*DC: Oliver (Green Arrow) Queen was dusted off by Neal Adams and given a new look and a new lease of life in 1969; he came to prominence in the famous Green Lantern/Green Arrow series by Adams, but it was here, in the Brave & the Bold #85 that Adams first revealed GA’s new look and hard-edged attitude. This pence stamped copy is tight with good staples, unspoilt cover image and decent page quality, with just minor edge wear and corner blunting.
PICTURED: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD #85 FN+ p £50
*DC: The original and best (we think) iteration of Harley Quinn this week in her original costume in some tough to find appearances: 3 issues of Catwoman from 2000/01 and 5 issues of Gotham City Sirens, where she co-starred with Catwoman and Poison Ivy. See our catalogue for details. Harl says: ‘What’s this about me being the fourth pillow of the DCU? I need all six pillows!’
PICTURED: CATWOMAN #83 FN+ £5.50
GOTHAM CITY SIRENS #20 FN- £6
*DC: Sometimes it’s difficult to remember that Swamp Thing was around a long time before Alan Moore got his teeth into him. The series that commenced in 1982 and started out as Saga Of The Swamp Thing and was the one in which Moore raised Swampy to the height of his fame (even more than the earlier Bernie Wrightson series) existed for some 19 issues before Moore, and we have most of those fresh into stock from #1, all in high grade; see our catalogue listing for full details.
PICTURED: SWAMP THING (SAGA OF THE) #1 VF/NM £15
*Marvel: Well, I don’t think anyone saw this coming back in 1973! In Amazing Spider-Man #121, Gwen Stacey died at the hands of the Green Goblin, and that villain perished himself in the very next issue. These landmark stories still resonate to this day, and although perhaps somewhat diluted by the return of both characters (hey kids, this IS comics!), the impact at the time was momentous and both issues still attract much collector interest. Our latest #121 is VF+, glossy with good tight staples and vivid cover colour; there are a couple of very minor pressure points near upper and lower staples that stop us grading it higher. Our new #122 is VF/NM with great cover gloss, tight staples and presents flat; just miniscule wear marks to the upper and lower right cover corners are really the only defects. Both are cents copies of course, since these issues were not distributed in the UK.
PICTURED: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN
#121 VF+ £325
#122 VF/NM £300
*Marvel: Lee & Kirby’s Fantastic Four added to its many innovations in 1966’s FF #52, when they introduced the first black super-hero in comics. Previously, the vanishingly rare heroic black characters in comics had been either embarrassing sidekicks or ‘noble savages’, but the Black Panther was the monarch of a highly sophisticated and technologically advanced African nation, Wakanda, and was to become not only one of the FF’s greatest allies, but a mainstay of their fellow heroes, the Avengers. Following his spectacular big-screen success, T’Challa’s earliest appearances have never been in higher demand. This is a low grade and thus relatively affordable pence printed copy, with a loose centrefold and moderate-heavy spine wear, with weakness at staples and some spine roll at the top half; the top of the back cover is slightly frayed and there are a couple of small cover tears (front and back) and quite a lot of edge wear and minor creasing at edges, plus one long diagonal colour-breaking crease across the top right half of the comic, although this is not too pronounced. Page quality is okay, if a little tired and dog-eared in places. Not a copy to be too proud of, but a nice budget-conscious gap-filler on what has become a very expensive item.
PICTURED: FANTASTIC FOUR #52 GD- p £185
*Marvel: The cover of Daredevil #5 is vibrant with colour, from the costumes of DD himself and new villain the Matador, plus the party guests in the background and the background graduated orange. A truly fitting scene for the debut of fan favourite artist Wally Wood, and the start of his short but defining stint on the series. This CGC 4.5 (VG+) unrestored blue label copy is beautiful to behold and is pence stamped.
PICTURED: DAREDEVIL #5 CGC 4.5 VG+ p £90
*Marvel: In the mid-1970s, Marvel supplemented the output on its most popular titles with its Giant-Size range. These were comics of normal dimensions apart from being extra-thick with loads of pages. Usually a mix of new material and reprint, such was the case with your friendly neighbourhood web-slinger. We have issues #1-5 new into stock, often more than one copy of each with a choice of grades; as a bonus, there’s also a copy of the one-off Giant-Size Super-Heroes #1 Featuring Spider-Man, listed with the rest under Spider-Man, Amazing in our catalogue.
