The latest Compal Comics auction has gone live, and their February – March 2020 offering not only includes some great classic comics, including early issues of Beano and Dandy, as well as a copy of Amazing Spider-Man #1, but plenty of great art too, by creators such as Frank Bellamy, Joe Colquhoun and Dudley Watkins.
This auction highlights a scarce collection of 1939 Magic comic, the third comics title produced by DC Thomson after The Dandy and Beano. Offered are issues 1 – 5, along with the scarce Magic No 1 promotional flyer, an eight-page mini-comic in its own right) and a rare piece of Chick Gordon’s artwork from Magic No 2.
“This is an unrivalled opportunity to get these first five issues in one fell swoop,” suggests Compal’s Malcolm Phillips.
The Dandy 8 and 9 and Beano early issues between 6 and 20 are also in the auction, along with an artwork by Bill Creighton for a Dandy front cover starring Korky and a box of cigars.
Artwork in this auction includes two magnificent consecutive boards of TV Century 21’s “Thunderbirds” and two sets of Garth from the Daily Mirror, all by Frank Bellamy. Further original boards include Jane by Norman Pett, “Charley’s War” depicting the horrors of the Somme by Joe Colquhoun, “Dan Dare” by Frank Hampson from Eagle, and “Oor Wullie” by Dudley Watkins, both from the Bob Monkhouse archive, Don Lawrence’s “The Rise and Fall of the Trigan Empire”, 1940s Sexton Blake Library covers by Eric Parker and a “Doc Holliday” double page board by Denis McLoughlin from Buffalo Bill Annual No 8 from 1956.
Also featured are L. Miller’s scarce Captain Marvel Christmas issue, photogravure ‘pilot’ issues of Captain Midnight, Don Winslow and Nyoka, Eagle No 1, Cyclops 1-4, the controversial Nasty Tales 1-7, including the trail issue, Kit Carson 1 and 2, Superman Australian reprints and the first 100 Roy Rogers comics from WDL. Not forgetting a complete year of Ally Sloper’s Half-Holiday from 1893, and a bound volume of the first thirteen Picture Post magazines from 1938.
The US section offers early pulps Weird Tales, Amazing Stories, Future, Science Fiction and Unknown with Golden Age Superman, Boy Commandos, Detective Comics, Jungle, Star-Spangled Comics and Durango Kid #1-16, all with Frank Frazetta’s “Dan Brand and Tipi” strips.
The Silver Age selection includes Amazing Spider-Man #1, AS-M #60 in CGC 9.6, Avengers #1, The Incredible Hulk #1, a run of Fantastic Four mid/high grade CGC issues with further runs of Atom, Detective, Green Lantern, House of Mystery and Secrets (including #92), Tales of the Unexpected, Witching Hour and a scarce collection of US fanzines including Batmania, FOOM and Spa-Fon.
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