The ComicLink Focused Auction begins closing this coming Tuesday, June 20, 2017, starting at 8 PM ET (5 PM PT) with the first part of Session 1 featuring select, key, and high grade Silver Age and Bronze Age comics. Comic book lots will continue to close on Wednesday through Friday evenings, June 21-23 (Golden Age session), as well as three evenings the following week on Monday, June 26 through Wednesday, June 28. The original art session will end on Thursday, June 29 and Friday, June 30. In total, there are over 5,500 auction lots up for grabs, consigned by sellers with confidence at no reserve. Most of the graded comic book lots are encapsulated by either CGC or CBCS, and there are almost 800 original art lots included. There is a phenomenal selection of scarce and even high grade Golden Age, key and high grade Silver and Bronze as well as key, pristine Moderns and so much more, according to ComicLink. With a huge selection of original artwork as well, this auction has something to offer just about any comic book collector.
Numerous Golden, Silver, and Bronze Age keys are offered within the Focused Auction. Almost all of the major Silver Age Marvel keys are offered including both Amazing Fantasy #15 and Incredible Hulk #1 in multiple grades, and this auction even contains major Golden Age keys like All Star Comics #8 (first Wonder Woman), Detective Comics #58 (first Penguin), #66 (first Two-Face), and #140 (first Riddler), and World’s Finest Comics #3 (first Scarecrow).
This auction also premieres the John G. Fantucchio Pedigree runs of X-Men and Incredible Hulk (1962 series) as well as Fantastic Four (part 2) and a few Silver Surfer examples. X-Men collectors will be excited to see how complete the Fantucchio pedigree run is for this popular title. It’s a comprehensive run including issues 1-80 (missing only #73) plus X-Men Annual #1 and #2. “It’s exciting to see an original owner collection of this title in such amazing condition. Mr. Fantucchio was a meticulous collector and the majority of the run is in the Near Mint grading tiers. The page quality is super fresh across the board, most with white pages. The #1 is a solid mid-grade, but starting with #2, almost every issue falls in the Near Mint tier including many in CGC 9.6 and some in CGC 9.8,” ComicLink founder and President Josh Nathanson said.
Collectors looking for Marvel keys will be interested in knowing that in addition to the Fantucchio Incredible Hulk #1 CGC 6.0 and X-Men #1 CGC 5.0, the auction includes mid-grade examples of Amazing Fantasy #15 in CGC 5.0 and Amazing Spider-Man #1 in CGC 7.0 as well as examples of Fantastic Four #1, Journey Into Mystery #83, Tales of Suspense #39, Sgt. Fury #1, Avengers #1, and Daredevil #1. Amazing Spider-Man collectors will find almost every issue from #1-50 (missing only #9, #22 and #43) and many later issues are offered in the auction, with some in exceptionally high grade. Almost all of the Marvel Bronze Age keys are in the auction in higher grade including the likes of Incredible Hulk #181 (first Wolverine) CGC 9.6, Marvel Spotlight #5 (first Ghost Rider) CGC 9.4, Amazing Spider-Man #129 (first Punisher) CGC 9.4 and Giant-Size X-Men #1 (first Storm, Colossus, Nightcrawler, and second full Wolverine) CGC 9.6.
DC Silver Age highlights include examples of Showcase #4 (first Silver Age Flash) and #22 (first Silver Age Green Lantern), Action Comics #252 (first Supergirl) and an Aquaman #1 in CGC 8.5, a high grade for that 1962 issue that is receiving a lot of attention as filming for the Aquaman movie is currently underway for release next year.
The Golden Age session is impressive. In addition to the All Star Comics #8 and Batman keys mentioned above, the session includes Detective Comics #76 CGC 7.0 and #85 CGC 6.0 (both great Joker covers), Weird Comics #1 (1940) featuring Lou Fine’s classic bondage cover, Exciting Comics #1, World’s Best Comics #1, NY World’s Fair 1939 and 1940, early Superman appearances in Action Comics #25 and Superman #3, #4, #6, #7 and #14 (classic patriotic cover). There are so many other impressive Golden Age books from a wide variety of genres as well.
This auction also features the strongest selection of high grade late Bronze and Modern keys that we’ve offered in some time including such highlights as Amazing Spider-Man #300 in both CGC 9.8 Signature Series and 9.8 and Batman Adventures #12 in CGC 9.8.
Additionally, there are close to 800 pieces of original comic book related artwork including work by many of the biggest names in the industry.
Session 1 features select, key and high grade Silver and Bronze Age comics include over 1,500 lots with an impressive selection of important first and key issues. There are many blue chip highlights including Amazing Fantasy #15 (first Spider-Man) CGC 5.0, Amazing Spider-Man #1 (second Spider-Man) CGC 7.0, and Incredible Hulk #1 (first Hulk) CGC 6.0 Fantucchio.
