ComicLink Featured Auction Ending December 3-5

Posted on 12/3/2013

The ComicLink Featured Auction is ending with over 1,500 hand-picked vintage comic book and original comic art lots.

There are impressive highlights across all segments of the hobby. The comic book segment of the auction ends Tuesday, Dec. 3, 8:00–11:50 p.m. ET (titles A–F) and Wednesday, Dec. 4, 8:00–11:40 p.m. ET (titles G–Z). The Original Art segment of the auction will close Thursday, Dec. 5, 8–11:50 p.m. ET.

“This auction will draw in aggressive bidders from each corner of the hobby,”says Josh Nathanson, ComicLink president. “With so many standout comic books from the Golden Age, Silver Age, and Bronze and Modern Ages, and our broadest Original Artwork segment to date, the Fall Featured Auction is one we are proud of.”

“There are far too many standout items to list in a single article,” added Douglas Gillock, ComicLink’s consignment director, “So we have put together highlight pages for the comic books and the original comic art, which include many (but still not all) of the most exciting items included in this auction. That said, it is definitely worth pointing out just a few of the major comic book and original art items are featured.

There is a wide range of comic book offerings with highlights traversing the many different genres of collecting. Among the key issues presented are: Silver Age Marvels Fantastic Four #1, CGC 8.5, and Avengers #1 CGC 9.2; rare Silver Age DC Showcase #8, CGC 9.2 (second Flash, highest, one of two); Golden Age DCs Superman #1, CGC 1.8, and Wonder Woman #1, CGC 7.5; Timely's Human Torch #1, CGC 9.0 (one of the top five ever graded) and Captain America Comics #1, CGC 8.5, (Slight P); Bronze Age Incredible Hulk #181, CGC 9.8, and Green Lantern #76, CGC 9.4 (Pacific Coast); and Modern Age Walking Dead #1, CGC 9.9.

Among the many high-grade rarities in the auction are an impressive group of high-grade early Golden Age Action Comics, many of which are among the top four best existing examples; other ultra-high-grade Golden Age DCs such as single-highest-graded Batman #55 (Joker) and Superman #24, CGC 9.0 (Nova Scotia pedigree, classic flag cover); a wide selection of classic Timely WWII covers such as issue #37, CGC 8.0; Pre-Hero Atlas issues from numerous titles; significant issues from other publishers such as Little Dot #1, CGC 9.6, (first Richie Rich, single-highest-graded by far) and Startling Comics #49, CGC 9.0 (classic Schomburg cover); a group of CGC 9.8 Neal Adams Batman issues; rarities such as Iron Man #2, CGC 9.9, Journey Into Mystery #98, CGC 9.8, and over 100 CGC-graded Amazing Spider-Man issues in the Near Mint range!

More comic book highlights are mentioned below our discussion of some of the original art highlights within the auction.

Steve Ditko and Jack Kirby artwork headlines this auction. Three exceptional Ditko Amazing Spider-Man artworks include two consecutive, classic pages from Steve Ditko’s Amazing Spider-Man #32 and one of the very best pages from Steve Ditko’s Amazing Spider-Man #30. Many exceptional Jack Kirby pages grace this auction. Items include a rare and enormous Jack Kirby pencil illustration of Conan; a complete 13-page Jack Kirby Pre-Hero story from Tales of Suspense #22 that is both a Hulk and Thing prototype story; a dynamic Kirby Incredible Hulk #3 battle page; a Thing versus Doctor Doom battle page from Fantastic Four #40, the title splash to Journey into Mystery #109 featuring Thor’s banishment from Asgard by Odin (the first time Thor appears with a full-sized figure of Odin on a splash page), a climactic Captain America #101 page featuring Cap defeating the Red Skull, an exceptional half-splash from the Silver Surfer Graphic Novel (Surfer soaring on his board), and a really good Fin Fang Foom page from Strange Tales #89 — just to name a few!

