There are less than two weeks to go until ComicLink launches their blockbuster Summer Featured Auction on August 15, 2018. They are still accepting consignments of valuable comic books and original artwork within this auction, but time is running out to reserve space.
Auction placement can be reserved for comic books and original artwork by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling (617) 517-0062 (option 1 for the sales department).
In the final weeks before the auction launch, ComicLink will add impressive new comic book and original art highlights to the Summer Featured Auction, according to the company. Below are highlights of comic books and artwork offered in this auction.
Silver Age keys already consigned include Fantastic Four #1 (first Fantastic Four and origin) CGC 9.0, CGC 7.0, and CGC 6.5 and Amazing Fantasy #15 (first Spider-Man and origin) CGC 7.0 (CVA Exceptional). Another major offering is Tales of Suspense #39 CBCS 9.4, the first appearance and origin of Iron Man, in a rare and coveted Near Mint grade. It also includes white pages. “This is the only TOS #39 9.4, or 9.2 for that matter, that ComicLink has ever offered with the highest page quality designation,” ComicLink founder and President, Josh Nathanson, said.
A historical one of a kind Golden Age gem in the auction is the only known Wonder Woman #1 ashcan, which predated Wonder Woman #1 by many months and features Wonder Woman on its cover. In the early Golden Age, ashcans were typically produced in extremely tiny numbers and used to secure copyrights with the U.S. Patent Office. This one is in high grade condition and has been certified at CGC 8.5.
Silver Age Amazing Spider-Man offerings include #1 (second Spider-Man, first J. Jonah Jameson) CGC 7.0, #2 (first Vulture) CGC 8.5, #4 (first Sandman) CGC 8.5, #10 (first Enforcers) CGC 9.6, #13 (first Mysterio) CGC 9.6 and CBCS 9.2, #14 (first Green Goblin) CGC 9.0, #19 CGC 9.6 CVA Exceptional, #31 (first Gwen and Harry) CGC 9.4, and #39 (Goblin revealed as Osborn, first Romita art) CGC 9.6, plus Bronze Age favorites like #101 (first Moribius) CGC 9.8 and #129 (first Punisher) in CGC 9.8, CGC 9.6, and several other grades, and the Modern Age favorite #300 (first full Venom) CGC 9.8 and several other grades.
Other Silver Age Marvel keys in the auction include X-Men #1 (first X-Men and Magneto) CGC 8.5 and CGC 7.0, Avengers #1 (first Avengers and origin) CGC 8.5 and CGC 8.0 Fantucchio Pedigree, plus Avengers #2 through #17 all in CCG 9.2, 9.0, or higher, Fantastic Four #4 (first Silver Age Sub-Mariner) CBCS 9.2, #12 (first Hulk crossover) CGC 8.0, #13 (first Watcher) CGC 9.4 and CGC 9.2 White Mountain Pedigree, #48 (first Silver Surfer and Galactus) CGC 9.0 Bowling Green Pedigree, and #52 (first Black Panther) CGC 9.6, Tales of Suspense #57 (first Hawkeye) CGC 9.6 and #59 (first solo Captain America since Golden Age) CGC 9.8, Incredible Hulk #1 (first Hulk) CGC 4.0 and CGC 3.0, Strange Tales #101 (Human Torch series begins) CGC 9.2, Strange Tales Annual #2 (early Spider-Man appearance) CGC 9.6, Iron Man #1 CGC 9.8, Sub-Mariner #1 CGC 9.8, and Doctor Strange #169 (first issue) CGC 9.8. Plus, Daredevil #1 (first Daredevil and origin) in CGC 8.5 and CGC 7.5 and #7 (first red uniform, classic Wood cover/art) CGC 9.2 and a number of Silver Age issues of Daredevil in CGC 9.8, including some that are extremely rare in that condition.
The auction includes a nice array of Golden Age Timely comics. One that was just added is Daring Comics #9 (Schomburg Japanese WWII cover) CGC 9.4 (single highest graded). Other Timely goodies include Captain America Comics #5 (Kirby cover) CGC 6.5 and #6 (Kirby cover) CGC 6.5, Human Torch #23 (Schomburg robot cover) CGC 9.0, Marvel Mystery Comics #16 (Schomburg WWII cover) CGC 7.5, #28 (Schomburg cover) CGC 8.5, and #50 (Schomburg cover) CGC 8.0 CVA Exceptional, and Sub-Mariner Comics #9 (Schomburg WWII cover) CGC 8.0, plus many more Timely comics with Schomburg covers.
