Compalcomics offers TV Century 21 “Stingray”, Battle “Charley’s War” art and more in February auction

ComPalComics February 2021 Auction Items

British specialist auction house Compalcomics has just launched its February 2021 catalogue, which includes a great mix of comic rarities and art from Frank Bellamy, Joe Colquhoun, Gerry Embleton and more.

The auction starts with some 1939 Dandy issues in pretty nice grades. Also from 1939 there’s a Mickey Mouse Weekly with very scarce Lone Ranger Mask free gift which the Compalcomics team tell us they have not seen before. Plus, check out the Mickey Mouse 1945 VE Day Victory Number and the Ovaltineys Own Comic – all 128 issues in a bound volume in impossibly high grades.

Mickey Mouse Weekly 166 (1939) Easter issue,  with very rare Lone Ranger Mask free gift
Mickey Mouse Weekly 166 (1939) Easter issue, with very rare Lone Ranger Mask free gift
Mickey Mouse VE Day Victory Number (June 2 1945) With Everybody's Weekly (June 10 1950) showing Disney Cinderella cover and four page centre story and pictures
Mickey Mouse VE Day Victory Number (June 2 1945) With Everybody’s Weekly (June 10 1950) showing Disney Cinderella cover and four page centre story and pictures

Also included in this auction is a near complete run of Rupert Adventure Series 1-50, and Whizz Bang Comic Annuals 1 and 2 are an exciting prospect for collectors, as wartime paper shortages severely limited distribution and these are rare.

Rupert Adventure Series (D. Express 1948-51) 1-10
Rupert Adventure Series (D. Express 1948-51) 1-10
Whizz Bang Comics Annuals 1, 2 (1942, 1943)
Whizz Bang Comics Annuals 1, 2 (1942, 1943)

The artwork selection features a Laurel and Hardy 30 panel story by George Wakefield, Terry-Thomas by Roy Wilson, Sexton Blake covers by Eric Parker, “Black Bob” by Jack Prout, Buffalo Bill Annual 12 covers signed by Denis McLoughlin, a Korky the Cat / Dandy cover by Bill Creighton, Jack and Jill by Pansy Potter creator, Hugh Mcneill, “Captain Condor” by Ron Forbes, “Karl the Viking” signed by Don Lawrence, TV Century 21’s “Stingray” by Gerry Embleton, Doctor Who by Gerry Haylock, “Charley’s War” signed by Joe Colquhoun, “Garth” signed by Frank Bellamy and Judge Dredd art by John Higgins.

Garth: 'The Wreckers'. Two original consecutive artworks (1973) by Frank Bellamy (one signed) for the D. Mirror 29/31 December 1973
Garth: ‘The Wreckers’. Two original consecutive artworks (1973) by Frank Bellamy (one signed) for the D. Mirror 29/31 December 1973
Garth: 'Freak Out to Fear', two original consecutive artworks (1974) both signed by Frank Bellamy for the D. Mirror 10/11 June 1974
Garth: ‘Freak Out to Fear’, two original consecutive artworks (1974) both signed by Frank Bellamy for the D. Mirror 10/11 June 1974
Garth: 'Bride of Jenghiz Khan', two original consecutive artworks (1975) both signed by Frank Bellamy for the D. Mirror 6/8 January 1975
Garth: ‘Bride of Jenghiz Khan’, two original consecutive artworks (1975) both signed by Frank Bellamy for the D. Mirror 6/8 January 1975
Captain Condor original 2-page artwork (1960) by Geoff Campion for The Lion 9 April 1960 A writhing intergalactic cloud takes on the form of a giant upraised hand. (Note - this art initially wrongly attributed to Ron Forbes)
Captain Condor original two-page artwork (1960) by Geoff Campion for The Lion 9 April 1960 A writhing intergalactic cloud takes on the form of a giant upraised hand. (Note – this art initially wrongly attributed to Ron Forbes)
Charley's War: 4 original artworks by Joe Colquhoun (signed to the title page) from Battle-Action 265 (1979) pages 17-20
Charley’s War: four original artworks by Joe Colquhoun (signed to the title page) marked up for Battle-Action 265 (1979)
Dandy/Korky the Cat original front cover artwork (1961) by Bill Creighton for the Dandy No 1045 Dec 2 1961. With original front cover printer's proof
Dandy/Korky the Cat original front cover artwork (1961) by Bill Creighton for the Dandy No 1045 Dec 2 1961. With original front cover printer’s proof
Stingray original artwork (1966) by Gerry Embleton for TV Century 21 No 72 June 1966 The Atomic liner, Mercury smashes into the Discovery Reefs near where Stingray is on patrol. Troy and Phones hover-jet to the deck to find the crew in a coma… and The Brothers of the Dragon are not far away...
Stingray original artwork (1966) by Gerry Embleton for TV Century 21 No 72 June 1966 The Atomic liner, Mercury smashes into the Discovery Reefs near where Stingray is on patrol. Troy and Phones hover-jet to the deck to find the crew in a coma… and The Brothers of the Dragon are not far away…
Doctor Who original artwork (1972) drawn and painted by Gerry Haylock for TV Action and Countdown No 63, April 1972 Starring Jon Pertwee as Doctor Who
Doctor Who original artwork (1972) drawn and painted by Gerry Haylock for TV Action and Countdown No 63, April 1972 Starring Jon Pertwee as Doctor Who
Judge Dredd original artwork (1984) by John Higgins for 2000 AD Prog 456, 1984
Judge Dredd original artwork (1984) by John Higgins for 2000AD Prog 456, 1984
Karl The Viking original artwork (1964) drawn and signed by Don Lawrence for Lion 29 Feb 1964 Prince Ogor's raiders charge down Karl's ships on the ice
Karl The Viking original artwork (1964) drawn and signed by Don Lawrence for Lion 29 Feb 1964 Prince Ogor’s raiders charge down Karl’s ships on the ice
Black Bob original artwork drawn by Jack Prout for The Dandy (early 1950s)
Black Bob original artwork drawn by Jack Prout for The Dandy (early 1950s)
Laurel and Hardy 30 panel original artwork by George Wakefield for The Film Fun Annual 1938's complete 4 page story.
Laurel and Hardy 30 panel original artwork by George Wakefield for The Film Fun Annual 1938’s complete four page story
Roy Wilson original artwork (1940s-50s) of Terry Thomas from Film Fun: 5 strips and 2 larger panels, Stymie and his Magic Wishbone from Radio Fun: one strip. With 4 other strips and one panel from Tip Top, Funny Wonder and Wonder Comic. Total: 10 strips and 3 panels. From the Bob Monkhouse Archive
Roy Wilson original artwork (1940s-50s) of Terry Thomas from Film Fun: 5 strips and 2 larger panels, Stymie and his Magic Wishbone from Radio Fun: one strip. With 4 other strips and one panel from Tip Top, Funny Wonder and Wonder Comic. Total: 10 strips and 3 panels. From the Bob Monkhouse Archive
Illustration from RAF Magazine (1960s) showing futuristic USAF rocket planes. Artist unconfirmed but not L. Ashley Wood as first listed
Illustration from RAF Magazine (1960s) showing futuristic USAF rocket planes. Artist unconfirmed but not L. Ashley Wood as first listed

