London-based Comic Book Auctions (ComPal) November catalogue has just opened for bidding at the-saleroom.com and includes some magnificent artwork boards from the Bob Monkhouse Archive – along with, separately, some rather nifty comics-inspired badges and several “giveaways” from various British comics.
Comedian, game show host Bob Monkhouse started his career in the 1940s as a script writer and comics illustrator and he corresponded with and knew most of his contemporary artists personally. Art from the Archive on offer comprises pieces from 1900 – 1974, including “Ally Sloper” by W F Thomas, Film Fun’s “Terry Thomas” by Terry Wakefield, pages of “Erik The Viking“, “The Trigan Empire“, both by Don Lawrence , and Garth and Thunderbirds pieces by Frank Bellamy.
The Thunderbirds double-page illustration by Frank Bellamy is magnificent and one of his best boards ever to come up for auction.
Complementing this artwork array are further boards including a superb early Dan Dare by Frank Hampson, a Beano cover by Dudley Watkins, Dandy by Jimmy Chrichton and three more original “Charley’s War” boards by Joe Colquhoun, covering a harrowing story from the Battle of the Somme in July 1916.
At the other end of the scale there are four pieces by Viz co-creator, Chris Donald, where “Tommy Johnson’s Big Banana”is sure to appeal.
There are some smashing comics also on offer including Ally SloperNo 1 from 1884 (also from Uncle Bob’s collection), Adventure, Rover and Wizard No 1s – lower grade first issues at lot 11, a high grade Beano Book from 1942 and three Beano and Dandy bound volumes in very fresh condition between 1949 and 1953.
Two Magic Fun Books from the early 1940s are also on offer and attractively estimated to sell.
Buck Rogers, Batman Australian reprints and John Wayne compete for your attention as do lots 109 and 110 where Space Cadets conquer Strange Worlds. Further rarities on offer include Beano No 20, Hotspur 1-10, Sexton Blake Annuals 1-4, Beezer 1 and 2, Solo 1 and 30, Mighty Midget ‘Blitz’ books and a hardback copy of The Broons Book for 1952, especially printed for D.C Thomson’s editor, R D Low.
The US section continues to focus on Golden Age Action,Batman, Detective and Superman comics alongside Hollywood Heart-Throbs, Film Star Funsters and Lonesome Cowboys. Thre’s some great EC titles, too.
The 1960s start with a brilliant run of Amazing Spider-Man from 1-400, Avengers, Conan, Daredevil, Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Journey Into Mystery, Tales of Suspense and X-Men, with DC’s Action, Adventure, JLA, Lois Lane, Rip Hunter right through to Batman – The Cult first prints.
The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a "freelance comics operative", working as an editor, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival.
John has worked in British comics publishing for over 30 years. His credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel UK and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines. He also edited STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics, including Team M.O.B.I.L.E. and The Beatles Story. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare” for Tian Books.
He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.
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