ComicLink’s Fall Featured Auction, the final ComicLink Auction of 2019, will be closing soon, with a selection of certified comic books as well as world class comic and fantasy related original artwork. Comic book lots close on Tuesday through Thursday, December 3-5, 2019, as well as the following Monday, December 9. The original art session closes on Tuesday, December 10. Auction closings start at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT each evening.
Among the many comic book highlights in the Fall Featured Auction are Amazing Fantasy #15 (first Spider-Man and origin) CGC 7.0 CVA Exceptional and CGC 5.0, Incredible Hulk #1 (first Hulk and origin) CGC 7.5 and #181 (first full Wolverine) CGC 9.8 and CGC 9.6, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 (first TMNT and origin) CGC 9.8 and CGC 9.4, More Fun Comics #73 (first Aquaman, Green Arrow, and Speedy) CGC 6.5, Detective Comics #33 (first origin of Batman) CGC 3.5 and #233 (first Batwoman) CGC 9.0 (highest, one of two), and Fantastic Four #1 (first Fantastic Four and origin) CGC 7.0 and CGC 5.0, #2 (first Skrulls) CGC 9.0, #4 (first Silver Age Sub-Mariner) CGC 9.4, and #48 (first Silver Surfer and Galactus) CGC 9.8 and CGC 9.6.
They include the single highest graded Wonder Woman #98 (first Silver Age origin) CGC 9.0, Archie Comics #1 CGC 4.0, Captain America Comics #1 (first Captain America and origin) CGC 8.0 (A-5), #46 (Schomburg Holocaust cover) CGC 7.0, and #72 CGC 7.0, Hero For Hire #1 (first Luke Cage) CGC 9.8 CVA Exceptional, and Amazing Adventures #11 (first Furry Beast) CGC 9.8.
The auction includes what is surely the finest run of early issues of Marvel’s Daredevil ever assembled in a ComicLink sale, including #1 (Curator pedigree) CGC 9.6, #2 CGC 9.6, #3 (Pacific Coast pedigree, single highest graded) CGC 9.8, #4 CGC 9.8 Western Penn pedigree (highest, one of three), #5 CGC 9.8 Pacific Coast (highest, one of two), #6 CGC 9.8 Curator (single highest graded), #7 CGC 9.6 Pacific Coast, #8 CGC 9.8, and #9 CGC 9.8 (Pacific Coast, highest, one of four).
Other significant comic books in the auction include Amazing Spider-Man #1 CGC 8.5 and CGC 7.0, #12 (third Doc Ock) CGC 9.8 (highest, one of two), #18 CGC 9.8 CVA Exceptional, #20 (first Scorpion) CGC 9.8, #27 (highest, one of two) CGC 9.8, #50 (first Kingpin) CGC 9.6, #101 (first Morbius) CGC 9.8, #129 (first Punisher) CGC 9.8, and Annual #4 CGC 9.8 (highest, one of four), Journey Into Mystery #83 (first Thor and origin) CGC 7.5, Avengers #1 (first Avengers and origin) CGC 8.5 and CGC 8.0 and #4 (first Silver Age Captain America) CGC 9.2 Signature Series Stan Lee and CGC 9.2, Superman #2 CGC 7.0, X-Men #1 (first X-Men and Magneto) CGC 7.5, #4 (first Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver), and #94 (first “New” X-Men in title) CGC 9.8, Giant-Size X-Men #1 (first Storm, Colossus, Nightcrawler, and second full Wolverine) CGC 9.8, and Tales of Suspense #39 (first Iron Man and origin) CGC 7.0, #52 (first Black Widow) CGC 9.4, and #57 (first Hawkeye) CGC 9.4.
They also include Iron Man #1 CGC 9.8, Tales to Astonish #93 (Silver Surfer cover) CGC 9.8, Hawkman #4 (first Zatanna) CGC 9.6, Marvel Spotlight #5 (first Ghost Rider and origin) CGC 9.6, Showcase #4 (first Silver Age Flash and origin) CGC 4.0 and CBCS 3.5 (signed by Infantino) and #22 (first Silver Age Green Lantern and origin) CGC 7.5 and 6.5, Tomb of Dracula #10 (first Blade) CGC 9.8, Detective Comics #90 CGC 9.6 (highest graded, one of two) and #168 (origin of Joker, first Red Hood) CGC 5.0, Batman #11 (first Joker cover in title) CGC 5.5, Daring Mystery Comics #6 (early Timely) CGC 9.4 (highest, one of two), All Winners Comics #19 (first All-Winners Squad, the first Marvel superhero team) CGC 7.5, Blue Beetle #52 (Kamen cover) CGC 7.5, and from the Modern era Albedo #2 (first Usagi Yojimbo) CGC 9.6 and Walking Dead #1 CGC 9.8 Signature Series Robert Kirkman.
ComicLink’s last Featured Auction included the Amazing Spider-Man run from the Federal Hill Collection. In this auction, they are selling the Strange Tales run from the collection. The minimum grade for any of the Federal Hill books is CGC 9.4 and the vast majority are in either CGC 9.6 or CGC 9.8. Included within this auction are Strange Tales #103-106, #108, #114, and #116-168, and Annual #1 (Marvel’s first Annual) CGC 9.4 (highest, one of two). Many of the examples in the run come from pedigree collections, including several from the prestigious Pacific Coast pedigree as well as the White Mountain, Northland, Western Penn, Twin Cities, and Rocky Mountain pedigrees.
