There are only a few days to go until ComicLink launches their blockbuster Summer Featured Auction on Wednesday, August 15, 2018. The preview contains a selection of comic books and original art from all eras and ComicLink will be adding more offerings in the final days before the auction launches.
Silver Age Marvel keys include some of the top comic books in the hobby such as Fantastic Four #1 (first Fantastic Four, origin) CGC 9.0, CGC 7.0, CGC 6.5, and CGC 1.5, and Amazing Fantasy #15 (first Spider-Man, origin) CGC 7.0 (CVA Exceptional). Another major Marvel key 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 and CGC 5.5, #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 a run of #2-17 all in CCG 9.2 or 9.0 or higher, and #57 (first Vision) CGC 9.4, Fantastic Four #2 (first Skrulls) CGC 7.0, #3 CBCS 8.0, #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 and #2 (first green Hulk) CGC 9.2 Bethlehem pedigree, Journey Into Mystery #83 (first Thor) CGC 5.0 and #115 (origin Loki) CGC 9.8 (highest one of two), Strange Tales #101 (Human Torch series begins) CGC 9.2 and #110 (1st Doctor Strange) CGC 9.0, Strange Tales Annual #2 (early Spider-Man appearance) CGC 9.2, Iron Man #1 CGC 9.6, Sub-Mariner #1 CGC 9.8, and Doctor Strange #169 (first issue) CGC 9.8. Plus, Daredevil #1 (first Daredevil and origin) in CGC 9.2 and CGC 8.5 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 Marvel Mystery Comics #54 (Schomburg cover) CGC 9.6 (single highest graded), There’s also 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. Plus, Journey Into Mystery #1 CGC 4.0 from the Atlas era.
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, Iron Man #55 (first Thanos and Drax) CGC 9.6 double cover, 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, Thor #193 (Silver Surfer cover/story) 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, #140 (first Riddler) CGC 4.5, #321 CGC 9.8 (single highest graded), #359 (first Batgirl) CBCS 9.2, 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, #2 (first Mars) CGC 6.0, #6 (first Cheetah) CGC 2.5, and #98 (first Silver Age Wonder Woman origin) CGC 4.0.
Additional Golden Age DC offerings include the just added Flash Comics #86 (first Black Canary) CGC 6.5, Action Comics #6 (first Jimmy Olsen) CGC 5.5, #17 (WWII cover) CGC 7.0, and #19 CGC 7.0, Adventure Comics #48 (first Hourman) CGC 5.5 and CGC 4.5, #61 (first Starman) CGC 6.0, #66 (Starman cover, first Shining Knight, origin), and #67 (classic Starman cover, first Mist) CGC 9.2 (top two), Superman #24 (classic flag cover) CGC 8.0 and #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, More Fun Comics #66 (Spectre cover) CGC 8.0 and #69 (Doctor Fate cover) CGC 8.5, and New York World’s Fair #1940 (first Superman and Batman together on cover) CGC 4.0.
Other Golden Age highlights include a just added high grade run of EC’s Two-Fisted Tales from the Gaines File collection including #22 CGC 9.8, #26 CGC 9.8 (highest, one of two), #27 CGC 9.8, and #33 CGC 9.6 (highest, one of two). The auction includes 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), Air Fighters #2 (classic WWII cover) CGC 8.5 Crowley pedigree (top two), Zip Comics #14 CGC 9.2 Larson pedigree, and Planet Comics #2 (classic Lou Fine cover) CGC 8.0 Mod. Restoration. EC issues include Haunt of Fear #1 CGC 9.0 and #14 (origin of Old Witch) CGC 9.6 Gaines File, Tales From the Crypt #26 CGC 9.8 Gaines File (highest, one of two), and Mad #1 CGC 7.5.
