The ComicLink Spring Featured Auction is underway with an exceptionally strong selection of certified comic books and related original artwork from all eras. “Our second Featured Auction of 2017 was an exciting launch, as there are many outstanding items for our bidder members to be enthusiastic about,” Josh Nathanson, President of ComicLink, stated.
Exceptional Silver Age and early Bronze keys include but are not limited to Incredible Hulk #1 (first Hulk) CGC 9.0 (scarce in grade), Amazing Fantasy #15 (first Spider-Man) CGC 8.0 CVA Exceptional, Fantastic Four #1 CGC 9.0 Fantucchio pedigree and #12 CGC 9.6, X-Men #1 (first X-Men and Magneto) CGC 9.0, Journey Into Mystery #83 (first Thor) CGC 9.0, Tales to Astonish #44 (first Wasp) CBCS 9.4, Action Comics #252 (first Supergirl) in hard-to-find CGC 8.5 CVA Exceptional, and almost the entire Silver Age Amazing Spider-Man run in high grade. There are also many high grade early issues of Avengers, X-Men, and other popular titles. There are also many extremely high grade rarities within this auction from the 1930s to the present day – especially ones published by Marvel during the heralded Silver Age of comics.
Virtually every major Bronze Age key in high grade is represented in the auction including the single highest (lone 9.8) Mark Jewelers insert example of Amazing Spider-Man #129 (first Punisher) and Incredible Hulk #181 (first full Wolverine) CGC 9.8 (Signature Series) and CGC 9.8 Universal (as well as CGC 9.6), Iron Fist #14 (first Sabretooth) CGC 9.6 (highest graded price variant, one of two), Giant-Size X-Men #1 CGC 9.8, X-Men #94 CGC 9.8, and House of Secrets #92 (first Swamp Thing) in CGC 9.6, just to name a few.
Premiered for the first time in this very auction are the Fantastic Four and Silver Surfer issues from the John G. Fantucchio Collection the recently coined “pedigree” collection stretching back to the early Silver Age. These are high grade books with newsstand-fresh colors and nearly all of them still have white interior page preservation.
Golden Age keys include but are not limited to All-Star Comics #8 (first Wonder Woman) CGC 2.0, Wonder Woman #1 CGC 5.5, Adventure Comics #40 (first Sandman) CGC 3.5 and #48 (first Hourman) CGC 5.5, several pre-Robin early Batman issues of Detective Comics including #35 CGC 3.5, Detective Comics #140 (first Riddler) CGC 7.5, and multiple Joker cover appearances from early issues of Batman and Detective Comics, All-American Comics #61 (first Solomon Grundy) CGC 6.5, several Timely examples including the rare Captain America Comics #74 (classic Red Skull cover) CGC 6.0. There are also multiple Marvel Mystery Comics with Schomburg covers, Gaines File Copy examples including MAD #1 (CGC 9.2) through #12 and more. There are additionally so many more highlights from a myriad of genres.
Spring Featured Auction original art highlights are the Jim Starlin Iron Man #55 title splash featuring the best image of Drax within his first appearance issue; the Gil Kane/John Romita cover for Amazing Spider-Man #138; Gil Kane’s covers for Thor #201 featuring Thor vs. Pluto, Marvel Team-Up #19 cover featuring Spider-Man and Ka-Zar, Giant-Size Supervillain Team-Up #2 featuring Doctor Doom and Sub-Mariner, and Marvel Spotlight #27 featuring Sub-Mariner; two John Romita/Don Heck pages from Amazing Spider-Man #62 – one with a Spidey/Medusa battle scene and the other with great large images of the Inhumans Queen by herself; John Romita a top-level 1968 Romita Spider-Man page published in Amazing Spider-Man #116 originally created for Spectacular Spider-Man (magazine) #1, Journey Into Mystery #18 cover, and two pages from Daredevil #13; and Dave Cockrum Marvel Fanfare #3 wraparound cover featuring Wolverine and the “New” X-Men in the Savage Land.