Outside of the Federal Hill collection, ComicLink is selling Strange Tales #110 (first Doctor Strange) CGC 9.0 Signature Series Stan Lee and CGC 8.0 and a Strange Tales Annual #2 (first Spider-Man crossover/fourth appearance) CGC 9.4.
Pre-code horror and crime offerings are Chamber of Chills #19 CGC 8.5 Northford pedigree, Lawbreakers Suspense Stories #11 CGC 7.5 CVA Exceptional, Mister Mystery #12 (injury to the eye cover) CGC 4.0, Beware #10 (Frazetta cover) CGC 5.0, Tomb of Terror #15 (exploding face cover) CGC 5.5, and Vault of Horror #31 (gory face smashed cover) CGC 9.8 Gaines File (highest, one of two) as well as many other high grade ECs from the Gaines File Collection. Good Girl books include Timely’s Cindy #37 (gray tone cover) CGC 8.0 (single highest graded) and DC sci-fi includes a run of early issues of Strange Adventures and Superboy from the early 1950s in tough to find higher grades.
Some of the original art lots include Gil Kane and John Romita covers to Amazing Spider-Man #138 and Thor #216; Neal Adams Justice League of America #96 cover with the coming of Starbreaker; Frank Miller page from Batman: The Dark Knight Returns #3; Todd McFarlane/Greg Capullo cover to Spawn #26, which ComicLink believes is the earliest Spawn cover ever in public auction and a McFarlane page from Amazing Spider-Man #300 featuring Mary Jane stripping for Peter; Mike Zeck Captain America #279 cover with Cap vs. Steve Rogers and a Batman: 10 Nights of the Beast original portfolio page; Joe Kubert Challengers of the Unknown #69 cover; Al Milgrom Spectacular Spider-Man #33 cover; Dick Giordano Flash #275 cover to the key death of Iris West Allen issue; and Tony Moore Walking Dead #2 early page with Rick and Glenn in Atlanta being attacked by a horde of walkers.
There are three Alex Ross covers in the auction including the cover to Batman #685 with a portrait of Catwoman, Torch #4 cover with the Sub-Mariner leading an attack on the surface world, and Bionic Man #14 with Steve Austin and Bigfoot from the TV series, The Six Million Dollar Man.
John Buscema originals are well represented in the auction. Buscema works include the cover to Thor #192, the Fantastic Four #108 page 1 title splash (Sinnott inks), four pages from Fantastic Four #112 (the Thing vs. Hulk battle issue), a great full page splash from #118 with Diablo, Crystal and Lockjaw and a half splash from #129 with Black Bolt; an incredible large art Wolverine: Bloody Choices graphic novel splash with a huge image of Logan; plus pages from Wolverine #1 and #4, and pages from Avengers, Conan and Tarzan.
There are a number of John Byrne pieces including a peak era Spidey battle page from Amazing Spider-Man #189, four Fantastic Four pages, a published Justice League of America pin-up, an Action Comics page with Superman and Lois Lane, two Sensational She-Hulk pages, a Wonder Woman page, and a recent X-Men page featuring Wolverine fighting the Sentinels.
The art of Jim Lee is represented with a splash from Superman #204 featuring a huge image of the Man of Steel and a cover featuring the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, pages from All-Star Batman and Robin, a WildC.A.T.S double-page splash, a Justice League pin-up illustration with Lee layouts, and Ale Garza finishes and more.
Other highlights include Bernie Wrightson’s first professional sale, the cover to The Conan Reader, Jim Starlin “Thanos Saga” page from Captain Marvel #29 (1973) featuring the origin of the father of Thanos, Mentor; Gil Kane Batman #208 Silver Age title splash featuring a great image of Batman, Robin, and women from Batman’s history; Michael Turner Witchblade Collected Edition #1 cover; Jock Batman Confidential #33 cover with the Dark Knight in Russia and Detective Comics #1000 variant cover with a close-up of Batman; Frank Quietly All-Star Superman #8 page and Batman #700 page; and J. Scott Campbell Fairytale Fantasies Calendar illustrations of the Little Mermaid and Snow White.
Additional original art includes Ron Frenz Fantastic Four #326 cover with Joe Sinnott inks featuring the Fantastic Four vs. the Frightful Four and the Paul Ryan cover to Fantastic Four #359 with the team vs. the Devastator; George Pérez Avengers #13 cover with the Avengers and the New Warriors, plus the complete Pérez art to Avengers #33; Mark Bright Power Man and Iron Fist #117 cover; John Cassaday Astonishing X-Men #24 cover with an adorable portrait of Kitty Pryde and Lockheed the Dragon; Tim Sale Superman: Kryptonite cover; Ryan Sook Justice League Dark #9 cover with a great portrait of DC’s top supernatural heroes; Adi Granov Amazing Spider-Man #612 variant cover with Spider-Man in Kraven’s grave surrounded by the helmets of his foes and the Iron Man #7 cover; John Bolton Batman/Man-Bat #1 full page painted splash with a huge Batman image; and Frank Cho King-Size Hulk #1 cover with Red Hulk vs. She-Hulk.
ComicLink is gathering consignments of valuable comic books or other collectibles for their upcoming ComicLink auctions for the first quarter of 2020, with both the first ComicLink auction and the first CertifiedLink auction of the year starting in early January. The CertifiedLink.com auction will include certified video games, trading cards (sports and Magic: The Gathering), coins, currency, video games, and authenticated sports memorabilia. Interested sellers interested in reserving auction placement can do so by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling the sales team at (617) 517-0062 (option 1).
A preview of the Focused Auction opening on January 8, as well as the Comic Book Exchange and Comic Art Exchange are available on the ComicLink website.