The Compalcomics February Auction is open – and there are some absolute gems on offer this time round, including a complete, very rare set of The Dandy comics published in 1944, “Dan Dare” art by Frank Hampson and Frank Bellamy, and Doctor Who art by Dave Gibbons and John Ridgway.
There’s a “Rogue Trooper” page from 2000AD by Ron Smith up for grabs, too; and two complete episodes of “Charley’s War“, with art by Joe Colquhoun – both featuring pivotal moments and images from the incredible World War One strip written by Pat Mills that first featured in the weekly war comic, Battle.
Last November, a low grade The Beano No 1 offered by Compalcomics, which it was estimated would sell for between £1500-2000, realised a strong £5100, as key UK issues continue to out-perform the market. This auction’s star DC Thomson lot is a bound complete year of The Dandy comics from 1944 in fine condition. These publisher’s war propaganda file copies will attract strong interest.
Also available is the complete collection of The Dandy for 1948, along with affordable small Dandy runs from 1940-41, and the complete Coronation year of 1953.
The Beezer boasts a strong run of bound volumes in impossibly high grades. 1957-1959 and 1961 are here along with The Topper, from 1959 and 1960.
The first 50 Cowboy Comics (Library) offered over eight lots aim for your attention, too, as does Sea War Picture Library 1-14 and some scarce Tit-Bits Sci-Fi and Wild West pocket books.
A Beano 1968 complete year bound volume in high grade vies for consideration, especially as issue 1363 heralded the first appearance of Dennis’s shy, retiring pet… Gnasher!
The UK artwork section continues with two action-packed “Dan Dare” boards, one credited to Frank Hampson, the other by Frank Bellamy.
There’s also an iconic Daily Mirror piece from 1976, introducing the “Garth” comi strip by Martin Asbury.
From the weekly war comic Battle, more “Charley’s War” pages continue to graphically illustrate the horrors of World War One, whilst Jordi Panalva’s “Maddock’s Marauders” glorify World War Two.
Doctor Who originals by Dave Gibbons and John Ridgway compete from a Police Box near you, whilst 2000AD’s “Rogue Trooper” artwork by Ron Smith tries to consume a poor, little Lettice Leaf by John Ryan.
The 1980s magazine, Look-in, is well collected for its nostalgic mix of pop, fashion and sport with strips of “Charlie’s Angels”, “Buck Rogers”, “Sapphire and Steel” and “Mork and Mindy” – the years of 1981-84 are on offer, if you’re AdamAnt.
Compalcomics tell us the first tranche of the Michael A. Cox Comic-Book Archive did exceptionally well last November and their second offering of mid to high grade Marvel and DC titles continues, including Amazing Spider-Man, The Avengers, Daredevil, Fantastic Four, The Incredible Hulk, Journey Into Mystery, Silver Surfer, X-Men, Batman, Detective Comics, Superman and World’s Finest, many key issues included.
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.