PICTURED: GIANT-SIZE SPIDER-MAN #1 VF/NM £60 SOLD
*Marvel: Johhny Storm, aka the Human Torch, matches his fire to both ice and water this week, also featuring two of the earliest Dr Strange stories. In Strange tales #107, the Torch battles the Sub-Mariner in Namor’s 4th Silver Age Appearance. In #113 he meets the menace of the Plantman for the first time and also his new girlfriend Dorrie Evans. In #117 he’s up against the Eel, with Dr Strange facing ‘The Terrble Traps of Baron Mordo’. In #120, the Torch fights alongside the X-Men’s Iceman, while Doc Strange enters ‘The House Of Shadows’. Great stuff all the way!
PICTURED: STRANGE TALES
#107 GD- p £45
#120 GD- p £9.75 SOLD
*Horror 1940-1959: Superior was a Canadian publisher active from 1945-1956 who mostly reprinted American comics from the same time period. They also published a number of original series that were distributed in the United States. Among these were three horror titles famous for their hallucinogenic covers and accomplished Fiction House style interior art. When you see a lot of these together, they have an almost hypnotic and uncomfortable effect. Our focus this week is on issues #5-8 of one of those titles: Mysteries Weird & Strange; mid-grade fairly nice copies this time, with specific defects listed below.
PICTURED: MYSTERIES WEIRD & STRANGE ALL SOLD
#5 VG+ £175 Small upper spine split
#6 VG £150 Upper spine split
#7 VG/FN £190
#8 VG+ £175
*Horror/Mystery 1960-1980s: New in this week, a consecutive run of Adventure Into Fear (listed in our catalogue as Fear, later Adventure into) from #23 to #31, the final issue, all starring Morbius the Living Vampire. Included is #24, the crossover with Blade, the Vampire Slayer.
*Romance: A classic of the romance genre this week from Simon & Kirby; from 1949, Vol 2 #5 of Prize Comics’ Young Romance (also numbered as #11 in the series). A title later famously taken over by DC, ’52 pages of real life comics’, started out with a packed 15 pager by Simon & Kirby, and although there’s a lot of captions and word balloons, the King’s art style really shines through, particularly on the glorious splash page and the ironic cover. Subsequent stories by accomplished artists of the time such as Leonard Starr, Lee Elias and Bill Draut. This is a nice mid-grade copy with deep cover colour, very slight spine roll and minor corner blunting but hey, great for a 71 year old!
PICTURED: YOUNG ROMANCE V2 #5 VG/FN £52
*Vintage Magazine-Sized Comics: Tapping into the Martial Arts zeitgeist of the 1970s, Marvel’s Deadly Hands Of Kung Fu magazine starred Shang-Chi and Iron Fist, as you might expect, but also other Kung Fu stars such as the Sons of the Tiger, Daughters of the Dragon and, um, Bruce Lee (who I don’t think was copyrighted by Marvel). Lots of issues new in, including the Special Album Edition, mostly in low and affordable grades. Consult our catalogue for details.
*Vintage UK/Australian Reprints of US Material: Confusingly, there were two series of UK Flash in the early 1960s, the first lasting just five issues and the second just four. The first, from Strato/Thorpe & Porter, featured two early Silver Age Flash stories and a host of DC science-fiction shorts each issue. The second, from Thorpe & Porter/Top Sellers, also each featured two early Silver Age Flash stories and several Golden Age Wonder Woman stories. We have issues from both series new in; check out our catalogue listing.
PICTURED: FLASH #3 (2ND SERIES) VG+ £20
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: Just one Free Gift issue here this week, a Wizard from 1960, #1785. It comes complete with its Free Gift: ‘My Own Log Book Of Locomotives’. The comic is in FN shape, the gift has a very rusty staple, but otherwise okay; it should be noted that the sheet of glossy photos (the first set of six to stick in the booklet) are present and not cut from their sheet, although the sheet itself has become stuck to the inside rear page of the booklet.