Some examples offered in Session 1 include Action Comics #252 (first Supergirl) CGC 5.5 and CGC 4.0, Amazing Fantasy #15 CBCS 2.5 Mt. Rainier collection, Amazing Spider-Man a run with such highlights as #1 CGC 5.0, #31 (first Gwen Stacy and Harry Osborn) CGC 9.2, #39 (Goblin revealed as Norman Osborn, first Romita art) CGC 9.4, #40 (origin of Goblin) CGC 9.2, #50 (first Kingpin, classic cover) CGC 9.0, and #100 (classic anniversary cover/issue) CGC 9.8, Aquaman #1 (1962, first solo title) CGC 8.5, Avengers #1 (first Avengers) CBCS 5.0 Mt. Rainier collection, #57 (first Vision) CGC 9.6, and #85 (first Squadron Supreme) CGC 9.8, Batman #105 (second Batwoman, first in title) CGC 4.5, Daredevil #1 CGC 8.5, and Detective Comics #359 (first Barbara Gordon Batgirl) CGC 8.0 and #411 (first Talia) CGC 9.0.
Fantastic Four #1 CBCS 3.5R Mt. Rainier collection, #5 (first Doctor Doom) CBCS 4.5 Mt. Rainier collection, #12 (first Hulk crossover) CGC 6.0, #15 (first Mad Thinker) CGC 9.2, #16 (early Doctor Doom, first Ant-Man crossover) CGC 9.2, #25 (classic Thing vs. Hulk battle cover, first battle) CGC 9.0, #28 (early X-Men crossover) CGC 9.0 CVA exceptional, and #36 (first Medusa) CGC 9.0, Flash #141 (first Top) CGC 9.0 Mohawk Valley pedigree and #168 (Flash/Green Lantern team-up) CGC 9.6, Giant-Size X-Men #1 (first Storm, Colossus, Nightcrawler and second full Wolverine) CGC 9.6, Green Lantern #1 (first Guardians of the Universe) CGC 2.0, and Incredible Hulk #1 CBCS 3.0 and CBCS 3.0 Trimmed Mt. Rainier collection, #2 (first green Hulk) CGC 7.5 Fantucchio, #3 CGC 7.0 Fantucchio, #5 CGC 7.0 Fantucchio, #180 (first Wolverine) CGC 9.8, and #181 (first full Wolverine) CGC 9.6 and others are in Session 1.
Journey Into Mystery #83 (first Thor) CGC 3.5 Conserved, Jungle Action #5 (first Black Panther solo series begins) CGC 9.8, Marvel Spotlight #5 (first Ghost Rider) CGC 9.4 and CGC 9.0, Marvel Super-Heroes #12 (first Captain Marvel) CGC 9.0, New Gods #1 (first Orion and Metron) CGC 9.8, Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos (first Nick Fury and Dum Dum Dugan) CBCS 6.0 and CBCS 5.0 Mt. Rainier collection, Showcase #4 (first Barry Allen Flash) CGC 3.5 and #22 (first Hal Jordan Green Lantern) CGC 4.0, Silver Surfer #4 (classic Surfer/Thor battle cover) CGC 9.6, Special Marvel Edition #15 (first Master of Kung-Fu) CGC 9.8, Strange Tales #110 (first Doctor Strange) CBCS 5.0 Mt. Rainier Collection, Tales of Suspense #39 (first appearance Iron Man/Tony Stark and origin) CBCS 5.5R and CGC 2.5 and #59 (Captain America’s first Silver Age solo series begins) CGC 9.4 Twin Cities Pedigree, and Tales to Astonish #27 (first Hank Pym/Ant-Man) CBCS 3.0 Mt. Rainier Collection and #35 (first Ant-Man in costume) CBCS 3.0 Mt. Rainier Collection are in the sale.
Additional Session 1 highlights are Thor #132 (first Ego) CGC 9.4, #168 (Thor vs. Galactus battle cover) CGC 9.6, and #169 (Galactus’ origin) CGC 9.6, Vampirella #1 (first appearance and origin of Vampirella, Frazetta cover) CGC 7.0 and #3 (low distribution) CGC 9.0, Werewolf By Night #32 (first Moon Knight) CGC 9.0, X-Men #1 (first X-Men and Magneto) CGC 5.0 Fantucchio and CGC 3.5, #2 (second X-Men) CGC 9.0, #3 (first Blob) CGC 9.2, #4 (first Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch) CGC 9.0, #6 (Sub-Mariner) CGC 9.4 Fantucchio Pedigree CVA Exceptional, #21 CGC 9.6 Fantucchio, Fantucchio, #28 (first Banshee) CGC 9.6 Fantucchio CVA Exceptional, #37 CGC 9.8 Fantucchio, #51 (Steranko cover) CGC 9.8, and #76 CGC 9.6 (highest graded).
