Keith Watson Dan Dare art up for auction, first Joe 90 and more

Dan Dare original front cover artwork (1964) by Keith Watson for The Eagle Vol: 15 No 52 As Digby is taken hostage Dan Dare floors the Mekon

Dan Dare original front cover artwork (1964) by Keith Watson for The Eagle Vol: 15 No 52 As Digby is taken hostage Dan Dare floors the Mekon

Art from Trigan Empire by Don Lawrence, Dan Dare by Keith Watson and Nellyphant by Leo Baxendale are just some of the lots in the current ComPal Auction, which closes soon.

Joe 90 No 1 (1969) with free gift, the Mac's Jet Car Kit (as new) It really works! Rare in this grade

Joe 90 No 1 (1969) with free gift, the Mac’s Jet Car Kit (as new) It really works! Rare in this grade

Also up for grabs are first issues of titles as diverse as Comic Cuts, published in 1890, Mystic, published by L. Miller in 1960 and a first issue of Joe 90 comic – with free gift.

Comic Cuts is widely regarded as the first comic and the Number One on offer is one of very few known to have survived. “It’s a bit grubby and dog-eared,” note ComPal, “but one might be after 122 years.”

Not so The Hotspur with some ultra high grade complete years of 1935 and 1938 on offer.

The first Rupert annual was published in 1936 and there’s a copy available with rare dust jacket followed by annual 2 with its original despatch box. A Beano Book 1 is also in the auction.

Rupert annual No 1

Rupert annual No 1

There are more Eagle rarities in the current auction including Keith Watson’s original artwork of a darkly threatening Mekon and another Dan Dare Walkie-Talkie Set (released in the early 1950s) produced by J & L Randall – a lot that includes one Jeff Arnold and two Dan Dare badges, Eagle Passport with all four inserts, Eagle Club Membership Card, Eagle Pocket Chess And Draughts Set in card (no pieces), three Eagle Annual and book flyers with Junior Shipmate of The Cutty Sark Eagle Certificate and six Dan Dare plastic figures.

A lot that includes a Dan Dare Walkie-Talkie Set (early 1950s) produced by J & L Randall, unused in original box. Offered with a Jeff Arnold and two Dan Dare badges, an Eagle Passport with all four inserts, an Eagle Club Membership Card, an Eagle Pocket Chess and Draughts Set in card (no pieces) - plus three Eagle Annual and book flyers with Junior Shipmate of The Cutty Sark Eagle Certificate and six Dan Dare plastic figures

A lot that includes a Dan Dare Walkie-Talkie Set (early 1950s) produced by J & L Randall, unused in original box. Offered with a Jeff Arnold and two Dan Dare badges, an Eagle Passport with all four inserts, an Eagle Club Membership Card, an Eagle Pocket Chess and Draughts Set in card (no pieces) – plus three Eagle Annual and book flyers with Junior Shipmate of The Cutty Sark Eagle Certificate and six Dan Dare plastic figures

One other fun item has to be a set of Dan Dare knitting patterns published by Sirdar in 1991, offered with some Dan Dare model figures set hand-painted metal and boxed, produced by Good Soldiers in the 1990s.

Beano - Various Fireworks IssuesOne of ComPal’s long standing customers mainly collected Christmas and Fireworks issues of Beano and Dandy and he has consigned his entire collection of war years issues right through to the 1970s.

One non-comic offering is a 1939 run of Picture Post with brilliantly evocative covers and photo-stories of Britain preparing for war.

TV Century 21 Stingray Special (1965) with free gift - Wasp and Stingray cloth badges on original wax paper backing

TV Century 21 Stingray Special (1965) with free gift – Wasp and Stingray cloth badges on original wax paper backing

A rare TV Century 21 special is also on offer, along with Fleetway’s Super Library, all 26 issues, and a fine Trigan Empire artwork by Don Lawrence.

Trigan Empire original artwork (1968) by Don Lawrence from Look And Learn 2 March 1968 Thulla's craft takes off with Janno and the Trigans as prisoners forced to search for unimaginable treasure on the planet Bolus … before launch Janno manages to cast a forlorn message in a bottle … Gouache on board. 14 x 18 ins

Trigan Empire original artwork (1968) by Don Lawrence from Look And Learn 2 March 1968 Thulla’s craft takes off with Janno and the Trigans as prisoners forced to search for unimaginable treasure on the planet Bolus … before launch Janno manages to cast a forlorn message in a bottle … Gouache on board. 14 x 18 ins

The US section highlights 1950s pre-code Horror comics with long runs of Dark Mysteries, Web Of Mystery and Marvel Tales. There are most issues of Superboy #3-75, Superman #102-300, J L A #1-164 and a Hulk #1 cents copy.

• Bidding closes on Tuesday 27th November at 8.00pm GMT. Full catalogue at www.compalcomics.com/catalogue/index.htm. If you have a question about any of the items in the catalogue, please send an email to Compalcomics director Malcolm Phillips at comicbook@compalcomics.com

The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. 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 “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.



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