The highlights don’t stop with Ditko and Kirby — not by a long shot! Some other top highlights within this auction are: John Romita’s Amazing Spider-Man #166 cover art featuring Spidey taking on the Lizard and an explosive Amazing Spider-Man #75 half-splash featuring an iconic Spidey pose. Jim Lee’s work is prominently featured within this auction, including his Fantastic Four #3 cover featuring Captain America, the Thing, Sub-Mariner and Thor, and three impressive artworks from the Batman “Hush” storyline — two featuring Batman vs. Hush and a memorable “Death of Jason Todd” splash page image rendered in ink wash. With artworks rendered Hal Foster to those by Michael Turner, there is a wide range of material in this auction to excite every generation of original comic art collector!

More original art highlights are mentioned below our mention of some other comic book highlights within the auction.

Other important comic book additions include, but are not limited to:

Golden Age examples such as: Action Comics #15, CGC 7.5 (one of the top three graded overall for this 5th Superman cover!); Action Comics #47, CGC 9.2, Rockford (single-highest-graded example of Lex Luthor’s first cover appearance!); Action Comics #38, CGC 9.4 (single highest graded!); Action Comics #64, CGC 9.4, Mile High pedigree (single highest graded!), as well as many more incredible Action Comics issues; All Star Comics #26, CGC 9.4, Rockford pedigree (robot cover, one of the top two graded); Archie Comics #18, CGC 9.2 (the only CGC 9.2 or better Archie between issues #1 and #20); Batman #92 (first Bathound); Blue Beetle #49, CGC 9.2 (Kamen cover); Captain America Comics #30, CGC 8.0; Captain America Comics #47, CGC 8.0 (WWII Cover); Captain Marvel Adventures #29, CGC 9.6 Mile High pedigree; Crime Suspenstories #22, CGC 5.0; Detective Comics #54, CGC 9.2; Crime Suspensestories #62, CGC 7.0 (Joker cover); Detective Comics #91, CGC 9.0 (Joker cover); Crime Suspensetories#140, CGC 5.0 (first Riddler); Crime Suspensestories #230, CGC 8.5 (first Mad Hatter, single highest graded); Eerie Comics #1, CGC 9.0 (first horror comic, second highest graded); Flash Comics #1, CGC 2.0; Four Color #178, CGC 7.0 (first Uncle Scrooge); Green Lantern #1, CGC 4.5; Hit Comics #4, CGC 8.0 (Lou Fine cover, second highest graded); Human Torch #4, CGC 9.2; Marvel Mystery Comics #40, CGC 6.5 (classic WWII Zeppelin); Marvel Mystery Comics #57, CGC 9.2 (second highest, Schomburg cover); More Fun Comics #55, CGC 7.5 (first Doctor Fate!); Mystic #32, CGC 8.0 (atomic explosion cover, single highest graded); New Comics #6, CGC 8.5, Mile High pedigree (single highest graded); Planet Comics #1, CGC 6.5; Superman #17, CGC 7.5 (WWII Hitler cover); Superman #72, CGC 9.2 (highest graded); Superworld Comics #1, CGC 7.5 (highest, one of two); Weird Fantasy #16, CGC 9.6, Gaines File copy; Whiz Comics #4, CGC 9.4 (single highest); #40, CGC 9.8, Mile High pedigree; Wings Comics #90, CGC 9.4 (highest graded, classic cover); Wonder Comics #20, CGC 9.0 (Schomburg cover and Frank Frazetta interior artwork); Wonder Woman #2, CGC 8.5; and many rare, highest or second-highest graded Golden Age Wonder Woman issues and so much more.

