The Compalcomics August auction is open and, as ever, there’s a host of great British comic rarities on offer – and more from beyond our shores.
The star lot in this auction’s UK section is The Beano No 1 from 1938, introducing Big Eggo, Lord Snooty and His Pals, Morgyn the Mighty, Little Peanut and Tin-Can Tommy.
Also on offer are good condition Beano Books 1 and 2. Not to be outdone, The Dandy offers 80 comics between 1940-47 and Magic Comic 63, 68 and 69.
Original comic art is on offer, too, dating from 1957 – starting with Frank Bellamy’s brilliant portrayal of the battle of Omdurman for Eagle’s “Happy Warrior” strip, detailing the exploits of the 21st Lancers and their young Lieutenant, Winston Churchill.
There’s also the last board currently available of “Heros The Spartan”, three Garth artworks and an all-action piece of “Brett Million and the Ghost World”, all from the hand of the master, Frank Bellamy.
The Eagle’s Harris Tweed is also represented with a board by Captain Pugwash creator, John Ryan and it’s signed by him.
Charley Bourne’s harrowing exploits during World War One’s battle of the Somme are captured once more in two sets of “Charley’s War” artwork from Battle Picture Weekly by Joe Colquhoun – and there are several war pieces by Eric Parker as well.
Lots from the 1950s focus on a The Dandy complete year of 1953, the year of the Queen’s Coronation, with No.602 “Coronation Holiday paper” and most of the 53 issues in [fn/vfn] grades.
The complete years of Topper (1953) 1-47 and (1954) 48-99 are also on offer, along with 1955 and 1956, missing a couple of issues each.
The 1960s are dominated by a run of TV Comic complete years from 1962-1967 with all the TV Comic Summer/Holiday Specials – and most of the many free gifts, too. There’s Hornet, Victor and Valiant with lots of their free gifts intact in this auction, too.
The US section starts with some early 1950s Batman and DetectiveComics Australian reprints. The Marvel Silver Age is represented by long mid-1960s runs of Amazing Spider-Man, The Avengers, Captain America, Daredevil, Fantastic Four, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man, Journey into Mystery, Strange Tales, Tales Of Suspense and X-Men.
Akira (1992-95) issues 31-38 are all offered separately and all in high grades.
Finally, who wouldn’t want a copy of Batman & Me by Eclipse Books in 1989? In this instance, a limited edition copy, No 305 of 1000, signed by Bob Kan, with a further full page Batman head sketch also signed by him, another signed by Neal Adams and yet another Batman signed and dedicated by actor Adam West. Book and slipcase as new! POW! SMASH! BANG!
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.