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2007 Market Report
MAKES £2,148.00; 1943, 1945 MAKE £1,060.00 EACH -- SEXTON BLAKE YEARS PASS £1000
FOR THE FIRST TIME.
A few years
ago the above prices would have been thoroughly respectable for first issue Beano
and Dandy annuals but the war years have always been scarce and values are increasing,
especially copies with bright boards. By contrast we had offered a Dandy Monster
Comic 1 but this copy had some restoration to the spine and although the spine
illustration was original it sold just below reserve at £1,045.
is always a major factor for collectors and a reasonably estimated (£300-350)
Dandy annual from 1948 with the wonderful Korky Puppeteer cover finished up at
£817.00 without pulling too many strings. Low grade early Beano comics between
issues 19 and 26, with edge chips and file-holes, sold in the region of £150 each
with 27 and 28 making £118 apiece in the same condition.
Books above were the last two issues we had with the rare hard back covers and
the 1950 copy justified the family's proud photo-opportunity cover with an astounding
£1,225 winning bid, a record for a 1950s piece. 1954 had Maw n' Paw doin' The
Highland Fling for a double estimate £565 to boot.
volume collection moves from strength to strength, ably led by Sexton Blake, (no
longer the cheap understudy to the chap with the deer-stalker and his doctor friend),
with Library volumes comprising 1924-5 and 1932 finding winning bids of £1,155
and £1,050 each. Our eight Sexton Blake lots found successful bidders in the USA,
Canada, Australia, Italy and the UK, confirming his global appeal. Girls' Libraries
continue to mature with prices in all cases surpassing upper estimates - Top marks
to the girls! Please check our Prices Realised section for all details. A further
selection will be on offer in early September.
found strong appeal with a fn- copy of No 1 fetching £203 and No 2 a soaraway
£140, a record for this issue. The first Eagle annual very rarely comes along
in decent condition. The red covers used to mark and scratch easily with the orange
undercoat showing garishly through. We offered an example in fn grade with only
a faint scratch on the back and it sold for a lowly £47 - a real bargain for the
purchaser, and proof that high quality doesn't always have to cost the earth,
or even Venus.
success of Eagle led to Amalgamated Press publishing Lion in 1952, Captain Condor
desperately trying to hang on to Dan Dare's Hulton Pressed coat-tails. Running
until 1974, Lion built up a strong character following of its own, finally swallowing
the Champion in 1966 and the now balding Eagle in 1969. The first two issues,
photos above, had free gifts on offer as well and were taken to £132 and £77 respectively.
We also sold a No 3 in fn- grade for £44 and although these prices were new records
for the title, they will stand as a bench mark for firmer valuations in the future.
once more that grade is everything, Beryl The Peril's first annual sawed to a
record £170 in vfn grade whilst Dennis in a lowly vg-, looking like Gnasher had
nibbled his extremeties, struggled to £33.
of 1950s comics are familiar with Cowboy, Super-Detective and Thriller Picture
Library issues. When the words Love and Romance came in to the title the girls'
comic market, although far smaller, was nevertheless the target. Now collected
as rarities due the correspondingly lower print runs, the scarce Love Story Library
All In Pictures commanded a massive £880 covering 110 issues in six bound volumes
between 1-228. Even more esoteric was Newne's Hospital Romance Library which only
had text stories but 74 issues in eight volumes made £935, nearly £13 each and
number one wasn't even included! More new titles will feature in September.
Our US section
started with a selection of Canadian reprints. Once maligned as cheaply printed
throwaways of their American counterparts, some of the issues only had the cover
in common, often containing earlier, rarer stories. The 1940s titles featured
above made over £10 each in lower grades where a few years ago they could be found
for a couple of quid each. More of these also in September.
It was almost a test, putting up two X-Men #94s in similar grades, one slabbed,
the other 'au natural'. In a surprising turn of events the unslabbed copy went
for £605, the encased for £500. This could not have happened three or four years
ago when encased comics were storming the market and fetching substantial premiums
to their Price Guide values. Then it was a marketing phenomenon; a sellers' forum
which had more than a whiff of the King's New Clothes about it. Although a valuable
service is provided with a third party guarantee that restoration was (or was
not) in evidence, the three and four times multiple of guide prices often achieved
over that initial period was never going to be sustainable. It got to a stage
where new issues of comics were sent to the slabbing companies by dealers who
had made bulk purchases from publishers prior to general sale. Once encased they
were offered to their customers as graded '10.0' copies for several times the
cover price. Talk about caveat emptor - then you had to buy another just to read
the bloody thing…
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