Rockets entered the stratosphere at £440. Boom.
continue to be hotly contested and 1952's complete year in bound volumes with
accompanying School Friend Annual earned top marks with £225. These file copies
had the editors pencil notations in forty stories of Jill Crusoe and Solak, The
Wolf-Dog. But there's always a chum when you need one - Down girl!
In its hey-day,
Hulton Press published a million copies a week of The Eagle so they are not rare.
Here was the complete year of 1958 in a bound volume of 52 issues. The classic
stories of Dan Dare and Winston Churchill by those two Franks, Hampson and Bellamy,
propelled The Eagle to £221.
Space Book from 1953 had red covers and, like all the early issues of The Eagle
annual, was prone to scratching and marking. This particular copy had a bright
fresh cover and minimal wear and £159 was an auction record price.
grade run of TV Fun from 1956 starred Arthur Askey, Shirley Eaton and the Adventures
of The Undersea Pirates. There was a printers strike in March of that year and
issue 130 was numbered '130/135' to cover five lost editions. £335 was successfully
tendered. Hello, Playmates.
Bumper Edition was, in fact, the first annual and re-printed the US Origin of
Superman. £77 for this mid grade copy was a fair price but Superman Annual 2 was
in Very Fine grade with a bright cover and at £137 this was well reflected.
our second Heros the Spartan artwork, drawn and signed by Frank Bellamy. Published
as a centre-page spread in The Eagle, our first board made £2420 in last November's
auction so this episode did not surprise at £2200, but these are high prices given
the general financial malaise in the UK and are an enduring testament to the quality
and rarity of Frank Bellamy's work.
Lion is generally
considered by knowledgeable collectors to be a poor half-brother to The Eagle.
Illustrated in smaller format, Frank Pepper's Captain Condor cover was a complete
knock-off of Col. Dan McGregor Dare but by the time 1966 came along Paddy Payne,
the war hero flying ace, brilliantly illustrated by Paddy Brennan, had replaced
him on the front cover. Followed up by the daring exploits of Robot Archie and
The Spider, the title found its own dedicated readership with the result that
the complete unnumbered year of 1966 in two bound volumes garnered £10 a copy
to £518. The Lion's share.
feature very much non-comic material but in 1963 jazz finally rolled over to pop
in the pages of Melody Maker. Those four lads from Liverpool enjoyed their first
front cover before going on to take over the musical world. The near complete
run of 51 issues for that year included reports on Dusty Springfield's first solo
record, Bo-Diddley's first visit to the UK and along with some original sheet
music for 'Can't Buy Me Love' and a programme for The Beatles' sell-out concert
at Carnegie Hall, £420 Pleased Me.
Maker near-complete years for 1960 and 1961 were snapped up for £125 each, and
with further volumes to come in May these may be the sleepers of this collection.
21 comics 3-100 were offered in eight lots and averaged £10-12 each in mid grades
but the Summer Extras are much harder to find and the low grade copy illustrated
above, with free gift Cosmic Capers Kit intact, went cosmic at £95.
are still a mixed bunch with Beano and Dandy creeping up to £3 each in fresh condition.
However, our artwork of Garth didn't seem to find much favour and the World's
Strongest Man respectfully withdrew to fight another day. Highlights were Buster:
46 issues from 1970 at £255; Countdown: 49 issues between 2 - 58 and a Holiday
Special for £175 and Thunder: 1-20 bound in 2 volumes where Steel Commando, Adam
Eterno and Black Max(ed) at £165.
No 1 from 1937 or The Large Feature Comic 1 as it is known was rare and £275 took
this VG+ copy. Batman #64 with chipped edge chipped in £75.
Batmans from 1952-3 in Fine and Very Fine made £121 and £357 respectively. Two-Face
has a good side.
The Caped Crusader you would be expecting this writer to go large on the comics
story of the moment or even the decade, where a slabbed 8.0 copy of Detective
Comics #27, The Batman's first appearance, sold for just over a million dollars
in Dallas, Texas (where else?). Not such a unique event as a precedent had already
been set. Three days beforehand a copy of Action Comics #1, Superman's first appearance,
had reached that magic figure itself. This was three times the previous highest
price. Okay, Wow.
No, my story
of the moment concerns the wonderful illustrations of legendary artist, Don Lawrence.
A gentleman emailed me last week that he had all the reprinted copies of Don's
Rise And Fall Of The Trigan Empire - in German. He asked if we could auction them
for him. I politely replied that since they were in German then perhaps Germany
might be the best place to sell them. By return he sheepishly agreed, also stating
that since he didn't understand German he wasn't even sure of what happened at
the end of the story. I was able to inform him that the Empire had actually fallen
and that the clue was in the title. Not content with this, my new best friend
drily answered that this was the fate of all empires. Having a life, and not wanting
to get involved in the major subjects of History, World Politics and why Paul
didn't wear shoes crossing Abbey Road I told him that, as far as I knew, The Empire
Leicester Square was still open for business.
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