Rare Anderson Comics up for auction

Copies of Lady Penelope — the comic created by the publishers of the best-selling TV Century 21 but aimed at girls — are just some of the rare items up for auction from British company Compalcomics this autumn.

Bids will be accepted until Tuesday 2nd September at 8.00pm UK time.

There are 358 lots in the company’s latest catalogue, the star of this auction probably a fine copy of The Dandy Book No 1, amongst the highest graded ever offered by Compal for sale.

Continuing their Beano and Dandy war years collection the focus is on 1942 -1945 along with Dandy complete years of 1946 and 1947 at lots 79 and 80. Earlier decades are also well represented in their bound volume collection where Sexton Blake and Union Jack titles have found recent heavy bidding. Film Fun, Radio Fun, Hotspur, Skipper and Wizard also abound but the girls are not left out with The Schoolgirl and Schoolgirls’ Own having several complete years on offer.

The 1960s are also stronger; copies of TV Century 21, WHAM!, POW! (Spider-Matic Pistol at the ready!), Fantastic, It’s Terrific are all on offer, some in complete runs, but Lady Penelope is set to overtake them all with a Rolls-Royce run on the outside. The comic featured strips such as The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and Marina, all with the same high quality art that was a hallmark of TV Century 21.

The 1970s also look good with high grade No 1s of 2000AD, Misty and Spellbound, each with their free gifts intact. Original artwork from the same decade heralds a Christmas Faceache by Ken Reid, Clever Dick by Leo Baxendale and Frankie Stein by Robert Nixon – but watch out for the Toad-Creatures in Journey To The Stars by Ron Turner.

The US section of the austion promotes a cents copy of Amazing Spider-Man #1, Avengers #1 and Silver Surfer‘s classic issue 4. There’s also a high quality House Of Secrets #92 and Iron Fist #14, which join 1970s and 1980s runs of Avengers, Hulk, Iron Man, X-Men, Batman and Detective Comics.

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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