Wartime Beano Bonanza, rare Captain America reprint, Mickey Mouse Weekly #1 and more in latest Compal comics auction

Compal Auction - Winter 2016

There’s plenty for the dedicated British comics collector to savour in the latest ComPal comic book auction, with bidding via the-saleroom.com running until 27th November 2016. While there aren’t many art items on offer this time around, there are some fantastic items, including individual Beano comics from 1941 between numbers 128-159, a near full run of Britain’s Mickey Mouse Weekly from Numbers 1-66 and some scarce UK reprints from the 1950s, including Planet Comics issues 1-5, Captain America Number One, published by L. Miller in 1954, and Radio Fun’s centre-page Superman issues.

Beano 103, published in 1940. Inside, Pansy Potter takes on German paratroopers - and wins!
Beano 103, published in 1940. Inside, Pansy Potter takes on German paratroopers – and wins!
Britain's Mickey Mouse Weekly Number One, published in 1936, Introducing Mickey, Donald and the Disney Gang in the first photogravure printed comic. This lot includes the free gifts - a Mickey Mouse Transfer-O-S Easter Egg transfer set (four pages) in their original 1930s envelope; and Mickey Mouse Club News Numbers 5 and 10.
Britain’s Mickey Mouse Weekly Number One, published in 1936, Introducing Mickey, Donald and the Disney Gang in the first photogravure printed comic. This lot includes the free gifts – a Mickey Mouse Transfer-O-S Easter Egg transfer set (four pages) in their original 1930s envelope; and Mickey Mouse Club News Numbers 5 and 10.

Also of interest to downthetubes readers will be lots offering copies of 1970s girls comic Misty, 1960s comic WHAM!, a good run of TV Century 21 at a reasonable starting price and full year runs of early Eagle comics featuring “Dan Dare”, “Luck of the Legion”, the all 39 issues of Captain Britain Weekly and more.

Just a few of the issues of TV Century 21 on offer in the ComPal Winter 2016 auction
Just a few of the issues of TV Century 21 on offer in the ComPal Winter 2016 auction
Captain Britain Weekly Issues 1 - 39
Captain Britain Weekly Issues 1 – 39
Misty comics
Misty comics

ComPal’s September catalogue saw the sale of Magic Fun Book 2 (1942) for £1250, another gem from the Brenda Butler Archive, with £700 for The Dandy Monster Comic 1945, (the one with Desperate Dan racing downhill on two logs) and £720 for a 1952 Broons Book in high grade. Brenda’s archive provides more rarities in this auction, including the first two releases of the Beano Book, offered at the highest grade ever offered at auction. 1942’s Beano Book 3 is also to go under the hammer, along with the scarce Magic Fun Book 1 and war years Dandy Monster Comics.

Beano Book Number One (1940). Pansy Potter balances the Beano gang. From the Brenda Butler archive
Beano Book Number One (1940). Pansy Potter balances the Beano gang. From the Brenda Butler archive
Beano Book 2 (1941). Big Eggo hatches the Beano characters. From the Brenda Butler archive. This 1941 annual looks unread and is the highest graded example ever offered at auction.
Beano Book 2 (1941). Big Eggo hatches the Beano characters. From the Brenda Butler archive. This 1941 annual looks unread and is the highest graded example ever offered at auction.
Beano Book Number 3 (1942). Big Eggo is in a spin!
Beano Book Number 3 (1942). Big Eggo is in a spin!

And don’t miss Desperate Dan’s first ever annual, this edition with a scarce cover misprint where the colour yellow was not used and Dan’s shirt is pink instead of red (don’t tell Auntie Aggie!).

This first Desperate Dan Annual has a scarce cover misprint, where the colour yellow was not used and Dan’s shirt is pink instead of red.
This first Desperate Dan Annual has a scarce cover misprint, where the colour yellow was not used and Dan’s shirt is pink instead of red.
International Times (published in 1968-69). Issues 35, 38-49, 57, 59-66 are on offer (65 and 66 complete with Plug & Socket music issue supplements). Reporting on John Lennon's 'To Yoko' art exhibition, John Lennon letters in IT. Black Panthers, the Stones in Hyde Park, John Peel's Perfumed Garden, Doors interview, Byrds, Jefferson Airplane, Norman Mailer on love and censorship, Mothers of Invention, Acid Rock, Wonder Woman alternative comic strip 'What turns the Mighty Maiden On?' T.Rex. Issue 60 Moon Landing cover by Mike McInnery, Brian Jones obituary, Pretty Things and not so pretty things ....
International Times (published in 1968-69). Issues 35, 38-49, 57, 59-66 are on offer (65 and 66 complete with Plug & Socket music issue supplements). Reporting on John Lennon’s ‘To Yoko’ art exhibition, John Lennon letters in IT. Black Panthers, the Stones in Hyde Park, John Peel’s Perfumed Garden, Doors interview, Byrds, Jefferson Airplane, Norman Mailer on love and censorship, Mothers of Invention, Acid Rock, Wonder Woman alternative comic strip ‘What turns the Mighty Maiden On?’ T.Rex. Issue 60 Moon Landing cover by Mike McInnery, Brian Jones obituary, Pretty Things and not so pretty things ….

ComPal’s first run of the alternative magazine International Times exceeded all expectations in September (14 issues sold for £420) and the next tranche on offer in this auction, with an issue that includes an alternate Wonder Woman strip bound to bring surprise.

Also included is another well-known, some would say infamous alternate title, Oz Magazine (Issues 2, 4, 6 and 7) and several of Frendz – perfect Christmas presents for everyone into the highly collectable, subversive, right-on journalism of the late 1960s, perhaps?

Radio Fun 'Superman' issues (1959-60) 1959: Sept 12, 26. 1960: 38 issues between Jan 6 - Dec 31. All with US Superman double-page reprints.
Radio Fun ‘Superman’ issues (1959-60) 1959: Sept 12, 26. 1960: 38 issues between Jan 6 – Dec 31. All with US Superman double-page reprints.
Captain America 1 (1954), the British L. Miller reprint of US Captain America #77 with John Romita cover and story art. With The Human Torch by Dick Ayres.
Captain America 1 (1954), the British L. Miller reprint of US Captain America #77 with John Romita cover and story art. With The Human Torch by Dick Ayres.

As well as the rare L. Miller Captain America Number One reprint, the US section starts with some low grade Golden Age issues including All-Flash #21, Batman #31 and #84, Blue Bolt #11 and Detective #82, all at No Reserve.

Batman #31 from 1945 - what a great cover!
Batman #31 from 1945 – what a great cover!

Avengers #1, Amazing Spider-Man #129, Iron Man #1, Silver Surfer #1 and a cents copy of Doctor Strange #169 are some of the keys on offer with strong runs of Avengers, Daredevil, Fantastic Four, Journey Into Mystery, Strange Tales and Tales To Astonish. Plus, some high quality Marvel Magazines from the early 1970s, including titles Deadly Hands Of Kung-Fu, Haunt Of Horror, Monsters Of The Movies, The Spirit and Unknown Worlds Of Science Fiction, all steadily increasing in value.

• Go to the-saleroom.com to place bids. Bidding ends 27th November 2016. You can also browse the November Catalogue on the ComPal site – click here for the Catalogue main page

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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