Phil-Comics have over 500 vintage comic listings in their latest eBay auction this week, all starting at the usual 99p with no reserve, including some DC Thomson girls comics that are offered with scripts for strips inside.
Run by Phil Shrimpton, Phil Comics specialises in vintage comics and related items such as annuals, holiday specials, free gifts and original artwork.
Among the lots are a run of early issues of 2000AD, including Prog One, and, very unusually, a number of rare scripts for strips featured in a variety of girls comics – Fabulous 208, Mates, Mirabello, OK Magazine, Romeo, True Romance and Valentine.
The scripts come from the estate of a script writer, Miss Valerie Harman of North Shields, Northumberland, who had saved the original scripts and, in some cases, accompanying letters from the publisher approving the script and offering a sum of money for the rights to use it.
Offering an interesting insight into the rates paid, with some lovely letter heads from the publisher the vendor told Phil Shrimpton that Miss Harman remained single for most / all of her life, which clearly didn’t hinder her imagination in writing many a romance story!
There is a photograph we believe to be of her here, after she won a play competition, in 1965.
There are also a number of lots of comics including the free gifts they claimed with.
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.
Here’s a selection of lots on offer…
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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.