Fast and furious bidding on 1951 Beano featuring first “Dennis the Menace”

The latest British comics-focused EBay comic from auction house Phil-Comics is up and running, with close to 400 vintage comic listings, with the vast majority starting at 99p with no reserve.

The auction includes the March 1951 first appearance of Dennis the Menace in The Beano (on his 70th birthday week), and bidding is already fierce for this issue of the weekly humour comic , cover dated 17th March 1951 – bids are are already closing in on £300.

Beano - 17th March 1951 - first appearance of Dennis the Menace
The first appearance of Dennis the Menace in The Beano, cover dated 17th March 1951. Art by David Law
The first appearance of Dennis the Menace in The Beano, cover dated 17th March 1951. Art by David Law

Also attracting early bidding are copies of Action Issues 1 and 2, the second more sought than the first – a Hook Jaw transfer – and the first issues of that title’s rival of the day, Bullet, both Issues One and Two also with free gifts.

On offer too are Marvel UK Planet of the Apes comics, early 2000AD, a full set of Judge Dredd Mega Collection, first issues such as DC Thomson’s Buzz, launched back in January 1973, annuals, free gifts and more, including some US comic lots.

Here’s a selection of just some of the items on offer…

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.

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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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