Zip Nolan art by Reg Bunn spotted in latest Catawiki International Comic Art Auction

There are still a few hours to bid on items in the latest weekly Catawiki International Comic Art Auction, with a cracking early “Zip Nolan” page from Lion by Reg Bunn, the script attributed to Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel, among the British artworks on offer.

Here are some of the gems going under the hammer today…

A wonderful splash page drawn by the brilliant Reg Bunn for the “Zip Nolan” series for Lion, from a “Spot the Clue” story first published in 1963. The script is attributed to Jerry Siegel, co-creator of Superman, who also created The Spider for Lion, also drawn by Bunn.

Spot the Clue with Zip Nolan, written by Jerry Siegel, art by Reg Bunn (Lion, 1963)
Spot the Clue with Zip Nolan, written by Jerry Siegel, art by Reg Bunn (Lion, 1963)

A sSplash page from the story “Robot Archie and the Superons” drawn by Edward “Ted” Kearon, first published in Lion, in 1968.

Robot Archie and the Superons - Lion, 1968, art by Ted Kearon

There’s another Robot Archie page on offer, too, from the 1966 story, “Archie and the Giant Scorpion, also for Lion, also by Kearon – the final page of the tale in fact!

Robot Archie and the Giant Scorpion - Lion, art by Ted Kearon

Another page from “The Rise and Fall of the Trigan Empire” story, “The Puppet Emperor, is also on offer, first featured in Look and Learn in 1970, with art by Don Lawrence.

 “The Rise and Fall of the Trigan Empire”, “The Puppet Emperor”, art by Don Lawrence (1970)

An “Andy Capp” strip by Reg Smythe, published in the Sunday Mirror on 10th June 1991, completes the obvious British comic-related items.

“Andy Capp” strip by Reg Smythe, published in the Sunday Mirror on 10th June 1991,

However, it’s entirely possible a World War Two painting by Fernando Fernández on offer featured on the cover of a picture library comic in the 1970s. That dramatic pice is offered alongside one of his eye-catching western covers.

There’s art by José González, too – one of his “Bobbsey Twins” book covers, and an eye-catching cover with an Asian theme commissioned by Konsultmedia.

A shout too, for some gorgeous work by Daniel Hulot, a fun original illustration, Kervin et le lapin de pâques”, by Philippe Luguy, and a superb acrylic illustration by René Follet.

Check out items offered by Catawiki in their International Comic Art category – auction closing today, Thursday 24th February 2022, at 7.00pm

Potential Additional International Auction Costs

This advice box was last updated on Friday 6th May 2022

The UK’s departure from the European Union means there may be additional import duties on sales.

Prior to Brexit, the effective rate of UK tax on imports of art was 5%, which is lower than most other European countries. An owner could previously import an artwork to the UK from outside the EU and was then free to transport it to other EU countries, where the import tax rates may be higher, without incurring any further import-related tax charges. If the owner then wished to bring the artwork back to the UK, there would also have been no further tax charge.

The Guardian previously reported that online orders up to £135 are now supposed to have the UK’s prevailing VAT rate added at the point of sale by the EU retailer, which has to have registered with HM Revenue & Customs.

While buying from European sellers carries the sting of larger costs, the auction house Catawiki does now endeavour to provide an estimate of those in its lot descriptions.

Unfortunately, many smaller EU-based retailers have decided that the paperwork of collecting UK VAT is not worth the hassle and as a result will no longer supply UK consumers. It has also meant that some British sellers will no longer export to Europe.

This apolitical guide outlines what you should be aware of when buying or selling art internationally but is a work in progress

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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