One rare bird of note is the Eagle No 1 promotional issue from 1950, as are the first 199 issues of War Picture Library in 10 bound volumes, all Amalgamated Press file copies.

Eagle No 1 promotional issue (1950) This 8 pg full colour comic was distributed to churches and schools in the UK to publicise the imminent print run of Eagle No 1. Its front cover has no 'Dan Dare Pilot of the Future' header - with a different date of 21 April 1950
Eagle No 1 promotional issue (1950). This eight pagefull colour comic was distributed to churches and schools in the UK to publicise the imminent print run of Eagle No 1. Its front cover has no ‘Dan Dare Pilot of the Future’ header – with a different date of 21 April 1950
I-Spy for Adventure' Life Membership Kit (News Chronicle, late 1950s) including Secret Codes Book, Big Chief I-Spy Tally card, two I-Spy pin badges, I-Spy No 1 Booklet all complete in original illustrated envelope with Bobby Bear Club (D. Herald 1934) Membership Card, Secret Rules booklet, metal pin badge and The League of Ovaltiney Club Membership Rule Book (1935) and theme song-sheet. With Sweet Cigarette boxes (1960s) Thunderbirds, Amos Burke Secret Agent, Space Patrol (rear image scuffing), Dixon of Dock Green, Dad's Army (1970s), Dad's Army 25 card set and Ogdens Robin Cigarette Packet
I-Spy for Adventure’ Life Membership Kit (News Chronicle, late 1950s) including Secret Codes Book, Big Chief I-Spy Tally card, two I-Spy pin badges, I-Spy No 1 Booklet all complete in original illustrated envelope with Bobby Bear Club (D. Herald 1934) Membership Card, Secret Rules booklet, metal pin badge and The League of Ovaltiney Club Membership Rule Book (1935) and theme song-sheet. With Sweet Cigarette boxes (1960s) Thunderbirds, Amos Burke Secret Agent, Space Patrol (rear image scuffing), Dixon of Dock Green, Dad’s Army (1970s), Dad’s Army 25 card set and Ogdens Robin Cigarette Packet
Hoot (1985-86) No 1 wfg Purple Frog pencil topper, second No 1 wfg Red Bird pencil topper, No 2 wfg Sizzling Sausage Flying Balloon, No 3 wfg Sky High Space Skimmer, No 4 wfg Cuddles Stickers and 5
Hoot (1985-86) No 1 with free gift Purple Frog pencil topper, second No 1 wfg Red Bird pencil topper, No 2 wfg Sizzling Sausage Flying Balloon, No 3 wfg Sky High Space Skimmer, No 4 wfg Cuddles Stickers and 5

Compalcomics super run of first and early issues with their free gifts continues with Boy’s World, Diana, JAG, Twinkle, TV Toy Land, Valiant, Victor, Wham!, Captain Britain, Cor!!, Countdown, Mates, Popsworld and Hoot (who wouldn’t want its Purple Frog Pencil Topper?)

Finally, the US section includes Golden Age All-American, Detective Comics, Flash, Sensation and Superman comics, with Silver / Bronze Age long runs of Amazing Spider-Man between #2 – 220 and X-Men #4 – 209 with Frank Miller Daredevil, Tomb of Dracula #10 CGC and lots in between.

The Compalcomics February 2021catalogue is open for realtime bidding at The-Saleroom.com

You can also browse auction lots and print a fax or mail bidding form at Compalcomics

Postal and fax bids need to be with us by Friday 26th February 2021 and the Compalcomics team will enter them on your behalf in thesaleroom.com/Comic Book Auctions website closing on Sunday 28th February from 2.00 pm.

If you have any questions about items in this auction, please send an email to Compalcomics Director Malcolm Phillips: comicbook@compalcomics.com

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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  1. I love the Compalcomics auctions, it’s always such an interesting selection of items – many of which I had no idea existed. Thanks for the update.

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