Barry Windsor-Smith title splash from Conan the Barbarian #7 plus three panel pages from the same issue (each auctioned separately) and a stunning Windsor-Smith page from Machine Man #4 featuring Machine Man battling Iron Man 2020; Neal Adams Detective Comics #400 page featuring Batman vs. Man-Bat from the historic first Man-Bat appearance and Deadly Hands of Kung-Fu #3 cover featuring Bruce Lee; John Byrne X-Men #109 page featuring a maskless Wolverine and the first appearance ever of Alpha Flight’s Guardian; a Frank Miller page from Wolverine #1 featuring Logan and Mariko; a rare Todd McFarlane Spawn cover to issue #33 and a double page splash from Spider-Man #14 featuring a black costumed Spider-Man vs. Morbius; Mike Grell Warlord #13 cover; George Pérez New Teen Titans Archive #1 cover featuring a portrait of the classic early ’80s team; Steve Ditko Tales of Suspense #37 page; and Mike Zeck Marvel Superheroes Secret Wars #9 cover will be sold.
John Buscema Majestic cover for Defenders #66 featuring Valkyrie on Aragorn entering Asgard, the title splash from Daredevil #137 featuring Daredevil being held in a noose by the Jester, and two Buscema pages from the famous “Lady Liberators” saga in Avengers #83; Frank Springer Dazzler #10 cover featuring Galactus; Bernie Wrightson A Look Back illustration from 1970; a historic page featuring the actual first ever appearance of Harley Quinn in the genuine DC Universe from 1999’s Batman: Harley Quinn #1 by Yvel Guichet; Jim Lee page featuring Psylocke from the first issue of his famous run, Uncanny X-Men #248 plus a Lee page from Batman #612, part of the famous “Hush” story featuring Catwoman punching out Poison Ivy plus Batman, Superman, and Krypto; Frank Frazetta Death Dealer V preliminary painting; a page from Gambit’s first appearance in Uncanny X-Men #266 featuring Gambit and Storm with art by Mike Collins; Marc Silvestri Avengers Assemble #1 variant cover; and Mike Mignola B.P.R.D. (Vol. 14) King of Fear trade paperback cover and several Hellboy pages and illustrations are offered.
The auction includes Jeff Lemire Old Man Logan #1 variant cover; J.G. Jones Catwoman #16 cover and Final Crisis #6 cover featuring a large image of Batman from his “death” issue; 52 #6 cover featuring Green Lantern and Black Adam; David Finch Batman: The Dark Knight #9 cover; Joe Madureira Excalibur #68 cover featuring Nightcrawler and the Starjammers; Pasqual Ferry All-New Captain America #1 cover featuring Sam Wilson as the new Cap and Amazing Spider-Man #700.5 cover featuring a maskless Spider-Man giving M.J. a ride; Adi Granov Nova #9 cover; Frank Cho Incredible Hulk #629 cover featuring Hulk vs. Red She-Hulk; Olivier Coipel Thor #4 cover; Juan Ferreyra Green Arrow #1 cover the hit ongoing Rebirth series; Leinil Yu New Avengers #37 cover featuring a team portrait plus Yu’s Ultimate Wolverine vs. Hulk #5 cover; and J. Scott Campbell FairyTale Fantasies Calendar cover and a Red Riding Hood and Big Bad Wolf calendar illustration.
Additional highlights are Darwyn Cooke Catwoman #4 page with inks by Mike Allred and a page from DC: The New Frontier; Wayne Boring Action Comics #199 early 1950s page featuring Superman in flight and Lex Luthor; Graham Ingels Tales From the Crypt #26 finale page featuring the Old Witch; Wally Wood Weird Science #12 page; Bob Kane Detective Comics #154 page, a rare example of an original panel page from the famous Batman creator; Don Heck Avengers #10 page featuring Captain America in every panel as he confronts Immortus in the latter’s first appearance issue; Paul Gulacy Swamp Thing Portfolio Plate original featuring Swamp Thing and actress Adrienne Barbeau based on the 1982 movie; Joe Orlando House of Mystery #278 cover; Andy and Adam Kubert Wizard #175 cover featuring Batman and Superman; and an early Eastman and Laird page from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #3.
ComicLink is currently accepting consignments for upcoming auctions including the June Focused Auction which will begin on June 8, the July Focused Auction, and the Summer Featured Auction which will begin on August 30 (a preview will post soon). Interested sellers may contact the firm by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (617) 517-0062 (option 1) to speak with Josh Nathanson, Douglas Gillock, Jason Crosby, Jon Signorelli or Ross Kearney.
In addition to auctioning items for consignors, ComicLink is also always accepting new sellers for the ComicLink exchange marketplaces, brokering private placement deals, and buying outright.
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