Latest Phil-Comics auction offers up more British comic classics, art rarities, too

There are over 300 comic lots in the latest Phil-Comics auction over on ebay, ending soon. On offer are plenty of early TV Century 21, Wham, #1 issues, free gifts, and some original artwork.

Included in this auction is a trio of books featuring every single “Dennis the Menace” strip drawn by David Law from The Beano (1951-1970). This doesn’t appear to be an official release, not in the UK at least, but the pictures featured indicate good quality reproduction.

Most auctions start at 99p with no reserve. The auction begins to close on Sunday 6th August 2022.

Head to www.ebay.co.uk/str/philcomics for the full catalogue, but here are a few highlights…

Here are some images of the presumed unofficial “Dennis the Menace” books..

Here’s the original comic art on offer in this auction, leading with a piece of original artwork from a collector who bought it from a retired member of DC Thomson staff.

Jack Prout and canine companion, courtesy Alan Clark

They informed the collector it is a self portrait drawn by Black Bob artist Jack Prout, which has been confirmed by a small photo of Jack supplied by comics historian Alan Clark.

The art is undated but has the feel of similar pages Phil-Comics have recently handled from the early 1950s. The style is very much in keeping with Prout’s work.

Art believed to be a 1950s self portrait of “Black Bob” artist Jack Prout
Black Bob Original Artwork from the 1965 Dandy Annual, by Jack Prout
Three original artworks for the strip (or at least story) “Happy-Go-Lucky Me”, based on the song by Frank Ifield, from artist Jim Baikie’s collection, featured in Valentine cover dated 23rd May 1964
Perishers Original Artwork for the Daily Mirror, published 25th June 1979, from the Jim Baikie Collection. Art by Dennis Collins, script by Maurice Dodd

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 a huge number of 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.

• Head to www.ebay.co.uk/str/philcomics for the full catalogue

Most auctions start at 99p with no reserve. The auction begins to close on Sunday 6th August 2022

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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