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2011 MARKET REPORT
off with a great run of 42 consecutive Dandys numbered 110-151 from 1940 and these
propaganda war issues in mainly higher grades made £2640 or nearly £70 each when
the 10% buyer's premium was included. Earlier issues from 1938 and 1939 were offered
individually and averaged £75-95 each.
Comic No 2 was in lower grade with some clear taped edges and tears but there
are only a few known copies in existence, substantially less than the prized No
1 where around 18 copies have been unearthed in the last twenty years. A mid estimate
£1023 carried No 2 away to its delighted new owner. A Beano Book from 1942 with
fresh boards and no dedication reached £1100 and had Big Eggo dancing a highland
fling on the cover.
are increasing in value from previous auctions and issues 53 and 54 broke through
the £100 barrier at £110 each. Having only lasted for 80 issues they are rarer
than Beano and Dandy comics from the same era.
there's robust life in pre-war comics, a margin-foxed copy of Film Fun No 1 with
free gift Fatty Arbuckle picture plate made a record £550. At the other end of
the grade spectrum we offered the highest grade copy of Radio Fun No1 ever seen
at auction and £330 made cover star, George a very Jolly Gee-Gee.
a rare bird of the duck variety and Donald's second annual published by Collins
in 1939 was bright and fresh with cream pages. £341 fitted his bill.
story papers are well collected for their publication of crime series starring
The Gang Smasher, The Shadow and Ironside Of The Yard and the complete 52 issue
year of 1939 in two bound volumes was a prime example in Very Fine grade. A treble
estimate £700 was successfully tendered.
bound volume of Knock-Out from 1942 starred the potent mix of Sexton Blake and
Billy Bunter (one removing thieves, the other the Thief of Remove). Offered with
a fresh annual for that same year, £275 was tempted from the tuck box.
some wonderful cover art in 1948 and a rodeo cowboy leaping from the page and
a snoozing sign painter at 3 'o'clock set the scene for the complete 39 issue
year at £250. Even in 1948 paper shortages were still in evidence as some copies
of Rover were printed fortnightly.
part of UK comics historian, Denis Gifford's collection this complete run of the
first 10 Comicolour albums starred Simple Sim, Hugh And Hitch The Happy Hikers
and Coal Black Jones, all drawn by 'Bang' (E H Banger). UK Superman artist, John
Mccail also drew Captain Comet for the series and £165 proved that even an album
collection can fly.
and Slick Fun were two of the quirky titles published by Gerald G Swan, many illustrated
by E H Banger. This lot consisted of 17 annuals and 8 comics being bid to £170.
never reached publication but Denis Gifford's mock up hard back volume of the
first 12 issues included artwork for characters Pop And Percy Pig, Larry and Horace
all by 'RAM', an up and coming young artist later to gain comic fame of a different
kind as Robert A Monkhouse. This unique piece of comics history raised £330.
In the mid
Fifties DC Thomson went large with Beezer and Topper, titles which eventually
eat into the sales of core stalwarts Beano and Dandy. Number 1s with free gifts
are highly prized but The Beezer 1 with Whizz Bang and promotional flyer exceeded
all expectations with a whopping £441 winning bid. The Beez kneez.
you come across the rare first issue of Cowboy Comics it has usually fallen apart,
its rusty stapled interior often separated from a glue hardened spine. The original
publisher's file copies of 1-6 in a bound volume were rare examples in wonderful
fine/fine+ condition. Buck Jones and Kit Carson rode into the sunset with £385.
Gaspari, was one of the Studio D'Ami artists in Milan that Amalgamated Press used
for illustrating their comics and annuals in the late Fifties. His work was wonderfully
atmospheric and captured his subject's struggle against foe and elements alike
with a flourish not associated with the commercial necessity of producing several
boards a day, 5 days a week, ad infinitum. His illustrations are now being appreciated
and £350 for Kit Carson's lone cowboy is entirely reasonable.
Gaspari's artwork of Spy 13 from the cover of Thriller Picture Library 266. £350.
once more, this time with Dick Daring Of The Mounties - Will Dick get to the top
of the sheer cliff? He did and was boosted by a £330 winning bid.
only got a penny but it gets him a stick 'o' rock fer nuthin', he guesses his
weight correctly - nae charge, an' gets a shillin' from a gent who hasnae a penny
for a stamp. Now he can buy The Beano and The Beezer and he's got change. 'Aye,
life's wonderful!' And it certainly was at £605.
of The Beezer, 40 issues from 1960 made £176 with 62 from the early Sixties at
£266. Four quid each for Pop, Dick and Harry.
large-format stalwart from D C Thomson was not to be outdone. 42 issues of 1957's
Topper were bid to £231. Nobody makes a Monkey out of Mickey.
the complete year of Buster in two publisher's bound volumes starring Buster,
Squad Car 13, Black Axe, The Shrinker and Charley Drake. It sold for £473. Hallo
Our run of
Thunderbirds artwork continues to impress. You don't need Brains to see the brilliance
of Bellamy's art. He used Pelikan inks to get the brightest finish on his boards
but they were quick drying, all the more testament to the realistic action of
his composition. The inks also fade markedly over time so fresh Bellamy boards
are even harder to find. £2200 found this one.
all about comics and artwork. Barratt & Co were the the main publishers of sweet
cigarette cards and their values are well documented. 10 years ago Captain Scarlet's
complete cardset from 1967 had a book value of £55. Here they sold for £193. They
may be sweet cigarettes but the Cap's smokin'.
attacked by a shark and the seas are mined around the impenetrable fortress of
The Black Dragon. John Bolton's staccato rendition of The Bionic Woman is never
short on action and these boards are still undervalued in the writer's opinion
- here at £132.
With a major
motion picture slotted in for 2011 The Avengers stock is on the rise. A remaindered
copy of #1 with a big biro '6' on the cover flew to £275 and Cap America's cover
appearance on #4 found £137. High prices for mid grade pence issues. Can't wait
for the movie, we hear that The Wasp is being played by Sting. Sorry.
Over on the
left is the Beano Clickity-Clicker from 1960. At two inches tall and in full working
order Dennis's click has the irritating resonance of a bullfrog trapped inside
Menace was 60 last week but these days his jumper seems to have taken on more
of a pastel hue. Last year a boy of eight complained to The Beano that his hero
had got too nice. Jacob Rush pleaded with the comic's bosses to return the spiky-haired
character to his naughty best after he was turned into a softie. 'I don't like
Dennis because he doesn't have his catapult or water-pistol any more and he's
not menacing enough,' said the boy from Ipswich, Suffolk. Even his father joined
in to back up his son: 'For Jacob it means Dennis is boring.' The protest was
to fall on deaf ears as he received a reply saying The Beano brought the character
in to line with the CBBC TV series. Harrumph.
that, his fearsome wire-haired Abyssinian wolf-hound, Gnasher can't bite anybody,
Walter The Softie, Dennis's put-upon pal, has had to get a girl-friend called
Matilda that the publishers have given him to counter suggestions that he may
be gay (pur-leez), and the only threat that the slipper now holds is to moulder
on one of Dad's shuffling feet.
thought that the point of Dennis's cartoons was to lampoon authority, highlight
his defiance of it, with order only being restored by a jolly good whacking. And
it was funny. In those days the only pc around was the local bobby.
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