Amazing Fantasy 15 (1962) with Stan Lee signature to splash page margin and photograph of original owner with Stan Lee at Excel Centre Comic Con Sunday Feb 16th 2012 where the comic was signed Good cover gloss, Biro '6' to cover and light blue colour touch to Spider-Man's eyes, villain's eyes and ankle sock. 1 inch margin tear to page 25

Amazing Fantasy #15, and rare “pulped” Beano, offered by Compalcomics

Amazing Fantasy 15 (1962) with Stan Lee signature to splash page margin and photograph of original owner with Stan Lee at Excel Centre Comic Con Sunday Feb 16th 2012 where the comic was signed Good cover gloss, Biro '6' to cover and light blue colour touch to Spider-Man's eyes, villain's eyes and ankle sock. 1 inch margin tear to page 25
Amazing Fantasy #15 (1962) with Stan Lee signature to splash page margin and photograph of original owner with Stan Lee at Excel Centre Comic Con Sunday 16th February 2012 where the comic was signed

The May/June Compalcomics catalogue has just launched, offering a host of British comics goodies – both comics and art – for auction, alongside many US comic offerings, too including a copy of Spider-Man‘s first appearance in Amazing Fantasy #15, signed by Stan Lee.

In all, there are 302 lots in the catalogue, an auction showcases the third part of the Bob Monkhouse Archive collection with original artwork boards of “Thunderbirds” from TV21, Garth from the Mirror and “Dan Dare” from Eagle by Frank Bellamy – and Ron Turner’s splendid re-creation artwork in 1986 of his original Vargo Statten science fiction cover from 1951.

Dan Dare original artwork painted and signed by Frank Bellamy for The Eagle Volume 11, No 15 page 2 (9th April 1960). Dan and Pierre blast off in Nimbus Two in search of the wreck of her sister ship.  From the Bob Monkhouse archive
Dan Dare original artwork painted and signed by Frank Bellamy for The Eagle Volume 11, No 15 page 2 (9th April 1960). Dan and Pierre blast off in Nimbus Two in search of the wreck of her sister ship. From the Bob Monkhouse archive
Thunderbirds original double page artwork (1967) drawn, painted and signed by Frank Bellamy for TV Century 21 No 105, 1967.  From the Bob Monkhouse archive.  Carrying a priceless shipment, Deathprobe 1's controls are jammed and the pilot is refused permission to abort ... Thunderbirds 2 and 3 are go ...
Thunderbirds original double page artwork (1967) drawn, painted and signed by Frank Bellamy for TV Century 21 No 105, 1967. From the Bob Monkhouse archive. Carrying a priceless shipment, Deathprobe 1’s controls are jammed and the pilot is refused permission to abort … Thunderbirds 2 and 3 are go …
Three original consecutive “Garth” artworks (1973) drawn and signed by Frank Bellamy from the Daily Mirror 6-9th October 1973. From the Bob Monkhouse archive.  High priestess, Tiahuaca, sets a fiery trap for Garth and Atacama …
Three original consecutive “Garth” artworks (1973) drawn and signed by Frank Bellamy from the Daily Mirror 6-9th October 1973. From the Bob Monkhouse archive. High priestess, Tiahuaca, sets a fiery trap for Garth and Atacama …

If it’s really good value you’re after, look no further than lot 123, estimated at £40-60. It’s the Beano comic No 3260 from 2005. The original 200,000 copy print run was destroyed as a certain French footballer was lampooned within.

All 200,000 distribution copies of the original Beano 3260 were destroyed. The "Henry Thierry" character featured in the comic's regular Ball Boy strip bore many resemblances to the Arsenal player. He was French, had a shaved head and wore a red football strip. In the story, the character was sent off during a match and takes an early bath. He also says ‘Va-va-voom’! Editor, Euan Kerr, said at the time: 'In the cold light of day, we felt it might cause offence and we did not want to do that so the issue was reprinted with a replacement cartoon strip'. Only a few copies were retained by DC Thomson for reference.
All 200,000 distribution copies of the original Beano 3260 were destroyed. The “Henry Thierry” character featured in the comic’s regular Ball Boy strip bore many resemblances to the Arsenal player. He was French, had a shaved head and wore a red football strip. In the story, the character was sent off during a match and takes an early bath. He also says ‘Va-va-voom’! Editor, Euan Kerr, said at the time: “In the cold light of day, we felt it might cause offence and we did not want to do that so the issue was reprinted with a replacement cartoon strip.”. Only a few copies were retained by DC Thomson for reference.