PICTURED: WIZARD #1785 FN WITH FREE GIFT GD £25 SOLD
*Boys’ Adventure & War Picture Libraries: We’ve seen a great rise in interest and collectability in recent years for DC Thomson’s Starblazer from 1979. So we’re delighted to have five of the first ten issues back in stock, including the first two. Full details as always in our catalogue.
PICTURED: STARBLAZER #1 FN £20 SOLD
*TV & Film Related Comics: Small additions to our stocks of two fan favourite Gerry Anderson titles, Joe 90 and Lady Penelope, as listed in our catalogue.
*Girls’ Comics: Another brace of Free Gift issues from the UK’s longest running girls’ title this week. From 1968, #561 comes with ‘Pearly Tiara’, #562 with ‘Your Very Own Badge’, complete with your initials. Both comics are VG, having suffered some creasing in storage with their gifts over the years; in addition #562 has a small cover puncture from the plastic pin of the badge. Both gifts are VF, the tiara still sealed in its plastic wallet, the badge complete with its unused sheet of initial options.
#561 VG WITH FREE GIFT VF £40
#562 VG WITH FREE GIFT VF £40
Well, now that we’ve finished listing and marketing the Square Mile Collection, we’ve archived a feature about it and listed all the comics it contained. You can read our thoughts and see images of all the comics on our Extras page here.
Some Square Mile copies are still available, but we recommend you move fast!
Since we’re now trading by mail order only, it gives us the chance to maintain our catalogue even more accurately. All items sold since lockdown are now being deleted within a few days of sale. We are also working through our entire catalogue to delete those items that sold pre-lockdown since files were last updated. This means that as we finish updating a file, you can rely on the catalogue for that category being (and staying) as close to 100% accurate as it is possible to get, with virtually everything available, apart from items sold in the last few days (and just a tiny amount of human error). We have now completed this exercise for the following categories from our British section:
*Vintage UK/Australian Reprints of US Material
*Alan Class Reprints
All categories down to this point in our Catalogue Index have now been Super-Housekept! We will continue to post here as we make progress.
The world has changed since we acquired the Square Mile Collection towards the end of 2019. Although we’ve been listing comics from it virtually every week since November (apart from our two months of lockdown) it has of course taken us much longer than we expected to get to this momentous day when we unveil the final item. So, one final time…
This is an early Silver Age Collection from an original owner notable for the freshness and vibrancy of the cover colours and page quality; even those with minor reading and handling wear are vastly superior to the majority of comics that have been in circulation since the 1960s. The average grade is well above Fine, with many much nicer. Each comic will come branded with a special label and certificate of authenticity verifying it as part of the Square Mile Collection.
I doubt we’ll ever see a collection of this quality and vintage again, with so many key issues. In the near future, we’ll be adding a feature on this special collection to our Extras page. In the meantime, there are still a few comics available from this collection in our DC & Marvel listings which haven’t yet been snapped up, if you want to buy a piece of history. Then, of course, there’s this very last comic…
*Marvel: Well, here it is, the final item from the Square Mile Collection, slabbed by CGC. Amazing Spider-Man #1 features the origin of Spidey re-told, and the first appearances of J. Jonah Jameson and the Chameleon, as well as the first ever Fantastic Four crossover. This cornerstone of the Marvel Age of Comics is a 6.5 (FN+) copy that presents beautifully. It’s a UK pence printed variant with off-white to white pages; CGC Universal grade, blue label, no restoration. The crowning glory of the Square Mile Collection and great to own for investment potential as well as for bragging about it in your collection…
PICTURED: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1 CGC 6.5 FN+ p £16,750 SOLD
*DC: One of the definitive Batman covers of the new look this week, with Batman #169 and the Penguin in his second Silver Age appearance. Beautifully rendered by Carmine Infantino, the Dynamic Duo watch on as the Master of Fowl Play jets off from a rooftop on his jet-propelled umbrella, against a backdrop sky of the richest, most lush shade of purple that only DC’s colourists could produce. A classic for fans of the contemporary TV series. This is a cover that really needs to be unspoilt, as it is here on this lovely copy, glossy, tight and flat with excellent staples and page quality, the most minor edge wear (except for some very narrow creasing at the right edge) and a tiny chip out of the bottom right corner. For perfectionists, we also have an even nicer copy listed in our catalogue.
