Compal Comics have just launched their August/September auction catalogue – and as usual there are some great items on offer, including a terrific “Judge Dredd” 2000AD cover by Mick McMahon, more original art by Frank Bellamy, a Dandy No.1 – and some rare US BATMANIA zines from the early 1960s.
This auction showcases a further tranche from the Bob Monkhouse Archive with original artwork boards of “Heros The Spartan“, “Fraser of Africa” and “Garth” by Frank Bellamy, “Karl The Viking” by Don Lawrence and “Our Gang” double page boards by Dudley Watkins from The Dandy No 67, published in 1939.
Further artworks on offer include a Dandy “Korky The Cat” front cover from 1961, four of Joe Colquhoun’s atmospheric boards of “Charley’s War” introducing writer, Pat Mills’ French Foreign Legionnaire, ‘Blue’.
A highlight is an iconic Judge Dredd cover from 2000AD by Mike McMahon, the Buffalo Bill AnnualNo 13 front and back covers painted and signed by Denis McLoughlin, a Sexton Blake Library cover artwork by Eric Parker, the Classic X-Men #14 back cover drawn and signed by John Bolton – and two further 2000AD artworks by Bryan Talbot.
Key comics include The Dandy No.1 with No 1 Flyer, issues 5, 6, 7, 9 and 18, the first April Fool Number, The BeanoNos 4 and 9, Dick Boss in Texas No 2, a copy of Oz Magazine1, which are very hard to find, Rocket 1-32 (with “Robbie The Robot” from Forbidden Planet) and the complete 303 issue run of Express Weekly / T.V. Express, in seven bound volumes. A first issue of Marvel UK’s Star Wars Weekly, published in 1978, is also on offer, with free X-Wing gift.
There are some great lots of British girls comics on offer too, including the first issues of Tina and Princess Tina, both published in 1967 in one lot, and a large number of other fist issues in another; and a first issue of DC Thomson’s much sought after Spellbound No.1, bundled with a first issue of Scream.
There are war years high grade Magic-Beano books and Dandy Monster Comics, all at No Reserve, the first 24 Lilliput magazines, a run of scarce 6d Polybooks from 1946 with brilliant art-deco covers – and T V Boardman Pocket Readers.
Also on offer are Australian reprints of Batman and Superman with many Space Travellers, Space Captain Valiant and a full range of L. Miller and WDL Cowboys, the pick of which must be the complete 18 issue run of Phantom Ranger with Walt Howarth painted covers.
The US section offers early Pulp titles including Amazing Stories, Captain Future, Famous Fantastic Mysteries, Future Fiction, Planet Stories, Weird Tales and the first 65 issues of Startling Stories from 1935-1950.
The Silver Age highlights early CGC runs of Amazing Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, Journey into Mystery, Tales of Suspense and Hawkman.
However, the standout rarity is the 1-16+ run of BATMANIA fanzines from 1964. They were written, illustrated and produced by Billy J White in Columbia, Missouri, and were so detailed and influential at the time that DC editor, Julius Schwartz, publicised the first issue in Batman #169.
• Bidding closes on 1st September 2019. Click here to place bids at The-Saleroom.. You can also browse auction lots here on Compalcomics
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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