Latest ComPalComics offers Doctor Who and Ken Reid comic art, VIZ dummy, classic British comics – with free gifts! – and more

ComPalComics August 2020 auction catalogue

ComPalComics August 2020 auction catalogue has just gone live and includes perhaps one of the last ever pieces of Faceache comic art drawn by Ken Reid, Doctor Who comic art by Gerry Haylock, Garth art by Frank Bellamy and, of course, some fantastic vintage comics from both the UK and US.

This auction is chock full of British comics with their scarce free gifts, from the 1900s -1970s. They include Boys’ Friend, Boys’ Magazine, Boys’ Herald, Modern Boy, School-Days, Express Weekly, Roxy, Marilyn, Cherie, Fabulous, Fantastic, Terrific, Hurricane, Joe 90, Ranger, Sparky (but the balloon’s a bit stuck together), Solo, TV Tornado, TV Century 21, Action and Countdown, many of them first issues.

Lion No 1 (1952) with free gift Sports Stars in Action booklet
Lion No 1 (1952) with free gift Sports Stars in Action booklet
Express Weekly (1956-58) 115, 198, 115 with free gift  Sky Screamer, 198 with free gift Wild West Card Set of 25 cards complete (and collected from several further issues)
Express Weekly (1956-58) 115, 198, 115 with free gift Sky Screamer, 198 with free gift Wild West Card Set of 25 cards complete (and collected from several further issues)
Ranger No 1 (1965) with free gift - a  BOAC VC 10 Booklet
Ranger No 1 (1965) with free gift – a BOAC VC 10 Booklet
Sparky No 1 (1965) with Flying Snorter Free gift and original four page Flyer for No 1
Sparky No 1 (1965) with Flying Snorter Free gift and original four page Flyer for No 1
Fantastic No 1 (1967) wfg Fantastic Pennant Wallet and all 8 cut-out colour pennants: Amazing Spider-Man, Hulk, Iron Man, Nick Fury, Thing, Thor and X-Men. (Auctioneer’s note: There were only three cut-out pennants with Fantastic No 1, the other 5 were collected from editions of Wham!, Smash!, and Pow!). With Eagle Flyer for Fantastic No 1
Fantastic No 1 (1967) Fantastic Pennant Wallet free gift and all eight cut-out colour pennants: Amazing Spider-Man, Hulk, Iron Man, Nick Fury, Thing, Thor and X-Men. (Auctioneer’s note: There were only three cut-out pennants with Fantastic No 1, the other five were collected from editions of Wham!, Smash!, and Pow!). With Eagle Flyer for Fantastic No 1
JOE 90 (1969) 1, 2 with free gift W.I.N. Coderpass (mint and unwritten), 3 with free gift W.I.N. Agent's Badge and a complete set of 6 W.I.N. Badges as given away with Kellogg's Sugar Smacks and advertised on the back page of Valiant 7 December 1968, all included here, with TV 21 & JOE 90 No 1 (1969) with free gift - three stamps of Soccer Stars in Action
JOE 90 (1969) 1, 2 with free gift W.I.N. Coderpass (mint and unwritten), 3 with free gift W.I.N. Agent’s Badge and a complete set of six W.I.N. Badges as given away with Kellogg’s Sugar Smacks and advertised on the back page of Valiant 7 December 1968, all included here, with TV 21 & JOE 90 No 1 (1969) with free gift – three stamps of Soccer Stars in Action
TV Century 21 No 218 with free gift 'Ready to Fly' Strato Streak
TV Century 21 No 218 with free gift ‘Ready to Fly’ Strato Streak
Countdown (1971) 1-6 with all free gifts from each issue comprising The Giant Spacefact Wallchart and 24 stamps uncut and as new
Countdown (1971) 1-6 with all free gifts from each issue comprising The Giant Spacefact Wallchart and 24 stamps uncut and as new

One major rarity is a VIZ photocopy “dummy” No 1 (1984) with four signed letters.

Commissioned from founder Chris Donald in 1984 this prototype ‘No 1’ was sent to a major publisher who wanted to publish VIZ. According to one of the letters signed by Chris, they went all “scared-y-cat”, wanting to tone it down and add their own content. Chris refused – and this 24 page photocopy dummy No 1 remained unpublished.

VIZ Dummy No. 1
VIZ Dummy No. 1

A further two signed letters confirm Chris Donald’s deal with Virgin Books, “small scale compared to the other rumpus” for VIZ to be published every two months.

The letters were all addressed to Mick Kidd of Biff Productions, whose “Cathedrals of Tomorrow” strip was central to the dummy No 1.

Bulk lots of early issues of VIZ are also included in the auction.

There’s also a super TV Tornado Secret Agent competition prize, a Tommy Buster Repeater Gun, as new, in its original box with Congratulations card.

