ComicLink August Featured Auction Now Underway

Posted on 8/9/2011

ComicLink’s August Featured Auction, now underway, features the very best in vintage comic books and comic art — with lots ranging from important Golden Age keys to ultra-high-grade comics from the Silver and Bronze Ages to important Original Comic Art by masters of the medium.

“With highlights ranging from significant Golden Age first issues like Superman #1 CGC 4.5 and Batman #1 CGC 3.0 to extraordinary high grade Silver Age issues from important runs like Amazing Spider-Man #13 CGC 9.6 and X-Men #6 CGC 9.8, this auction is packed with comic book highlights!” says ComicLink Consignment Director Douglas Gillock. “Only some are being named in this article, as many more are incoming at the time of this writing and every item within this particular auction is screened for quality!”

Other top comic book highlights in this auction include Action Comics #34 CGC 9.2 (Highest, 1 of 2), Amazing Spider-Man #34 CGC 9.8 (Highest), Daredevil #1 CGC 9.6 (2nd Highest), Detective Comics #359 CGC 9.8 Rocky Mountain (Highest, 1 of 2), Famous Funnies #211 CGC 9.4 (Frazetta cover, Highest and 1 of 3), Fantastic Four #1 CGC 8.0, Fantastic Four #26 CGC 9.6 (Hulk & Avengers crossover, 2nd Highest), Flash #105 CGC 9.2 (1st SA issue, 2nd Highest), Tales of Suspense #1 CGC 9.0 (Single Highest), Tales of Suspense #59 CGC 9.8 (Captain America begins, Highest), Teen Titans #1 CGC 9.8 (Single Highest), and Weird Science #3(#14) CGC 9.8 Gaines File Copy (Highest).

Another major feature in this auction are two highly ranked CGC Registry Sets being offered in their entirety -- the #2 Silver Age Flash CGC Registry Set including #105 9.2, #107 CGC 9.4 (Single Highest), #109 CGC 9.4 (Single Highest), #113 CGC 9.4 (Single Highest, 1st Trickster), and #1 CGC Registry Set for X-Men #67-93 which includes offerings like #72 CGC 9.8 (Highest and 1 of 2), #81 CGC 9.8 (Single Highest), and #90 CGC 9.8 (Single Highest).

Additional comic book highlights include Action Comics #245 CGC 9.0 (Single Highest), Adventure Comics #38 CGC 5.0 (Scarce), Adventure Comics #150 CGC 8.5 (Parachuting cover, Highest and 1 of 3), All-American Men of War #82 CGC 9.0 (1st Johnny Cloud, Single Highest), Amazing Adult Fantasy #7 CGC 9.2 (Single Highest), Amazing Adventures #9 CGC 9.8 (Single Highest), Amazing Spider-Man #1 CGC 6.5, Amazing Spider-Man #1 CGC 6.0 Signature Series (2nd Highest Sig Series), Amazing Spider-Man #4 CGC 9.2 (1st Sandman), Amazing Spider-Man #14 CGC 9.4 (1st Green Goblin, 2nd Highest), Amazing Spider-Man #26 CGC 9.6 (2nd Highest), Amazing Spider-Man #32 CGC 9.6 (2nd Highest), Amazing Spider-Man #33 CGC 9.8 (Highest), Amazing Spider-Man #50 CGC 9.6 (1st Kingpin, 2nd Highest), Amazing Spider-Man #129 CGC 9.8 (1st Punisher, Highest), Avengers #1 CGC 8.5, Avengers #3 CGC 9.6 Signature Series (Highest and Single Highest Sig Series), Avengers #4 CGC 9.2 (1st SA Captain America), Avengers #7 CGC 9.6 (Highest), Avengers #57 CGC 9.6 (1st Vision, 2nd Highest), Batman #225 CGC 9.8 Rocky Mountain pedigree (Single Highest), Batman #226 CGC 9.8 Rocky Mountain pedigree (Highest and 1 of 3), Batman #232 CGC 9.8 (Highest, 1st Ras Al Ghul), Black Terror #1 CGC 9.0 (Single Highest), Brave and the Bold #43 CGC 9.6 (Single Highest), Brave and the Bold #54 Brave and the Bold #43 CGC 9.4 (1st Teen Titans, 2nd Highest), Captain America #100 CGC 9.6 (2nd Highest), Captain America #101 CGC 9.8 (Highest), Captain America Comics #11 CGC 8.5 (2nd Highest), Captain America Comics #46 CGC 7.0 (WWII Holocaust cover), Crime Does Not Pay #22 (#1) CGC 7.0, Daredevil #7 CGC 9.2 (1st Red Costume), Daring Mystery #2 CGC 7.0 (Scarce), and Detective Comics #44 CGC 8.5.

