While the latest ComicLink.com Focused Auction is now open, ComicLink is still accepting consignments for the Spring Featured Auction starting May 10, 2018. They are accepting consignments of valuable comic books and original comic book or fantasy related artwork. Those interested in selling can contact ComicLink via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (617) 517-0062 (option 1) to speak with ComicLink sales consultants. Upfront cash advances are available upon request for quality consignments.
Another consignment opportunity is the June Focused Auction which starts on June 7 (a preview will post soon). Sellers can reserve early placement into this and other upcoming auctions. In addition to auctioning items for consignors, ComicLink is accepting new sellers for the ComicLink exchange marketplaces, brokering private placement deals for valuable material, and even buying outright.
Some of the key Golden and Silver Age issues included in the Spring Featured Auction are Journey Into Mystery #83 (first Thor) CGC 9.4 and Tales of Suspense #39 (first Iron Man) CGC 9.4, which are two major first appearances that very rarely come up for public auction in Near Mint condition. A high grade Fantastic Four #1 (first Fantastic Four) in CBCS 8.5 is offered, as well as the Boston pedigree example of Fantastic Four #52 (first Black Panther) CGC 9.8, and Tales of Suspense #52 (first Black Widow) CGC 9.6 (highest graded, one of three). Among the Golden Age keys are Batman #1 in CGC 2.0, Action Comics #23 (first Luthor) CGC 5.5, Terrific Comics #5 (classic Schomburg KKK cover) CGC 8.0, and Pep Comics #22 (first Archie, Betty and Jughead) CBCS 9.6 Restored.
Other major Silver Age keys already lined up for upcoming auctions are Daredevil #1 (first Daredevil) CGC 9.6, CGC 9.0, and CGC 8.0, Amazing Spider-Man #1 (second Spider-Man, first Jameson) CGC 8.5 and #3 (first Doc Ock) CGC 9.4, Fantastic Four #4 CGC 9.0, Avengers #1 (first gathering of the Avengers) CGC 8.5, X-Men #1 (first X-Men and Magneto) CGC 8.0, Tales of Suspense #57 CGC 9.6 (first Hawkeye), Captain America #100 (first issue, classic cover) CGC 9.8, and Doctor Strange #169 (first issue) CGC 9.8.
Silver Age DC fans will see The Flash #105 (first issue, first Mirror Master) CGC 8.0 and #110 (first Wally West/Kid Flash) CGC 7.5, Brave and the Bold #28 (first Justice League) CGC 7.5, Justice League of America #1 CGC 8.0, Green Lantern #1 (first Guardians of the Universe) CGC 8.0 and #40 (origin of the DC Multiverse, first Golden Age Green Lantern) CGC 9.6, Batman #181 (first Poison Ivy) CBCS 9.0, and Wonder Woman #98 (first Silver Age, origin told) CGC 7.5. A very unique Silver Age item is Captain Atom #83 CGC 9.8, the single highest graded example of the first appearance of the Ted Kord version of Blue Beetle from 1966.
Also in the Spring Featured Auction are items from the John G. Fantucchio Pedigree collection. Collectors will find items like Journey Into Mystery #92 CGC 9.4 with an early Loki cover and #117 (Kirby cover with Thor battling in Vietnam) CGC 9.8 (single highest graded), as well as Brave and the Bold #53 (Alex Toth Flash/Atom team-up) CGC 9.6 (single highest graded), #76 (Batman and Plastic Man team-up) CGC 9.8 (single highest graded), and #85 (first revamped Green Arrow with Neal Adams cover) CGC 9.8 (highest graded, one of two).
Early Golden Age highlights in the Spring Featured Auction include Batman #1 (first Joker and Catwoman) CGC 2.0 and #16 (first Alfred) CGC 6.5, Action Comics #19 (early Superman cover) CGC 7.5 and #23 (first Luthor) CGC 5.5, All Winners Comics #4 (classic early Timely cover) CGC 8.0 (top three), Detective Comics #71 (classic Robinson Joker cover) CGC 6.5 and #118 (Joker cover) CGC 8.5, Thunda #1 (only complete comic book drawn by Frazetta) CGC 9.0, Red Raven Comics #1 CGC 6.5 Restored, Captain America Comics #33 (“Brenner Pass” Schomburg WWII cover), Human Torch #23 (Schomburg robot cover) CGC 8.0, Weird Mysteries #5 (brain removed from corpse cover) CGC 4.0, Captain Marvel Adventures #18 (first Mary Marvel) CGC 6.5, Mad #3 CGC 9.4 and #23 (last comic book issue) CGC 9.6 Gaines File, and Adventure Comics #48 (first Hourman) CGC 3.0 and #210 (first Krypto) CGC 7.0. There’s a Brave and the Bold #1 CGC 7.5, which is one of the top two graded for this 1955 premiere issue, with only a single CGC 8.0 sitting above it on the census.
