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.


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.

Tiger comic

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.


What an incredible Hulk

04 July 2022

A real stand-out success in the Comic Book Auctions (20% buyer’s premium) timed online sale that ended on May 29 was to be found among the large collection of US comics that were offered without reserve – albeit a British issue of the comic bearing a cover price of nine pence.


Comics sale was a knock-out success

16 May 2022

The six lots described here are drawn from a hugely successful sale of comics and comic art held in Dallas by Heritage (20% buyer’s premium) over four days, from April 7-10.


Koppitz dancers show the right moves

09 May 2022

'Bewegungsstudie', or ‘Study of Movement’, by Rudolf Koppitz, is the most famous of six tipped-in photogravures, each with a protective glassine sheet, that make up Pictures from the Tyng Collection, a 1931 publication of the Royal Photographic Society.


Frank Bellamy Eagle artwork flies highest to beat Buster and Dandy

28 March 2022

Billed as the star lot in a sale that ended on February 27, a scarce copy of the 1937 first issue of Dandy made a high-estimate £3450.


Comics at auction: A truly super set of prices

28 February 2022

A four-day US sale of comics and comic art produced some extraordinary results – with 4900 would-be buyers registered and every one of the 1333 lots sold to bring a premium-inclusive total of $23.76m (£17.34m).


Time to launch the haggis!

10 January 2022

In a world in which American superhero comics featuring Superman, Batman and other characters regularly sell for substantial six and seven-figure sums, it is really quite refreshing to be reminded of more modestly priced British rarities.


Spider-Man flies high at Heritage

08 November 2021

Spider-Man became the most expensive comic book superhero in a Heritage (20% buyer’s premium) sale this autumn.