TV, Film-inspired classic comics and a Spider-Man “Bop Bag” among latest Phil-Comics auction goodies this month

With over 600 vintage comic listings, from the 1920s through to the 2000s, there’s something for most collectors in the latest Phil-Comics eBay auction this week; comics, annuals, holiday specials, books, free gifts, poster magazines, picture libraries and more.

British Star Wars Official Collectors Edition Magazine 1977

British Star Wars Official Collectors Edition Magazine 1977

Marvel Special Edition #1 (1977) - Star Wars

Marvel Special Edition #1 (1977) – Star Wars

While there’s the usual mix of classic comics, including Beano, Dandy, Buster Specials, Wham! and more on offer, there are also a number of TV and film inspired rarities on offer, including an early Marvel UK Star Wars Special, published in 1977, and an near equally Marvel US Star Wars “Treasury Edition” Collection reprinting early strips in a large format edition.

There are some great lots of the 1970s Gerry Anderson TV series dominated Countdown comic, too, and a number of sticker albums and more, too.

Battle Picture Library Holiday Special comic 1972

Battle Picture Library Holiday Special comic 1972

Battle Picture Weekly comic Issue 1 - cover dated 8th March 1975

Along with an opportunity to get your hands on the first ever issue of Battle Picture Weekly, this auction also features copies of Marvel UK’s foray into war comics, Fury, the first issue featuring a cover by Dave Gibbons. Also on offer is an copy of Issue Three of the title, complete with free gift – a stunning D-Day poster featuring art by legendary aviation artist Frank Wooton.

The art, which is actually printed quite dark in comparison with later prints and other uses, such as the cover of Norman Frank’s 2003 book, Typhoons Attack, is an imaginary scene of retreating German army units being attacked by British fighter-bombers in the aftermath of the Allied invasion of northern France in 1944.

A full run of the comic is offered, over three lots.

Marvel UK's Fury Issue, cover dated 30th March 1977, with free poster gift

Marvel UK’s Fury Issue, cover dated 30th March 1977, with free poster gift

Fury Issue One, cover dated 16th March 1977 - cover by Dave Gibbons

Fury Issue One, cover dated 16th March 1977 – cover by Dave Gibbons

Along with US comics, there’s a very rare Spider-Man “Bop Bag” on offer – an original 1979 boxed merchandise item. Similar “bouncing balloons” were advertised for sale in 1970s UK Marvel comics, but this item, produced in Taiwan seems hard to find.

Amazing Spider-Man "Bop Bag", a Jotastar play-safe toy made in Taiwan. Similar "bouncing balloons" were advertised for sale in 1970s UK Marvel comics

Amazing Spider-Man “Bop Bag”, a Jotastar play-safe toy made in Taiwan. Similar “bouncing balloons” were advertised for sale in 1970s UK Marvel comics

Run by Phil Shrimpton, Phil Comics specialises in vintage comics and related items such as annuals, holiday specials, free gifts and original artwork.

Holding monthly eBay auctions, often with 500+ listings, they aim to bring a diverse array of items – and are always on the lookout for vintage comic collections, either to buy or auction on commission.

Here’s just some of the items on offer this time out, with lots closing for bids from Thursday onwards – view all the lots here in eBay

Countdown comic issues 40 - 55

Countdown comic issues 40 – 55

2000AD Comic Progs 20-29 (1977)

2000AD Comic Progs 20-29 (1977)

Cor!! Issue One, cover dated 6th June 1970

Cor!! Issue One, cover dated 6th June 1970

Tina Issue 1, cover dated 25th February 1967

Tina Issue 1, cover dated 25th February 1967

TV Comic Issue 1292, cover dated 18th September 1976, with free gift Doctor Who comic

TV Comic Issue 1292, cover dated 18th September 1976, with free gift Doctor Who comic

Stingray Sticker Fun Book, published by World Distributors in 1965

Stingray Sticker Fun Book, published by World Distributors in 1965

Monster Fun Issue One, cover dated 14th June 1975

Monster Fun Issue One, cover dated 14th June 1975

Beano Issue 1971, cover dated 26th April 1980 with Gnasher Glove Puppet Free Gift

Beano Issue 1971, cover dated 26th April 1980 with Gnasher Glove Puppet Free Gift

It seems no-one told the editorial team that the Incredible Hulk was green when they created this cover for Smash Issue 17, cover dated 28th May 1966

It seems no-one told the editorial team that the Incredible Hulk was green when they created this cover for Smash Issue 17, cover dated 28th May 1966

Valiant Comic Space Special Book 1968

Valiant Comic Space Special Book 1968

Wham Issues 1, 4, 12 (1964) Incomplete

Wham Issues 1, 4, 12 (1964) Incomplete

New Musical Express Summer Extra Special featuring The Beatles (1960s)

New Musical Express Summer Extra Special featuring The Beatles (1960s)

TV Century 21 Issue 57, cover dated 19th February 1966

TV Century 21 Issue 57, cover dated 19th February 1966

Star Trek Sticker Fun Book 1969, published by World Distributors

Star Trek Sticker Fun Book 1969, published by World Distributors

Giant War Picture Library Issue 68 (1965)

Giant War Picture Library Issue 68 (1965)

Mystery in Space #92 - June 1964

Mystery in Space #92 – June 1964

Daredevil #9 - August 1965

Daredevil #9 – August 1965

The Spectacular Spider-Man comic #1 - July 1968 - published by Marvel US

The Spectacular Spider-Man comic #1 – July 1968 – published by Marvel US

The Spectacular Spider-Man comic #2 - November 1968 - published by Marvel US

The Spectacular Spider-Man comic #2 – November 1968 – published by Marvel US

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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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