There was clearly some fierce bidding in the latest ComPal comic and comic art auction, with some high prices paid for the top lots, among them a copy of Amazing Fantasy #15, the first appearance of Marvel’s The Amazing Spider-Man, signed by Stan Lee, and a rare copy fo The Dandy Issue 2, published in 1937, complete with free “jumping frog” gift.
Published in The Dandy Issue 2 sold for £4550, despite “rust marks on the back cover”, and the accompanying “Hopping Frog” gift that came with it back in 1937 for £560.
A copy of Beano Issue Two, published in 1938, complete with promotional flyer sold for just over £3000 and a bound set of wartime Beanos – rare because comics were recycled for the war effort – sold for £2200.
The highest price paid for artwork featured in this auction was £8600 for a double page spread of “Thunderbirds” art from the 1960s comic TV 21, by Frank Bellamy, which sold for an eye-watering £8300. This is a record price for a Bellamy art work, almost double the previous two Thunderbirds that sold for over £4000.
A “Dan Dare” page, also by Bellamy, published in Eagle, sold for £2050.
While none of them close to these eye-watering prices, it was good to see that some 1950s comics, some featuring the earliest work of artists such as Sydney Jordan, didn’t do too badly in the sale, items from the Peter Hansen Archive. Copies of the Super-Sonic comic sold for £350, while a lot featuring his other popular early character, Hal Starr, sold for £180.
Compal run comics and comic art auctions through the year, offering a range of British and US titles.
• You can view all the lots in the auction, cold and unsold here on The-Saleroom, but you will need to register to see sale prices | Compal Official Site and Past Catalogues: www.compalcomics.com