Also featured are Detective Comics #73 CGC 5.0 (1st Scarecrow cover), Detective Comics #193 CGC 8.5 (Joker cover, Single Highest), Detective Comics #400 CGC 9.6 (2nd Highest), Doctor Strange #169 CGC 9.8 (1st issue, Highest), Fantastic Four #10 CGC 9.4, Fantastic Four #25 CGC 9.4 (Classic Hulk battle), Fantastic Four Annual #1 CGC 9.6 (Highest), Ghost Rider #1 CGC 9.8 (Highest), Giant-Size X-Men #1 CGC 9.6 (1st New X-Men, 2nd Highest), Goobledygook #1 9.0 and #2 9.0 (1st TMNTs, both very scarce), Green Lantern (GA) #1 CGC 7.5, Green Lantern (GA) #10 CGC 8.5 San Francisco pedigree (2nd Highest), Green Lantern #76 CGC 9.6 (2nd Highest), Incredible Hulk #1 CGC 4.5 Signature Series, Incredible Hulk #181 CGC 9.4 Mark Jewelers Insert (1st Wolverine), Journey Into Mystery #83 CGC 6.5 Signature Series, Journey Into Mystery #112 CGC 9.4 (Hulk battle, 2nd Highest), Justice League of America #18 CGC 9.8 Pacific Coast (Highest and 1 of 2), Mad #1 CGC 9.0, Marvel Feature #1 CGC 9.8 (1st Defenders, Highest), New Adventure Comics #14 (Rare, 2nd Highest), Our Army at War #83 CGC 7.5 (1st true Sgt. Rock appearance), Rangers Comics #26 CGC 9.4 (Classic cover, Highest), Richie Rich #1 CGC 9.2, Sgt Fury and His Howling Commandos #13 CGC 9.4 (Captain America appearance), Silver Surfer #1 CGC 9.6 (2nd Highest), Strange Tales #107 CGC 9.6 (Human Torch vs Sub-Mariner, 2nd Highest), Strange Tales #135 CGC 9.6 (1st Nick Fury Agent of SHIELD, 2nd Highest), Sub-Mariner #1 CGC 9.8 Western Penn pedigree (Highest), Superman #11 CGC 8.5 (Classic cover), Superman #214 CGC 9.8 (Highest and 1 of 2), Tales of Suspense #24 CGC 9.0 (Highest and 1 of 2), Tales of Suspense #58 CGC 9.4 (Iron Man vs Cap cover, 2nd Highest), Tales of Suspense #66 CGC 9.8 (Origin Red Skull, Highest and 1 of 2), Tales to Astonish #44 CGC 9.4 Curator pedigree (1st Wasp), Tales to Astonish #57 CGC 9.6 (Spider-man crossover, Highest), Vampirella #1 CGC 9.6 (2nd Highest), Weird Fantasy #4 (#16) CGC 9.8 Gaines File Copy (Highest), Witching Hour #1 CGC 9.8 (Highest and 1 of 3), X-Men #4 CGC 9.6 (1st Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, 2nd Highest), X-Men #14 CGC 9.6 (1st Sentinels, Highest), X-Men #16 CGC 9.8 (Highest and 1 of 3), X-Men #94 CGC 9.6 (2nd Highest), X-Men Annual #1 CGC 9.8 (Highest), and many more.

“We’ve also seen an influx of very high quality Original Art consignments for this auction.” says Gillock. “Every original art auction we hold gets bigger and better and there are almost too many stand-out pieces to name in this offering.”

Some very noteworthy Original Art lots are pages 15 and 20 from Amazing Spider-Man #18 which have been off the market for decades as well as two striking John Romita/Jim Mooney Amazing Spider-Man #69 pages, the title splash and the final page from the issue. Additionally, this auction features two significant EC covers - Jack Davis’ Tales From the Crypt #33 cover art, featuring the origin of the Crypt-Keeper, and Wally Wood’s Shock Suspenstories #14 cover art. DC art is not to be outdone, with a Brave and the Bold #30 chapter splash featuring huge images of Green Lantern and Aquaman (this issue houses the 5th Silver Age Green Lantern appearance and the 3rd JLA appearance), a Bernie Wrightson Swamp Thing #5 page featuring Swamp Thing in every panel, and an exceptional Frank Miller Dark Knight pin-up depicting Batman and Robin.

Additional original art highlights in this auction include a wonderful Jack Kirby/Joe Sinnott Fantastic Four #90 page featuring the full team, a Gil Kane Showcase #35 (2nd S.A. Atom) featuring the cover scene , a rare full 6 page Murphy Anderson Planet Comics #40 story (as well as 2 pages from issue #37 in a separate lot), an extremely unusual and early Boris Vallejo 12 page comic book story, an Enric vintage paperback cover painting, Jack Kirby Thor battle pages from Journey into Mystery #101 and #125, a Sekowsky Justice League of America #22 page from the iconic Crisis storyline, Jack Kirby’s Omac #2 cover, an explosive John Romita Jr/Bob Layton Iron Man splash from issue #123, a memorable Mike Zeck Spider-Man battle page from the “Kraven’s Last Hunt” story from Spectacular Spider-Man #131, a stunning Jeff Jones Sword of Sorcery cover, a Roy Krenkel Tarzan frontispiece, and a large John Romita Wolverine pin-up drawing.

Other impressive selections in this auction are a Neal Adams Avengers #95 page, a Frank Cho Sci-Fi themed Bettie Page pin-up, Jack Kirby’s Black Panther #10 title splash, Frank Springer’s Dazzler #11 cover art, Dynamo art by Wally Wood, an early and impressive 1968 Kim Deitch East Village Other 1 page story, Bruce Timm’s front and back cover art for Essential Hulk Vol 1, a Bob Layton Galactus cover, a very early 1978 Garfield daily, a Mike Grell Green Lantern #94 title splash, a Jim Starlin Infinity Gauntlet cover, Mike Zeck Secret Wars pages, an oversized Jack Kirby Silver Star presentation drawing, a Busecema Silver Surfer #17 battle page, a John Cassaday Wolverine vs Spider-Man Wizard cover, a complete 4 page Joe Orlando World of Fantasy Atlas story, Marc Silvestri’s X-Men #261 title splash, and much more.

ComicLink is accepting consignments of vintage comic books and Original Art for upcoming auctions and as always, generous cash advances are available for quality material. To reserve auction placement, simply mail your prospective auction list, or call 617-517-0062 option 1 to speak with Douglas Gillock, Jason Crosby, Sean Goodrich, Josh Nathanson or other members of the ComicLink Team.

This is a guest article. The thoughts and opinions in this piece are those of their author and are not necessarily the thoughts of the Certified Collectibles Group.

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