Last minute consignments keep rolling in, but collectors can already see an exceptional selection of valuable, certified comic books and original comic, fantasy and illustration art within the ComicLink Winter Featured Auction Preview. The auction begins on Thursday, February 13.
Those interested in selling in an upcoming ComicLlink auction can reserve auction placement by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling the sales team at (617) 517-0062 (option 1). Another consignment option is the ComicLink Focused Auction launching on March 12 (previews will post soon). There is also a CertifiedLink.com auction coming up, which features other certified collectibles such as trading cards, coins, video games, and authenticated memorabilia.
“I’m excited to say that the Winter Featured Auction is going to have one of best selections of vintage comic books we’ve ever offered, filled with incredible, key Golden, Silver, Bronze and Modern Age comic books as well as high grade rarities,” ComicLink founder and Managing Director Josh Nathanson said.
Among upcoming comic book highlights already posted to the Winter Featured Auction Preview is a high grade example of Captain America Comics #1 (first Captain America and origin, first Bucky, first Red Skull) CGC 7.5 and CGC 5.0 and #3 (Red Skull cover, first Stan Lee Timely/Marvel work) CGC 5.0. Another key Timely just added to this auction is Sub-Mariner Comics #1 (Schomburg cover/Everett art) CGC 8.0 Eldon pedigree. One of the most impressive key DC issues in the auction is Batman #49 CGC 9.6 (highest, one of two), a high grade example of this Joker cover issue also features the first appearances of Vicky Vale and the Mad Hatter.
The selection of Silver Age comic books featured in this auction is led by Near Mint and higher runs of major Marvel Silver Age titles, including Journey Into Mystery, Thor, and Fantastic Four from the Federal Hill Collection. This run of Journey Into Mystery and Thor includes the key Journey Into Mystery #83 CGC 9.4, the first appearance of Thor, which is one of a handful in this high grade. It features Journey Into Mystery #85 (first Loki, Odin, and Asgard) CGC 9.6 (highest graded, one of four) plus dozens of other examples all in Near Mint or better condition.
The Federal Hill run of Fantastic Four includes #12 (first Hulk crossover) CGC 9.6, and #20 (first Molecule Man) and #26 (Avengers crossover), both CGC 9.8 (highest graded, one of two), Annual #6 (first Annihilus, Birth of Franklin Richards) CGC 9.8, plus dozens of other Near Mint or higher examples.
Also in the Auction Preview is Fantastic Four #1 (first Fantastic Four and origin) CGC 8.0 and CGC 5.5 Signature Series Stan Lee, #4 (first Silver Age Sub-Mariner) CGC 9.2, and #5 (first Doctor Doom) CGC 9.2. There’s also a Tales to Astonish #13 (first Groot) CGC 9.2 (one of the top two), Silver Surfer #4 (first Mephisto) CGC 9.8, Amazing Fantasy #15 CGC 5.5, Amazing Spider-Man #7 (second Vulture) CGC 9.6, #36 (first Looter) CGC 9.8 (highest, one of four), and #129 (first Punisher) CGC 9.8, Iron Man #1 CGC 9.8, Daredevil #1 (first Daredevil and origin) CGC 9.2, and Strange Tales #110 (first Doctor Strange) CBCS 9.2 and CGC 9.0. Silver Age DC keys include Batman #171 (first Silver Age Riddler) CGC 9.6 (highest, one of four), Aquaman #1 CGC 9.6 (highest, one of four), and Hawkman #4 (first Zatanna) CGC 9.8 (highest, one of three).
Bronze Age keys include Incredible Hulk #181 (first full Wolverine) CGC 9.6, Giant-Size X-Men #1 (first Storm, Colossus and Nightcrawler, second full Wolverine) CGC 9.8, Marvel Spotlight #5 (first Ghost Rider) CGC 9.6, and Tomb of Dracula #10 (first Blade) CGC 9.8.
Several of the early DC issues include Detective Comics #29 (second Batman cover) and #38 (first Robin), Action Comics #7 (second Superman cover), #10 (third Superman cover), and #23 (first Luthor), and All Star Comics #8 (first Wonder Woman and origin) CBCS 1.8.
Pre-code horror includes War Against Crime #10 (first Vault Keeper and Vault of Horror) CGC 9.8 Gaines File copy, Tales From the Crypt #33 (origin of the Crypt Keeper) CGC 9.6 Gaines File copy, and Chamber of Chills #10 CGC 5.0.
Some upcoming original art examples are Frank Miller Amazing Spider-Man #218 cover; John Romita Amazing Spider-Man #365 cover and Stan Lee's How to Draw Comics cover with Lee surrounded by the most popular Marvel heroes; Adam Hughes Catwoman #72 cover featuring Zatanna and X-Men Black: Emma Frost #5 cover with a very sultry image of the White Queen; Jim Starlin Life of Captain Marvel #1 cover inked by Milgrom and colored after publication; Jim Starlin Life of Captain Marvel #1 cover inked by Milgrom and colored after publication; Neal Adams Justice League of America #94 title splash; Michael Turner Witchblade #1 splash with Sara Pezzini from her origin story, plus other Turner pieces; and a Brian Bolland Amazing Heroes #52 cover featuring Judge Dredd.
Recently added to the Auction Preview are Richard F. Outcault rare Buster Brown Sunday from 1916; Gene Colan Tales to Astonish #78 Sub-Mariner title splash; Todd McFarlane Daredevil #241 page; Greg Capullo and Todd McFarlane Spawn splash pages with amazing images; Art Adams Years of Future Past #5 cover, a homage to the X-Men #141 cover; Dave McKean Black Orchid #12 cover; Marie Severin Tales to Astonish #100 Hulk vs. Sub-Mariner battle page; Lee Bermejo Secret Origins #1 cover with the origin of Superman and Joker graphic novel page with strong image of the villain; Steve Dillon Preacher #49 significant page where Jesse battles God; Jim Lee Justice League #1 page with Batman and Green Lantern inked by Scott Williams; Sean Murphy Batman: White Knight #1 the critical page in the saga where Batman loses his mind after beating the Joker senseless; and John Romita Jr. Amazing Spider-Man #40 complete issue packed with several Spider-Man in battle pages and Avengers #10 cover with the Infinity Gauntlet attacking Spider-Man and team.
There are three large paintings by artist Sebastian Kruger including a famous Ronnie Wood Rolling Stones piece, a The Good, the Bad and the Ugly piece and a huge Henry Fonda piece.
A few other original art items in the auction include John Buscema Thor #193 page with Silver Surfer in battle; John Byrne Wolverine #22 cover; Sam Kieth Maxx: Maxximized #11 cover; Bernie Wrightson Prime era Calendar illustration; two Bill Sienkiewicz painted covers; Don Heck Tales of Suspense #52 page with Iron Man vs. the Crimson Dynamo; and J. Scott Campbell Black Cat illustration used as the cover to Amazing Spider-Man #14 and design/box art plus two of the artist’s Fairytale Fantasy Calendar illustrations.