Auction lots within the open ComicLink Focused Auction began closing earlier this week and there are still thousands of certified comic books from all eras and hundreds of comic and fantasy original art pieces that have yet to close. More key and high grade Silver and Bronze Age comic books close on Friday, March 27, 2020, and auction lots will continue to close every week day through Tuesday, April 7 for comic books, followed by the original art session closing on Wednesday, April 8, and the CertifiedLink.com auction with other certified collectibles ending the following day, Thursday, April 9. All sessions begin closing at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT.
The ComicLink Focused Auction features an extensive and diverse selection of thousands of certified comic books from the Golden Age to the present, including many significant key and high grade issues. There are over 800 pieces of original art, including works by many of the top names in the hobby. The CertifiedLink.com Auction features a varied selection of certified coins, sports cards and memorabilia, WATA-graded video games, and action figures. More details of this auction are covered in another Scoop article this week.
Desirable Silver Age keys offered in the Focused Auction are led by Strange Tales Annual #2 (fourth Spider-Man, first crossover) CGC 9.6 (top five), X-Men #1 (first X-Men and Magneto) CGC 6.5 and CGC 6.0, #4 (first Scarlet Witch) CGC 9.4, and #12 (first Juggernaut) CGC 9.4, Tales of Suspense #39 (first Iron Man and origin) CGC 6.5 and #52 (first Black Widow) CGC 9.0, Strange Tales #110 (first Doctor Strange) CGC 6.5 and CGC 5.0 and #148 (origin of the Ancient One) CGC 9.8 (single highest graded), Tales to Astonish #44 (first Wasp) CGC 7.0 and #57 (Spider-Man crossover) CGC 9.8, and Wonder Woman #98 (first Silver Age Wonder Woman, origin) CGC 7.5.
The early Bronze Age includes keys like Werewolf By Night #32 (first Moon Knight) CGC 9.2, CGC 9.0, and CGC 8.5 and Thor #193 (Silver Surfer battle cover) CGC 9.8, as well as many other issues of Thor in 9.8 from the amazing Federal Hill Collection.
Golden Age offerings include many keys, classic covers, and high grades. They are pre-Code Chamber of Chills #23 (zombie embrace cover) CGC 9.2 Northford pedigree (single highest graded), Captain America Comics #46 (Schomburg World War II) CGC 6.0, Daredevil Comics #11 (Biro cover) CGC 7.0, Wonder Woman #53 CGC 9.6 (single highest graded), Superman #16 (first Lois Lane cover in title) CGC 9.0, and Action Comics #186 CGC 9.6 (single highest graded). Other pre-Code era offerings are Journey Into Mystery #16 (vampire cover by Harry Anderson) CGC 8.5 (single highest graded), and a few EC classics include Crime SuspenStories #22 CGC 3.0, Vault of Horror #28 (Johnny Craig Voodoo cover) CGC 9.4, and Shock SuspenStories #6 (KKK cover by Wally Wood) CGC 5.0.
Books featuring Joker on the cover are Batman #11 (first Joker cover in title) CGC 7.0, #23 (Joker chess cover CGC 5.5), #37 (Joker vehicles cover) CGC 5.0, #52 (Jokermobile cover) CGC 7.0, and #73 (Joker’s utility belt cover) CGC 5.5, and Detective Comics #40 (first Joker cover, first Clayface and origin) CGC 2.0 and #168 (origin of Joker) CGC 3.0 and CGC 2.0.
Other Batman highlights in Session 2 include Batman #7 (target cover) CGC 5.0, #20 (first Batmobile cover) CGC 4.5, #41 (first Batman sci-fi cover) CGC 9.0, #42 (first Catwoman cover in title) CGC 8.0, and #69 (Catwoman cover) CGC 6.0, and Detective Comics #126 (Penguin cover) CGC 8.5 double cover and #217 CGC 9.2 (single highest graded).
Other Golden Age offerings include Contact #12 (L.B. Cole cover) CGC 6.0, All Star Comics #32 (JSA vs. Psycho Pirate) CGC 9.4 (highest, one of four), All-American Comics #53 CGC 9.0 (top four) Pennsylvania pedigree, #90 (first Icicle) CGC 8.0, and #92 (Green Lantern vs Icicle cover) CGC 7.5, Journey Into Unknown Worlds #5 CGC 9.0 (highest, one of two), Astonishing #4 (Marvel Boy horror cover) CGC 6.0, and Marvel Mystery Comics #11 (1940 Schomburg WWII cover) CGC 7.0.
