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2006 Market Report
BOOK 2 (1942) £3,010.00 - MAW AN' PAW PROUD!
A few early
issues of the Broons and Oor Wullie books were initially published with hard "annual"
style boards and are much rarer than the soft covers that were generally distributed.
This example with hard boards was contested to £3,010 and is one of only four
we are aware of, the last one selling in our September 2004 auction for £3,355,
also hard bound in the same vg+ grade.
Monster Comic No 1 was in pretty poor condition with detached front board and
no spine. Found behind a casement wall by two builders demolishing a house, this
spineless Monster was hotly contested to £418, the winning bidder waiting with
cow gum and tweezers to breath some life back into its battered boards. (The other
end of the spectrum was our vfn copy from September's catalogue, the highest grade
in existence, it reached a record £6,230). The Beano Comic No 1 was also of lower
grade but there is always a great swathe of potential owners on our database and
in Internet Land who would like to have this kingpin No 1 as the pride of their
collection. In gd grade with a small hole in the front cover, £2,222 took away
this slightly flawed gem, its new owner also snaffling some war years Beanos along
the way. We reckon there are about seventeen or eighteen copies each of Beano
and Dandy comic first issues now known to exist.
Dandy annual of 1941 is one of the most difficult to locate and this reflected
in the winning bid of £853 tendered for this generally worn gd+ copy. The 1947
annual with Korky tossed in a blanket cover is easier to find, but this vg copy
doubled its lower estimate to £247, the winning bidder absolutely thrilled with
his purchase as it completed his run of early Dandy annuals, fifteen years in
the making. Boiled sweeties all round, but don't get left with the green one!
in Rupert annuals is variable at the present time with prices for even the finest
copies difficult to predict. This was borne out by our selection of three Magic
Painting issues from 1960, 1961 and 1962. Always collectable with the painting
pages untouched, our three issues were in Near Mint grade with no discernable
defects. The 1960 made £230, the 1961: £184 and the '62 a whopping £365, a probable
record. By contrast late 1940s examples in mid grade with cover markings were
taken at just over £30 each and 1953-55, all in vfn condition, raised between
with turn of the century comics got their ha'pence worth with £99 securing the
1898 Halfpenny Comic No 1 and £300 a bound volume of Halfpenny Wonder comprising
issues 1-40 (1914). Our bound volume collection continues to find successful and
determined bidders with Butterfly, Firefly, Chuckles, Little Sparks, Merry And
Bright, Rainbow and Boy's Herald all selling in the £150 -220 range. Please check
our Prices Realised section for precise details.
flyer in our male-dominated bound volume collection was, of course, a girl (wasn't
it ever thus?). Girls comics have a dedicated and loyal following in the UK and
there are also some major collectors in Australia and New Zealand who always feature
strongly in the bidding. Just such a tussle erupted over lot 28 where a Schoolgirls'
Own run featuring issues 49-100 in two bound volumes was taken to £440, nearly
£9 a copy. Even the Library version of this title reached £275, comprising as
it did issues 1-13 and 26-49. The fact is the old girls just aren't out there,
their hockey sticks long abandoned in rusty PE lockers.
take a pretty smart detective to keep finding them and Sexton Blake could be just
the chap. No longer a poor man's Sherlock Holmes this trusty sleuth has no trouble
unearthing willing bidders and five of his bound volumes from 1928-29, numbered
84-99 and 152-155, were snapped up for £385. This figure was only surpassed by
36 issues from his second series in 1940-42 solving the crime for £423. No trick
of the light, Dr Trenchard.
a rare run of Hotspur and Rover war years bound volumes and although war shortages
led to issues appearing fortnightly from the winter of 1941, Hotspur from that
year (44 issues) made £292 and Rover (45) made £374. The Wizard volumes from the
same era will be offered in our forthcoming March 2007 catalogue.
