A copy of the rare giant-sized US comic Wham-O Giant Comics #1, produced by a toy company in the 1960s will go under the hammer at Phil-Comics on eBay next month – and with a line-up that includes artist Wally Wood, will surely attract much collector attention.
Proclaimed “The World’s Largest Comic”, measuring 21 x 14 inches, it’s actually just an inch shorter than Fleetway’s Big One from the mid 1960s. Wham-O Giant Comics huge size, its format also reminding me of DC Thomson tabloid British comics like Beezer and Topper, was, presumably, inspired by US newspaper Sunday comic supplements.
Published in April 1967 priced just 98 cents, its huge physical format is echoed in the roll call of creators contributing a diverse line of action, adventure and humour strips. Look out for strips by Wally Wood, Steffenagan, Ernie Colon, Lou Fine, Warren Tufts and many more, the title edited by Bill MacIntyre.
Wham-O Giant Comics #1 will appear on eBay via Phil-Comics in mid June and is graded as GD/VG. Expect bidding to be frenetic, particularly from the US where copies of this title are “as rare as hen’s teeth”.
“We’ll do our usual 99p start with no reserve and see what the market decides for its value,” says Phil Shrimpton. “It belonged to the late comic artist Jim Baikie, whose collection we’ve been selling on behalf of his family in the last year or so. He collected a really diverse range of comics, many of which we’ve not come across before.”
Jim Baikie, quite apart from his artistic legacy, deserves recognition for his eclectic taste in US and British independents many of us might be unfamiliar with, had his collection not now begun to be sold.
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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.