ComicLink’s highly anticipated Spring Featured Auction is now open with many valuable certified comic books and original comic and fantasy related art. Rare comic books such as a CGC 9.6 example of Dr. Doom’s first appearance in Fantastic Four #5 combined with top quality artwork such as Todd McFarlane’s cover artwork to Spider-Man #4 are offered. The auction features over 1,000 items from the Golden Age of comics (and earlier) to the present day.
Among the many Silver Age key issues within the auction are Fantastic Four #5 (first Doctor Doom) CGC 9.6 White Mountain pedigree (highest, one of two), Incredible Hulk #1 (first Hulk and origin) CGC 8.0 and CGC 6.5 and #2 (first green Hulk) CGC 9.0, Amazing Fantasy #15 (first Spider-Man and origin) CGC 6.5 and CGC 4.0, and Amazing Spider-Man #1 (second Spider-Man, first Jameson) CGC 7.5, CGC 7.0, and CGC 6.0, #10 (first Enforcers) CGC 9.8, #13 (first Mysterio) CGC 9.2, #26 (fourth Green Goblin) CGC 9.8 (highest, one of five), #28 (black cover, first Molten Man) CGC 9.6, and Annual #1 (first Sinister Six) CGC 9.6 Curator pedigree.
Silver Age Marvel issues include Fantastic Four #1 (first Fantastic Four and origin) CGC 7.0, CGC 6.0, and CGC 5.0, #2 (first Skrulls) CGC 9.0, #12 (first Hulk crossover) CGC 9.2, and #48 (first Silver Surfer and Galactus) CGC 9.6 and 9.4, X-Men #1 (first X-Men and Magneto) CGC 8.5, CGC 7.5, and CGC 6.5, Avengers #1 (first Avengers) CGC 8.5 and CGC 7.5, #2 CGC 9.4, #4 (first Silver Age Captain America) CGC 9.6, and #57 (first Vision) CGC 9.8, Iron Man #1 CGC 9.8 (first generation CGC label), Silver Surfer #1 (origin of Surfer) CGC 9.6 and #4 (Thor battle cover/story) CGC 9.8, Daredevil #1 (first Daredevil and origin) CGC 9.4, Tales of Suspense #39 (first Iron Man and origin) CGC 7.5 Signature Series (Stan Lee and Gene Colan) and CGC 7.0, Strange Tales #110 (first Doctor Strange) CGC 7.5, and Thor #165 (first full Warlock) CGC 9.6.
Silver Age DC issues include Showcase #22 (first Silver Age Green Lantern and origin) CGC 7.5 and #30 (first solo Aquaman title tryout) CGC 9.0, Action Comics #252 (first Supergirl and origin) CGC 7.0, Superman #199 (first Superman/Flash race) CGC 9.4, Green Lantern #1 (first Guardians) CGC 8.0, Batman #181 (first Poison Ivy) CGC 9.0, and Brave and the Bold #25 (first Suicide Squad) CGC 7.5 and #28 (first Justice League of America) CGC 6.0.
The auction has the Warren key Vampirella #1 (first Vampi) CGC 9.6 and Spirou #1071 (first Smurfs) CGC 9.6 and #1072 (first Smurfs cover) CGC 9.6 – both single highest graded.
Golden Age offerings include Superman #13 (WWII cover) CGC 9.2 (single highest graded), All-Star Comics #8 (first Wonder Woman and origin) CGC 2.0, Detective Comics #3 (one of only six CGC Universal examples) CGC 5.0, #33 (first origin of Batman) CGC 3.0, #38 (first Robin) CGC 1.8, #168 (origin Joker, first Red Hood) CGC 5.0, and #225 (first Martian Manhunter) CGC 8.5 (top four), Batman #11 (first Joker cover in title) CGC 7.0 and #62 (origin of Catwoman, first use of “Selina Kyle”) CBCS 8.5, Captain America Comics #13 (remember Pearl Harbor issue) CGC 7.0, Human Torch #1 (first Toro) CGC 5.0, and Marvel Mystery Comics #7 (Schomburg cover) CGC 8.5.
Additional Golden Age highlights are More Fun Comics #14 (first Superman prototype in color and in costume in Dr. Occult feature) CBCS 6.5, #55 (first Doctor Fate) CGC 2.0, and #67 (first origin of Doctor Fate) CGC 6.5, Phantom Lady #17 (Matt Baker cover) CGC 3.5, Science Comics #4 (Joe Simon cover) CGC 7.0 (top two), Silver Streak Comics #6 CGC 4.5, Brick Bradford #6 (Schomburg robot cover) CGC 9.4 (top three), Underworld Crime #7 (violent cover) CGC 7.0 (top five), Fight Comics #39 CGC 9.4 Rockford pedigree (top three), and Wonder Woman #34 CGC 9.6 (highest, one of two). There are also many ECs from the Gaines File collection, the majority of which are in pristine shape grading out at either 9.8 or 9.6.