Silver and early Bronze Age DC examples are Showcase #17 (first Adam Strange) CGC 6.5 and #22 (first Silver Age Green Lantern and origin) CGC 6.0, Green Lantern #1 (first Guardians) CGC 7.0, #29 (first Black Hand) CGC 9.4 triple cover, #59 (first Guy Gardner) CGC 9.6, #76 (classic Adams cover/story) CGC 9.6, and #87 (first John Stewart) CGC 9.8, House of Secrets #92 (first Swamp Thing) CGC 9.4, Brave and the Bold #28 (first Justice League) CGC 7.0, Justice League of America #1 CGC 8.5, #2 CGC 9.2, and #9 (first origin of JLA) CGC 9.2, and Action Comics #252 (first Supergirl) CGC 7.0 and 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, Superboy #68 (first Bizarro) CGC 8.0 and CGC 7.0, and Forever People #1 (first full Darkseid) CGC 9.8. Other highlights include Star Trek #1 CGC 9.2 Fantucchio Pedigree, Love and Rockets #1 (1981) CGC 9.8, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 CGC 8.0.
Original art highlights include one of the most important pages from Infinity Gauntlet #1, a full page George Pérez Thanos splash where Thanos first wields the power of the Infinity Gauntlet. Also, recently added to the preview are Pérez’s covers to The Official Justice League Index (1986) #1 and #2. Other highlights include a Jeff Jones oil painting from 1970 used as the cover to the paperback edition of The Purple Pirate; the stellar Barry Windsor-Smith page 1 title splash to Conan the Barbarian #6 “Devil Wings of Shadizar,” which is a rare opportunity to acquire a title splash from the historic run, plus a panel page from the same story and a battle page from Machine Man #1; and Bernie Wrightson’s Back For More painted cover from 1978 featuring the master of the macabre at his finest plus several other Wrightson offerings.
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 also Byrne’s cover to Classic X-Men #43, a reimagining of his cover to the finale of his “Dark Phoenix Saga,” X-Men #137. 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 rare Todd McFarlane double page spread from Spider-Man #8 featuring great images of Spidey in action and Todd McFarlane and Greg Capullo’s Spawn #33 which is the full page Spawn vs. Violator battle splash, and a full page McFarlane splash from Spawn #27. Other highlights include a significant Jim Starlin page from Strange Tales #180 with Adam Warlock using the soul gem, plus the first published Starlin-penciled superhero page in his incredible career, which appeared in Iron Man #53; 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 scene faithfully recreated in the Black Panther movie; plus a Buckler page from Supernatural Thrillers #5 featuring the first appearance of the Living Mummy; 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 Howard the Duck #1 featuring Howard and Beverly as barbarians; and the Ed Hannigan wraparound cover to the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe #10 starring Spider-Man, Silver Surfer, Sub-Mariner, Storm and more.
A Frank Miller Sin City: The Big Fat Kill splash page, plus Miller pages from Daredevil #163 with Daredevil trying to stop a rampaging Hulk (one of the rare occasions where Miller drew the green goliath) and #167 with Daredevil in action in multiple panels, and an illustration of Elektra by Miller.
Other highlights include the Alex Ross covers to Paradise X #7 with the Punisher and Six Million Dollar Man: Season Six #1; the John Cassaday covers to Amazing Spider-Man #1.3 (2014) and Daredevil #510 featuring Daredevil and the Kingpin; a Steve Ditko twice-up, ink wash title splash to Eerie #9; 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; 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 Sam Kieth cover to The Maxx: Maxximized #19; 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 Rob’s first significant work in the industry; the John Romita Sr. cover to Stan Lee’s How to Draw Comics featuring Marvel’s biggest heroes, plus a 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. covers to Incredible Hulk #608 with Spider-Man and Wolverine and Eternals #1, from the revival of that series Romita Jr. did with Neil Gaiman; a rare Wally Wood Sunday-sized comic strip, Shattuk #W3; a Jill Thompson page from The Sandman #43, part of the classic “Brief Lives” story; and the Dave Sim cover to Low Society.
The auction also has some complete issues of original art sold in single lots ‒ there is 21-page story from World’s Finest Comics #191 featuring Superman and Batman visiting Krypton with art by the team of Ross Andru and Mike Esposito. There is also Gil Kane’s memorable 23-page story for Action Comics #554, a unique tribute to Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster; Kane’s cover to DC Comics Presents #60 with Superman fighting the Green Lantern Corps and a Kane page from Marvel Team-up #3 featuring Spider-Man, the original X-Men and Morbius.
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 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.