Phil-Comics offers “Eric Clapton” BEANO, “The Perishers” original art, and much more in latest auction

eBay comic auctioneers Phil-Comics first sale of 2022 sale, which begins closing this Sunday, includes a copy of The Beano made famous by rock musician Eric Clapton.

The much sought-after edition – No. 1242, cover dated 7th May 1966 – featured on the cover of the blues/blues rock album Blues Breakers, by the legendary Eric Clapton.

Released in July 1966, the album was recorded by John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton as part of the band, the second album credited to John Mayall after the live John Mayall Plays John Mayall.

From the description, it doesn’t sound to be in quite as good a condition as the copy of the same issue Phil-Comics sold last year, but it’s already attracted buds of over £150.

Also on offer is a very rare Beano Book 1941, one of the very best examples seen.

 Beano Book 1941

“This is a beautiful book” says auctioneer Phil Shrimpton, “and has been in our own personal collection since about 2003, when we bought it from the daughter of the original owner. It had been found wrapped in brown paper and stored in a tea chest for most of its life.

“It’s time to sell it on now but we’ve really cherished owning it and its been the prize of our Beano Book collection. At the time of purchase it was streets ahead of any other example we’d seen on the market, and only one or two others have been seen since in a similar condition, one ultimately selling for £700 more than our asking price.”

Here are just a few items from the rest of the the auction, which runs to over 270 lots. On offer are vintage comics, annuals, free gifts, books, bound volumes galore, plus a Dennis the Menace Fan Club set for good measure!

Cheeky, cover dated 2nd February 1980 - the last issue before its merger with Whoopee
Cheeky, cover dated 2nd February 1980 – the last issue before its merger with Whoopee
This issue of The Dandy (No. 2106), cover dated 3rd April 1982, comes with its Free Gift - a Dandy Thunderbang. This is the third Dandy Thunderbang to be produced, the first being in 1960 and the second in 1971, so 11 years between each. A popular giveaway this banger style of gift
This issue of The Dandy (No. 2106), cover dated 3rd April 1982, comes with its Free Gift – a Dandy Thunderbang. This is the third Dandy Thunderbang to be produced, the first being in 1960 and the second in 1971, so 11 years between each. A popular giveaway this banger style of gift
Dandy Book 1963
Dandy Book 1963
Early issues of Doctor Who Weekly
Early issues of Doctor Who Weekly
Dennis the Menace Fan Club Pack  - featuring the classic metal badge with furry Gnasher badge, complete in wallet with the folded out member's pack
Dennis the Menace Fan Club Pack – featuring the classic metal badge with furry Gnasher badge, complete in wallet with the folded out member’s pack
"The Perishers" original art by Dennis Collins, for the Daily Mirror - 23rd June 1979
“The Perishers” original art by Dennis Collins, for the Daily Mirror – 23rd June 1979
Superman comic #51 (1950s) K.G.Murray FR
Superman #51 (1950s) K.G.Murray FR
Warlord Summer Special 1980
Warlord Summer Special 1980
Whoopee No. 10, cover dated 11th May 1974, With Free Gift - a Lone Ranger Mask
Whoopee No. 10, cover dated 11th May 1974, With Free Gift – a Lone Ranger Mask

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.

Check out the latest auction items at ebay.co.uk/str/philcomics

• Bidding on items in this auction begins to close on Sunday 23rd January 2022

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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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