Strontium Dog by Carlos Ezquerra, World War One comics, rare Beanos and more in latest Compalcomics auction

Strontium Dog original artwork by Carlos Esquerra (1988) from 2000AD Prog 560-572 The Stone Killers. Johnny Alpha pressures Morlock to give up his murderous client. Indian ink on cartridge paper. 18 x 14 ins
Strontium Dog original artwork by Carlos Esquerra (1988) from 2000AD Prog 560-572 The Stone Killers. Johnny Alpha pressures Morlock to give up his murderous client. Indian ink on cartridge paper. 18 x 14 ins

The August – September catalogue for the latest Compalcomics auction is now live, offering 283 lots in the catalogue, including some great British items.

The auction company’s June catalogue excelled with £5000 for The Dandy Monster Comic 1, £2550 for Number Two and a whopping £1920 for the 1948 issue with puppeteer Korky the Cat on the front cover. These three high grade examples were from the Brenda Butler Archive, some more of which are following in this auction with Broons books to the fore and a magnificent copy of the Magic Fun Book from 1942.

Magic Fun Book 1 - 1941
Magic Fun Book 1 – 1941
Magic Fun Book 2 - 1942
Magic Fun Book 2 – 1942

A further selection of individual Beano comic issues from 1940-41 are also on offer between Numbers 92 -149, many in bright, fresh condition and there are several lots from the Bob Monkhouse Archive including boy’s papers Number Ones from the 1800s, 1940s Knockout, Radio Fun and Tip Top,  in bound volumes and a run of scarce Wonderman comics, Mick Anglo‘s first super-hero.

Wonderman (1948) 4, 14-21, 23, 24 (last issue). Paget Publications. Starring Mick Anglo's first super-hero character, Wonderman. NB whilst issue No 4 has turned up more often, the balance issues are genuinely rare. From the Bob Monkhouse Comics archive
Wonderman (1948) 4, 14-21, 23, 24 (last issue). Paget Publications. Starring Mick Anglo’s first super-hero character, Wonderman. Whilst issue Number 4 has turned up more often, the balance issues are genuinely rare. From the Bob Monkhouse Comics archive
World War One Comics
World War One Comics

Our customers also love John Wayne and his first five adventure comics are followed by a rare board of original artwork by Walt Howarth showing the cover of No 12 (lots 103 and 104). Famous Romance Library are scarce and also here along with a superb run of Schoolgirls Picture Library In six bound volumes, all publisher’s file copies.

The hugely successful run of Jackie – The Musical this year has prompted strong interest in the original magazine and the first issue from 1964 is on offer, complete with The Beatles pull-out centrefold. At the other end of the 1960s spectrum, International Times was a subversive, underground music paper avidly reporting the rise of those three tantalising taboos: sex, drugs and rock and roll. Fourteen early issues in flat, fresh condition are up  for sale. A similar opus from 1970, ‘Cyclops–, the first English Adult Comic Paper,’ is a few lots further on. It only lasted for four issues and they are all here, all scarce.

War Picture Library comic 184 original cover artwork 'Danger No Object' (1962) by Studio d'Ami Milan artist Nino Caroselli. With acetate lettering overlay. Poster colour on board. 17 x 12"
War Picture Library comic 184 original cover artwork ‘Danger No Object’ (1962) by Studio d’Ami Milan artist Nino Caroselli. With acetate lettering overlay. Poster colour on board. 17 x 12″
Buster comic original front cover artwork 15 Oct 1988 by Tom Paterson. With title and text on original acetate overlay. 20 x 15".
Buster comic original front cover artwork 15 Oct 1988 by Tom Paterson. With title and text on original acetate overlay. 20 x 15″.

Art on offer includes Strontium Dog original artwork by Carlos Ezquerra (1988) from the 2000AD Prog 560-572 story “The Stone Killers”, an Oor Wullie original artwork drawn and signed by Dudley Watkins from a 1953 edition of the Sunday Post, a Dudley Watkins pencil sketch of Gran’paw Broon signed and dated 1953, cover art for War Picture Library Issue 184 (‘Danger No Object’ by Studio d’Ami Milan)Robinson Crusoe original artwork painted and signed by John Worsley, a Buster comic original front cover artwork, cover dated 15th October 1988 by Tom PatersonPink Panther original colour artwork by John McLusky for TV Comic 1643 and More About Tony and Tina“, 32 original artworks by Dudley Watkins, art commissioned by religious charity WEC International for the second ‘Tony and Tina’ book. These illustrated stories were part of the ‘Warrior Gang’ Series and followed the adventures of how twins, Tony and Tina and their Mum and Dad came to follow the Christian religion.

Flintstones 'Mission Ridiculous' original artwork storyboards (early 1970s) for the animated ad for Post Fruity and Post Cocoa Pebbles cereal 'The good tasting part of a nutritious breakfast'. Barny and Fred run out of Pebbles Cereal so take their spaceship from Bedrock to Lunarock to find more... ' Yabba Dabba Delicious!' 14 x 9 ins (3 pages)
Flintstones ‘Mission Ridiculous’ original artwork storyboards (early 1970s) for the animated ad for Post Fruity and Post Cocoa Pebbles cereal ‘The good tasting part of a nutritious breakfast’. Barny and Fred run out of Pebbles Cereal so take their spaceship from Bedrock to Lunarock to find more… ‘ Yabba Dabba Delicious!’ 14 x 9 ins (3 pages)

Another rare art item is Flintstones ‘Mission Ridiculous’ original artwork storyboards from the early 1970s for the animated ad for Post Fruity and Post Cocoa Pebbles cereal ‘The good tasting part of a nutritious breakfast’.

Avengers 1 (1973) Marvel Comics UK. With free gift Wonder-weapon from issue 2. Neat ink address to back cover margin
Avengers 1 (1973) Marvel Comics UK. With free gift Wonder-weapon from issue 2. Neat ink address to back cover margin

For Marvel UK fans, there’s also copies of the 1973 Avengers comic (Issues One and Two as separate lots), both offered with Issue Two’s free cardboard pistol gift – and other MUK lots, too.

The US section highlights examples of Avengers #1 and #2 with Avengers #54 (First Ultron CGCd at 9.6). There are long runs of Daredevil, Fantastic Four and X-Men with fresh copies of Iron Man, Silver Surfer and Tomb Of Dracula.

• Compalcomics holds four auctions a year. Bidding on this auction closes starting at 2.00pm UK time on 4th September 2016. The-saleroom.com continues provide with real time bidding, viewable online, as bids are placed by customers who have registered their details. Results of most auctions are posted online shortly after the closing date.

• If you have a question about any of the items in the catalogue, please send an email to Compalcomics director Malcolm Phillips via comicbook@compalcomics.com

John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a "freelance comics operative", currently working as a freelance editor for TITAN COMICS, as Creative Consultant on the new DAN DARE audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the LAKES INTERNATIONAL COMIC ART FESTIVAL and LANCASTER COMICS DAY. John has worked in British comics publishing for over 30 years, starting out at Marvel UK, where he edited a number of the Genesis 1992 books with Paul Neary. His numerous credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines, where he was Managing Editor. He also edited STRIP Magazine and worked as an editor on several audio comics for ROK Comics, including TEAM M.O.B.I.L.E. and THE BEATLES STORY. Most recently he is writing CRUCIBLE as a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and DEATH DUTY and SKOW DOGS with Dave Hailwood for the digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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