There’s a treasure trove of comics and comic art on offer in the latest ComPal auction, including a coverless Batman #1, a first issue of DC Thomson’s long-running Commando comic, “Charley’s War” art by Joe Colquhoun and Dan Dare art by Don Harley.
There are over 300 lots in the May catalogue, with many issues of Beano and Dandy on offer – including Beano Issue No 21 from 1938, the first Christmas number and a true rarity, with “Big Eggo” its cover star.
Also on offer are hard to find Paget titles, Oh Boy! and Wonderman and G G Swan’s War Comics 1-16 in a bound volume followed by the scarce Picture Epics 1-4.
There are good runs of Marvelman and complete years of Mickey Mouse Weekly, Britain’s first photogravure comic, from Number One in 1936 right through to 1938.
Commando Number One is included, published in 1961 and featuring “Walk or Die” with a cover by Ken Barr. It’s a bit battered but this debut issue is sure to attract a lot of attention.
Also sure to be of much interest is Adventure’s Commando At War giveaway booklet from which the Commando title is said to have originated.
TV Century 21 is celebrated with 1 – 215 Number One offered with its free gift Special Identicode card. There are also copies of early issues of TV Comic on offer, along with POW!, plenty of Western comics, 2000AD and more.
Art on offer includes art is “Oor Wullie” and “The Broons“, “Charley’s War” by Joe Colquhoun from Battle, first published in 1980, and a “Dan Dare” page for Spaceship Away by Don Harley.
The star of the US section is a coverless copy of Batman 1. It is estimated at £2000 – 2,500 somewhat less than its US valuation!
More Golden Age Batman, Detective Comics and World’s Finest are also on offer, along with strong runs of Avengers, Daredevil and Fantastic Four.
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