Bumper British comics auction announced

An auction of collectable British comics and annuals from the 1920s onwards – most published by DC Thomson – is set to take place next month on behalf of the estate of avid collector Des O’Leary.

Organised by Bloomsbury Auctions, the annuals of interest to British comic fans and other collection items are in Lots 143, 144, 146, 147, 148 and 149, with PF Westerman books in lot 310. The full catalogue does not have much detail but the sale includes substantially all of DC Thomson’s annuals between 1924-1942, 1949, and 1950s Rovers, plus various Hotspur, Dandy, Beano and other annuals from the 1960s to date.

Also included are substantially all Percy F Westerman’s story books, some Biggles books (including some in other languages) and rare Thomson one-offs like “The Truth About Wilson”.

The auction will take place on Friday 8th June 2012 at 11.00am at Bloomsbury Auctions Baverstock House, 93 High Street, Godalming, Surrey GU7 1AL. Viewing: Thursday 7th June from 9.00am to 5.00pm.

There’s a list of the titles on offer on the DownTheTubes Ning forum here. This list is a draft intended to assist potential buyers to understand what will be in the auction. It does not claim to be comprehensive or wholly accurate. Annual dates are generally that of the following year – where an annual is undated, these may be inaccurate.

The auctioneers have sole responsibility for the sale and you may need to view the lots before the auction to be sure. Check out the auctionin full itself here: www.bloomsburyauctions.com/auction/35913


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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