PICTURED: BATMAN #169 FN p £95 SOLD
*DC: I make no secret of the fact that Lobo isn’t my personal cup of tea; if I was writing the DCU, he most assuredly wouldn’t be in it. However, there’s no denying that the Main Man has a certain notoriety and popularity with a certain audience, and if you’re one of them, you’re sure to want his first appearance in your collection, which came a staggering 37 years ago in Omega Men #3. A nice (!) copy, with a couple of non-colour breaking creases in the spine area and some handling wear along the top.
PICTURED: OMEGA MEN #3 VF- £30 SOLD
*DC/Marvel: In 1976, after some delicate negotiations, the two major publishers decided to pool their talents and create a team-up between their two iconic characters which proved too big for a regular-sized comic – so the tabloid-sized format, as seen in Marvel’s Treasury Editions and DC’s Limited Collectors’ Editions, was co-opted for this epic event! While Wizard of Oz is technically the first Marvel/DC co-production, that’s really just DC piggybacking onto a project Marvel had already produced, to avoid litigation (long story, Google it if you’re bothered). This was the first true collaboration between the titans of the comics industry, and it’s a tribute to the organisation involved that Superman and Spider-Man (as well as guest villains Lex Luthor and Doctor Octopus) are note perfect in this mega-sized saga. This is a FN pence copy of this ground-breaking item, light to moderate edge and corner wear, but clean and unimpaired cover, nice interior pages, and the squarebound spine, though slightly stressed in places, strong and intact.
PICTURED: SUPERMAN VS THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN FN p £60 SOLD
*Marvel: Issues of Fantastic Four below #20 are turning up much more rarely these days, and being snapped up when they do. This beautiful copy of #16 features the villainy of Doctor Doom and guest-stars Ant-Man in one of the earliest Marvel crossovers, back when such things were still a special event. Lee & Kirby are at the height of their powers on this early issue. A tight, flat and glossy pence-printed copy with white pages and excellent staples; only minimal corner blunting and the tiniest of creases at right edge top and bottom, only visible on close inspection; there is a very faint line along about 6 cm of the right cover edge, barely visible; wonderfully fresh and unspoilt cover image.
PICTURED: FANTASTIC FOUR #16 VF- p £375 SOLD
*Marvel: With Jolly Jack Kirby leaving the art chores of the X-Men after issue #11, Stan Lee realised he had to crank up the excitement to keep readers’ attention, and he certainly achieved it with this dynamic two-parter which introduced one of the X-Men’s (and the broader Marvel Universe’s) most powerful opponents, the Juggernaut! Cain Marko, the hitherto unsuspected step-brother of the X-Men’s mentor Professor Xavier, dabbled with arcane forces and was transformed into the embodiment of an irresistible force – giving him the power to crush his hated step-sibling, and his super-powered students! This two-parter reveals the origins of Professor X and the Juggernaut, and reveals some of the reasons why Xavier set about training the new generation of mutants. #12 is a decent lower graded pence stamped copy, slightly mis-cut so that more of the white spine shows towards the bottom, but apart from fine lines of edge wear and corner blunting isn’t too bad. The back cover is actually much worse, with creasing, staining and a small chip out of the edge. Staples are firmly attached and page quality is okay. #13 is a little better, pence printed, edge wear and corner blunting with a long colour-breaking crease across bottom front cover, good staples and page quality and overall a cleaner and fresher copy.
#12 GD p £140 SOLD
#13 VG- p £65
*Marvel: In the fifth Annual (or King-Size Special as they called it back then) of Amazing Spider-Man, Stan Lee and Larry Leiber brought us the previously untold story of Peter Parker’s deceased parents. Were they really spies and traitors? Spidey goes on an international mission of discovery and a trail that leads him to the Red Skull. We have a beautiful copy new in this week, with brilliant cover colour and gloss, no markings, tightly bound with an intact squarebound spine, sharp corners, white pages and only the most minimal wear at top and bottom spine precluding a NM grade. A gem.
