The Autumn 2009 auction at British comics auction site Compalcomics, which has just announced an online search facility for all its past lots, closes soon.
This catalogue’s star lot is The Beano Comic No 1 with original advertising flyer, an eight-page mini comic in its own right – expected to sell for some £5,000-5,500 – which is closely followed by a Fine copy of Beano Comic Issue 3.
There are also some extraordinary high grade 1930s comics including Boys’ Broadcast Issues 1-36, Buzzer 1-36, Crystal / Girls’ Crystal 1-62, Detective Weekly 1-97, Hotspur complete years 19-70 and 71-122, Knock-Out 11-20, Radio Fun 11 & 12, Scoops (The UK’s first Sci-Fi Weekly, pictured above) Issues 1-20 complete with never seen before No 1 free gift and Wild West Weekly 1-50. All in all a bronco-bustin’ 1930s line-up bristling with free gifts.
Beryl The Peril, Black Bob, Dennis The Menace, Beano and Dandy feature ‘rare-in-condition’ high grade annuals and there are several 1960s Beano bound volumes in complete years.
This auction’s artwork section stars Desperate Dan, The Broons and Oor Wullie – and introduces the superb artwork of Martin Asbury who took over Garth from Frank Bellamy in 1976.
The US section highlights some 1950s lurid covers of Crime SuspenStories, Captain Marvel Adventures and a spasmodic run of Detective Comics from 1949 to the 1960s. Amazing Spider-Man #1 and early issues of Fantastic Four, Hulk, Silver Surfer and X-Men mutate for your attention.
In a major revamp to the site ComPal have also created their own online search facility. Comic Book Auction’s 11 year, 45 catalogue run of comics, annuals and artwork can be accessed in one searchable database, featuring over 15,000 lots of comic titles, issue numbers, years, prices, grades and descriptions.
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.