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2010 MARKET REPORT
MAGIC-BEANO BOOK £3,750.00 - COMMANDO 1: £826.00
we had a DC Thomson special in this catalogue as this Beano Book from 1944, somewhat
rarer even than the first issue, was in the relatively high grade of Fine Plus.
Also this was the first annual to combine the characters from the recently terminated
Magic Comic with those of The Beano. There were bids from around the world, an
ex-pat in the USA finally securing his treasure for £3,750. Magic-Beano indeed.
the Beano Xmas Comic of 1939 with a small piece missing from its top cover corner,
but no-one was missing its fresh appearance and a record £330 was tendered. Dandy
Comic was represented by most of the issues from 19 to 109. The average price
in quite good grades was £70-80 each but outstanding was the centenary propaganda
war issue No. 100 with Desperate Dan sinking the entire German navy, along with
Hitler's car! This Very Fine example was bid to a very fine £231.
of early Magic comics continued with these two early issues at £110 each. The
original flyer for No 1, an 8-page mini comic in its own right, introduced Koko
The Pup, The Tickler Twins, Sooty Snowball and Peter Piper by Dudley Watkins.
The flyer flew to £82.
only two Butterfly annuals published and here they were in high grade. To add
to that they were issued during the war in 1939 and 1940 so it was no surprise
that our butterfly collectors were ready with their nets. Preserved at £220.
the 'Big Five' free gifts booklets don't attract much interest without the story
papers to go with them, but, as always, high grades are viewed differently and
when Dudley Watkins is responsible for most of the cover art the picture changes
dramatically. These 8 large format examples covering Detective Clues, Self-Defence,
Magic Tricks and Crooning tuned up to £104.
annuals don't survive in good condition, probably due to their thick, coarse paper
stock degrading the spines with the pages prone to major foxing. This has allowed
many worn copies to infiltrate the marketplace over the last twenty years and
values are low. Not so the comics. The latest techniques were used in publishing
Mickey Mouse Weekly during the Thirties with colour photography and bleach whitening
introduced to the paper making process. This 'photogravure' technique ensured
the colours would stay bright and fresh on the surface lengthening the life of
the comics as well. Even so, the war years took their toll in paper collection
so high grade copies are hotly contested. The complete year for 1940 illustrated
above took £683 with 1941 at £551. The very rare calendar from 1939, not seen
before, made a first date at £110. Mickey Mouse Strongly.
war publishers G.G. Swan produced quirky titles Topical Fun, New Funnies, Slick
Fun, Fresh Fun, Thrill Comic and War Comic. These low production issues are scarce
and were amalgamated as yearly albums to cash in on Christmas sales. Here was
an almost complete run from 1942-1956 and £180 for the 14 issues valued them at
a very reasonable £12 apiece.
Sun were very popular in the mid Fifties starring Buffalo Bill, Strongbow, Billy
The Kid and Battler Britton but the comics' colour centre spreads were also innovative
with long running series like Knights Of The Round Table and The Happy Hussar.
Prone to our old friend Rusty Staples, grading never gets much further than vg+
but £221 each for the complete years of Comet 1954 and Sun 1956 restored some
of their shine.
headed the Rocket's front cover but this younger cousin of Col. Dan Dare, further
removed by The Lion's Captain Condor didn't have much to say that already hadn't
been said, interplanetarily speaking. Buffed up by US reprints of Flash Gordon,
Brick Bradford and Johnny Hazard, the comic's unique collectability was forged
in issues 13-27 where the new Fobidden Planet movie starring Robbie The Robot
was illustrated and free cinema tickets were offered to Rocket Club members. The
complete 32 issue run fizzed to £374.
brilliant creation, Commando War Stories In Pictures, was the forerunner of all
the 'pocketbook' war titles and is highly collectable today. When we first offered
a run of these issues in 2002 we assumed that the No 1, with a record breaking
£440, would stand for a very long time but here was a similar graded copy which
almost doubled that price to £826. Issues 2-6 commanded between £110 and £137
each. Walk - Or Die! They ran.
rockets to Dad's garden hammock, but just before ignition, Dad sits down to read
his paper in peace - now he's reading it in pieces. Davy Law's brilliant artwork
lifted off to £854.
less fiendish, Mickey takes Frankie to the Gents Outfitters for a tweed suit:
'Chest 72" Waist 49"...' but the staff think the Martians have landed and biff
them out the door. Ken Reid's Frankie was biffed to £440.
and Oor Wullie puts a turnip in the shed for lantern carving after school. His
pet moose, Jeemy, has other ideas - and now a full stomach. Drastic action is
taken And Jeemy's put up for sale...he gets £605.
Thunderbirds had Scott and professor Davies travelling back in time to get Thunderbird
4 and save New York from drowning. The artwork was extremely buoyant at £2200..
the complete 40 issue run of Ranger starring The Rise And Fall Of The Trigan Empire
by Don Lawrence and Mike Butterworth. There were also 3 issues with covers by
Don Lawrence and £264 was a good price for more than a lone Ranger.
in its complete run of 88 issues was hotly contested to £341. Starring Batman
and Superman US reprints, Bonanza, The Lone Ranger, The Mysterons, The Saint by
Harry Bishop and Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea, TV Tornado was not short of
star power or diversity amongst its stories. Being offered with Parade's supplement
'Brunette Beauties' (voyage to the bottom?) suggested there was something for
and Robin in King Arthur's Court with bright yellow cover is a 1946 rarity in
vfn/nm grade and £935 repatriated this copy back to the USA.
Classics Illustrated issues of The Last Days Of Pompeii and Benjamin Franklyn
had full cover gloss with light owner stamps and represented good value for the
winning bidder at £55 and £44 respectively.
As I write
this article on December 20th Britain is snowbound, the airports are at a virtual
standstill and the road and train network not-work. It was reported on TV that
there was no progress along a six-hour queue for Eurostar which stretched 3 blocks
in the freezing cold from London's St Pancras station to the steps of the British
Library. Now if that queue was ever to stretch in the opposite direction that
would be real progress.
On a lighter
note I was reading a 1951 copy of Boy's Own Paper (as you do) and happened to
glance at the Letters To The Editor section where I noted master R.Wilmot's plaintive
like to think they have girl friends especially the 13 to 14 year olds. I would
like to see an article on how to get a girl, and when you've got her, how to keep
her and please her. I would also like to see more articles on music in Boy's Own
Paper as I am a trombonist in the Tiffin School Band.' R. Wilmot (12). The Editor
bear in mind your suggestion for an article on how to keep a girl friend. In the
meantime there is an article on keeping Golden Hamsters on page 34 of this issue.'
Year to all our readers,
Comic Book Auctions Ltd.