PICTURED: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL #5 VF/NM £130 SOLD
*Marvel: The villain of Avengers #196, the Taskmaster, is slated to be the Big Bad of the upcoming Black Widow movie. The polymath skill-pilferer has proved one of the more popular characters from the later 20th Century Marvel Universe, achieving the status of reluctant anti-hero through nuanced and well-written stints in the series Avengers: The Initiative and Avengers Academy. Having made a menacing last page cameo in the preceding issue, #196 is the Taskmaster’s first full appearance, and this copy is high grade, with virtually no defects except for the tiniest bit of handling wear at top edge. Shiny, tight, flat, sharp and all those other adjectives we apply to really nice copies.
PICTURED: AVENGERS #196 NM- £130
*Marvel: From 1994, another complete Venom mini-series told with the usual finesse and restraint that this character is known to bring out from creators. This time it’s Venom: Nights Of Vengeance, all 4 issues now available in VF/NM or NM grade. See our catalogue for the full listing.
*Charlton: From 1952, the first nine issues of Charlton’s Space Adventures science fiction anthology series. Many notable features of this series: #1 has a world on fire cover by Fago/Morales, #4 & #6 have flying saucer covers, #7 has the famous sex change story ‘Transformation’, #8 has a robot cover and #9 an A-bomb panel. A heady mix of retro interplanetary adventure from way back when. A few issues are pictured below; check out our catalogue listings for full information including condition descriptions.
PICTURED: SPACE ADVENTURES
#2 App FN £95 SOLD
#4 GD £50
#7 App GD/VG £50 SOLD
#8 VG/FN £90 SOLD
*Miscellaneous 1960 Onwards: Alan Moore’s sixteen issues of Miracleman are widely regarded as one of the great classics of modern age comics (if you count the 1980s as modern, that is). He took an ersatz Captain Marvel, invented as Marvelman in the 1950s when Len Miller’s license to reprint the captain ran out, and rebranded him as an adult super-hero for the times, in one of the greatest sequences of comics ever created IMHO. Originally serialised in Warrior Magazine, Marvelman changed to Miracleman when published by Eclipse in the USA (need I cite obvious copyright reasons?) and the series got its conclusion there, at least as far as Moore was concerned. When joined by artist John Totleben for the last issues, story and art clicked seamlessly, if somewhat horrifically. Issue #15 has the lowest print run of the series (possibly due to its gruesome content) and is regarded as the key issue featuring the conclusion of Miracleman’s mortal combat with his former sidekick Kid Miracleman — and if that sounds silly, let me assure you it isn’t. Not for the squeamish. A great copy on offer, with only the smallest spine ticks precluding a NM grade or higher.
PICTURED: MIRACLEMAN #15 VF/NM £60 SOLD
*Horror/Mystery 1960-1980s: It was just recently that Will provided a definitive guide to Archie’s brief Red Circle horror line (see Red Circle Sorcery: Archie’s Best-Kept Secret) where there are also lots more images, and there’s nothing I can add to comment on that superb and obscure little excursion by Archie from 1973-74, except to say that what Will’s article doesn’t tell you is how much of a bargain these comics are — we have issues #3-11 or Chilling Adventures in Sorcery/Red Circle Sorcery and #95-97 of Madhouse, the companion title, which comprises the entire 12 issue run (we also have #2 of Chilling Adventures which preceded, but is a different animal). All issues can be picked up for between £2 and £9 each, depending on grade; Will did mention how hard these were to track down, but now we’ve got ’em — in spades, with a choice of grades on most issues.
PICTURED: RED CIRCLE SORCERY
#7 FN+ £8.50
#11 FN £5
MADHOUSE #97 VF £8.25
*Phantom: A much overdue top-up to our depleted stocks of Phantom, the ever popular jungle adventurer, all US issues this time. Many King and Charlton issues of the main American run, plus a rare King 1973 reprint and one issue of the DC Mini-Series. There’s a legion of fans out there for this character, and issues rarely stay in stock for long…
PICTURED: PHANTOM #60 FN+ p £7.75
*Alan Class Reprints: A further selection of Alan Class issues reprinting classic Marvel Silver Age stories in Secrets Of The Unknown, Sinister Tales, Suspense and Weird Planets, both certificated by Alan Class himself and regular editions. Characters include: Fantastic Four, Daredevil, Avengers, Captain America, Dr Strange, Silver Surfer and Ant-Man & the Wasp. See our catalogue for more details.
