Comic book

While comic art can be traced back far into history, the earliest comic books in their modern form are generally considered to be those produced in the mid-19th century.

The ‘Golden Age’ of comic books came in the 1930s with the emergence in the US of characters such as Batman, Superman, Captain Marvel, Wonder Woman and Captain America. In Britain, many of the biggest names in the collectable market emerged slightly later, such as The Beano and The Dandy, while in 1954, Tiger comics released Roy of the Rovers.


Judge Dredd makes his comic debut

22 April 2024

When 2000AD made its debut the year itself was still 23 years away.


Comic featuring Superman debut soars to record sum

15 April 2024

Priced 10 cents when it appeared in 1938, a copy of Action Comics No 1 which introduced Superman has become the world’s most valuable comic book.

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Copy of Action Comics No 1 featuring Superman debut soars to a world record price

11 April 2024

Priced 10 cents when it appeared in 1938, a copy of Action Comics No 1 which introduced Superman has become the world’s most valuable comic book.


Lofty prices from attic comics find

08 April 2024

A collection of vintage comics has sold at auction in Lichfield for a total hammer price of £13,150.


Original comic artwork in demand

08 April 2024

“Our selection of Charley’s War artwork continues to attract new winning bidders”, says Malcolm Phillips.


Comics make heroic prices in a super sell-out US auction

05 February 2024

Heritage Auctions’ 1170-lot Comics & Comic Art sale held on January 11-14 delivered a white-glove result.


Captain America punches in for a debut comic appearance

22 January 2024

Top lot in the Potter & Potter (25% buyer’s premium) comics sale featured the debut of Captain America – introduced on the cover punching Hitler.


Condition proves crucial to Hulk No 1

16 October 2023

Grey rather than green for his debut, the Incredible Hulk made his first appearance in 1962 and continues to enthral comic collectors.


Ditko’s personal Spidey spins a premium

21 August 2023

The name Steve Ditko (1927-2018) scarcely needs an introduction to comic collectors.


Early Commando comics stir the blood of collectors

14 August 2023

Firmly in the British jingoistic ‘boy’s own’ tradition, a collection of Commando comic books turned heads when offered at Stourbridge saleroom Fieldings last year (see ATG No 2556).


Condition gave a magic touch to comic

03 July 2023

A bound volume presenting the first seven issues of Magic Comic issued by DC Thomson in 1939 proved a highlight in a Comic Book Auctions (19% buyer’s premium) sale of June 4.


Hulk heads price list in Newcastle comics sale

05 June 2023

Around 750 lots of comics featured in a May 10-11 auction held by Anderson & Garland (25% Buyer’s Premium) of Newcastle.

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Comic where Roy of the Rovers makes his debut comes to auction

27 February 2023

For many British schoolchildren Roy of the Rovers was just as famous as any of the real-life footballers of the day.


Just 5 out of 10... but full value in Superman terms

06 February 2023

A copy of the very first 'Superman' comic of 1939 that came to auction in the US was not in the finest of conditions, indeed rated only VG/FN 5.O.


Beano No 1 and less familiar titles which still in demand

19 December 2022

While a Beano No 1 will always take the headlines, not so well-known titles can also impress


Happy news for salerooms: not the end of Spider-Man

10 October 2022

Four auction records were set in the first 90 minutes of a recent four-day comics and comic art auction conducted by Heritage (20% buyer’s premium).


Comics galore on Tyneside

12 September 2022

Newcastle auction house Anderson & Garland is holding The Comics Auction on September 28-29.

Beano Comic No 1

News in Brief – including one of only 30 known copies of The Beano No 1 emerging at auction

05 September 2022

A round-up of art and antiques news from the previous seven days, including a copy of The Beano No 1 selling for a five-figure sum at auction.


Have you got the guts to buy it?

22 August 2022

Priced on the cover at nine pence, it was a British copy of a Marvel comic of 1983, one that saw the first appearance of the mighty Thor, that led the bidding at £6300 in the comics section of a July 21-22 sale held by Fieldings (24% buyer’s premium).


Comics create a super success

25 July 2022

Sold for $2m (£1.62m) in a major and hugely successful comics sale held by Heritage (20% buyer’s premium) of Dallas was an original cover artwork produced in 1986 by Frank Miller and Lynn Varley for Batman: The Dark Knight Returns #1.