Bronze Age highlights already lined up for the Spring Featured Auction include Incredible Hulk #180 (first Wolverine) CGC 9.8 and #181 (first full Wolverine) CGC 9.6, Giant-Size X-Men #1 (first Storm, Nightcrawler and Colossus and second full Wolverine), Iron Man #55 (first Thanos and Drax) CGC 9.8, Conan #1 CGC 9.8, Amazing Spider-Man #101 (first Morbius) CGC 9.8 and #129 (first Punisher) CGC 9.8, Jungle Action #5 (first Black Panther solo series begins) CGC 9.8, Batman #232 (first Ras Al Ghul) CGC 9.8, Swamp Thing #1 (first Alec Holland Swamp Thing) CGC 9.8, Marvel Preview #4 (first Star-Lord) CGC 9.8, Star Spangled War Stories #151 (first Unknown Soldier) CGC 9.8 (highest one of two), and X-Men #101 (first Phoenix) CGC 9.8.
Modern highlights in the Spring Featured Auction include The Walking Dead #1 CGC 9.9, New Mutants #98 (first Deadpool) CGC 9.9, Daredevil #133 CGC 9.8 Price Variant (highest, one of two), and Uncanny X-Men #168 (classic Paul Smith Kitty Pryde cover) CGC 9.9 highest, (highest, one of two).
A significant original art highlight in the Spring Featured Auction is Todd McFarlane’s cover to Amazing Spider-Man #311 featuring Spider-Man battling Mysterio. It’s the memorable cover where we see Spidey reflected in Mysterio’s globe-like helmet. It’s one of only a handful of covers from McFarlane’s famous run to feature one of the classic Lee/Ditko Spider-Man villains. McFarlane’s “Prime Period” Amazing Spider-Man covers are among the most popular examples of original art in the hobby, and this is certainly one of the best to ever come up for public auction. There’s also cool McFarlane pages from Spider-Man #10 featuring a close-up of a smoking Wolverine and Spawn #33 featuring Spawn battling Violater.
Among other early original art highlights are the cover to Marvel Premiere #13 by Frank Brunner featuring Dr. Strange in battle with Baron Mordo and Sise-neg as well as Brunner’s title splash to the first Howard the Duck solo story ever from Giant-Size Man-Thing #4; the incredible battle cover for Avengers Annual #4 by Sal Buscema featuring the original Avengers vs. the Masters of Evil. A dramatic early full page Jim Starlin Thanos splash from Captain Marvel #26, the Mad Titan’s second appearance, was just added. There’s a significant Dave Gibbons page from final issue of Watchmen where Ozymandias explains his diabolical plan to Rorschach and Nite Owl. Other early original art highlights include Art Adams’ cover to Classic X-Men #12, which was his homage to the original X-Men #1 cover showing the “New” X-Men battling Magneto in place of the original team. There’s also a Jim Lee page from X-Men #8 featuring Rogue along with Gambit and Bishop and Lee trading card art featuring Jean Grey and the Shadow King. Plus a complete Will Eisner The Spirit weekly section from 1951, “Darling and the Octopus.” Each of the seven pages will be auctioned separately.
Other original art highlights include the cover to The Unexpected #124, a striking example of Neal Adams’ memorable DC horror title covers from the early Bronze Age featuring his “children in peril” motif. Silver Age DC fans will see Mike Sekowsky’s cover to Metal Men #33, one of the best covers from that beloved DC run. Swamp Thing fans will see the Tom Yeates cover for Saga of the Swamp Thing #13 featuring Swampy meeting Satan. Modern era Superman fans will see the Dan Jurgens’ finale splash from the epic Adventures of Superman #500 introducing the Cyborg Superman for the very first time, posing as the returned Superman following his historic death the previous year.
The auction preview includes Earl Norem’s painted cover to Savage Sword of Conan #188. Silver Age Marvel fans will see the Don Heck pages from Tales to Astonish #42 with a very early Ant-Man and Avengers #39 featuring Hawkeye in battle. Other highlights include a Walt Simonson Thor page from Thor #342, early in his classic run, with inks by Terry Austin; Nick Cardy chapter splash from Aquaman #11, the historic 1963 first appearance of Mera; John Buscema’s title splash from Avengers #75; Gene Colan’s cover the Wedding of Dracula #1; Jack Kirby’s Captain Victory #9 cover and several other works; the George Pérez cover to Avengers #7 featuring the team battling the Lethal Legion; and the Ed Hannigan wraparound cover to the original Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe #5 (1983) featuring the H-J characters including the Hulk, Iron Man, Hellcat, and Hawkeye.
On April 14-15, ComicLink Vice President Douglas Gillock will be at the Big Apple Comic Con, held at Penn Plaza Pavilion in the Pennsylvania Hotel on 33rd Street and 7th Avenue in New York. Gillock will be accepting consignments for upcoming auctions. “ComicLink is happy to provide advice to collectors looking to sell vintage comic books, comic related art, sports cards or certified coins on the best ways to maximize your return,” Gillock said.