Britain’s Compal November Comic Book Auctions comics and comic art catalogue has just gone live, showcasing the first part of the Eric Parker archive, an artist who drew Sexton Blake Library covers for over 30 years through to the 1950s. The auction also includes art by Frank Bellamy, Joe Colquhoun, George and Terry Wakefield – and more.
Eric Parker, who also illustrated The Thriller, Cowboy Picture Library, Comet, Sun, Knockout, Ranger and The Soldier, worked for Military Intelligence during World War One – and a taste of his artwork, including a wonderful Sexton Blake cover where he disguised his signature in the shape of a car’s number plate, is at lots 64-68.
Further artworks on offer include a 1937 Coronation story of the newspaper strip Jane signed by Norman Pett, “Heros the Spartan” and Garth by Frank Bellamy, a 1953 Beano cover by Dudley Watkins, “Charley’s War” by Joe Colquhoun, the outlaw Reno Brothers by Denis McLoughlin and, over in the US section, a Sea Devils first appearance page from Showcase #27 by Russ Heath.
Comic Book Auctions are also offering a superb “Dan Dare” Eagle cover by Frank Hampson in aid of Home from Home, a charity who care for over 200 vulnerable children through a network of 36 small family homes across South Africa. The hope is that one day the orphans will either be re-united with their biological families, or failing that, Home from Home will continue to provide them with the best possible foundation to lead happy, successful lives. There will be no 19% buyer’s premium on this charity lot.
Key comics include a rare complete year of Ally Sloper’s Half Holiday from 1899, The Dandy No 4, 6 and 8, The Beano No 6, 7, 11-14 and 21 (the first Christmas Number) and the very first Dandy-Beano Summer Special from 1963.
One of the rarest Classics Illustrated is also on offer – The Argonauts No 163 – there was no US edition.
First issues of Topper, Gene Autry, Hornet, JAG, June, Mandy, Spellbound, POW!, SMASH! and WHAM! are also available to tempt you.
This auction’s US section offers early pulps Weird Tales, Amazing Stories, Dare-Devil Aces, Planet Stories and Science Fiction Quarterly.
The Golden Age includes early Batman, All-Flash, Flash and Sensation Comics, with a good collection of EC Horrors.
The Silver Age boasts a long run of Amazing Spider-Man, Avengers #1, Fantastic Four #1, Captain America, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man, Journey Into Mystery, Silver Surfer and X-Men plus Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman.
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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