Silver and Bronze Age examples such as: All Star Western #10, CGC 9.8 (highest, first Jonah Hex); Amazing Adult Fantasy #9, CGC 9.2 (one of the top two known to exist); Amazing Spider-Man #1, CGC 7.0; Amazing Spider-Man #5, CGC 9.4 (vs. Doom); Amazing Spider-Man #9, CGC 9.4 (first Electro, one of over 100 good Spidey issues in the auction); Amazing Spider-Man #85, CGC 9.8 (highest, one of just four), Amazing Spider-Man #102, CGC 9.8 (Morbius Origin); Amazing Spider-Man #121, CGC 9.8 (Gwen dies); Amazing Spider-Man #122, CGC 9.8 (Goblin dies); Amazing Spider-Man #129, CGC 9.8 (first Punisher); Amazing Spider-Man #190, CGC 9.9 (highest, one of two); Avengers #1, CGC 6.0; Avengers #2, CGC 9.6; Avengers #3, CGC 9.4; Avengers #4, CGC 9.2 (first Silver Age Captain America); Avengers #55, CGC 9.4 (first Ultron); Avengers #57, CGC 9.6 (first Vision); Batman #136, CGC 9.6 (Joker cover, single highest); Batman #210, CGC 9.8 (Catwoman cover, highest and one of two); Batman #227, CGC 9.6, Oakland pedigree (classic cover); Batman #236, CGC 9.8 (single highest); Batman Annuals #s 1–3, CGC 9.4 (all highest); The Brave and the Bold #28, CGC 4.0; lots of CGC 9.8 early Conan issues; Daredevil #1, CGC 7.5 (Stan Lee Signature Series) and CGC 7.0; Daredevil #7, CGC 9.2 (first red costume); DC 100-Page Super Spectacular #4, CGC 9.6 (highest and one of two); Detective Comics #400, CGC 9.6; Fantastic Four #1, CGC 6.5; Fantastic Four #4, CGC 7.5 (first Subby); Fantastic Four #48, CGC 9.4 (first Surfer) and many other high-grades; Giant-Size X-Men #1, CGC 9.8; Green Lantern #1, CGC 7.0; Hero For Hire #1, CGC 9.8; Incredible Hulk #1, CGC 6.5; Incredible Hulk #181, CGC 9.6, CGC 9.4 (Stan Lee Signature Series) and others; Iron Fist #14, CGC 9.8 (first Sabretooth); Iron Man #1, CGC 9.8, Iron Man #2, CGC 9.9; Iron Man #55, CGC 9.6 and more (first Thanos); Journey Into Mystery #83, CGC 7.0 (and more); Journey Into Mystery #84, CGC 9.0; Journey Into Mystery #98, CGC 9.8 (highest, one of three); Journey Into Mystery #112, CGC 9.6 (Thor vs. Hulk); Marvel Super-heroes #18, CGC 9.6 (first Guardians); Peanuts #1, CGC 9.8 (single highest graded); Silver Surfer #12, CGC 9.8 (highest, one of three); Strange Adventures #117, CGC 9.2, Bethlehem pedigree (single highest, first Atomic Knights); Strange Tales #110, CGC 5.0 (first Doctor Strange); Tales of Suspense #39, CGC 5.5; Tales of Suspense #49, CGC 9.6 (first X-Men cross-ver); Tales to Astonish #27, CGC 7.0 (first Ant-man); Tales to Astonish #43, CGC 9.8 (highest, one of three); Tales to Astonish #93, CGC 9.6 (Surfer crossover); X-Men #94 CGC 9.6 (New X-Men begin); and so much more.

Other original art highlights include, but are not nearly limited to:

Art Adams’ Classic X-Men #13 cover featuring Phoenix; the only page with the real Spider-Man from Strange Tales #115 (a notable early crossover) by Dick Ayers; the TMNT Bodycount #4 cover by Simon Bisley; John Buscema’s Silver Surfer splash page for "Judgement Day"; John Byrne’s Amazing Spider-Man #189 cover and a great page from Fantastic Four #248; a twice-up Gene Colan Tales of Suspense #88 Iron Man versus Mole Man battle page; a Steve Ditko Tales of Suspense #48 page featuring Tony Stark in his new Iron Man armor for the first time; Steve Epting pages from Captain America #25 (the “Death of Captain America” issue); Gil Kane’s Thor #205 cover featuring Thor, Mephisto and the Warriors Three; an early Silver Age Hawkman page by Joe Kubert from The Brave and the Bold #36 and a significant Sgt. Rock prototype page from G.I. Combat #68; Todd McFarlane Amazing Spider-Man art; a Frank Miller Daredevil action page; George Perez’s New Teen Titans #29 cover featuring the Brotherhood of Evil and his cover to Justice League of America #202; Whilce Portacio’s Uncanny X-Men #281 wraparound cover featuring the new team; John Romita Jr.’s Thor #12 wraparound cover art; Alex Ross’s character-loaded Avengers / Invaders #2 cover painting; Alex Schomburg’s stunning color recreation to Marvel Mystery Comics #43; Marc Silvestri’s Uncanny X-Men #225 “Fall of the Mutants” cover; an X-Men #51 page with an early Polaris appearance by Jim Steranko; a rare Herb Trimpe cover sighting in the form of the Incredible Hulk Annual #6 cover; Michael Turner’s covers to Witchblade #12, Witchblade Collected Editions #3, Wizard Special Edition cover (with another gorgeous Witchblade image) and Soul Saga #1; a Wally Wood Two Fisted Tales #24 title splash; a stunning Bernie Wrightson House of Mystery #225 introduction splash; many exciting Bronze and Modern Age covers; and much more!

The original art segment includes work from so many prominent artists, including (but not limited to): Art Adams, Neal Adams, Charlie Adlard, Dick Ayers, Simon Bisley, Stephen Bissette, Brian Bolland, John Buscema, John Byrne, J. Scott Campbell, Jim Cheung, Frank Cho, Dave Cockrum, Gene Colan, Johnny Craig, Alan Davis, Steve Ditko, Jay Disbrow, Will Eisner, Steve Epting, Bill Everett, David Finch, Hal Foster, Frank Frazetta, Ron Frenz, Jose Gonzalez, Paul Gulacy, Russ Heath, Don Heck, Jaimie Hernandez, Carmine Infantino, Jeff Jones, Joe Jusko, Michael Kaluta, Gil Kane, Ken Kelly, Dale Keown, Sam Kieth, Jack Kirby, Adam Kubert, Andy Kubert, Joe Kubert, Jae Lee, Jim Lee, Rob Liefeld, Ron Lim, David Mack, Gonzalo Mayo, David Mazzucchelli, Scott McDaniel, Todd McFarlane, Ed McGuinness, Bob McLeod, Angel Medina, Mike Mignola, Frank Miller, Sheldon Moldoff, James O’Barr, Joe Orlando, George Perez, Don Perlin, Mike Ploog, Whilce Portacio, Esad Ribic, John Romita, John Romita, Jr., Alex Ross, Tim Sale, Sanjulian, Alex Schomburg, Mike Sekowsky, Bill Sienkiewicz, Marc Silvestri, Jim Starlin, Jim Steranko, Curt Swan, Bruce Timm, Enric Torres-Prat, Alex Toth, Herb Trimpe, Michael Turner, George Tuska, Bill Ward, Barry Windsor-Smith, Wally Wood, Bernie Wrightson and Mike Zeck.

ComicLink is now accepting consignments for the January Focused Auction as well as the February Featured Auction (which will be similar in structure to the current auction), and other upcoming ComicLink auctions. The February preview will soon be posted with early consignments. We encourage sellers who have taken note of the outstanding auction results realized in prior ComicLink auctions to capitalize on the opportunity to let aggressive bidders compete for their best items at auction at a low commission rate. Consigning early gives you maximum preview exposure and the most generous of cash advances. To consign to upcoming ComicLink auctions, simply email with your prospective auction list, or call 617-517-0062 (option 1) to speak with Douglas Gillock, Jason Crosby, Sean Goodrich, Jon Signorelli or other members of the ComicLink team. To review ComicLink’s auction schedule, click here. 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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