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2010 MARKET REPORT
BEANO BOOK 1: £4,265.00
lot of our June auction was this wonderful copy of the first Beano Book, found
in a Cancer Research charity shop in St Andrew's, Fife by eagle-eyed volunteer,
Matthew, who had just come in to the shop to help dress the windows.
estimated at £1500-2000 it was soon to become the second highest priced Beano
Book ever sold by us (2004: £4,500). The winning bidder, a keen collector from
London, will be keeping the book safe for his young son in the years to come.
from the war years always attract strong interest as so many collectors vie for
them. The two particular issues above were in very fresh condition with issues
27 at £247 and 100 at £253.
of our customers know, Magic Comic was the young sibling of Beano and Dandy and
only lasted for 80 issues before being subsumed by the two family elders. Rare
because of this, Magic's early demise in 1941 also rendered the title forgettable
from a collectors' point of view but such is the thirst for all things D C Thomson
values remain stubbornly high. No2 made £220, No3 and 4 £187 each and No 61 £127.
It featured the first story of Gulliver by Dudley Watkins.
highlight in this auction was a professionally restored copy of The Dandy Monster
Comic of 1941, its original spine illustration laid on to a new spine with neat
colour touching to the boards and strenghthening to the corners. £495 restored
order to Korky's Marching Band.
Cuts come up for sale, these late 19th century issues are often ripped at their
edges (they were originally printed as one sheets and cut and folded in to eight
by hand) and tanned and brittle with age. Not so this unbroken run from 1-26 of
publisher's file copies which were extremely well preserved in their contemporary
binding. Although well over estimate, the winning bidder knew exactly what he
was getting for £600.
was a hugely popular character in the Twenties and Thirties and his pals The Bruin
Boys marshalled by their ever clucking mother hen, Mrs Bruin were read and enjoyed
by kiddies for several generations. Not only were the first six annuals in fresh
condition along with a Painting Book, they were accompanied by a wooden toy train
set of Tim and his chums all on wheels with a spare luggage cart to boot. This
is now occupied by Porky Pig, having lost his wheels, although not his appetite,
which may have been the cause. £240 pulled away with these rarities.
featured strongly in this catalogue running right through to the war years. 1934
and 1935 complete years illustrated above were in very high grades and collected
£330 and £385 respectively whilst 1941-45 ranged between £100-170 per year.
two little beauties, The Wizard Holiday Books for 1938 and 1939. Hard enough to
find individually these fresh copies, produced as soft backs and illustrated by
the brilliant Chuck Gordon, conjured a wizard £404.
In 1939 Amalgamated
Press secured the reprinting rights of Superman from DC Comics, the first UK exposure
of The Man Of Steel. Although Triumph's centre pages exactly mirrored his early
US adventures, the covers were illustrated by AP staff artist, John McCail, and
if you wanted to believe a man could fly, this wouldn't particularly help you.
However these issues are strongly collected and £440 certainly helped Kal-El off
In the early
Fifties Mick Anglo created Captain Marvel for Fawcett / L Miller but Superman's
publishers, the said DC Comics didn't like this and sued the London publisher
over copyright. After a heavy pressure payout the Cap flew off, but undaunted,
Mick returned to the drawing board, rubbed out the original cloak, gave the lad
a blonde rinse and this sorted out the Supermen from the boys so Marvelman could
fly the UK skies. His artwork is rare and this iconic 1957 piece illustrating
the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor was taken to £469.
board, drawn and signed by Dudley Watkins had Paw owin' Granpaw a fill o' baccy
and hidin' in a pram to avoid payment. Payment of £450 was not avoided for this
been fightin' agin and he canna show a tooth missin'. Not even his pals' jokes
or his favourite TV cartoons or The Beezer can make him smile until his pet mouse,
Jeemy, does the trick - now he's in trouble. His smile might have broadened for
£683 as well.
double sided flyer for Buster No 1 was used as a draw lining until sent in to
us for appraisal. We suggested No Reserve, our bidders educated us with £132.
Frankie Stein is always pining for his Daddy and he brings home a prezzie for
the prof, The Ram-Bam Surprise - suddenly the pantry door is hanging open with
Dad hanging from it. £475 let him down gently.
out as a spin-off to the wildly successful TV Century 21. This lot included The
Mark Of The Mysterons by Don Harley and £225 found these issues flying solo.
is a well collected artist whose art encompasses TV 21, Lady Penelope, Jane, Modesty
Blaise and Judge Dredd. This action page of Jaime Sommers, The Bionic Woman karate-kicked
£250 to the canvas. Hai.
Our US section
opened with an early Batman issue, No 5, which although stained through the lower
margin pages had the classic Scales Of Justice cover. They weighed in at £440.
Well worn with pin gouges you still can't fool The Joker and £238 fixed his smile
on Batman 11.
first adventure in this professionally restored copy of Amazing Spider-Man 1 continued
the enduring love affair between him and his collectors at £770, Meanwhile the
mutants pleased professor Xavier with a [gd+] £276 for X-Men 1 as The X-Men Giant-Size
first issue from 1975 Stormed to £511.
it was arranged that I would deliver the charity Beano Book No 1 to its new owner
in London. Whilst out and about in the morning I thought I would find a quiet
place for a coffee and look for the last time at some of the early adventures
of Big Eggo, Pansy Potter and Tin-Can Tommy so brilliantly preserved in this high
grade copy. Walking in to a small, out-of-the-way cafe at the back of Knightsbridge,
I plonked the papers on to a comfy table and went up to the counter to order.
Returning with my cappuccino and a sandwich I found three elderly ladies sitting
there, one of whom had picked up my paper, deeply immersed in the financial section.
When I suggested that this was My table and My paper, the first lady said frostily
(imagine The Queen's voice) 'we didn't see anyone sitting here', the second thrust
her stick in my face saying she was very tired from walking round Harrods and
the third offered that if it was my table, why wasn't there a 'reserved' sign
I know when
I'm beaten and wilting under the Harrodan gaze of these SW3, I picked up the rest
of the papers and moved grumpily to a cramped corner cubicle with a 'so I should
think' clipping my ears.
to me the manageress, a long-suffering soul, had witnessed the entire episode
and she came over to me insisting that my 'gentlemanly' behaviour warranted a
complete refund on the coffee and sandwich and in addition brought over a fresh
slice of apple pie as an extra thank you for giving up the table. Still under
the steady glare of The Knightsbridge Three I gingerly took out the Beano Book
with a secret smile knowing that Lord Snooty And His Pals would at least share
my free slap-up feed.
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