Kings Langley-based Excalibur Auctions hosts an online-only massive sale of Marvel, DC and independent comics later today (Saturday 15th May 2021), starting at 10.00am.
Alongside some American comic goodies, including early issues of The Amazing Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, Suberboy, and more, also on offer are single issues of Marvel UK’s Captain Britain weekly, launched in 1976, including two copies of the first issue complete with Free Gift mask.
Excalibur Auctions is a family-owned auction house established in February 2016 by husband and wife Jonathan and Sarah Torode, which runs frequent auctions of interest to downthetubes readers, including comics, movie collectibles and more.
They’ve been running successful comic auctions since January 2019, after entering the marketplace with a fairly large ‘Kapow’ with some key titles including an Amazing Fantasy #15, featuring Spider-Man’s first appearance, which sold for a staggering £17,900 (including Buyers Premium).
“This is an area in which we have continually surpassed market expectations,” say the team, “priding ourselves on our cataloguing and photographing to give all buyers worldwide the confidence to buy.”
Their next Vintage Toys and Model Railways Auction is on 29th May and all being well, will be held in-person. On offer will be a huge collection of Dinky and Corgi toys available including Batmobiles, James Bond Aston Martins and Thunderbirds consignments.
The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Explorer (previously known as Star Trek Magazine) and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”.
He’s the writer of "Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies" for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.