There are also major Bronze Age Marvel keys such as Incredible Hulk #180 and #181 (first cameo and full Wolverine appearances) both CGC 9.8, Werewolf By Night #32 (first Moon Knight) CGC 9.8 and CGC 9.6, Giant-Size X-Men #1 (first “New” X-Men) CGC 9.8 Signature Series (and many Bronze Age X-Men issues in CGC 9.8), Conan the Barbarian #1 (first Conan in comics) CGC 9.8, Marvel Feature #1 (first Defenders) CGC 9.8, and Star Wars #1 CGC 8.0 price variant.
Batman examples include Detective Comics #66 (first Two-Face) CGC 6.5, #36 (first Hugo Strange and origin) CGC 3.0, #37 (last pre-Robin Batman story) CGC 3.0, #62 (Robinson Joker cover) CGC 5.0, and #411 (first Talia) CGC 9.4, Batman #2 (second Joker and Catwoman) CGC 5.5, #11 (classic early Joker cover) CGC 6.0, #16 (first Alfred) CGC 7.0, #171 (first Silver Age Riddler) CGC 9.4, #181 (first Poison Ivy) CGC 9.0, #189 (first Silver Age Scarecrow) CGC 9.4 Fantucchio Pedigree/CVA Exceptional, #232 (first Ras Al Ghul) CGC 9.8, and #251 (classic Adams Joker cover/story) CGC 9.6.
Along with the Wonder Woman #1 ashcan, the auction includes Wonder Woman #1 CGC 2.5, #6 (first Cheetah) CGC 2.5, and #98 (first Silver Age Wonder Woman origin) CGC 7.5.
Additional Golden Age DC offerings include Adventure Comics #48 (first Hourman) CGC 5.5 and CGC 4.5, #61 (first Starman) CGC 6.0, #66 (Starman cover, first Shining Knight and origin), and #67 (classic Starman cover, first Mist) CGC 9.2 (top two), Action Comics #17 (WWII cover) CGC 7.0 and #19 CGC 7.0, Superman #76 (first Superman/Batman team-up) CGC 7.5 CVA Exceptional, All-American Comics #89 (first Harlequin and origin) CGC 7.5, Green Lantern #10 (first Vandal Savage) CGC 7.5, and More Fun Comics #66 (Spectre cover) CGC 8.0 and #69 (Doctor Fate cover) CGC 8.5.
Another recent addition is Blue Bolt #105 CGC 9.8 featuring a classic L.B. Cole sci-fi cover. The auction includes the second appearance from 1940 of the original Captain Marvel (now renamed Shazam) in Whiz Comics #2 in CGC 7.0. Other Golden Age highlights include Startling Comics #52 (Schomburg cover) CGC 9.4 (one of the top three graded) and Zip Comics #14 CGC 9.2 Larson Pedigree. EC issues include Haunt of Fear #14 (origin of Old Witch) CGC 9.6 Gaines File and Tales From the Crypt #26 CGC 9.8 Gaines File (highest, one of two).
DC Silver and early Bronze Age examples are House of Secrets #92 (first Swamp Thing) CGC 9.4, Detective Comics #359 (first Batgirl/Barbara Gordon) CBCS 9.2, Brave and the Bold #28 (first Justice League) CGC 7.0, Justice League of America #1 CGC 8.5, Action Comics #252 (first Supergirl) CGC 7.0 and CGC 6.0, and Showcase #22 (first Silver Age Green Lantern and origin) CGC 6.0. There’s a selection of almost two dozen high grade examples from The Flash, including #105 (first issue, first Mirror Master) CGC 7.5, #123 (“Flash of Two Worlds”) CGC 9.2 and CGC 8.0, and #139 (first Reverse Flash) CGC 9.2. Other important Silver Age DC comics include My Greatest Adventure #80 (first Doom Patrol) CGC 8.5 and Superboy #68 (first Bizarro) CGC 8.0 and CGC 7.0.
New original art consignments recently added to the Summer Featured Auction preview include a Barry Windsor-Smith page 1 title splash to Conan the Barbarian #6 “Devil Wings of Shadizar,” plus a panel page from the same story and a battle page from Machine Man #1; Steve Ditko twice-up, ink wash title splash to Eerie #9; a Jim Starlin page from Strange Tales #180 with Adam Warlock using the soul gem, plus the first published Starlin-penciled superhero page, which appeared in Iron Man #53; George Pérez covers to The Official Justice League Index (1986) #1 and #2; and John Byrne’s cover to Classic X-Men #43, a reimagining of his cover to the finale of Byrne’s legendary “Dark Phoenix Saga”, X-Men #137, plus a Byrne Alpha Flight #15 page with Sub-Mariner battling Puck.
