The auction company’s June catalogue excelled with £5000 for The Dandy Monster Comic 1, £2550 for Number Two and a whopping £1920 for the 1948 issue with puppeteer Korky the Cat on the front cover. These three high grade examples were from the Brenda Butler Archive, some more of which are following in this auction with Broons books to the fore and a magnificent copy of the Magic Fun Book from 1942.
A further selection of individual Beano comic issues from 1940-41 are also on offer between Numbers 92 -149, many in bright, fresh condition and there are several lots from the Bob Monkhouse Archive including boys papers Number Ones from the 1800s, 1940s Knockout, Radio Fun and Tip Top, in bound volumes and a run of scarce Wonderman comics, Mick Anglo‘s first super-hero.
Our customers also love John Wayne and his first five adventure comics are followed by a rare board of original artwork by Walt Howarth showing the cover of No 12 (lots 103 and 104). Famous Romance Library are scarce and also here along with a superb run of Schoolgirls Picture Library In six bound volumes, all publishers file copies.
The hugely successful run of Jackie – The Musical this year has prompted strong interest in the original magazine and the first issue from 1964 is on offer, complete with The Beatles pull-out centrefold. At the other end of the 1960s spectrum, International Times was a subversive, underground music paper avidly reporting the rise of those three tantalising taboos: sex, drugs and rock and roll. Fourteen early issues in flat, fresh condition are up for sale. A similar opus from 1970, Cyclops, the first English Adult Comic Paper, is a few lots further on. It only lasted for four issues and they are all here, all scarce.
Art on offer includes Strontium Dog original artwork by Carlos Ezquerra (1988) from the 2000AD Prog 560-572 story “The Stone Killers”, an Oor Wullie original artwork drawn and signed by Dudley Watkins from a 1953 edition of the Sunday Post, a Dudley Watkins pencil sketch of Gran’paw Broon signed and dated 1953, cover art for War Picture Library Issue 184 (‘Danger No Object’ by Studio d’Ami Milan), Robinson Crusoe original artwork painted and signed by John Worsley, a Buster comic original front cover artwork, cover dated 15th October 1988 by Tom Paterson, Pink Panther original colour artwork by John McLusky for TV Comic 1643 and “More About Tony and Tina“, 32 original artworks by Dudley Watkins, art commissioned by religious charity WEC International for the second ‘Tony and Tina’ book. These illustrated stories were part of the ‘Warrior Gang’ Series and followed the adventures of how twins, Tony and Tina and their Mum and Dad came to follow the Christian religion.
Another rare art item is Flintstones ‘Mission Ridiculous’ original artwork storyboards from the early 1970s for the animated ad for Post Fruity and Post Cocoa Pebbles cereal ‘The good tasting part of a nutritious breakfast’.
For Marvel UK fans, there’s also copies of the 1973 Avengers comic (Issues One and Two as separate lots), both offered with Issue Two’s free cardboard pistol gift – and other MUK lots, too.
The US section highlights examples of Avengers #1 and #2 with Avengers #54 (First Ultron CGCd at 9.6). There are long runs of Daredevil, Fantastic Four and X-Men with fresh copies of Iron Man, Silver Surfer and Tomb Of Dracula.
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