Comic Book Postal Auctions has just launched their August / September auction – and there are some great British comics offerings, including original art from the Beano, and The Dandy – and rare copies of early appearances of Dick Boss, The Netherlands first comic book hero.
Their recent May auction achieved some strong results. The Beano’s first Christmas issue, No 21, sold for a staggering £1620, underlining its huge desirability. Twelve of Paget’s Wonderman comics soared to £330, as did six of Cartoon Art’s Super Duper title. The Dandy complete year for 1950 in a bound volume returned £1220 and TV Century 21 Nos 1-125 collected £1860.
As we previously reported, the top seller in the US section was a coverless copy of Batman #1 from 1940 which went stratospheric to £7,100 with over 20 US contenders undone by a winning bidder from Middle England.
The star UK item in this latest auction is a fine copy of the first Oor Wullie book, an absolute beauty with the wee lad on his new upturned bucket in 1941.
Artwork features strongly with original front cover boards of a Beano from 1953 with Biffo The Bear, drawn and signed by Dudley Watkins – and a Dandy from 1961 with Korky The Cat illustrated by Jimmy Crighton.
There’s also a number of Black Bob art items offered, and Robbie The Bobbie, the latter two original artworks from the Dandy No 863 (1958) by Jack Prout.
There are further high grade bound volumes of Beano, Dandy, the first year of Lion, Rocket , a complete run of It’s Terriffic – and Wild West Weekly.
Also going under the hammer are Dick Boss 1 and 2 from The Netherlands. Dick’s creator, Alfred Mazure (‘Maz’), living in wartime Holland, had adventures every bit as harrowing as those of his fictional private eye.
We recently featured the work of Alfred Mazure on the 1950s Mirror strip Romeo Brown, but back in 1940 he devised Dick Boss, The Netherlands first comic book hero. A private eye fluent in six languages, Dick was a black belt in Judo, an expert in Jiu-Jitsu and a crack shot.
During the German occupation the huge popularity of Dick Boss’s fictional detective adventures came to the attention of the Nazi propaganda machine who offered Mazure safe status and a million issue print run if he transformed Boss into a Nazi spy. Mazure refused and his publications were subsequently banned until the end of World War Two. Amazingly, the Germans did not know he was a member of the Dutch Resistance.
Today, Dick Boss and his creator have legendary status and their scarce original No 1 and No 2 publications are keenly collected.
The US selection focusses on Golden Age Action Comics, Superman, Batman and Detective Comics, 1950s Hollywood heart-throbs and Lonesome Cowboys, many in low, affordable grades.
There are also good runs of Avengers, Fantastic Four, Journey into Mystery, Strange Tales and X-Men.
Those of a delicate nature may seek to avoid the horrors of Creepy, Eerie, Nightmare and Psycho – in high grade abundance!
• The Comic Book Postal Auction August / September catalogue is open for bidding at the-saleroom.com. All postal and fax bids need to be submitted by Friday 7th September 2018 and CBPA will enter them on your behalf in thesaleroom.com/Comic Book Auctions website closing on 9th September from 2.00pm.
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