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: Warlord, starting in 1974, was a late entrant by D C Thomson into the traditional British war comic stakes, but attained a popularity which endured for 12 years and 627 issues. This week we have three consecutive early issues, complete with their spiffy Free Gifts. All three comics vary from GD to VG, mostly because of the ink stacking defect quite common in this series, where an imprint of the back cover of one issue is shown to varying degrees on the front cover of the one is was stacked on before the ink was dry. Free Gifts are nice as follows: #18 has two model fighter planes of WW2, still unassembled in their original envelopes (envelopes slightly grubby, but unopened); #19 has two further such models in the same condition and #20 has a sheet of stick-on badges in pristine condition.
PICTURED: WARLORD ALL SOLD
#18 GD WITH FREE GIFT FN/VF £30
#19 GD/VG WITH FREE GIFT FN/VF £30
#20 VG WITH FREE GIFT VF £25
*Boys’ Adventure & War Picture Libraries: A further update to our stocks of the premier war-themed Picture Library, D C Thomson’s Commando, all in the 800’s, mostly in VF grade with a few FN issues; a lot of numbers previously missing from our listing. Consult our catalogue for full details.
*TV & Film Related Comics: Undoubtedly, the most obscure Gerry Anderson comic is Candy, a Younger Readers’ series which Anderson conceived as a comic with photographed rather than drawn images. It’s the story of two dolls (Candy & Andy) who live with their guardian giant pandas (don’t ask me why). Legend has it that Anderson was hoping this set up would take the world by storm, and that he was hoping for a TV series, but frankly, given the stills which adorn the covers, the characters come across as more creepy than cuddlesome, but nevertheless the comic lasted 150+ issues, enhanced by the media presence of co-stars Topo Gigio, Tingha and Tucker, and Winnie the Pooh. The unusual landscape format of the earlier issues lends the series an added quirkiness. In recent years, the series has gone from obscure oddity to cult collectable amongst Fandersons with rising prices, although it’s by far the rarest of all the Anderson material. We doubt there are too many copies of #1 around still with its Free Gift, but we’re very fortunate to have one this week. The comic is VG/FN, with very minor spine wear, clean and unmarred; we don’t know if this issue was published with staples, but this copy has never had any. The Free Gift (Candy’s Magic Painting Book), is an unused VF/NM. I doubt you’ll get many chances to add this to your collection.
PICTURED: CANDY #1 VG/FN WITH FREE GIFT VF/NM £150 SOLD
*Girls’ Comics: From 1960 to 1967, Princess weekly delighted a generation of proper young ladies, with its pretention to being a ‘magazine’ – photo-covers and lots of educational, historical and how-to features. But the comic strips kept the readers coming back for more, including ‘Alona the Wild One’, ‘The Happy Days’ and (in glorious painted colour) ‘Amber Ridd, Daughter of Lorna Doone’. New in this week we have a selection from 1960 and 1963-67, including Christmas and April Fool issues and 14th August 1965, with the first part of the adaptation of John Wyndham’s ‘Chocky’.
PICTURED: PRINCESS 14/8/65 VG £4 SOLD
*Clearance Corner: In the 1980s, Dragon Lady Press produced magazine-sized collections of several of the classic American newspaper strips, usually of 60+ pages each and beautifully reproduced in crystal clear black and white. We have 13 of these volumes, all in high grade, in this week’s clearance, comprising the following strips: Mary Perkins on Stage by Leonard Starr, Secret Agent X9 by Al Williamson (x 2 different), Mandrake the Magician by Lee Falk, Tales Of The Green Beret by Joe Kubert, Smilin’ Jack by Zack Mosley, Dick Tracy by Collins & Locher, Brenda Starr by Dale Messick, Buz Sawyer by Roy Crane (x 3 different) and Wash Tubbs/Captain Easy also by Roy Crane (x 2 different). A wealth of reading with these iconic characters for just £25 post free in the UK (only). A photo sample of some is shown here.
