The latest ComicLink Focused Auction is now open, featuring Golden to Modern Age comics and related artwork.
“Our latest Focused Auction offers a broad selection of key and high grade Silver Age through Modern Age comic books, as well as a diverse selection of interesting Golden Age material. Captain America Comics #1 and Amazing Fantasy #15 are offered along with many other important issues and we have over 500 certified, high grade comic books from the Fantucchio pedigree collection on the auction block. Also, close to 500 examples of original art are offered up, rendered by hundreds of different creators,” ComicLink founder and President, Josh Nathanson, said. “This Focused Auction will run for 2-3 weeks with lots starting to close on April 23 and continuing through May 2. Even though this auction has over 4,000 lots, there is no rest for the weary – we are busy at work accepting consignments from sellers for our Spring Featured Auction and other upcoming events.”
Among the many key and high grade comic books from the Silver and early Bronze Age are Amazing Fantasy #15 (first Spider-Man and origin) CGC 4.5 and a selection of early issues of Amazing Spider-Man #1 (second Spider-Man, first Jameson) CGC 6.5, #3 (first Doctor Octopus) CGC 7.5, #5 (Spider-Man meets Dr. Doom) CGC 7.5, #13 (first Mysterio) CGC 9.0, #14 (first Green Goblin) CGC 8.0, #15 (first Kraven) CGC 9.0, and #28 (first Molten Man, black cover, tough in high grade) CGC 9.2, plus high grade Bronze Age keys like #101 (first Morbius) CGC 9.8 and #129 (first Punisher) CGC 9.6.
Some other Silver and Bronze Age Marvels include Avengers #2 (second Avengers) CGC 9.2, #4 (first Silver Age Captain America) CGC 8.0, and #57 (first Vision) CGC 9.4, Conan the Barbarian #1 (first Conan in comics) CGC 9.8, Daredevil #1 (first Daredevil and origin) CGC 7.5, Fantastic Four #4 (first Silver Age Sub-Mariner) CGC 5.0, #52 (first Black Panther) CGC 8.5, and #67 (Birth of Adam Warlock) CGC 9.4, Incredible Hulk #180 (first Wolverine cameo) CGC 9.6, Iron Man #1 CGC 9.4 and #55 (first Thanos and Drax) CGC 9.6, Journey Into Mystery #83 (first Thor) CGC 5.0, Marvel Spotlight #5 (first Ghost Rider) CGC 9.0, Strange Tales #110 (first Doctor Strange) CGC 6.5, and X-Men #1 (first X-Men and Magneto) CGC 3.0.
Silver Age and early Bronze Age DC books are The Flash #105 (first issue, first Mirror Master) CGC 8.0, House of Secrets #92 (first Swamp Thing) CGC 9.4 and CGC 8.5, Detective Comics #359 (first Barbara Gordon Batgirl) CGC 8.5 and CGC 8.0, Batman #121 (first Mr. Freeze as Mr. Zero) CGC 3.5, #217 (Robin leaves for college) CGC 9.6, and #251 (Adams Joker cover) CGC 9.2, Brave and the Bold #25 (first Suicide Squad) CGC 8.5, Green Lantern #1 (first Guardians of the Universe) CGC 7.5, Justice League of America #1 CGC 5.5, New Gods #1 (first Orion and Metron) CGC 9.8, and Showcase #4 (first Silver Age Flash and origin) CGC 0.5, #17 (first Adam Strange and origin) CGC 6.5, and #22 (first Silver Age Green Lantern and origin) CGC 3.5.
A Warren key is the Vampirella #1 CGC 9.4.