Late Bronze and Modern offerings include X-Men #101 (first Phoenix) CGC 9.8, #107 (first full Starjammers) CGC 9.8, #120 (first Alpha Flight) CGC 9.8, and #129 (first Kitty Pryde and Emma Frost) CGC 9.8, Batman Adventures #12 (first Harley Quinn in comics) CGC 9.8, Marvel Spotlight #28 (first Moon Knight solo) CGC 9.8 and #32 (first Spider-Woman) CGC 9.8, Captain Britain #1 (first Captain Britain and origin), Eternals #1 (first Eternals) CGC 9.6 price variant and #13 (first Gilgamesh) CGC 9.8, Siege #3 (J. Scott Campbell Deadpool variant) CGC 9.8 Signature Series Campbell, Avengers #181 (first Scott Lang as Ant-Man) CGC 9.8, #196 (first full Taskmaster) CGC 9.8, and Annual #10 (first Rogue) CGC 9.8, All-Star Comics #58 (first Power Girl), Caliber Presents #1 (first Crow) CGC 9.8, What If? #10 (first Jane Foster as Thor), Amazing Spider-Man #156 CGC 9.8 and #194 (first Black Cat) CGC 9.8, and G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #1 (first G.I. Joes in Marvel Comics).
A sample of the original art offerings include Curt Swan New Teen Titans #5 splash with a huge image of Trigon confronting Raven; Dick Ayers Strange Tales #125 twice-up page with the Human Torch and the Thing fighting each other and Tales to Astonish #60 two twice-up early Marvel Silver Age pages (sold separately) featuring Giant Man returning to his role as Ant-Man; J. Scott Campbell Xena: Warrior Princess #1 cover, Batman/Danger Girl #1 cover prelim featuring Batman and Danger Girl vs. Joker and Harley Quinn, and Vampirella illustration; Scottie Young baby variant cover to Avengers Ultron Forever #1 with the core Avengers and Ultron; Tom Grummett four Superboy covers from the 1990s series featuring the Kon-El/Conner Kent version of the character; Alex Nino Conan Saga #95 splash; and Maelo Cintron Star Trek: The Next Generation The Peacekeepers paperback painted cover.
Original art includes Marc Silvestri Fathom Swimsuit Special #1 pin-up; Mike Allred Madman Adventures page; Tom Fleming Vampirella illustration; Jim Silke Jungle Girl illustration; Kevin Maguire Superfriends illustration that’s an homage to his famous Justice League #1 (1987) cover; Irv Novick pages from Batman #219, #225, and #229, several inked by Dick Giordano; Bill Ward Cracked #176 complete six-page story; John Buscema Savage Sword of Conan #101 splash; Sal Buscema Defenders #37 pages; Russ Heath three pages from the Sgt. Rock story in Our Army at War #215 (sold separately); Jim Aparo Adventure Comics #447 Aquaman vs. Fisherman battle page; Mico Suayan X-Ladies illustration with Phoenix, Storm, Rogue, Psylocke and Jubilee; and Gil Kane Action Comics #551 page with Superman creating a wind tunnel.
Additional art is Bruce Timm Catwoman illustration and two nude illustrations; Kaare Andrews Ultimate Spider-Man #156 variant cover; Sean Chen Wolverine #160 splash with Logan vs. the Lady Killers and Blok; Steve Dillon Preacher: Tall in the Saddle page with a flashback showing a young Jesse and Tulip; David Finch Cyberforce #28 double-page splash; Jae Lee Witchblade lithograph original art; Jim Lee Justice League #11 page with Scott Williams inks; George Pérez pages from New Titans #58 and War of the Gods #1 and Wonder Woman illustration; Stephen Segovia the Story of Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson illustration; Bill Sienkiewicz Two Moon Knight drawings (sold separately); and J.H. Williams Detective Comics #859 half splash with a young Kate Kane/Batwoman meeting Batman in a flashback.
Those interested in consigning to an upcoming ComicLink auction can email a prospective auction list to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (617) 517-0062 (option 1). Upfront cash advances are being offered upon receipt. 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.
A preview of ComicLink’s Spring Featured Auction, which begins on May 14, their auction schedule and auction previews, and the Comic Book Exchange can be viewed on their website.