The latest ComPal comics and comic art auction launched last week, closing on Sunday 6th June, and includes three lots of scarce 1920s Sexton Blake Library and the Waddington’s card game that goes with them. There are plenty of other great items too, including issues of Beano and Dandy for sale, plus “Garth” art by Frank Bellamy, “Charley’s War” by Joe Colquhoun, “Judge Dredd” by Ron Smith and other work by the likes of Roland Davies, Eric Parker, Roy Wilson and more.
There some unusual items too, including a very rare Super-Detective Library full colour shop card illustrating the covers of No 1: Meet The Saint and No 2: Ernest Dudley The Armchair Detective, The card is signed by author Ernest Dudley.
As well as the 1920s rarities on offer, Sexton Blake also stars in The Thriller from 1929 where ComPal offer the first 47 issues. The 1930s feature The Ranger1-112 complete run, The Surprise 1-26 and eleven Rupert Books from the maiden printing of 1936 through to the end of the 1940s
The Beano is represented with a complete year bound volume of 1948, some strong 1950s and early 60s runs and a “Whoopee Hank” original artwork by Roland Davies from Beano No 21.
The Dandy boasts 1954 and 1956 complete years and a scarce “Desperate Dan” propaganda war artwork by Dudley Watkins from 1941, where Dan captures a U-Boat to ring in the New Year!
There are some very good looking copies of the Beano and Dandy’s early stablemate Magic, too, a title cut short by paper rationing during World War Two.
There are also complete years of Radio Fun from 1945-47, the third Broons Book of 1948 and Oor Wullie from 1949, plus complete years of Eagle.
The original artwork selection includes “Sexton Blake” by Eric Parker, “Black Bob” by Jack Prout, “The Daughter of Lorna Doone” by Ron Embleton,“Fireball XL5” from TV Century 21 by Mike Noble, “Gun Law” by Paddy Nevin, “Karl The Viking” by Don Lawrence, “Sons of Grizzlies” by Denis McLoughlin, “Charley’s War” by Joe Colquhoun, “Garth” by Frank Bellamy, “Judge Dredd” by Ron Smith, “Psychedelic Girl” by Junko Mizuno and “Sweeny Toddler” by Tom Paterson.
The auction house’s super run of No 1 and early issues with their free gifts continues, including Boy’s World 1 (complete with wonderful Pathfinder Wrist Compass free gift), Battle Picture Weekly, Captain Britain, Hornet, Misty, Nutty, Plug, Rover, TV Fun, Whoopee and 2000AD Prog 1 with its red Space Spinner.
The US section includes Golden Age: All-Flash, Batman, Black Cat Mystery, Detective Comics and Marvel Mystery Comics with #1 issues of Amazing Adventures, Atomic Attack, All-American Western, Black Hood, Boy Commandos, Cannonball, Captain Flash, Grit Grady, Ibis The Invincible, Mary Marvel, Mystic, Pep Comics, Real Hit, Rocketman, Warrior and Centaur’s Wham Comics.
The Silver Age highlights first issues of Amazing Spider-Man, Daredevil, Flying Saucers, Green Lantern, Iron Man, Silver Surfer, Giant-Size X-Men with good runs of most of those titles as well, right through to the Bronze and Modern Age.
Look out too, for a copy of Dell’s adaptation of the Doctor Who and the Daleks film, and copies of Charlton’s Bionic Woman, among other goodies!
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.