Session 2 offers a fantastic selection of close to 500 hard to find Golden Age comic books, including keys such All Star Comics #8 (first Wonder Woman) CGC 0.5, Detective Comics #58 (first Penguin) CGC 1.0R, #66 (first Two-Face) CGC 0.5, and #140 (first Riddler) CGC 1.8R. You’ll find classic covers like Superman #14, Mystery Men #9, and Weird Comics #1. A rare example of Pep Comics #23, the second appearance of Archie in the title and just is third appearance overall, is offered. There is a nice selection of Pre-Code horror and crime from EC, Atlas, and more. There is a terrific selection of humor comics.
Session 2 has Action Comics #25 (1940 Superman cover) CBCS 4.5 Mt. Rainier collection, Al Capp’s Shmoo Comics #1 CBCS 8.5, All American Men of War #28 (first Sgt. Rock prototype) CGC 5.5, Batman #14 (first Penguin cover in title) CGC 5.0 and #23 (classic Joker chess cover) CGC 4.5, Black Cat Mystery #34 (classic horror cover) CGC 8.5, Comics On Parade #34 CGC 9.4 Central Valley pedigree (highest graded, one of only two graded by CGC), Crime Does Not Pay #95 CGC 8.0 (highest graded, one of two), and Detective Comics – numerous important issues in relatively affordable grades including such keys as #36 (first Hugo Strange) CGC 3.0R, #76 (Robinson Joker cover) CGC 7.0, and #85 (double Joker cover) CGC 6.0.
Session 2 includes Don Winslow of the Navy 14 high grade examples from this Fawcett run, many from the Crowley Pedigree, and several that are single highest graded, Donald Duck in Disneyland #1 (first Disneyland Dell Giant) CGC 9.0 File Copy, Durango Kid #7 (Frazetta art) CBCS 9.0, Fantastic Comics #1 CBCS 5.0, Four Color #386 (Uncle Scrooge #1, Manufactured without staples) CBCS 7.0, Freelance Comics (Canadian White) – eight examples from the run (mostly single highest graded or only CGC graded), Georgie Comics #26 (1950 Timely GGA) CGC 7.5 (one of top five graded overall), Goofy Comics #1 (Nedor) CGC 8.5 (one of only four graded by CGC), Grand Slam Comics (Canadian White) – five examples from the run, all only graded or one of two graded, Human Torch #2 (Schomburg cover) CBCS 9.0 Slight Professional Restoration, and Jackie Robinson #1 CGC 7.5 (one of top three overall) and #3 CGC 7.0.
Jingle Jangle Comics – six high grade examples from the acclaimed title, Jumbo Comics #104 (Sheena cover, Baker art) CGC 8.5 Okajima Collection, (one of top five graded overall), Mutt and Jeff #1 (scarce 1939 DC) CGC 5.0 Davis Crippen pedigree, My Love Story #5 (scarce 1956 Atlas) CGC 7.5 only CGC graded, Mystery Men Comics #9 (classic 1940 Lou Fine cover, scarce) CGC 2.5, Our Fighting Forces #1 (first issue of long-running DC war title) CGC 4.5, Our Gang Comics #1 (first Tom and Jerry, first Our Gang, a/k/a Little Rascals in comics) CGC 5.0, Pep Comics #23 (rare second Archie in title) CGC 3.0, Real Clue Crime Stories #10 CBCS 9.2 only CGC graded, Sparkle Comics #1 (Nancy and Sluggo cover) CGC 9.4 Central Valley pedigree (highest graded, one of only five graded by CGC), #2 (Nancy and Sluggo cover) CGC 9.4 (one of only three graded), and Strange Adventures #1 (first issue of long-running DC title) CGC 5.5 are offered.
Other featured books in Session 2 are Sub-Mariner Comics #30 CGC 7.0 (one of top five graded overall), Superboy #51 CGC 8.0 (one of top two graded overall), Superman #3 CBCS 3.0 Centerfold detached, Mt. Rainier collection, #4 (first Luthor in Superman title) CBCS 3.0 Mt. Rainier collection, #6 CBCS 3.5 Mt. Rainier collection, #7 (first Perry White) CBCS 4.0 Mt. Rainier collection, and #26 (patriotic cover) CGC 4.5, Supersnipe Comics V3 #2 CGC 9.4 Crowley pedigree, highest graded (one of only five graded), V5 #1 CGC 9.4 Twilight pedigree (highest graded, one of only two graded), Tally-Ho Comics nn (1944, Frazetta’s first professional comic book work) CGC 7.5, True Life Secrets #23 (classic risque cover) CBCS 7.0, Web of Evil #3 (rare pre-code horror) CGC 6.0 (only graded example), Weird Horrors #1 (1952 pre-code horror) CGC 4.5, Weird Mysteries #1 (1952, partial Wolverton cover, first issue of horror title) CGC 2.5 and #2 (classic Bailey cover) CBCS 3.0, and Witches Tales #24 CGC 8.0 (File Copy, one of top four overall).
