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A run of Avengers comics, comprising the first 130 issues and all bar 21 of those that followed up to No 269, sold for £5000 in the Lichfield salerooms of Richard Winterton (20% buyer’s premium) on April 27.

The very first issue of September 1963 marked the first group appearance of the Avengers themselves – Ant Man, The Hulk, Iron Man, Thor and The Wasp – while in issue No 4 Captain America was revived for his first ‘Silver Age’ comic appearance.

Several other heroes followed on the comic’s pages over the years to 1986 covered by this long run.

An April 4 comics sale held by Bruneau & Co (20% buyer’s premium) of Cranston, Rhode Island, was led by a copy of No 39 of Marvel’s Tales of Suspense, a March 1963 issue in which the abovementioned Iron Man had been seen for the very first time. Graded 4.5 in its CGC case it sold at a record $9250 (£7520). Bearing a 3.2 CGC grade, a copy of No 27 of Tales to Astonish, which in January 1962 had featured Ant Man making his debut, was bid to $3875 (£3150).

Back in the UK, at Unique Auctions (17.5% buyer’s premium) in Lincoln on April 28, a lot presenting three issues of Marvel’s Fantastic Four comic dating from the years 1965-66 sold for £1400.

A copy of Issue No 41 that announced ‘The Coming of Galacticus’ may have been the key issue.