Thunderbirds original double-page artwork (1966) drawn, painted and signed by Frank Bellamy for TV Century 21 No 90 1966. From the Bob Monkhouse Archive. The front cover of the comic screamed, 'Nightmare Splashdown for Crippled Ship - Monster Attacks Thunderbird 3!' And here is Bellamy's brilliant double-page artwork to prove it! The ‘Thunderbirds’ logo is an unattached laser colour copy, as are all the word balloons and the original comic which are part of this lot. Bright, fresh Pelikan inks on board. 28 x 20 ins.

Bob Monkhouse Archive auction items include Frank Bellamy TV21 Thunderbirds art and more

London-based Comic Book Auctions (ComPal) November catalogue has just opened for bidding at the-saleroom.com and includes some magnificent artwork boards from the Bob Monkhouse Archive – along with, separately, some rather nifty comics-inspired badges and several “giveaways” from various British comics. Comedian, game show host Bob Monkhouse started his career in the 1940s as a script writerContinue reading Bob Monkhouse Archive auction items include Frank Bellamy TV21 Thunderbirds art and more

Batman #1 SNIP

First issues of Batman and Commando on offer in latest Compal auction

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 issuesContinue reading First issues of Batman and Commando on offer in latest Compal auction

ComPalcomics March 2018 Auction Hughlights

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

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

Daleks original artwork (1965) by Ron Turner for TV Century 21 No 51 SNIP

TV Century 21 Daleks art, Scottish First Minister’s charity comic donation!

The December Compal comic auction has just been launched and includes some great comics and art, including a page of “The Daleks” by Ron Turner for 1960s comic TV Century 21 – and an Oor Wullie original artwork for charity auction, donated by the First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon. The lot comprises the artworkContinue reading TV Century 21 Daleks art, Scottish First Minister’s charity comic donation!

Were Communists air brushed out of British comics in the 1950s?

Here’s an interesting item about comics as propaganda from the 1950s – with Captain America a possible victim of British publisher (and government) manipulation that some downthetubes readers may be able to shed further light on. “Are you now, or have you ever been, a member of the Communist party?” In the 1950s, thousands ofContinue reading Were Communists air brushed out of British comics in the 1950s?