books exceeded their estimates with the Calendar Boy reaching an auguste £411,
Infinity a finite £390 and The Snowman who was pelted with bids to £225 (from
an estimate of £50-70 graded vfn-)
artwork had the seasonal theme of Hallowe'en. Disaster is averted as the Wee Lad's
turnip lantern is crushed by a steam roller and PC Murdoch come to the rescue
with lampshade, bulb and battery to outshine all his pals. In the mid 60s "Letraset"
sheets began to be used for lettering in artwork and to "shade" panels and this
was utilised perfectly in the artwork's lower section. £620 was the final tender,
the buyer well satisfied his top bid was not eclipsed.
equine ambitions are realised as the family formally saddle up for a spot of leisurely
pony trekkin'. Kitted out in their best riding gear for a local movie photographer,
the stately procession is urged to have more action. The Bairn is quick to comply,
setting off a wasps nest as the entourage descends into high-kicking chaos producing
one of Watkin's best long panels. Unfortunately they couldnae' sit doon fir tea.
£577 was tendered (behind).
Stein, his artist Ken Reid and his comic, WHAM! offered an unmissable opportunity
for all those fiftysomethings to bid for a piece of rare artwork mayhem. Wanting
to improve his looks with Muddewump's Mud Pack, Frankie can't get it off and resorts
to Professor Cube's Bruise Remover (and Professor Cube) to remove it. Not only
does it remove it, but also most of his hair and all of his clothes - brilliantly
plotted by Ken Reid's gifted pen. The winning bidder restored some much needed
dignity with a suited and booted £550.
Our US section
offered some high grade cents copies and Amazing Spider-Man #121, telling the
story of Gwen Stacy's unfortunate demise, found £140 in nm- grade whilst The Punisher's
first appearance in issue 129 reacted well to £301 in nm.
X-Men appearances, smartened up with fresh costumes (unlike Frankie Stein), were
bid to £405 each, below their estimates. Perhaps the light tanning of their pages
may have slightly dulled the bidding, as well as their new kit.
new kit, my mum and dad bought me an Eagle Belt in the early Fifties. It was resplendent
with the Eagle buckle in grey plastic and my favourite characters from the comic
printed in red around the elastic. I wore it and wore it out over the next few
months and it never left the vicinity of the old wicker chair in the corner of
my bedroom where my clothes were slung every night. That summer we went to Brighton
on our holidays and I even had my picture taken proudly wearing it, with the sort
of expression that defied even The Mekon to take it away from me. Last month the
BBC were making a programme called Comics Britannia and asked me to talk about
the significance of propaganda in comics during the war years, and to bring along
a selection of Beano and Dandy comics and artwork from the period for filming.
The crew were highly amused at the forthrightness with which Desperate Dan, Lord
Snooty, Pansy Potter et al, despatched the dastardly Hun on a weekly basis only
to rejoin battle once more the following week. However, that was not only what
focused their attention. The comics used to have small illustrated ads on the
text pages exhorting us all to save paper. Two in particular caught their eye;
in the first Hitler and Hirohito were kneeling at the executioners block with
two soldiers brandishing paper axes raised for their beheading, the slogan, "Axes
For The Axis!" driving the point firmly home. The other showed Hitler hanging
dead from a rope with the legend, "Save Paper - Hang The Paper Hanger!" beneath
it. Strong stuff for a nine-year-old to contemplate.
duly completed I was asked a week later if I had any personal photos at that age
to send in as part of the programme. Fighting my way through a filthy old suitcase
in the attic, I finally came across two old photos of myself as a nine-year-old
and sent them in. One was of a rather smart young man posing by the beach in white
plimsolls and long khaki shorts, magnificently held in place by an Eagle Belt.
The other a small blurred picture of a buck-toothed grinning idiot standing in
front of an off-licence. They called me back: "Malcolm, we reckon the Eagle Belt
doesn't work with Beano and Dandy, so we're going with the off-licence, OK?..."
Comics Britannia airs in the Spring on BBC4 and I suppose you would call that
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