It’s been two years since ComicLink began bringing the very large John G. Fantucchio pedigree collection to market and the firm is still introducing new runs of great Silver Age books in each auction. This Focused Auction includes over 500 Fantucchio books, most in high grade shape, with dozens ranking as the single highest graded example. Titles include Marvel’s Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos, Ghost Rider (1967), and Not Brand Echh. There are many examples of DC Superman-related titles including Superboy, Superman’s Girlfriend Lois Lane, and Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen. Gold Key offerings include Twilight Zone and Man From U.N.C.L.E. There are also large runs of high grade Charlton titles from different genres including superhero (1964 Blue Beetle run), horror titles (Ghost Manor, Ghostly Haunts, Ghostly Tales, and Haunted), and comedy (Abbott and Costello), including many single highest graded.
There is a selection of Golden Age rarities in this Focused Auction with many examples spanning the genres of superhero, horror, good girl, crime, sci-fi, war, romance, and so much more. There are many high grade and even pedigree examples.
Golden Age superhero offerings include Captain America Comics #1 (first Captain America and origin, first Bucky, first Red Skull) CGC 1.0Q (married cover and pages, cover detached) and #61 (Red Skull cover) CGC 7.5, Detective Comics #40 (first Joker cover) CGC 1.8, #69 (Robinson Joker cover) CGC 2.0, #122 (first Catwoman cover) CGC 8.0, #149 (Joker cover) CGC 6.5, #187 (Two-Face cover) CGC 5.5, and #225 (first Martian Manhunter) CGC 7.0, Flash Comics #24 CGC 9.2 (top two), Sub-Mariner Comics #7 (WWII cover) CGC 3.5 and #32 (final issue, origin retold, Everett cover) CGC 1.8, USA Comics #14 (Captain America and Bucky cover) CGC 1.8, and Zip Comics #33 (scarce MLJ) CGC 3.0 (top three).
Alex Schomburg WWII era covers on Startling Comics #37 CGC 9.0 (top three), Human Torch #11 CGC 3.5, Marvel Mystery Comics #22 (WWII cover) CGC 6.0, #45 (only Red Skull cover in run, WWII hooded Nazis cover) CBCS 6.0, and #62 (beheading cover) CGC 5.0, Young Allies #9 (Hitler, Tojo, and Mussolini WWII Schomburg cover) CGC 3.0, and Black Terror #21 (Schomburg cover) CGC 7.0.
Good Girl art can be found in Black Cat Comics #29 CGC 5.0, Blue Beetle #52 (Kamen cover) CGC 4.5, several examples of Jumbo Comics with Sheena covers, most with Baker art, including some of the very best known examples such as #127 CGC 9.2 (top two), #131 CGC 9.4 (top two), and #134 CGC 9.4 (single highest graded), Kaanga Comics #14 CGC 8.5 (single highest graded), and Wings Comics #90 CGC 4.5.
Pre-code horror and crime includes Haunted Thrills #6 CGC 3.5, Witchcraft #5 CGC 6.5, Mister Mystery #12 (Bailey injury to the eye cover) CGC 2.5, Skeleton Hand #1 (“Death playing violin” cover) CGC 8.5, Beware #10 (Frazetta cover) CGC 2.5, Tomb of Terror #15 (face melting cover) CGC 3.0, Crime SuspenStories #20 (hanging cover) CGC 4.5 and CGC 3.5, Dead Who Walk #nn CGC 4.5, Eerie #2 (Avon, Wally Wood cover) CGC 5.0, Fight Against Crime #18 (skeleton and noose cover) CGC 2.5 and #21 CGC 5.0, Ghost Comics #5 CGC 4.5 Canadian Edition (only CGC graded) and #7 (gruesome pre-code horror cover) CGC 3.0, Haunt of Fear #17 (Ingels cover) CGC 6.0, Voodoo #1 (Baker art) CGC 5.0 and #5 CGC 5.0, Weird Terror #5 (hanging cover) CGC 5.5, and Tales From the Crypt 18 unique examples from the essential EC horror series including #23 (Feldstein living corpse cover) CGC 6.5.
Featured humor titles include Dennis the Menace #1 (first Dennis in comic books) CGC 4.5, King Comics #1 (first Flash Gordon, Popeye cover, early Golden Age issue from 1936) 2.0 (PGX), and the rarely seen Roger Dodger #2 (DeCarlo art) CGC 9.0 (highest, one of two).
