The ComicLink August Featured Auction is shaping up to be one to remember. The auction preview is filled with a plethora of marquis vintage comic book and original art examples, and more are being received by the auction house every day.
“ComicLink is still accepting consignments for quality comic book and original art material for the upcoming August Featured Auction,” reports ComicLink Consignment Director Douglas Gillock. “To reserve August Auction placement, or to consign early to the September Focused Auction, simply email firstname.lastname@example.org with your prospective auction list. Or call 617-517-0062 (option 1) to speak with Douglas Gillock, Jason Crosby, Sean Goodrich, Jon Signorelli, myself or other members of the ComicLink team. We will also be set up in booth #424 at Wizard World Chicago, August 9–12, so if you're selling the good stuff, don’t do a deal without coming by to speak with us first.
"If you're interested in maxing out material at auction, raising quick cash or selling books you've upgraded, it's very likely that you can do better and sell more quickly by working with us. In addition to accepting consignments for upcoming ComicLink auctions, and for the comic exchange sections, we are also purchasing vintage comics and original art outright, so make sure to get our offer before you sell!”
There are lots of incredible comic book items that have been posted to the August preview for weeks, such as Action Comics #1 and Detective Comics #27. Many other special books have arrived and have been posted recently, including: Amazing Spider-Man #16, CGC 9.6, Stan Lee Signature Series; Archie Comics #nn (#1) Canadian (very rare); All Winners Comics #6, CGC 7.0 (classic cover); Amazing Adult Fantasy #10, CGC 9.4 (single highest); Detective Comics #18, CGC 8.0 (highest and one of two); Fantastic Four Annual #2, CGC 9.6 (highest); Four Color #596, CGC 9.4 River City (single highest, first Turok); Journey Into Mystery #72, CGC 9.4 (single highest); More Fun Comics #14, CGC 6.0 (Superman prototype); Our Army at War #91, CGC 9.0 (first full Sgt. Rock issue, single highest); Planet Comics #4, CGC 9.2 Central Valley (highest); Showcase #22, CGC 9.2 (single highest graded, first Green Lantern); Master Comics #1 (VF / NM, very rare in high grade); Sub-Mariner Comics #1, CGC 7.0; Superman #4, CGC 8.0 Nicholas Cage collection (first Luthor in title); Tales of Suspense #40, CGC 9.4; Thing #16, CGC 9.8 (single highest); Whiz Comics #25, CGC 7.5 (first Captain Marvel Jr.); World’s Best Comics #1, CGC 8.0 (highest); and Zap Comics #1, CGC 8.5.
The original art that continues to flow in for the August Auction is also extremely impressive. Some recently added highlight pieces include: a John Romita 2/3rds splash, featuring a battle between Spider-Man and Daredevil from Daredevil #16 (the very first time Romita drew Spidey); a Steve Ditko Doctor Strange versus Baron Mordo battle page from Strange Tales #125; a Ditko Amazing Spider-Man #27 loaded with Spidey images; a wonderful John Buscema Silver Surfer #7 page; Bernie Wrightson’s cover painting for the very first edition of Stephen King’s Cycle of the Werewolf; Gene Colan’s Daredevil #47 cover art for the classic story “Brother Take My Hand”; a stunning Alex Ross Captain Marvel painting; Gil Kane’s Conan #71 cover art, Gil Kane’s Giant-Size Spider-Man #5 cover; Jack Kirby’s Forever People #11 title splash; Klaus Janson’s Daredevil #196 cover, the memorable Wolverine crossover; a Golden Age Batman #56 page featuring Batman, Robin and Vicki Vale in every panel; Jim Starlin’s New Gods #17 cover art; and Sal Buscema’s Sub-Mariner #26 cover art.
The newly mentioned comic book highlights were added to already exceptional comic offerings, such as: Action Comics #1, CGC 8.0 (MP) (first Superman); Action Comics #96, CGC 9.6 Hawkeye Pedigree (single highest); Amazing Spider-Man #5, CGC 9.6 (second highest); Amazing Spider-Man #50, CGC 9.8 (highest, first Kingpin); Avengers #4, CGC 9.6 (first Silver Age Captain America); Batman #32, CGC 9.8 (single highest and the only Golden Age 9.8 Batman); Captain America Comics #32, CGC 9.4 (WWII cover, highest and one of two); Crime SuspenStories #22, CGC 8.5 (Classic cover, rare in grade); Detective Comics #27, CGC 2.5 (first Batman); Detective Comics #108, CGC 9.6 (highest); Fantastic Four #3, CGC 9.4; Frontline Combat #1, CGC 9.8 Gaines File Copy (single highest); Incredible Hulk #1, CGC 8.0 (first Hulk); Justice League of America #1, CGC 9.0; Marvel Mystery Comics #8, CGC 9.0 (highest); Marvel Mystery Comics #9, CGC 2.5 (classic Human Torch versus Sub-Mariner cover and battle); Marvel Mystery Comics #59, CGC 9.0; More Fun Comics #52, CGC 7.5 (first Spectre, cleaned and reinforced only); Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. #1, CGC 9.9 (single highest); Silver Surfer #1, CGC 9.8 (highest); USA Comics #13, CGC 9.0 (single highest); Weird Fantasy #22, CGC 9.8 Gaines (highest and one of two, Frazetta / Williamson cover); Weird Science-Fantasy #29, Gaines, CGC 9.4 (Frazetta cover); and Young Allies #1, CGC 9.2.
The newly added art highlights were added to already exceptional art offerings, such as: Al Feldstein’s historic Weird Science #12 (#1) cover, from the very issue that kicked off this amazing sci-fi run; a Jack Kirby Incredible Hulk #3 page, among the earliest Hulk art to come up for sale; a rare Kirby dragon splash from the Grogg story in Strange Tales #83; a wonderful Kirby Fantastic Four #16 page featuring a Thing transformation; a stunning Kirby Fantastic Four #19 featuring the whole team; the concluding page from Kirby’s Silver Surfer story in Fantastic Four #55; a Steve Ditko Amazing Spider-Man #29 page with one of the largest middle panels of Spidey in the entire Ditko run from #s 17–38; an Amazing Spider-Man #30 page featuring Spidey vs. the Cat; one of the very best battle pages from John Buscema’s Fantastic Four #112 Hulk vs. Thing story; every page from Mike Sekowsky’s Justice League of America #18 story, including the title splash; and Dave Cockrum’s Ms. Marvel #18 cover with the Avengers.
Other original art highlights already posted include Joe Orlando’s Black Freighter splash page art from Watchmen #5; a rare Perez New Teen Titans #1 page; an important Frank Miller Ronin #1 page; Jack Kirby’s Captain America Annual #4 splash featuring Magneto battling Cap; two Jack Kirby Avengers #3 pages that have been tucked away in a collection for decades, including the final page from the story; a Kirby Journey Into Mystery #106 Thor versus Hyde battle page; a beautiful Frank Frazetta Johnny Comet daily; the finale half-splash from John Byrne’s X-Men #141; Whilce Portacio’s X-Factor #65 cover; and an Adam Hughes Wonder Woman statue design pin-up backed with a cover preliminary for Wonder Woman #188.
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