British auction house Vectis teases massive Bronze Age comics sale, rare “The Investigator” toy car offered

Manbat #1 - Vectis Sale 28th February 2018

Coming soon from British auction house Vectis is a massive sale of thousands of predominantly Bronze Age Marvel and DC comics.

Bought from newsagents and stored away with the sole purpose of creating a collection, these comics are largely from 1970-1985, but there are earlier and later editions, which will all go under the hammer next month.

“You will not find a Bronze Age comic in a better condition than this,” a Vectis spokesperson told downthetubes.

“The issues include classic Marvel and DC Superheroes, plus Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Godzilla and Planet of The Apes to name a few – with Issue One being present for most.”

Assorted Bronze Age comics - Vectis Sale 28th February 2018

Doctor Strange comics - Vectis sale 28th February 2018

The collection, comprising 35 boxes of comics, is still being sorted and catalogued, but make a note now to head to the Vectis web site on 28th February 2018 for their TV and Film related sale.

Vectis was established in 1988 by Roger and Jill Mazillius on the Isle of Wight. From the humble beginnings of a shop front and back room, Vectis now occupy an auction site of 30,000 square feet and a staff of 34.

LIke all auction houses the worldwide web has significantly changed how Vectis run their auctions. Ten years ago there would be one auction per month consisting of around 400 lots, where the room would be full of collectors and dealers. Nowadays, they hold five auctions per month – with approximately 700 lots each day.

Their latest Specialist and General Toy Sale, taking place this week (18th January) includes items such as one lot of unboxed TV and film related Corgi and Dinky vehicles, a really nice looking boxed SHADO Mobile from the Gerry Anderson series UFO, an unboxed Corgi Batmobile and more – and a mixed lot of Summer Specials,

A Gerry Anderson SHADO Mobile Dinky Toy from UFO (albeit the wrong colour). Image: Vectis
A Gerry Anderson SHADO Mobile Dinky Toy from UFO (albeit the wrong colour). Image: Vectis
Corgi's Batmobile, a Man from U.N.C.L.E. car and James Bond Aston Martin DBG. Image: Vectis
Corgi’s Batmobile, a Man from U.N.C.L.E. car and James Bond Aston Martin DBG. Image: Vectis
Assorted British Summer Specials and more. Image: Vectis
Assorted British Summer Specials and more. Image: Vectis

Next week’s Specialist Sale, taking place 23rd January 2018, may be of even more note as alongside plenty of Star Wars figures it include a host of boxed TV-inspired cars, including the Green Hornet’s Black Beauty and Man from U.N.C.L.E. “Thrushbuster”.

Of special note, nestling among the amazing lots are such as items as a rare prototype of the “Gerry Anderson” Armoured Command Car, made in 1975 which was related to the proposed TV Series The Investigator. This plastic bodied issue is finished in yellow, black including speed wheels and comes with a Near Mint standard issue box.

I suspect the £320 estimate on this may well be on the low side. Last year, Vectis sold a similar prototype but with a French language box, which sold for £300, but given this version is in English it may fetch more.

There’s a lot more information about The Investigator toys here on the wonderful Moonbase Central site.

A Gerry Anderson "Armoured Command Car" prototype toy (with English language box) from the unrealised Gerry Anderson TV series The Investigator. Image: Vectis
A Gerry Anderson “Armoured Command Car” prototype toy (with English language box) from the unrealised Gerry Anderson TV series The Investigator. Image: Vectis
A Gerry Anderson "Armoured Command Car prototype toy with French language box from the unrealised Gerry Anderson TV series The Investigator, which was sold at auction in 2016 for £300. Image: Vectis
A Gerry Anderson “Armoured Command Car” prototype toy with French language box from the unrealised Gerry Anderson TV series The Investigator, which was sold at auction in 2016 for £300. Image: Vectis

Web: www.vectis.co.uk

Additional information with thanks to Jeremy Briggs

John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a "freelance comics operative", working as an editor, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. John has worked in British comics publishing for over 30 years. His credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel UK and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines. He also edited STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics, including Team M.O.B.I.L.E. and The Beatles Story. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare” for Tian Books. 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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