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Utopia/Valhalla, rare comics fanzine featuring early work by teenage Alan Moore offered for £2700

Utopia/ Valhalla Issue One

Over on eBay, there’s an auction running for a comics fanzine published in 1970 – Utopia/Valhalla Issue One – with a starting bid of over £2700. Before anyone starts scrabbling in their attics for fading issues of Comic Media News, Solar Wind or Fantasy Advertiser thinking to strike gold while the world’s gone mad, you should know this fanzine is ... Read More »

King Kong, wartime Beanos and banned Oz comics – quite a selection in latest ComPal comic auction!

Mighty World of Marvel 1 (1972) - with Hulk T-Shirt Transfer free gift

The latest Compalcomics online auction has just launched and offers a fantastic selection of wartime Beanos, pre-war Mickey Mouse Weeklies and copies of Glasgow / Northern Looking Glass, considered the world’s first “comic”, published in Glasgow in 1825. Plus, there’s the chance to get your hands on some rare underground comics, including a copy of the infamous Oz “Schoolkids” magazine that saw ... Read More »

Brian Bolland “Joker” Statue added to DC Designer Series

Statue: Designer Series: The Joker (Brian Bolland)

Straight from the Eisner Award-winning graphic novel Batman: The Killing Joke, acclaimed artist Brian Bolland’s rendition of The Joker gets the Designer Series treatment. Bolland’s version of the Clown Prince of Crime is one of the most iconic, recognisable renditions of the character, and he’s now been brought to the Designer Series by sculptor David Giraud. This is the latest ... Read More »

Another rare “Banned” Action offered for sale, start your bids at £2500

Action Issue 37

There’s another chance for someone with deep pockets to get their hands of a copy of the rare “banned” issue of controversial 1970s comic Action (Issue 37). The starting price this time around, through eBay once more, is £2,500 and it can be found here. Previously offered issues of this rare comic sold for £4110.75 and £2555. Here’s the description of the ... Read More »

The Dandy’s Korky the Cat hits, er… the catwalk! Thanks to top fashion designer Stella McCartney

Stella McCartney -2017 Dandy Collection SNIP

The Dandy comic may sadly be long gone but Beano Studios has teamed up with fashion designer Stella McCartney to bring some of its characters back into the public eye for her autumn 2017 collection. Korky the Cat, Dinah Mo and mischievous twins Cuddles and Dimples all feature on the print, which appears in 15 pieces of the designer’s ready-to-wear collection. ... Read More »

One Plastic Carrier Bag, One Careful Star Wars Owner – A Snip at 240 Pounds!

Palitoy Staff Shop Plastic Bag

How many of us have had a grumble at the new 5p carrier bag charge – and that’s for a cheap one? Well, on Wednesday 29th November a vintage carrier bag from the once Palitoy Staff Shop in Coalville went under the hammer at Vectis Auctions and sold for a whopping £240! The “Palitoy “We Care” bag carried logos from ... Read More »

Beano Top Trumps Released, joins massive line of new merchandise in time for Christmas

Beano Merchandise 2016

Beano Studios, the business behind the relaunch of the Beano comic as a global kids’ entertainment network, has launched an awesome new range of products featuring refreshed Beano designs, just in time for Christmas, including a newly-launched Beano Top Trumps game. The collection, available through the online shop at shop.beano.com (with some items on sale from other retailers), includes t-shirts, hoodies, beanies, ... Read More »

Bid to become a Beano character – and support the NSPCC

The Beano Logo 2016

Could you (or your child) be the next Dennis the Menace or Minnie the Minx – and support the NSPCC? Beano Studios is offering the comic’s thousands of fans a once in a lifetime opportunity to star in the world’s most famous weekly comic, including a behind-the-scenes master class at the top-secret Beano Studios HQ. The chance comes as  one ... Read More »

Go Bananas at Bedtime with Bananaman! Plus, Musical News…

Bananaman Bedding

Move over, Superman! The Beano‘s Bananaman is chasing you for cult status and a place in every fans living space, with new Bananaman bedding and cushions now available through Asda. Produced by Bravado, we’re sure this comic development will be of interest to downthetubes readers looking for a Beano-related gift for their children (or themselves or their pet monkey, perhaps)… Eric Wimp and his ... Read More »

VECTIS massive Star Wars toys auction includes early play set building magazine collection

Woman's Day Book of Best-loved Toys and Dolls - Sample Image

On Black Friday – a day of commercial discounting and special offers that originated with Amazon, it’s perhaps worth remembering that once, a long time ago in decades far, far away there were times when toys were expensive and often only bought for special occasions, like birthdays and Christmas. Cast your mind back then, to 1978, when Star Wars was the latest ... Read More »

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