This weekend sees the latest Phil-Comics auction on eBay draw to a close, with 280 vintage comic listings on offer, including surely one of the most bizarre girls comics tie-ins ever licensed – to those of us looking backing and wondering just who thought it was a good idea at the time.
Here are just a few of the items on offer, with many lots closing for bidding on Sunday 1st August 2021, including books inspired by various TV series created by Gerry Anderson, and British comics with free gifts, too.
Perhaps the oddest item on offer, to modern eyes? A Girl comic branded carpet sweeper, one of the many items licensed for sale by publisher Hulton at the height of the weekly comic’s success…
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.
• Bidding on items in this auction begins to close on Saturday 29th May 2021
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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. 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.