Session 3 offers over 1,650 certified late Bronze through Modern Age comic books including such highlights as Amazing Spider-Man #238 (first Hobgoblin) CGC 9.8 Signature Series, #252 (first black costume) CGC 9.8 Signature Series, #298 (first Venom, first McFarlane art on title) CGC 9.8 Signature Series, and #300 (first full Venom) CGC 9.8 Signature Series and CGC 9.8, Batman Adventures #12 (first Harley Quinn in comics) CGC 9.8, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns #1 CGC 9.8, DC Comics Presents #26 (first Cyborg, Starfire, and Raven) CGC 9.8, Daredevil #131 (first Bullseye) CGC 9.8 and #168 (first Elektra) CGC 9.8, Fantasy Quarterly #1 (first Elfquest) CGC 9.8, Iron Man #128 (“Demon in a Bottle”) CGC 9.8, Iron Fist #14 (first Sabretooth) CGC 9.8, Marvel Premiere #47 (Scott Lang becomes the new Ant-Man) CGC 9.8, and Marvel Spotlight (Vol. 2) #6 (first Star-Lord in color comic) CGC 9.8.
Other Session 3 books are Ms. Marvel #1 (Carol Danvers becomes Ms. Marvel) CGC 9.8 and #18 (first full Mystique) CGC 9.8, Marvel Team-Up #95 (Bobbi Morse becomes Mockingbird) CGC 9.8, New Mutants #1 CGC 9.8, #26 (first full Legion) CGC 9.8, #87 (first Cable) CGC 9.8, and #98 (first Deadpool) CGC 9.8, New Teen Titans #2 (first Deathstroke) CGC 9.8, Omega Men #3 (first Lobo) CGC 9.8, Preacher #1 (first Jesse, Tulip, and Cassidy) CGC 9.8, Saga #1 (first Alana and Marko) CGC 9.8, Sandman #1 (first Sandman) CGC 9.8, Savage She-Hulk #1 (first She-Hulk) CGC 9.8, Spawn #1 (first Spawn) CGC 9.8 Black and White Edition and CGC 9.8 Standard Edition, Star Wars #1 (first Star Wars in comics) CGC 9.8, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 (first Turtles) CGC 6.0, Tales of the Teen Titans #44 (Dick Grayson becomes Nightwing) CGC 9.8, Vampirella #113 (final issue) CGC 9.2, Walking Dead #1 (first Rick Grimes) CGC 9.8, X-Men #101 (first Phoenix) CGC 9.8, X-Men #266 (first Gambit) CGC 9.8, and X-Factor #6 (first full Apocalypse) CGC 9.8.
Session 4 offers a selection of over 400 assorted comic books, sold individually and within lots. This is a great opportunity for bargain hunters looking to fill out the holes in their collections.
Session 5 features close to 800 relatively affordable pieces of original art are offered in this auction by such significant artists as Neal Adams, Jay Anacleto, Mark Bagley, Rich Buckler, John Buscema, Milt Caniff, Jim Cheung, Dave Cockrum, Olivier Coipel, Gene Colan, Richard Corben, Tony Daniel, Alan Davis, Jack Davis, Mike Deodato Jr., David Finch, Gary Frank, Michael Golden, Adi Granov, Russ Heath, James Jean, J.G. Jones, Jeff Jones, Joe Jusko, Gil Kane, Dale Keown, Andy Kubert, Bob Layton, Jim Lee, Rob Liefeld, Joe Orlando, George Pérez, Stephen Platt, Humberto Ramos, John Romita Jr., Alex Ross, Tim Sale, Bill Sienkiewicz, Marc Silvestri, Bruce Timm, Alex Toth, Herb Trimpe, Al Williamson, Wally Wood, Bernie Wrightson, Leinil Yu, Mike Zeck, and many more.
See separate article in this issue of Scoop for more details on the original art offerings.
If you are interested in consigning to upcoming ComicLink Auctions, the firm’s Summer Featured Auction will begin on August 30 with new highlights being added at what seems like a daily rate to the auction previews so those interested in bidding in this auction should check back often. The July Focused Auction will begin on July 12. To consign to a ComicLink auction, sellers are encouraged to contact ComicLink by emailing email@example.com 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. So, it pays to get in touch no matter your selling preference, and ComicLink always looks forward to hearing from potential sellers.
If you are planning to attend the HeroesCon this weekend (June 16-18) in Charlotte, NC, ComicLink will be set up at booth 1312. Senior Consignment Director Douglas Gillock and Consignment Consultant Jon Signorelli will be in attendance and can meet with you at any time during the show. They will be taking consignments right at the booth and provide advice on the best way to maximize your return.
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