If you’re a fan of The Beano or The Dandy, then the latest Compalcomics – now live – is definitely up your street, with a large number of early issues on offer, along with an assortment of comics art that includes Dan Dare, Rupert the Bear art from 1971 and a page of Oor Wullie by Dudley D. Watkins, published in 1965.
The company’s September auction delivered some superb results with a Beano Number One selling for £17,300, the complete Beano year of 1943 hammer at £2850 and the Beano Book 3 (1942) at £3050. Individual early issues continued in the high hundreds in fresh condition.
In this catalogue, along with more high grade Beanos and Magic-Beano books, it’s the turn of The Dandy with a file copy Number 1 and its original Flyer at lot 35 and Dandy Monster Comics 1, 2 and 3.
War years Christmas Dandys also feature as does the 1944 Dandy complete year where the condition of all 26 comics is exceptional. The Beano is led by a high grade Number 5 and more 1939 early issues between 12 and 75, all offered separately.
Also on offer is is Dudley Watkins Beano front cover artwork from 1969, one of the last he ever drew.
The 1960s promote flat fresh copies of Beezer and Topper, first issues of Hurricane, TV Century 21 (including a number one), Smash! Pow! and Wham! and numerous girls comics: Diana (with Golden Chain), June, Sally and Tina. There’s also a nice lot of Fireball XL5-related items that includes the Fireball XL5 spaceship (1962) produced by Quercetti complete with XL5 Spaceship, decals, launching mechanism, spare nose-cone, parachute and instructions; and a Fireball XL5 lunchbox (1964) made by King-Seeley (without flask) medium overall wear and Fireball XL5 Annuals 1 and 2.
The US section highlights early Silver Age runs of Spider-Man, Avengers, Daredevil, Nick Fury and X-Men with Journey Into Mystery #83 and a superb cents copy of Hulk #181 in [vfn+] at lot 293. Finally there are 3 strong runs of Underground Comix and a fabulous high grade CGC run of The Walking Dead #1-8 from 2003.
Compalcomics holds four auctions a year. Results of most auctions are posted online shortly after the closing date. Important Note: If you have a question about any of the items in the catalogue, please send an email to Compalcomics director Malcolm Phillips at this address: 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.