TV Tornado Tommy Buster Repeater Gun prize in Secret Agents Competition detailed in TV Tornado No 3 (1967). The gun also fires caps and is unused and in its original box with TV Tornado congratulations card and photocopy Competition Page. There were over 17,500 entries in the competition
TV Tornado Tommy Buster Repeater Gun prize in Secret Agents Competition detailed in TV Tornado No 3 (1967). The gun also fires caps and is unused and in its original box with TV Tornado congratulations card and photocopy Competition Page. There were over 17,500 entries in the competition
Rare copies of The Dandy, published in 1944
Rare copies of The Dandy, published in 1944
Beano (1945) 249-274. Complete year in bound volume. Propaganda war issues First 'Six Brands for Bonnie Prince Charlie' double page spread by Dudley Watkins with Lord Snooty, Strang the Terrible, Tom Thumb and Pansy Potter
Beano (1945) 249-274. Complete year in bound volume. Propaganda war issues. First ‘Six Brands for Bonnie Prince Charlie’ double page spread by Dudley Watkins with Lord Snooty, Strang the Terrible, Tom Thumb and Pansy Potter

A good selection of high grade bound volumes is also being offered, including the complete year of Beano 1945 with its propaganda war issues, The Dandy year of 1952, Knockout, complete for 1962 (and including the last issue up to February 1963) and a Paget publications 1948-49 volume that includes the titles Comic Wonder, Funny Cuts, Oh Boy! Wonderman, Premier, Pep and Zest, with 30 odd further single issues.

Black Knight 1 (1955 L Miller)
Black Knight 1 (1955 L Miller)
Dan Dare Interplanetary Stamp Folder (1953). Lifebuoy Soap giveaway. Complete with all 32 stamps
Dan Dare Interplanetary Stamp Folder (1953). Lifebuoy Soap giveaway. Complete with all 32 stamps

Magic 10, 11 and 12 are also in the mix, along with L Miller’s Black Knight No 1 and runs of Batman, Superman and Super Adventure Australian reprints. (An Australian copy of Batman No 1 went for £3,050 in ComPalComics June auction with subsequent Batman issues up to No 10 going for hundreds of pounds each).

A copy of the controversial Schoolkids Issue of OZ with Robert Crumb’s strip (sic) of Rupert being jolly naughty in its central pages is also in this auction.

British comics artwork in the auction includes “Garth” and “Thunderbirds” by Frank Bellamy, “Riders of the Range” by Frank Humphris, “Doctor Who” by Gerry Haylock and “The Trigan Empire” by Don Lawrence.

