“Eric Clapton Beano” offered in latest Phil-Comics auction

A much sought-after copy of The Beano – No. 1242, cover dated 7th May 1966, which featured on the cover of an album by the legendary Eric Clapton – is up for sale from eBay auctioneer Phil Comics.

Bidding is in three figures for the collectable and sought-after issue being held by Eric Clapton on the cover of the Blues Breakers album, the comic described as a fine example of the issue – and one of many Beano and Dandy comics (1940s to 1960s) in the current auction.

Released in July 1966, Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton is a blues/blues rock album recorded by John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton as part of the band, the second album credited to John Mayall after the live John Mayall Plays John Mayall.

Run by Phil Shrimpton, Phil Comics specialises in vintage comics and related items such as annuals, holiday specials, free gifts and original artwork.

Holding monthly eBay auctions, often with 500+ listings, they aim to bring a diverse array of items – and are always on the lookout for vintage comic collections, either to buy or auction on commission.

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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.

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