Latest ComPalcomics auction offers Beanos, Dandys galore – and Black Panther, Batman comics too!

ComPalcomics March 2018 Auction Hughlights

The latest ComPalcomics auction (February/March 2018 catalogue) has just launched, and if you’re a fan of the Beano or Dandy, or after some classic US comics, then it’s well worth checking out. There’s some great art on offer too, including pages from “Charley’s War” from Battle and a stunning “Bionic Woman” page from Look-In by John M. Burns; and a massive selection of US comics including Batman, Marvels Comics – and a copy of John Byrne’s Next Men #21, published in 1993, which features the first appearance of Hellboy.

Beano Book 1 (1940) Pansy Potter balances the Beano Bunch!
Beano Book 1 (1940) Pansy Potter balances the Beano Bunch!

The auction’s star UK item is a good copy of the first Beano Book from 1940. It has some worn hinges and is a complete, robust example. Complementing the annual are early Beano and Dandy comics, including Christmas issues with stand-out complete years of Dandy from 1949 and Beano from 1950.

Daddy Neptune spikes Hitler. Wild Boy of the Woods steals Nazi Christmas dinner!
Daddy Neptune spikes Hitler. Wild Boy of the Woods steals Nazi Christmas dinner!
A propaganda war issue of The Beano (Issue 170), published in 1942. 'V for Victory - B for Beano!' Doubting Thomas gets a black eye collecting waste paper. Dudley Watkins won't teach Lord Snooty how to draw and gets duffed up by Pals! 'Waste Littler - Paste Hitler!' illustrated ad
A propaganda war issue of The Beano (Issue 170), published in 1942. ‘V for Victory – B for Beano!’ Doubting Thomas gets a black eye collecting waste paper. Dudley Watkins won’t teach Lord Snooty how to draw and gets duffed up by Pals! ‘Waste Littler – Paste Hitler!’ illustrated ad

Dandy No 11 (1938)Dandy Comic No 41 (1938)

1950s British and Australian reprints are strongly represented with Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers star Buster Crabbe (of which only two issues were published), Batman, Black Magic, Charlie Chan, Kid Colt, Lone Rider, Masked Marvel, Redskin and scarce New Zealand title, Supreme Feature comics, all vying for attention.

Rawhide, Cheyenne, Hawkeye (illustrated by Ron Embleton), Lone Ranger 5, Tales of Wells Fargo (1961), Western Comic Album 5
Rawhide, Cheyenne, Hawkeye (illustrated by Ron Embleton), Lone Ranger 5, Tales of Wells Fargo (1961), Western Comic Album 5

Buster Crabbe (1955 M Rubin, Australia) 1, 2

If you really want more bang for your buck, you must check out Dan Dare’s Space Pistol – but you’ll have to get your own caps!

A Dan Dare Space Pistol (produced in the 1950s by Lone Star). The trigger action is in full working order, although there's some wear and paint chips. Offered with a boxed Dan Dare Jigsaw Puzzle and a lapel badge.
A Dan Dare Space Pistol (produced in the 1950s by Lone Star). The trigger action is in full working order, although there’s some wear and paint chips. Offered with a boxed Dan Dare Jigsaw Puzzle and a lapel badge.

The first Topper Picture Book is also on offer, along with a 15-issue run of Jackie magazine from 1967.

Topper Picture Book 1 (1954). Large format featuring Birds, Beasts, Fishes and Insects
Topper Picture Book 1 (1954). Large format featuring Birds, Beasts, Fishes and Insects
A mixed lot of POW! comics, featuring early UK reprints of Amazing Spider-Man, Fantastic Four and Sgt Fury
A mixed lot of POW! comics, featuring early UK reprints of Amazing Spider-Man, Fantastic Four and Sgt Fury
TV Century 21 (1967-69)
Later editions of TV21

Artwork includes The Broons, Oor Wullie, Keyhole Kate , a page of “The Bionic Woman” from Look-In by John M. Burns – and two magnificent lots of “Charley’s War“, illustrated by Joe Colquhoun.

Broons original artwork (1964) drawn and signed by Dudley Watkins for the Sunday Post 1 November 1964 Paw thinks the family's getting their photies taken and gets all dressed up in his Sunday best and spats - only to find out that the family's in their old claes fer tattie-pickin' - Ye daft gowk!
Broons original artwork (1964) drawn and signed by Dudley Watkins for the Sunday Post 1 November 1964 Paw thinks the family’s getting their photies taken and gets all dressed up in his Sunday best and spats – only to find out that the family’s in their old claes fer tattie-pickin’ – Ye daft gowk!
Bionic Woman original artwork (1978) drawn and signed by John Burns for Look-in No 46
Bionic Woman original artwork (1978) drawn and signed by John Burns for Look-in No 46
Charley's War two original artworks by Joe Colquhoun from Battle Action No 288 (1984) with printer's double-page colour layout and acetate overlay
Charley’s War two original artworks by Joe Colquhoun from Battle Action No 288 (1984) with printer’s double-page colour layout and acetate overlay
Charley's War - two original artworks by Joe Colquhoun from Battle 601 (1980) '1916.
Charley’s War – two original artworks by Joe Colquhoun from Battle 601 (1980) ‘1916.

There are plenty of gems in the US collection, too, starting with a fabulous early run of Golden Age Batman comics most in lower affordable grades.

Batman #6 (1941)
Batman #6 (1941)
Batman #47 (1948)
Batman #47 (1948)
Conan #1 (1970)
Conan #1 (1970)
Jungle Action (1972-75) #1-13 featuring Black Panther
Jungle Action (1972-75) #1-13 featuring Black Panther

Batman #92 (1955)Doctor Strange #169 (1968)

The Silver Age section includes Amazing Spider-Man #20 with arch enemy Scorpion debut, now being touted as the new villain in the 2019 Spider-Man sequel, along with long runs of Avengers, Batman, Captain America, Daredevil, The Incredible Hulk, Journey Into Mystery and X-Men. Included in these titles are 30 CGC editions, again, all at No Reserve.

• The February/March catalogue is open for bidding. Click here to visit The Saleroom and place realtime bids. You can also view and search the auction lots here. The auction closes on Sunday 4th March 2018 starting at 2.00 pm UK time

Next Men 21 (1993) -  featuring the first appearance of Hellboy
Next Men 21 (1993) –
featuring the first appearance of Hellboy

 

John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a "freelance comics operative", working as a freelance editor, as Creative Consultant on the new 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’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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