Marvel Heroes tribute, Trigan Empire pages and more, on offer in this week’s  Catawiki International Original Comics Art Auction

There are a number of British comic strip pages in this week’s Catawiki International Original Comics Art Auction, which closes on Thursday, 29th September 2022.

Art on offers includes another splendid Robot Archie” page from the story “Mystery of the Giant Bats, first published in Lion in January 1967, with art by Ted Kearon.

A page from The Rise and Fall of the Trigan Empire” story, “The Three Princes, first published in Look and Learn, in 1968; and a page from “The Rise and Fall of the Trigan Empire” story, “The Doppleganger“, aka “The House of the Five Moons, published in 1973, both artworks by Don Lawrence.

"The Rise and Fall of the Trigan Empire" -"The Three Princes", art by Don Lawrence

The Three Princes” features in the Treasury of British Comics collection, The Rise and Fall of the Trigan Empire Volume II.

Trigan Empire - "The House of the Five Moons" art by Don Lawrence

The House of the Five Moons” features in the upcoming Treasury of British Comics collection of The Rise and Fall of the Trigan Empire Volume IV, on sale next month, from 26th October (although still listed as on sale this week on some sites).

Also on offer is a page from the “Olac the Gladiator” by Ruggero Giovannini, a character created by writer Brian Leigh, the Tiger strip’s initial artist uncredited. The art on offer first featured in Tiger in June 1965, according to a date scribbled in the margin.

A former British slave, Olac was one of Rome’s foremost gladiators, some of his many adventures including the prevention usurpers claiming the Emperor’s throne – and battling dinosaurs, in this story!

Ruggero is the artist most associated with the strip, although episodes were also drawn by Don Lawrence.

Tiger - "Olac the Gladiator" by Ruggero Giovannini, 19th June 1965

Lambiek notes that although employed full time by Il Vittorioso during the 1950s and 1960s, Giovannini also provided art for Fleetway group through the D’Ami studios, working on strips such as “Dick Daring” and “‘”Robin Hood” for Thriller Picture Library, “Kansas Kid” for Cowboy Picture Library, and drew both “Olac” for Tiger and “Wulf the Briton” for Express Weekly magazine.

Marvel superheroes by Eduardo Alupente

American, European and manga art includes tribute to Marvel superheroes by Eduardo Alupente; a superb action-packed page of the story Davy Crockett” by Etienne Le Rallic; some stunning art by Brice Bingono for the first volume of his ongoing series Pavillion Noir, published by Soleil, working with Éric Corbeyran; plus items from the likes of Serrat Bernat, Pasqual Ferry, René Follet, Gil Formosa, Fred Funcken, Jacques Geron, Taro Ryu Harada, Fumio Hisamatsu, Kei Ikeda, Willy Linthout, Milo Manara, Bruno Marchand, Leonardo Di Matteo, Jeff Pickering, Tekken Sishirian, Manfred Sommer, Pascal Somon, Carol Voges and many others.

• Check out the full catalogue for this week’s Catawiki International Original Comics Art Auction here – closing at 7.00pm Thursday 29th September 2022

Potential Additional International Auction Costs

This advice box was last updated on Friday 6th May 2022

The UK’s departure from the European Union means there may be additional import duties on sales.

Prior to Brexit, the effective rate of UK tax on imports of art was 5%, which is lower than most other European countries. An owner could previously import an artwork to the UK from outside the EU and was then free to transport it to other EU countries, where the import tax rates may be higher, without incurring any further import-related tax charges. If the owner then wished to bring the artwork back to the UK, there would also have been no further tax charge.

The Guardian previously reported that online orders up to £135 are now supposed to have the UK’s prevailing VAT rate added at the point of sale by the EU retailer, which has to have registered with HM Revenue & Customs.

While buying from European sellers carries the sting of larger costs, the auction house Catawiki does now endeavour to provide an estimate of those in its lot descriptions.

Unfortunately, many smaller EU-based retailers have decided that the paperwork of collecting UK VAT is not worth the hassle and as a result will no longer supply UK consumers. It has also meant that some British sellers will no longer export to Europe.

This apolitical guide outlines what you should be aware of when buying or selling art internationally but is a work in progress

Don’t forget Catawiki runs several regular auctions, including a dedicated US Comics auction, too – check out all the current lots on offer here

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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