Since we’re now trading by mail order only, it gives us the chance to maintain our catalogue even more accurately. All items sold since lockdown are now being deleted within a few days of sale. We are also working through our entire catalogue to delete those items that sold pre-lockdown since files were last updated. This means that as we finish updating a file, you can rely on the catalogue for that category being (and staying) as close to 100% accurate as it is possible to get, with virtually everything available, apart from items sold in the last few days (and just a tiny amount of human error). We have now completed this exercise for the following category from our American section:
*Magazines/Books About Vintage US Comics
and from our American/British section:
*Tarzan/E R Burroughs
*Mad & Other Parody
*Memorabilia & Esoterica
All categories down to this point in our Catalogue Index have now been Super-Housekept! Thus we have completed all American and all American/British stock; British categories commence next week. We will continue to post here as we make progress.
This is an early Silver Age Collection from an original owner notable for the freshness and vibrancy of the cover colours and page quality; even those with minor reading and handling wear are vastly superior to the majority of comics that have been in circulation since the 1960s. The average grade is well above Fine, with many much nicer.
We’ve been releasing comics from this amazing collection since last November and we’re down to the last two comics now, but stick around for the grand finale next week — it’s a doozy! Each comic will come branded with a special label and certificate of authenticity verifying it as part of the Square Mile Collection. Here’s this week’s (and if you think this is sensational, just wait till next week):
*Marvel: With the fifth issue of the flagship title of the Marvel Universe, the FF met the Big Bad: Victor Von Doom, Monarch of Latveria, a scientific genius who had to hide his disfigured features behind a metal mask (and went in for a whole suit of armour to boot). Doom started out here, and went on to become not only the FF’s arch-nemesis, but arguably the major villain of the entire MU. This Square Mile Collection copy is typical of this pedigree, with lovely white pages and just a minimum of wear at spine and edges, very fine creases just breaking colour. A beautiful clean cover image with great gloss and colour. High resolution images are available on request.
PICTURED: FANTASTIC FOUR #5 FN- p £4,500 SOLD
*DC: Slade Wilson, a.k.a. Deathstroke (also known for much of his career as ‘the Terminator’, until Arnie’s agents said the magic words, ‘Cease & Desist’) made his first appearance in New Teen Titans #2, the successful Wolfman/Perez revival of the faltering franchise. Already a hit, the New Teen Titans’ fortunes rose with those of Mr. Slade as their recurring arch-nemesis, and eventually he went on to star in several series of his own, as well as media appearances in the ‘Arrow’ TV show and elsewhere. This is a very nice copy, with a tiny non-colour breaking crease across the right top corner and minor handling wear at the spine, but tight staples, great cover colour and gloss.
PICTURED: NEW TEEN TITANS #2 FN/VF p £75
*DC: A good, solid, pre UK distribution Batman comic from 1958 this week. Batman #120 features three crime mysteries pencilled by Sheldon Moldoff and cover features ‘The Airborne Batman’ with art by Curt Swan. A decent Good graded copy with edge wear and a small lower spine split, but unmarred cover image and good staples. Also available in VG as listed in our catalogue.
PICTURED: BATMAN #120 GD £50 SOLD
*DC: A nice run of Action Comics in this week, between #271 and #300. My favourite period for the Man and Maid of Steel this, at the artistic hands of Curt Swan and Jim Mooney respectively, with famous storylines and guest appearances from their Silver Age cast. Issues include #284 with Mon-El, #286 with the Legion of Super-Villains, #287 with the Legion of Super-Heroes, #296 with giant ants, #298 (Lex Luthor gets super-powers) and the less common #300 with its classic cover shown here.
