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2008 Market Report
BOOK 1: £4,500 - TRIGAN EMPIRE A/W £1,650 - LION 1955 In 2 Bound Volumes £715!
Happy Family was even happier in June when their first book from 1940 made £4,500,
a thousand pounds above its upper estimate. This was one of the best copies to
come up for auction and the small piece of top spine that was missing did not
deter the successful bidder.
was an artist who was much admired for his work on The Trigan Empire and his back
page colour episodes, serialised in Look And Learn, were one of the main reasons
for that magazine's collectability. The fact that this artwork piece was used
for the front and back cover of the hardback Trigan Empire book makes it one of
the most recognised illustrations of his work and the successful bid of £1,650
for this iconic piece has delighted the purchaser who will no doubt be driving
his picture framer crazy as we speak!
Pepper's Captain Condor was flying high when Lion's complete 1955 year in two
bound volumes was bid to a gravity defying £715. These particular issues mostly
had 'Pepper' written in pencil on their front covers - even the great man had
to do what was common for the rest of us; order his copy from the local newsagent.
and the Thriller were two magnificently illustrated titles for their day, their
evocative covers with stories of mystery and dark deeds capturing a Thirties generation
whose wanderlust may well have been limited to the front row of the local Roxy.
Our 1935 Ranger volume included the last issue and made £203 whilst The Thriller
lot, starring The Saint and The Shadow, also included its last eleven issues (retitled
War thriller) and captured £385.
years Beanos are always highly prized as they are genuinely rare and contain the
sort of propaganda that crosses over to collectors interested in the social history
of that period. Their 12-year-old readers, however, were much more interested
in seeing Addy and Hermy defeated by Lord Snooty and His Pals on a weekly basis,
especially if Hermy fell over his medals getting out of the plane. We offered
issues from 1941 in groups of two and three per lot as grades were low and varied
between Poor and Good. They realised between £72 and £166 per lot accordingly.
The 1940 Beano Xmas Comic was bid to £220 in Very Good Minus condition. Just like
Big Eggo, a very rare bird.
was also frettin' during The War. All his chums except Fat Bob had been evacuated
to the countryside and they wanted to go too. So Wullie has this rare idea, 'I
ken whit we'll dae, Bob, we'll evacuate oorsel's!' They soon get a lift to a hoose
where a farmer lives, shinin' his boots, makin' the fire an preparin' the brekka.
The farmer wants to send them back hame, but they do such a good job they're promoted
to makin' hay (whilst the sun shines on two happy pals on buckets in the last
panel). Wullie, War and Watkins at their alliterative best. The artwork was repatriated
As our Sexton
Blake Library collection continues to unwind our buyers are also bidding more
strongly for The Union Jack title, all bound in publisher's file copies and containing
Sexton Blake stories throughout. The above illustrated issues made £440 for 35
SBL copies from 1920-21 and £314 for the Union Jack complete year of 1932 respectively.
and Granny have to separate Dan and his warring nephew, Danny and get them to
be nice to each other at the studio for their 1949 New Year photies. Of course
they tear the place apart and then make up whilst hurtling down the lift shaft,
'After you…No, after you..'[CRASH]. This piece was secured for £550 after a two
year wait by the successful bidder, a London taxi driver. Quite a role reversal
to find a cabbie chasing someone desperate.
the Girls' got in on the act and a complete run of volumes 1-10, offered year
by year in varying grades, made £1,434, well above estimate. Their lady owner
was delighted and couldn't wait to tell her brother, who had thrown out all of
his Eagles in the 70s.
featured strongly in this catalogue with the star lot a complete year of Film
Fun in three bound volumes with the matching annual. £440 put this lot in to Top
Spot (a title that was amalgamated into Film Fun that January). Dandy and Beano
from 1960 - 64 are also rarer than their Fifties counterparts as the print run
during those years was lower, a fact due in part to the success of stablemates
Beezer and Topper, whose large format, fresher approach was capturing larger chunks
of the same market readership. Prices for complete years of Dandy and Beano from
these years averaged £5+ a copy in Fine grades.
issues of WHAM! were offered in this lot with the first three issues well worn
and some later rusty stapled copies. Bidding was nevertheless fierce and £610
was successfully tendered by one of our regular buyers, who snapped up the first
15 issues of POW! For £39 whilst he was at it.
Ron Turner's second artwork of The Daleks for TV Century 21 showing their continuing
fight against the deadly Mechanoids. This magnificently drawn page exterminated
work is also very popular and Frankie Stein's surreal episodes brilliantly written.
In this episode he's hungry and the recipes in a cook book look so delicious -
he eats the book. £385 also satisfied the winning bidder's appetite. The punning
artwork of The World Wide Weirdies in The Ghost Office Tower and Blackghoul Tower
climbed to £165 a piece.
Our US section
featured some higher grade affordable Golden Age issues, still enjoying firm American
interest. Flash #80 in Very fine Grade made £160, Sensation #56 with H G Peter's
iconic Wonder Woman cover lassoed £56 and Superboy #15 flew out at £60.
copy of Amazing Spider-Man #3 in VFN was bid to £550, and the CGC copies of #28
and Punisher's #129 reached £457 and £335 respectively. Brave And The Bold #34
highlighted the first appearance of The Hawkman and in Fine Minus, a mid estimate
£137 carried him away.
Back to life
with those Lions; If you've ever read the comics, you take as read the low grade
paper stock they were printed on and the inevitable rusty staples (often to the
point of disintegration) that held them together. Lion was a budget version of
Eagle which was published by Amalgamated Press in 1952 in response to that comic's
huge popularity. But even the stirling efforts of Frank S Pepper and Ronald Forbes
were hardly original, given that their brief was to emulate the extra-terrestrial
exploits of a certain Colonel Dan McGregor Dare. What they finally came up with
might better have been named Captain Clonedor. We experienced both extremes of
bidding with this title in the June catalogue. Issue 1 with free gifts for 1 and
2 was taken to a strong £121 and we then offered numbers 6 - 14 individually to
give everyone a chance to add these rarer early copies to their collections at
the reasonable estimate of £10 - 15 apiece. Not a soul was interested until a
canny Canadian swept up the lot for £6-8 each, the stratospheric Captain Condor
falling uncertainly back to earth. Further on we offered The Lion complete 1955
year, issues 150-202, only to see The Captain embark once more, this time into
space's outer reaches with a staggering £715. That's why I'm in this business,
I love comics in general, artwork in particular and the vibrancy of our whole
auction process. I'm also sure in the knowledge of one of the world's greatest
financial speculators, George Soros, who said that nobody knows anything.
Comic Book Auctions Ltd.