A rare original 1940 Beano Book is just one of the British comic items on offer from The Comic Collector this weekend, as the eBay auctioneer and comic shop launches its first regular monthly event.
The book is in a well loved state, with a respectable spine, grubby boards, and a slightly loose cover board… But don’t judge a book by its cover – the interior is in nice condition with very few tears, some minor scribble and is extremely readable.
Also in the auction, which is live now, launching at 5.00pm UK time on Saturday 22nd August, and lasting 10 days, is an original full Warlord Fan Club pack, a full year of Hotspur from 1963 and high quality copy of the 1951 book Black Bob the Wonder Dog, from The Dandy.
The Comic Collector specialises in vintage British comics, from the obvious Beano, Dandy and 2000AD to the lesser known Bullet, Nutty and Magic.
“For my auctions, I have some very nice comics planned to be sold, each with a 99p start bid and no reserve,” owner and auction runner Willoughby Hurrell tells downthtubes.
Offering a range of British comic items on a regular basis, we’re told the company will do deals on some items, and they are interested in buying all pre-millennium comics and comic related ephemera, single issues or complete collections.
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.