The auction includes thousands of certified late Bronze through Modern Age comic books, mostly in high grade, with over 2,700 individual lots including such offerings as Star Wars #1 CGC 8.5 Price Variant, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 (first Turtles) CGC 7.5, Amazing Spider-Man #194 (first Black Cat) CGC 9.8 and #300 (first full Venom) CGC 9.8 Signature Series Stan Lee, Ms. Marvel #1 (Carol Danvers becomes a superhero) CGC 9.8, Walking Dead #1 (first Rick) CGC 9.8, Albedo: Anthropomorphics #1 CGC 8.5 (top two), Avengers #196 (first full Taskmaster) CGC 9.6 Signature Series Stan Lee, Batman Adventures #12 (first Harley Quinn in comics) CGC 9.4, and Batman: The Dark Knight Returns #1 (Miller series begins, first Carrie Kelly Robin) CGC 9.8.
Additional late Bronze to Modern comics are Detective Comics #880 (Jock Joker cover) CGC 9.8, Goon #1 (first Goon) CGC 9.8, Iron Fist #14 (first Sabretooth) CGC 9.8 and CGC 9.6, Marvel Collectible Classics: Spider-Man #2 CGC 9.8, Marvel Spotlight #32 (first Spider-Woman) CGC 9.8, New Mutants #98 (first Deadpool and Domino) CGC 9.8, New Teen Titans #2 (first Deathstroke) CGC 9.8, NYX #3 (first X-23, now the female Wolverine) CGC 9.8, Supergirl and the Legion of Super-Heroes #23 (Adam Hughes variant cover) CGC 9.8, and X-Men #101 (first Phoenix) CGC 9.4 and CBCS 9.4, #102 (origin of Storm) CGC 9.8, #103 CBCS 9.8, #121 (first full Alpha Flight) CGC 9.8, #129 (first Kitty Pryde and Emma Frost) CGC 9.8, and #134 (first Dark Phoenix) CGC 9.8.
The auction also offers an original comic book and fantasy related artwork session with hundreds of pieces by many different artists across eras, including Mike Allred, Murphy Anderson, Chris Bachalo, John Buscema, Sal Buscema, John Byrne, Nick Cardy, Ernie Chan, Howard Chaykin, Jim Cheung, Gene Colan, Tony Daniel, Dick Dillin, Terry Dodson, Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird, David Finch, Ramona Fradon, Keith Giffen, Chester Gould, Paul Gulacy, Tony Harris, Russ Heath, Don Heck, Adam Hughes, Kelley Jones, Gil Kane, Dale Keown, Jack Kirby, Tyler Kirkham, Adam Kubert, Sean Phillips, Stephen Platt, Keith Pollard, Whilce Portacio, Humberto Ramos, Alex Saviuk, Kurt Schaffenberger, Bill Sienkiewicz, Marc Silvestri, Curt Swan, Mark Texeira, Bruce Timm, George Tuska, Tim Vigil, Bill Ward, J.H. Williams III, Ron Wilson, Scottie Young, Leinil Yu, and Mike Zeck.
All told, there are thousands of lots featuring an impressive and diverse array of comic books and original art, and as always in ComicLink’s Focused Auctions, most if not all, are being sold with no reserve.
ComicLink is now accepting consignments for the Spring Featured Auction, which begins on May 15 and other upcoming auctions. Upfront cash advances are available. To reserve upcoming auction placement within any of their future auctions, simply email firstname.lastname@example.org with a prospective sale list, or call (617) 517-0062 (option 1).
They are also always accepting new sellers for the ComicLink exchange marketplaces, brokering private placement deals, and buying outright.
ComicLink’s open Focused Auction, Spring Featured Auction, upcoming auction schedule, Comic Book Exchange, and Comic Art Exchange can be viewed on their website.