The artwork selection also features front covers of Beano and Dandy by Dudley Watkins and Jimmy Chrichton with three of Joe Colquhoun’s atmospheric boards of “Charley’s War” in an episode for the war comic, Battle, set during the Battle of the Somme.

Three original “Charley's War” artworks by Joe Colquhoun from Battle 614 (1984).  The Battle of the Somme July 1916. One of Charley Bourne's comrades, Lonely, rushes headlong into no-man's land harbouring a terrible secret …
Three original “Charley’s War” artworks by Joe Colquhoun from Battle 614 (1984). The Battle of the Somme July 1916. One of Charley Bourne’s comrades, Lonely, rushes headlong into no-man’s land harbouring a terrible secret …

Key items on offer in this auction are The Beano No 2 and the Dandy No 2, this followed by its rare Jumping Frog free gift in a separate lot (Froggy’s eighty-two – and still jumping).

Dandy Issue 2
Dandy Issue 2
Dandy Issue 2 Free G
Dandy Comic No 2 free gift Jumping Frog (1937). In full working order, 82-year-old Froggy still jumps! Only a few examples survive

The first Christmas number of The Beano, No. 21 is also on offer, along with early propaganda war issue complete years. Look out for The Beano bound volume of 1943!

There are 10 complete bound volumes of The Eagle on offer, with an extra copy of No. 1 thrown in, all in the same lot and Compalcomics are delighted to offer some rarities from the Peter Hansen Archive, including Bulldog Brittain Commando, Gallant Adventure, Hal Starr in Strange Worlds, Spaceman, Super-Sonic (featuring art by “Jeff Hawke” co-creator Sydney Jordan) and True Life Adventures.

Striking covers for Super-Sonic, published in the 1950s by Sports Cartoons Ltd. Featuring art by “Jeff Hawke” co-creator Sydney Jordan. From the Peter Hansen Archive
Striking covers for Super-Sonic, published in the 1950s by Sports Cartoons Ltd. Featuring art by “Jeff Hawke” co-creator Sydney Jordan. From the Peter Hansen Archive

“Time to move some stuff on,” says Peter. “I’m not getting any younger and this era of original British comic history is not really widely known to most British comic fans. It’s heralded the start of careers such [greats] as Don Lawrence, Ron Embleton, Jim Holdaway, Terry Patrick, Gerry Embleton, and many others.”

Wild Young Dirky” by Dudley Watkins ran for three complete stories in The Topper between 1954 and 1956 and all 40 pages of the printer’s proofs are offered. Other notable attractions include Jane’s Journal by Norman Pett, Wonderman and Oh Boy!, a fresh copy of Hurricane No 1, the Australian edition of Daredevil No 1 – and a comprehensive run of Super-Detective library including the first issue.

The first issue of the Australian edition of Marvel’s Daredevil 1 (1964 Horwitz Publ. Sydney)
The first issue of the Australian edition of Marvel’s Daredevil 1 (1964 Horwitz Publ. Sydney)

The US section highlights Amazing Fantasy #15, signed to the splash page by Stan Lee and Amazing Spider-Man #1-100. A run of pulps continues in this offer, including Fantastic Adventures, Jungle Stories, Planet Stories and Weird Tales – and look out for Golden Age Action Comics #28 and Superman #13 in mid grades.

The catalogue is open for bidding at The-Saleroom.com |  You can also browse and search auction lots at the Compalcomics website at www.compalcomics.com

• Bidding closes on Sunday 2nd June 2019 starting at 2.00 PM UK time. If you have any questions about items in this auction, please send an email to Compalcomics Director Malcolm Phillips comicbook@compalcomics.com

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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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