The November Compalcomics auction is now up and running, offering another terrific catalogue of British and US comics, along with one of the last “Dan Dare” artworks created for the Eagle by Frank Hampson and team, a Doctor Who cover for TV Action, art by Frank Bellamy and Dudley Watkins – and much more.
The selection of pre-war British comics in this auction includes many first issues with their scarce free gifts, such as Boy’s Cinema, Modern Boy, Picture Show, School Days, Scoops No 1 (with its rare Checkerboard Puzzle free gift), Topical Times, and Wild West Weekly.
Early Dandy comics also feature, plus a full set of The Beano from 1947 in a bound volume,a long with a signed Dudley Watkins “Biffo the Bear” cover artwork from 1953. Low distribution Beano years of 1962 and 1963 complete the DC Thomson picture.
Cowboy Comics/Library is offered over three lots and Super-Detective Library highlights No 1 and 17 early issues up to No 20. Paget Publication’s Oh Boy! and Wonderman titles are also on offer, and include the ultra-rare No 22, the only compilation issue.
Jackie magazine is an icon of the Swinging 60s, its pages highlighting the burgeoning influence of Dolly Birds and Dandies in film, fashion and pop culture. 1964 – 66 are offered in fab full years.
Original artwork is to the fore with boards by Roy Wilson, “Dan Dare” by Frank Hampson and his team, one of the last initiated by Dare’s creator, “Sexton Blake” by Eric Parker, “Jeff Arnold” by Frank Humphris, Garth, “Thunderbirds” and an atmospheric Maasai warrior study by Frank Bellamy, “Charley’s War” by Joe Colquhoun and a “Doctor Who” cover from TV Action by Gerry Haylock.
The British section of the auction also includes a scarce first printing of VIZ No1 with No 4 and 16 early issues, all collected by the original owner who was a student at Newcastle Polytechnic at the time.
(Irrespective of the malign influence of Millie Tant, Buster Gonad and Victor Pratt the Stupid Twat – he still passed most of his exams).
Also included in this auction is a scarce copy of “The Nursery Alice”, published in 1890 by MacMillan & Co, a book including 20 coloured illustrations by Sir John Tenniel from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland with text adapted for nursery readers by Lewis Carroll.
The US section is busy too, and includes 1940s Batman, Detective Comics, Human Torch, Superman and Marvel Mystery Comics with a scarce ‘Canadian Whites’ selection. Silver Age titles on offer include Avengers and Fantastic Four, along with strong runs of Tales of Suspense, Tales to Astonish and X-Men.
• Bidding closes on Sunday 22nd November from 2.00 pm UK time. If you have any questions about items in this auction, please send an email 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.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Explorer (previously known as Star Trek 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.