Rare Beanos, Dalek Swapits, Dan Dare and Adam Eterno art in latest ComPal Comics Auction

A rare Beano Number 3, published in 1938, one of only a few copies known to exist and expected to sell for between £250-350 in the latest ComPal Comics auction.

A rare Beano Number 3, published in 1938, one of only a few copies known to exist and expected to sell for between £250-350 in the latest ComPal Comics auction.

The catalogue for the latest ComPal Comics auction is online, which ends on 14th June 2015. The company now works with the-saleroom.com to provide  real time bidding, viewable online, as bids are placed by the company’s customers who have registered their details.

The last auction was a real Beano Bonanza – nine early Beano comics numbered between 4 – 14 were offered, and they sold in the range of £1200 to £2300 each. We’re told this is normally the four-figure territory of trophy Number One issues but only a handful of these early comics survive and their fresh grades were unrivalled in the 23 years of ComPal’s auctions. Even post-war Beanos broke records and a complete year of 1948 came in at a staggering £1640. Paper shortages dictated that issues were printed fortnightly so the 26 fresh copies ended up at £63 each.

“With bidders from as far afield as Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, India and the United States, records were expected to be challenged, but not like this,” says Malcolm Phillips, the director of Comic Book Auctions Ltd.

“A new bench-mark for British comic values has now been established.”

Beano Number 20

Beano Number 20

 

This catalogue offer more of the same; Beano Numbers 2, 3, 5 and 6 are followed by issues 15-28 in the same high grades as before and they include the first Fireworks and Christmas numbers. Complete years of 1944, 1946-1949 are also on offer, some in more affordable lower grades. There’s also a magnificent high grade run of Detective Weekly 1934-36 in three bound volumes located at lot 6 and a run of ‘Blitz’ books (lot 13), so-called because they were printed during World War Two to amuse and distract children in the air raid shelters and Underground stations of London during the bombing.

The Broons and Oor Wullie books from the 1950s vie for bidders’ attention along with Comet, Sun, Super-Detective Library, Girl’s Crystal, TV Century 21 and Eagle.

Dan Dare original artwork with layout and pencils by Frank Hampson, completed art by Harold Johns and Greta Tomlinson From Eagle Annual 2 (1952). Metronic Rays deactivate Dan's ship as the Mars landing approaches …

Dan Dare original artwork with layout and pencils by Frank Hampson, completed art by Harold Johns and Greta Tomlinson
From Eagle Annual 2 (1952). Metronic Rays deactivate Dan’s ship as the Mars landing approaches …

Also in the auction is original “Dan Dare” artwork from an early Eagle annual, plus “Robot Archie”, “Adam Eterno” and “Kelly’s Eye” – and let’s not forget some more Dalek Swapits and a TV Century 21 Special Agent’s Badge! (Although the latter was given away with Issue Two of the comic, I recall sending off a postal order for 2/6d to buy one – long gone now, and it would cost some £40 to replace!)

Robot Archie / Lion original cover artwork (1965) by Ted Kearon from Lion 15 May 1965 The title headers are publisher's photocopies (to save them being drawn every week) Indian ink on board,

Robot Archie / Lion original cover artwork (1965) by Ted Kearon from Lion 15 May 1965
The title headers are publisher’s photocopies (to save them being drawn every week)
Indian ink on board,

TV Century 21 Special Agent Badge, the free gift from No 2. As new £20-30

TV Century 21 Special Agent Badge, the free gift from No 2.
As new
£20-30

There’s also a great bulk lot of Thunderbirds-related items that is sure to attract attention in the show’s 50th anniversary year, as might some Man from U.N.C.L.E. collectible cards.

An assemblage of 1960s Thunderbirds merchandise (and Doctor Who, too) that is sure to be of interest to fans of the show(s).

An assemblage of 1960s Thunderbirds merchandise (and Doctor Who, too) that is sure to be of interest to fans of the show(s).

A complete Man From UNCLE card set  released in 1966 by A & BC Ltd.

A complete Man From UNCLE card set released in 1966 by A & BC Ltd.

The auction’s US section starts with strong Golden Age runs of Captains Marvel and Marvel Jr. and EC’s Shock Suspense Stories #1 and #4 along with Ditko’s last cover for The Thing. There’s a good Silver Age selection of early Spider-Man and Avengers with Tales Of Suspense #39-48.

To view the catalogue and make bids visit the saleroom.com

• You can still view the catalogue itself (but not bid) on the ComPal site: www.compalcomics.com

Eleven Dalek Swapits released in 1965 by  Cherilea Toys along with a Louis Marx Dalek. The Swapits were exclusive to Woolworth's and originally cost a shilling each.

Eleven Dalek Swapits released in 1965 by Cherilea Toys along with a Louis Marx Dalek. The Swapits were exclusive to Woolworth’s and originally cost a shilling each.



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