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Is it A Bird? Is it A Plane? No, it’s… Action Man?

Palitoy Action Man boxed Bullet Man No. 34081. Image: Vectis

  Palitoy’s Action Man doll – a licensed version of Hasbro’s G.I. Joe which was launched in 1966 – went through a lot of permutations down the years, most of them armed services related. But in the late 1970s, the range added some new dolls, including Atomic Man, a figure inspired by television’s Six Million Dollar Man, and a licensed use of ... Read More »

Rare toys uncovered in closed Welsh shop go up for auction

Action Man Astronaut: Battle Pack and Laser

  The Vectis auction house is lining up a treasure trove of a sale for British toy collectors, discovered in a former North Wales toy shop, including rare Action Man figures, Star Wars collectables and much more. The Frank Beech Toy Shop in Holywell in North Wales closed its doors in 2009 after many years as a thriving and successful ... Read More »

ComPalComics offers Dalek Playsuit, Dandy Number One in latest auction

Dalek Pencil Sharpener (1965) BBC TV with 8 Dalek Swapits (1965) Cherilea Toys.

  The latest Compalcomics March catalogue closes on on Sunday 8th March 2015 starting at 2.00pm, featuring a huge number of both early and modern Dandy comics, artwork including “Oor Wullie” and various IPC/Fleetway covers – and a rare Dalek Playsuit! There’s also some Dan Dare original two page artwork by Frank Hampson for Eagle, which is expected to sell fro at ... Read More »

Rare Star War Figures to be auctioned by Vectis

A 30B back Boba Fett on a Palitoy Star Wars The Empire Strikes Back with un-punched card

  Auction house Vectis have just announced the auction of an impressive collection of mint on card Star Wars figures, owned by the former Club Chairman of  the UK Star Wars Fan Club, Craig Stevens. The sale – a ‘Double-Bill’ with part one being held on 28th January and Part 2 concluding on 25th February 2015 – comprises just a selection of Craig’s vast Star Wars collection but ... Read More »

Rare “Magic Comic” collection to be auctioned later this month

Magic Comic Issue 1

(Updated 22nd January 2015): Dundee-based auctioneers Curr and Dewar are offering a bound collection of The Magic Comic, comprising the first 24 issues published back 1939 later this month. It’s believed there are only 10 known copies of The Magic Comic Number One in existence: in 2004 and 2005, copies were sold at auction for £1331 and £1925 respectively. A copy of Number Two sold ... Read More »

Marvel UK Flashback: Seventies Superhero Posters by Rafael López Espí

Spider-Man by López Espí

      (With thanks to the Make Mine Marvel UK Facebook Group for the WebFind): Back in the 1970s, Marvel UK offered a number of posters by Spanish artist Rafael López Espí to readers.           Born in Barcelona in 1937, Rafael López Espí is perhaps best known for his superhero work for publisher Ediciones Vértice ... Read More »

Frank Bellamy TV Century 21 “Thunderbirds” art up for auction

Thunderbirds art from TV Century 21 Issue 141 by Frank Bellamy

  Three Thunderbirds art boards drawn by Frank Bellamy for TV Century 21 Issues 141 and 142 are up for auction through the US Heritage Auctions web site in February 2015. The pages – all a trifle faded with age – are from the story known in fan circles (the original story had no title) known as “The Earthquake Maker” and The Gerry Anderson ... Read More »

Marc Jackson auctions Aces Weekly art for charity

  Aces Weekly contribuor Marc Jackson is auctioning a page for a new comic of his that will feature in the online anthology comic from March 2015 for charity. The auction is to raise money for East Cheshire Hospice (a local Macclesfield, Cheshire hospice) on behalf of his friend Sarah Shackleton Lamptey who, sadly, lost her six-year battle with cancer just last week. Marc ... Read More »

First Ever British Comic sells at auction for over £2000

The Glasgow/Northern Looking Glass (1825)

  Potentially Britain’s first ever comic title, a rare offering of the Glasgow/Northern Looking Glass Issues 1-13 in the latest Comic Book Auctions in a bound volume have sold for £2,350 – well over the estimated sale price of of £400-500. “To our knowledge, this was the only set not publicly owned and a concerted bidding war ensued,” Malcolm Phillips at Comic ... Read More »

Creators join forces to raise funds for Bill Mantlo with “Transformers 100” signed issue

TRANSFORMERS 100 VERY LIMITED MULTI SIGNED ISSUE 1/30 - BILL MANTLO

  Key comic creators involved in bringing Transformers to the comic book page, some over the past three decades, have banded together to offer a special Transformers #100 very limited multi-signed issue, to raise funds to aid US comic author Bill Mantlo. This a very special auction of the IDW-published #100, to raise funds for the ongoing healthcare of the former writer, who ... Read More »

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