Bronze Age Marvel comics include Amazing Spider-Man #101 (first Morbius) CGC 9.6 Northford pedigree, #129 (first Punisher) CGC 9.8, and #194 (first Black Cat) CGC 9.8, Incredible Hulk #180 (first Wolverine, cameo) CGC 9.8 and #181 (first full Wolverine) CGC 9.6, Iron Man #55 (first Thanos and Drax) CGC 9.8 double cover – both in 9.8, Giant-Size X-Men #1 (first Storm, Colossus and Nightcrawler, second full Wolverine) CGC 9.8, X-Men #101 (first Phoenix) CGC 9.8, Marvel Spotlight #5 (first Johnny Blaze Ghost Rider) CGC 9.6, Tomb of Dracula #10 (first Blade) CGC 9.8, Conan the Barbarian #1 (first Conan in comics) CGC 9.8, Ms. Marvel #1 (first Carol Danvers as a superhero) CGC 9.8, and Werewolf By NIght #32 (first Moon Knight) 9.8 (PGX).
Bronze Age DC issue are All-Star Western #10 (first Jonah Hex) CGC 9.8, House of Secrets #92 (first Swamp Thing) CGC 9.2, Batman #234 (first Modern Two-Face) CGC 9.8 and #251 (Adams Joker cover) CGC 9.6, and Green Lantern #87 (first John Stewart) CGC 9.8.
Modern offerings include Albedo #2 (first Usagi Yojimbo) CGC 9.8, Amazing Spider-Man #212 (first Hydro-Man) CGC 9.9 (single highest graded) and #300 (first full Venom) CGC 9.8, the seldom-seen Turtlemania Special #1 (including the Silver Edition as well as the extremely rare Gold Edition which was limited to a 10-copy print run and only two have been CGC-graded), Venom Lethal Protector #1 CGC 9.8 black cover error edition, Dark Knight III Master Race #1 9.8 Signature Series legacy sketch edition signed by Miller, Janson, Kubert, and Azarello, and Batman #608 (Jim Lee’s Hush begins) CGC 9.6 retailer incentive edition.
The Spring Featured Auction’s original art session includes hundreds of world-class items including Todd McFarlane Spider-Man #4 cover with Spidey vs. the Lizard from the “Torement Saga”; Barry Windsor-Smith highly sought 1971 cover to Conan the Barbarian #5, “The Claws of the Tigress”; Mike Mignola Hellboy: Wake the Devil #4 cover; Gene Colan Captain America #120 cover, Daredevil #20 page 1 title splash with a strong image of Daredevil in action – one of the earliest and best large art Colan Daredevil splash pages ever to hit the market; and Jim Lee Superman/Batman #10 cover with the two icons plus Wonder Woman.
Additional original art offerings include Frank Miller Detective Comics #1000 variant cover featuring Miller’s iconic Dark Knight and Carrie Kelly Robin and a double page splash from Ronin #1; Dave Gibbons Watchmen #7 page with Nite Owl and Silk Spectre taking the Owlship out for its first ride in years; Chris Ware Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth page from 1997; Gil Kane Defenders #52 cover with a Hulk vs. Sub-Mariner battle scene and Giant-Size Master of Kung-Fu #3 cover with Joe Sinnott inks featuring Shang-Chi in battle with the Si-Fan Assassins; Michael Kaluta Detective Comics #428 cover with Batman staring down the barrel of a gun; John Buscema and Joe Sinnott three pages (sold separately) from Fantastic Four #112, the popular Thing/Hulk battle issue, plus a Buscema recreation of his now iconic cover for that issue with the Thing facing off with the Hulk.
There is also Andy Kubert Joker’s Asylum: Joker #1 cover with a maniacal yet superb depiction of the clown prince of crime; John Byrne Iron Fist #6 page with Iron Fist battling Colleen Wing; Fantastic Four #247 page with the Fantastic Four fighting Doom’s robots and Incredible Hulk Annual #7 page with Hulk battling the Sentinels and Bob Layton inks; several Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles pages plus their Gobbledygook #2 cover created before TMNT #1; Richard Corben “Curse of the Monolith” illustration from Sword and Fantasy; and Jim Aparo Man-Bat #1 cover from 1975 featuring Man-Bat vs. Batman.
Additional highlights are George Pérez New Teen Titans Archives #1 cover, an ideal portrait of the popular team of the 1980s by their co-creator; Neal Adams Avengers #96 page from the Kree-Skrull War, Strange Adventures #212 page from the Deadman series, Brave and the Bold #80 page with Batman and the Creeper, and more; Adam Hughes double page splash from the recent landmark Ben Grimm/Alicia Masters wedding issue, Fantastic Four #650, showing an all-female Serpent Squad crashing Ben’s bachelor party; and Sal Buscema Rom #32 complete 22-page interior art with a key early appearance of Rogue, plus Mystique.
These and many other lots are open for bidding in the Spring Featured Auction.
ComicLink’s upcoming auction schedule, Comic Book Exchange, and Comic Art Exchange can be viewed on their website.
ComicLink is now accepting seller consignments for the next Focused Auction, launching in June, which will also be an exciting one as it will promote other categories of collectibles including certified coins (both U.S. coins and ancients), cards, WATA-certified video games, movie posters, and more. The firm is also accepting consignments for the Focused Auction launching in July and the Summer Featured Auction launching in August (previews will post soon). Sellers interested in consigning may 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 receipt of seller material.