More new consignments include a climatic two-page sequence from The Sandman #69 where the child Daniel becomes the new Sandman following the death of Dream with art by Mark Hempel; Neal Adams pages from Spectre #4 and #5 plus an Adams/Gil Kane Conan page from Savage Tales #4; a complete Ross Andru story from World’s Finest Comics #191 with Superman and Batman visiting Krypton; the John Buscema title splash to Silver Surfer #7 and a panel page from #10; the Frank Cho variant cover to Spider-Man Dark Reign The List #1; the Gene Colan title splash to Captain America #126; the Clayton Crain painted covers to Venom #1 and #150; a Paul Gulacy chapter splash from Giant-Size Master of Kung-Fu #1 with a large image of Shang-Chi; and the Sam Kieth cover to The Maxx #19.
Additional new art consignments are a Goseki Kojima illustration of his world famous Lone Wolf and Cub characters; the Greg Land variant cover to Amazing Spider-Man #1 (2018) with Spidey and his greatest foes; the Rob Liefeld cover to Hawk and the Dove #1 (1988), which is Liefeld’s first significant work in the industry; a Todd McFarlane full page splash from Spawn #27 with the very first page introducing The Curse; a Frank Miller Elektra illustration; a John Romita battle page from Amazing Spider-Man #108 and his cover to Marvel’s Our Love Story #22 featuring a Gwen Stacy lookalike; the John Romita Jr. cover to Incredible Hulk #608 with Hulk, Spider-Man, and Wolverine; the Alex Ross painted cover to Paradise X #7 with the Punisher; and an erotic Wally Wood Sunday-sized comic strip, Shattuk #W3.
Original art highlights previously consigned include one of the most important pages from Infinity Gauntlet #1, a full page George Pérez Thanos splash where he first wields the power of the Infinity Gauntlet; a Jeff Jones oil painting from 1970 used as the cover to the paperback edition of The Purple Pirate; Bernie Wrightson’s Back For More painted cover from 1978 featuring the master of the macabre at his finest. There is also a John Byrne/Terry Austin page from X-Men #132 featuring Wolverine and Storm battling the Hellfire Club, which shows Wolverine falling through the floor into the sewer, setting up the famous cliffhanger ending. There’s a Frank Miller page from Daredevil #163 featuring Daredevil and a rampaging Hulk, which is one of the rare occasions where Miller drew the green goliath. Another big highlight is the John Romita Jr./Al Williamson cover to Daredevil: The Man Without Fear #5, the final issue of the landmark origin tale written by Frank Miller.
There is also a great page from Todd McFarlane and Greg Capullo’s Spawn #33 which is the full page Spawn vs. Violator battle splash; also a Todd McFarlane double page spread from Spider-Man #8 featuring great images of Spider-Man in action; the Rich Buckler/Klaus Janson finale page from Jungle Action #6 featuring Kill-Monger, in his first appearance issue, throwing Black Panther down a waterfall; a significant first appearance of Scott Lang as Ant-Man page from John Byrne’s Marvel Premiere #47; Jim Aparo’s cover to Batman #306 with the Dark Knight battling the Black Spider; a Frank Brunner page from the legendary Howard the Duck #1 featuring Howard and Beverly as barbarians; the Ed Hannigan wraparound cover to the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe #10 starring Spider-Man; a Frank Miller Sin City: The Big Fat Kill splash page and Miller pages from Daredevil #163 featuring Daredevil trying to stop a rampaging Hulk (a rare occasion when Miller drew the green goliath) and #167 with Daredevil in action in multiple panels. The Ernie Chan painted cover to Savage Sword of Conan #35 featuring Conan holding the severed head of a foe; the Alex Ross cover to Six Million Dollar Man: Season Six #1 and the John Cassaday covers to Amazing Spider-Man #1.3 (2014) and Daredevil #510 featuring Daredevil and the Kingpin; the John Romita Sr. cover to Stan Lee’s How to Draw Comics featuring Marvel’s biggest heroes; and a Rich Buckler page from Supernatural Thrillers #5 featuring the first appearance of the Living Mummy.
New pieces will be added to the both the comic book and original art auction previews regularly.
ComicLink and its affiliates (sportscardlink.com, certifiedlink.com) are seeking consignments of vintage comic books, comic related artwork, vintage sports cards, and certified coins. The firm provides upfront cash advances for consigned material, third party grading evaluation and submission, and promotion to their base of global bidders acquired over 22 years in the hobby ‒ all for a low commission rate.
Interested sellers may 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.
ComicLink representatives will be attending Fan Expo Boston on August 10-12. Consignment Director Jason Crosby and Sales Consultant Ross Kearney will be set up in the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center at booth 224. The firm will be accepting last minute consignments from sellers for their Summer Featured Auction as well as other upcoming auctions. ComicLink is seeking consignments for quality comic books, original art, sports cards, and collectible coins. Upfront cash advances will be available at the booth for consigned material. They will also discuss the best ways to maximize the return on collections. To pre-schedule a drop-off at the show (or to arrange to mail in your consignments) ComicLink can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (617) 517-0062 (option 1 for sales).