PICTURED: ACTION COMICS #300 VG p £19
*Marvel: We’re always happy to welcome an early Spider-Man issue illustrated by Steve Ditko (the only ‘proper’ Spider-Man artist, excellent later contributors notwithstanding), and this one’s a bit special, featuring as it does the first guest appearance of the then-fledgling Man Without Fear, Daredevil, and, we believe, his only guest-appearance in his original black & gold costume! Teamed with Spider-Man against the menace of the Ringmaster (against whose hypnosis DD’s blindness gives him an unexpected immunity) and his Circus of Crime, this action-packed issue is a nice companion to Daredevil #16 (which we featured last week), in that it features Ditko’s art on Daredevil, rather than Romita’s on Spider-Man. A nice copy with square corners, an unspoilt cover image and only very minimal spine wear; the only notable defect is that the staples are slightly to the back of the spine and have become slightly loose as a result of that on the back cover only. A very handsome addition to a Ditko Spidey collection.
PICTURED: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #16 VG/FN p £200 SOLD
*Marvel: A significant latecomer to the Silver Marvel Age, the enigmatic synthezoid, the Vision premiered in Avengers #57 as a villainous pawn of the evil Ultron. Rapidly being discovered to be misguided, he was offered membership the next issue, in one of the most rapid reforms ever, and became a mainstay of the Avengers and the MU in general, particularly through his convoluted relationship with the Scarlet Witch. Based on a Simon & Kirby character from the 1940s, Roy Thomas’ love affair with all things Golden Age stood him in good stead, as the Vision captured the hearts and minds of readers worldwide… though the exquisite art by John Buscema doubtless didn’t hurt! Now a pillar of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the Vision’s star continues to rise. This copy of his debut issue is in clean, umarred condition, with just a little spine and edge wear and slight corner blunting precluding a higher grade. Excellent tight staples and nice off-white to white pages.
PICTURED: AVENGERS #57 FN- p £160
*Marvel: By 1963, I guess Smilin’ Stan the Man had had enough of ants and ‘tiny’ menaces, so he came up with the idea to re-invent Hank (Ant-Man) Pym as Giant-Man, although the Wasp stayed small — perhaps the world wasn’t ready for a 12 foot high Janet Van Dyne. And to celebrate this event, Stan had the new Giant-Man go up against possibly one of the silliest villains of the Marvel Age, the Living Eraser (I mean, if he wasn’t living what good would he have been?). How did that work out? Well, you can’t tell from this slabbed copy, because you can’t get past the cover without breaking open the slab. But it’s a striking cover all the same! CGC 4.5 VG+ UK pence variant unrestored blue label on this landmark issue.
PICTURED: TALES TO ASTONISH #49 CGC 4.5 VG+ p £120 SOLD
*Marvel: Lorna Dane had met up with the X-Men in the previous issue, rescued by Iceman after being caught up in one of the bouts of anti-mutant hysteria which sweep Marvel-Earth twice a week, but it wasn’t until issue #50 that she had her Big Reveal: she was the daughter of Magneto, Master of Evil Mutants and heir to all his power! Fortuitously, this issue was one of a handful drawn by Jim Steranko, and his innovative layouts, cinematic storytelling and nifty costume design for Lorna (who, though generally known as Polaris, didn’t formally adopt that codename until later) made this story a gripping read with stunning visuals, nowhere less so than on the dynamic green-tinted cover, one of the great iconic masterpieces of the later Marvel Silver Age. To say that Lorna’s history has been convoluted is an understatement – the ‘official’ position as to whether she’s Magneto’s offspring or not has changed many times (she is at the moment, but give it a week or two…), but – except when she’s had psychotic breaks and become a villain, as you do – she’s been a stalwart member of the X-Men and/or X-Factor for decades now. This copy is mid-grade, with small creasing at bottom right corner, the residue of a colour-breaking subscription crease down the centre and a back cover corner crease. But nice tight staples and decent page quality. Copies of this issue always move very quickly when we get ’em, and this one is bound to be no exception.
PICTURED: X-MEN #50 VG+ p £55 SOLD
*Marvel: Love him or hate him, there’s no denying that Todd McFarlane’s art brings out strong reactions in Spider-Man fans, so we’re pleased as Punch to bring another selection of the cream of his couple of years on Amazing Spider-Man, here from #301-325 complete, with, as you might expect, lots of Venom. #301, with its ‘negative’ version of #300 and white background, has greatly increased in value and collectability in recent years.
PICTURED: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #301 VF/NM £70