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2004 Market Report
COMIC No 1 SELLS FOR £7,261.00!
last time we offered a Dandy comic first issue was in June 1999 when it sold for
£4,840.00, so the price for this D C Thomson classic piece has increased by 50%
in the intervening five years. With only nine or ten copies known to exist The
Dandy No 1 is rarer than its Beano counterpart which has thirteen issues noted.
Talking of Beano, we received a very firm price for the first Beano Book from
1940 which realised £3,872.00 including 10% buyer's premium.
Broons Books prior to 1952 are very hard to find and this copy with some front
cover foxing made Pa Broon's smile a wee bit wider at £907.00. We sold a similar
graded copy in September 2003 for £1,391.00 so prices can fluctuate quite strongly
around the thousand pound mark depending on what is offered at auction at any
the sixtieth anniversary of D day coming two days before the close of our June
auction there was no doubt that Oor Wullie would be in on the wartime action and
this wonderful artwork for the Sunday Post by Dudley Watkins showing the wee lad
leading the VE day celebrations was chased up to a record £2,256.00.
Arthur Jackson's politically incorrect Musso The Wop artwork from The Beano 167
of 1941 was sold at £330 as the hapless dictator begged for presents from Beano
readers to help him sleep - of course they didn't! Hitler and Goering were also
brilliantly satirised during the war years and an example of Sam Fair's "Adie
And Hermy" artwork for The Dandy where they are merrily singing " Hang Out The
Washing On The Seigfried Line" realised the same price. These propaganda artworks
often cross the line into social and political history and are all the more collectable
for that. But most importantly they retain their wonderful sense of humour and
D C Thomson's artists and writers always started from that point.
Comic was the third sibling in the Beano and Dandy stable but the title only lasted
for eighty issues, becoming a victim of wartime paper shortages in 1941 with Beano
and Dandy having to alternate every other week for the same reason. All eighty
issues of Magic are rare and we auctioned a No 1 in Good Plus grade for £1,331
including buyer's premium.
the sale of Amalgamated Press title, Triumph comics would not cause much interest,
selling as they do for a few pounds a copy in average condition. However, issues
771 - 791 from 1939 featured the first UK reprints of Superman and lot 53 offered
eighteen issues starring the Man of Steel albeit in the lower grades of Good/Very
Good. They ended up flying to £618, or just over £34 each.
was a comprehensive run of Dandy early issues offered individually and numbers
11to 15 made £150-220 each with numbers 16 to 27 in lower grades around £60 each.
We had a later run between 63 and 100 and these averaged £70-100 a piece. Our
September catalogue will feature some early Beanos of the same vintage, again
all offered in separate lots.
Australian reprints of Batman and Superman have usually been sold for three or
four pounds each up until recently but the continued upward revaluation of their
original US counterparts has focused much more attention on these much more affordable
sixpenny substitutes. We offered twelve lots which ended up averaging £6-10 a
copy in mid grades with the Australian reprint No 4 of Superman's origin making
£43.00 and No 9 closing at £24.00. There is a further selection in September.
US Golden Age section was highlighted with Action Comics #33 selling at £375 and
Detective #120 at £290 with a scarce copy of Top Notch #3 starring The Wizard
just below £200. We featured a selection of first and early issue horror titles
this catalogue, starting off with the charming radiation cover of Black Cat Mystery
#50 which in Very Good Minus grade reached £171.00.
Mysteries #1 made £143.00 and Fantastic Fears #5 featuring Steve Ditko's first
work made £105.00. There are further horror key issues to follow once you have
recovered from this selection.
of the world covers also made their mark with Venus #11 captivating £110.00 and
Strange Worlds #1 with Kirby and Ditko's flying saucer cover taking off to £176.00.
satirical humour, albeit in a jugular vein, that characterised cool in the late
Fifties is well out of fashion now, but MAD #1 and 2 still find determined buyers
and our first issue Fine Minus copy made a gap-toothed £775.00 with number Two
a (dis)respectful £176.00 in Fine Plus. Alfred E would be so proud.
Amazing Fantasy #15 launched Spider-Man in 1962 Marvel's Monster turned super-hero
titles really came of age and our well chipped cents copy was taken by a web bidder
to £550.00. Please check our Prices Realised section for all the balance Silver
and Bronze age results.
continued thanks to all our buyers and sellers for making our catalogues what
they are, we couldn't do it without you!
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