Compalcomics has launched its March auction catalogue of British and US comics, and a huge amount of great comic art, including Black Panther art for Marvel UK, Thunderbirds and Garth art by Frank Bellamy and some other rarities from the Bob Monkhouse Archive.
The star item on offer has to be a copy The Beano No 1 with No1 Flyer, which is estimated to sell for at £9000. Compalcomics say it’s in pretty good shape, too. The first Beano Christmas issue also features in this auction and Beano and Dandy are represented by magnificent bound volumes from the late 1940s and early 1950s.
A fine copy of the second Dandy annual from 1940 and a superb run of The Broons and Oor Wullie rare ‘office copy’ hardbound books complete a very fresh DC Thomson collection.
There’s a near complete run of Mighty Midget ‘Blitz’ books and a full 500 issue run of Eagle comics from Volumes 1-10. A well-worn series of Triumph / Superman issues should attract plenty of interest at No Reserve and there are lots of interplanetary titles including Space Ace, Space Travellers, Buck Rogers, Mystery in Space and Space Comics Captain Valiant.
This catalogue showcases the second part of the Bob Monkhouse Archive collection with original artwork boards of Thunderbirds, the Daily Mirror‘s Garth and “Brett Million’s Ghost World” by Frank Bellamy, “Dan Dare” by Frank Hampson and The Beano’s “Magic Lollipops” by Allan Morley.
The artwork selection also features front covers of Beano and Dandy from the 1950s along with “The Broons” and “Desperate Dan” pages by Dudley Watkins.
Joe Colquhoun’s atmospheric boards of “Charley’s War” from the Battle of the Somme are also here – as is Simon Donald’s completely disrespectful ‘X’ rated Valentine’s Day card artwork for VIZ and Comic Relief in 1988!
The US comics section of the auction features a page of Black Panther original artwork created as an additional opening page for the Marvel UK title Planet of The Apes series in 1975.
This has wrongly been credited to Billy Graham. The pencils are actually by David Wenzel, inked by Duffy Vohland.
British Marvel weekly comics used to split the original Marvel US stories into two (or more) parts, necessitating new splash pages to “bridge” the stories. In the 1970s and 80, these were created in Marvel’s New York offices by different artists, usually those new to the industry) draw those new pages.
For this extra page, both David Wenzel and Duffy Vohland signed the artwork (which can be seen in the margins on pictures posted when the page was previously sold on eBay), as well as an interesting blurb from writer Don McGregor, saying he’d never seen this artwork before! Which is no surprise, since it was only drawn for the British market). The original story credits were retained, which has caused some confusion in the original artwork community.
The US section includes a real rarity in New York World’s Fair #1 from 1938, and it is accompanied by first issues of Buck Rogers, Super Comics and Comics on Parade, all from the late 1930s. Also on offer is the first tranche of a wonderful 1940s higher grade pulp collection including Dime Detective, Jungle Stories, Planet Stories and Weird Tales.
Two further stand-out 50s rarities are Sweethearts 119 (with coveted Marilyn Monroe cover) and Black Rider 8 (#1), where Stan Lee posed for the photo-cover of this first issue. All of you romantics out there have not been forgotten and runs of Personal Love, Sweethearts and New Romances are ready to take you back down memory lane.
The Silver Age promotes a good run of The Amazing Spider-Man issues, right up to CGC #300 with authenticated Tod McFarlane signature. There’s a solid cents Avengers #4 and runs of Batman, Captain America, Fantastic Four, The Incredible Hulk #3, 4, 5 and 6, Strange Tales, Tales of Suspense and The X-Men, with plenty of high grade individual issues amongst them – including a very fresh cowboy collection of Kid Colt Outlaw, Rawhide Kid, Ringo Kid and Two-Gun Kid.
Also in the auction is a copy of Seduction of the Innocent by Fredric Wertham M.D, published by Museum Press in 1956, describing the claimed influence of “horror comics” on today’s youth – a book that was to contribute to the demise of many titles in the US, and impacted comics publishing in the UK, too.
• Due to thesaleroom.com’s three per cent increase levied upon Compalcomics (and everyone else) for internet bidders late last year, note they have had to raise their buyer’s premium by the same amount, from 16% to 19%. The team hope this won’t dissuade regular online bidders unnecessarily as this all-inclusive premium is still one of the lowest in the auction trade
With thanks to David Roach for alerting us to the erroneous Billy Graham accreditation to the Planet of the Apes “Black Panther/ Jungle Action page and Jason Schacter for identifying the actual art team
The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival.
Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. 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 “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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