The latest ComPal comic auction catalogue and features “Charley’s War” art, a promotional Eagle rarity and much more among some 385 lots in total, including US comics.
The last ComPal auction back in May achieved some record prices with £5600 for the fourth Beano Book (1943), a record price for a non-Number One annual and £4250 for the Dandy Monster Comic of the same year. Both copies were from the Brenda Butler Archive. A well-worn Beano Issue Two made £1220 and Tiger Issue 1, published in 1954, complete with Space Gun and Flying Saucers shot to £940.
In this catalogue there’s a Beano Issue One on offer complete with its eight-page promotional flyer, as well as Christmas issues for 1939 and 1942 – and a series of lower grade Dandy and Beano propaganda war issues along with early copies of Knock-Out and the first three Fun Books. Modern Boy 1-20, with brilliant art deco covers are on offer in a bound volume and L Miller’s elusive Captain America Issue Two vies for your attention with a high grade run of Captain Marvel Jr 1-22.
The 1950s star is the promotional issue of Eagle Issue One, which was distributed free to churches and schools prior to the main print run. The complete run of L.Miller’s Mystery Comic Tales with L B Cole artwork and some rare Australian reprint first issues are low priced mouth-watering prospects.
The auction’s artwork selection is strong with three Joe Colquhoun boards of “Charley’s War” from Battle taking centre stage, one signed by the great man, himself.
Dudley Watkins’ “The Broons” and “Oor Wullie” and John M. Burns Space:1999 pages (from Look-In) are here, the latter featuring Commander Koenig, so elegantly played in the TV series by the recently deceased Martin Landau. There’s also a Joker original production cel from Batman: the Animated Series.
The US section highlights Golden Age All Top #12 and #13, Human Torch #7 and first issues of Okay Comics, Dark Mysteries, Forbidden Worlds and World of Mystery. The Silver Age offerings includes long runs of Amazing Spider-Man, Avengers, Batman, Detective Comics, early Fantastic Four, The Incredible Hulk #3, Iron Man, Sgt Fury, Tales of Suspense and X-Men – with some key CGCs amongst them, including Iron Man #1 in 9.4.
• There are 385 lots in this auction. The catalogue is open for bidding at the-saleroom.com | You can also browse and search auction lots at the Compalcomics website – www.compalcomics.com | Bidding closes on Sunday 10th September 2017 starting at 2.00 pm UK time. If you have any questions about items in this auction, send emails to Compalcomics Director Malcolm Phillips: firstname.lastname@example.org
The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. 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 “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.