With the ComicLink Fall Featured Auction drawing to a close early next week, sellers can make consignment arrangements to reserve space for their comic books and artwork in the January Focused Auction (starting January 10) and the Winter Featured Auction (beginning on February 13). The preview for the Winter Featured Auction has just been launched.
“We do already have a number of exciting items lined up for these auctions including three significant Golden Age comic books,” ComicLink founder and CEO Josh Nathanson told Scoop.
The first one is Batman #1 (first Joker and first Catwoman) in CGC 3.0. This is one of the most important comic books in the history of the medium, kicking off the first solo title run for one of the biggest characters in the history of pop culture with the intro of his two biggest villains and a retelling of Batman’s origin. The other Golden Age key is Green Lantern #1 in CGC 2.5. This 1941 first issue took the popular character launched in All-American Comics and put him into his own title for the first time, retelling his origin and starting a long history of Green Lantern titles that are still published today. The third is a Flash Comics #1 from a fresh collection and the book will be certified in short order.
Silver Age Marvel offerings include key first two appearances of Spider-Man in Amazing Fantasy #15 (first Spider-Man and origin) CGC 7.0 and Amazing Spider-Man #1 CGC 7.0. These two books set the stage for the introduction of the popular Marvel character, and major hero of the Silver Age and beyond. Also coming to auction is Avengers #4 CGC 9.2, the famous reintroduction of Captain America for the Silver Age with its landmark Jack Kirby cover.
Leading the original art section is the Dave Cockrum cover to Ms. Marvel #18. This is one of the best covers from Carol Danvers’ original series from the 1970s. It features one of the best cover images of Ms. Marvel from the run and has her surrounded by popular members of the Avengers including Vision, Scarlet Witch, Yellowjacket, Wasp, and Wonder Man. Cockrum is the legendary co-creator of the “New” X-Men and this cover was for the issue that featured the first appearance of one of their greatest foes, Mystique.
Another art highlight is “Dick Sprang Remembers…” an incredible retrospective of the legendary Batman artist’s work drawn by Sprang himself. This piece was published as the double page centerfold to Detective Comics #572, an issue that celebrated the 50th anniversary of Detective Comics. It features multiple images of Batman, Robin, the Joker, Two-Face, and many more characters from Sprang’s amazing two decade run on Batman that began in the early 1940s and extended into the early 1960s.
Also among the featured art pieces is the Al Williamson cover to Weird Fantasy #18. Williamson is considered one of the greatest artists of science fiction related comic books and comic strips but he drew only a small number of covers for the legendary EC Comics science fiction titles, making this an unusual opportunity for collectors. Al Feldstein and Roy Krenkel both assisted Williamson with this cover and it includes a Feldstein signature and original drawing. The cover artwork is also signed by legendary science fiction writer Ray Bradbury, as one of his stories was adapted for the issue.
Sellers interested in consigning to the Winter Featured Auction or upcoming Focused Auctions can contact ComicLink at firstname.lastname@example.org or (617) 517-0062 (option 1) to speak with Josh Nathanson, Douglas Gillock, Jason Crosby, Jon Signorelli, or Ross Kearney. Upfront cash advances are available upon request.
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.
The remaining items in the Fall Featured Auction, preview of the January Focused Auction and the Winter Featured Auction, as well as the upcoming auction schedule can be viewed on ComicLink’s website.