Sexton Blake - “The Mystery of Squadron X” cover artwork by Eric Parker (1940s) from Sexton Blake Library No 53. From the Eric Parker Archive. Poster colour on board 20 x 17 ins
Sexton Blake – “The Mystery of Squadron X” cover artwork by Eric Parker (1940s) from Sexton Blake Library No 53. From the Eric Parker Archive. Poster colour on board 20 x 17 ins
Sexton Blake - “The Man from Chungking” original artwork by Eric Parker for Sexton Blake Library No 130 (1946), booklet included. Poster colour on board. 16 x 13 ins
Sexton Blake – “The Man from Chungking” original artwork by Eric Parker for Sexton Blake Library No 130 (1946), booklet included. Poster colour on board. 16 x 13 ins
Five wartime sketches (1918-45) painted, four signed by Eric Parker. From the Eric Parker Archive Black ink and wash, highlighted with white. 11 x 9 ins, 14 x 12 ins
Five wartime sketches (1918-45) painted, four signed by Eric Parker. From the Eric Parker Archive Black ink and wash, highlighted with white. 11 x 9 ins, 14 x 12 ins
“Riders of the Range” original artwork drawn and painted by Angus Scott for Eagle Volume 2 No 39 (early 1950s) starring Jeff Arnold and his side-kick, Luke. The board has worn, rounded corners not affecting the art, six of the word balloons not inked in. Watercolour on board. 16 x 18 ins
“Riders of the Range” original artwork drawn and painted by Angus Scott for Eagle Volume 2 No 39 (early 1950s) starring Jeff Arnold and his side-kick, Luke. The board has worn, rounded corners not affecting the art, six of the word balloons not inked in. Watercolour on board. 16 x 18 ins
Guns in the Valley original double-page artwork (1956) drawn and painted by Denis McLoughlin from the Buffalo Bill Wild West Annual No 8, 1956. Fresh poster colour on board. 20 x 14 ins
Guns in the Valley original double-page artwork (1956) drawn and painted by Denis McLoughlin from the Buffalo Bill Wild West Annual No 8, 1956. Fresh poster colour on board. 20 x 14 ins
Thunderbirds original double-page artwork drawn, painted and signed by Frank Bellamy from TV Century 21 No 64 (1966). Virgil jumps for his life as the International Rescue Machine is charged by the crazed rhinoceros… Some minor fading to the Pelikan inks. 27 x 19 ins.
Thunderbirds original double-page artwork drawn, painted and signed by Frank Bellamy from TV Century 21 No 64 (1966). Virgil jumps for his life as the International Rescue Machine is charged by the crazed rhinoceros… Some minor fading to the Pelikan inks. 27 x 19 ins.
“A Discreditable Exercise” original double-page artwork by Frank Bellamy painted and signed by Frank Bellamy for The Sunday Times magazine (late 1960s). From the Bob Monkhouse Archive. Bright Pelikan inks on board. 28 x 20 ins
“A Discreditable Exercise” original double-page artwork by Frank Bellamy painted and signed by Frank Bellamy for The Sunday Times magazine (late 1960s). From the Bob Monkhouse Archive. Bright Pelikan inks on board. 28 x 20 ins
“The Rise and Fall of the Trigan Empire” original artwork drawn and painted by Don Lawrence for Look and Learn cover dated 15th August 1970. With Dutch language speech balloons this 'City of Jewels' story was reprinted in the Netherlands for the weekly comic 'Sjors' some years later. Gouache on board. 18 x 14 ins
“The Rise and Fall of the Trigan Empire” original artwork drawn and painted by Don Lawrence for Look and Learn cover dated 15th August 1970. With Dutch language speech balloons this ‘City of Jewels’ story was reprinted in the Netherlands for the weekly comic ‘Sjors’ some years later. Gouache on board. 18 x 14 ins
Doctor Who original artwork drawn and painted by Gerry Haylock for TV Action No 60 (April 8 1972) starring Jon Pertwee as the Doctor , The Tardis, The Daleks - all illustrated here. Black ink and wash highlighted in white on board. 21 x 15 ins
Doctor Who original artwork drawn and painted by Gerry Haylock for TV Action No 60 (April 8 1972) starring Jon Pertwee as the Doctor , The Tardis, The Daleks – all illustrated here. Black ink and wash highlighted in white on board. 21 x 15 ins
Garth: ‘The Beast of Ultor’. Two original consecutive artworks (1974) drawn and signed by Frank Bellamy for the Daily Mirror 9-10 May 1974. Indian ink on board. 21 x 7 ins (x2)
Garth: ‘The Beast of Ultor’. Two original consecutive artworks (1974) drawn and signed by Frank Bellamy for the Daily Mirror 9-10 May 1974. Indian ink on board. 21 x 7 ins (x2)
Garth: ‘The Bride of Jenghiz Khan’. Two original consecutive artworks (1974) drawn and signed by Frank Bellamy for the Daily Mirror 11-12 November 1974. Indian ink on board. 21 x 7 ins (x2)
Garth: ‘The Bride of Jenghiz Khan’. Two original consecutive artworks (1974) drawn and signed by Frank Bellamy for the Daily Mirror 11-12 November 1974. Indian ink on board. 21 x 7 ins (x2)
Faceache original artwork drawn by Ken Reid for Buster 14 March 1987, comic included. This appears to be the last ever published artwork by Ken Reid as he died just after this edition of Buster was published. Indian ink on paper. 21 x 18 ins
Faceache original artwork drawn by Ken Reid for Buster 14 March 1987, comic included. This appears to be the last ever published artwork by Ken Reid as he died just after this edition of Buster was published. Indian ink on paper. 21 x 18 ins

ComPalComics has also introduced a US artwork section.

Batman and Robin colour sketch drawn, painted and signed by Shelly Moldoff (1993). Watercolour on card. 12 x 9 ins
Batman and Robin colour sketch drawn, painted and signed by Shelly Moldoff (1993). Watercolour on card. 12 x 9 ins

It includes pieces by Jack Kirby, John Byrne, Dan DeCarlo, Frank Cho, Shelly Moldoff, Joe Quesada and Kirby’s inker and long-time friend, Mike Royer.

The star item of this auction’s US comic collection is Marvel Mystery #74, a Mile High copy CBCS 8.0.

Marvel Mystery #74
Marvel Mystery #74

It is followed by a scarce run of Canadian Double ‘A’ titles along with the usual runs of key Marvel and DC issues with Iron Man and Strange Tales in particularly high grades.

I think you’ll agree, there are some amazing items on offer, especially on the artwork front!

• The catalogue is open for bidding now. You can place realtime bids at The Saleroom. Click here to visit the catalogue at The-Saleroom. You can also browse lots at Compalcomics and fill out a fax or mail bidding form. All postal and fax bids need to be with us by Friday 28th August 2020 and the team will enter them on your behalf in thesaleroom.com/Comic Book Auctions website closing on Sunday 30th August from 2.00 pm

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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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