Upcoming ComicLink Auction Features Major Highlights

Posted on 1/14/2014

An impressive array of comic books and original art is slated for the ComicLink February Featured Auction — and consignments are still rolling in!

Though the firm is still accepting consignments for this auction up to the February 12 launch date, the current auction preview already contains major comic book keys as well as impressive original artwork.

“The offering for ComicLink’s first Featured Auction of 2014 is going to be a great way to lead off the new year with some extremely impressive high-grade examples of Silver Age keys, major Golden Age premier issues, ultra-high-grade Bronze Age examples and major original artworks by some of the most coveted creators from the 1960s through the Modern Age. An incredible array is already posted and more are incoming daily!” says ComicLink Consignment Director Douglas Gillock.

“The Silver Age comic book offering leads the way,” says Gillock ”And it is already poised to be among one of the most impressive auctions for high-grade Silver Age keys that we have held. Included already are Avengers #1 (origin / first appearance) CGC 9.4; Avengers #4 (first Silver Age Captain America) CGC 9.8 (rare / highest); Captain America #100 CGC 9.9 (highest, one of two); Journey Into Mystery #83 (origin / first Thor) CGC 9.2; Brave and the Bold #28 (origin / first JLA, first SA superhero team) CGC 9.2 (one of one in 9.2, one of the top three graded by CGC overall!); Fantastic Four #1 (origin/ first appearance) CGC 9.2 White Mountain pedigree; Fantastic Four #2 (first Skrulls) CGC 9.6 White Mountain pedigree (one of two in 9.6, one of the top three graded by CGC overall!); Fantastic Four #3 (FF don costumes!) CGC 9.4 (one of the top four graded overall!); Fantastic Four #4 (first Silver Age Sub-Mariner CGC 9.6 (highest); Fantastic Four #5 (first Doctor Doom) CGC 9.4 (only one 9.6 higher!); Fantastic Four #12 (classic Hulk vs. Thing battle) CGC 9.4; Incredible Hulk #1 (origin / first appearance) CGC 7.5; X-Men #1 (origin / first appearance) CGC 9.4 and CGC 9.0; and an incredible run of highest-graded Tales to Astonish issues, including #36 (second Ant-Man in costume) CGC 9.6 (Western Penn, one of one in 9.6!), #44 (origin / first Wasp!) CGC 9.8 Western Penn (single highest), #37 Western Penn pedigree CGC 9.8 (highest and one of two), #38 CGC 9.8 Western Penn (single highest), #49 (first Giant-Man) CGC 9.6 Twin Cities (highest) and more.

“Also already included are some important Golden Age DC keys such as Batman #1 (origin of Batman, first Joker and Catwoman appearances) CGC 4.0; All-Star Comics #3 (first JSA) CGC 3.0 Davis Crippen pedigree; Flash Comics #1 (first Flash and Hawkman appearances) CGC 5.0; and World’s Best Comics #1 CGC 7.0. There are also classic covers, standout issues and high grades such as Action Comics #47 CGC 8.0 (first Luthor cover); All Winners Comics #2 CGC 8.0; Detective Comics #62 (classic Joker cover) CGC 7.5; Captain America Comics #3 (first Stan Lee work, classic cover) CGC 3.0 Signature Series; Human Torch #13 (classic Schomburg cover) CGC 8.0; Jo-Jo Comics #11 CGC 9.6 (single highest and only 9.6 in the run); Journey Into Mystery #55 CGC 9.0 (single highest); Mad #30 (first Alfred E. Neuman cover) CGC 9.6 CVA (highest and one of two); Marvel Mystery Comics #30 (first Japanese WWII cover, “Remember Pearl Harbor” cover) CGC 8.5 (second highest); Startling Comics #49 (classic Schomburg robot cover) CGC 7.0; Superman #17 (classic WWII cover) CGC 8.0; Teen-Age Romances #9 (classic Baker cover) CGC 5.5 (single highest); and World’s Finest Comics #3 (first Scarecrow) CGC 8.5 (second highest).

Another major recent addition to the February Golden Age selection is the very best collection of extremely rare “Canadian Whites” ever brought to public auction. This assortment includes items such as Nelvana #1 CGC 6.5 (highest and one of two), Active Comics #1 CGC 3.5 (single highest) and Wow Comics #1 CGC 3.0 (single highest).

“Bronze Age comic book highlights are not to be left out with items already posted including Amazing Spider-Man #129 (first Punisher) CGC 9.8 (highest); All-Star Comics #10 (first Jonah Hex) CGC 9.8 (highest); Conan #13 CGC 9.8 double cover (highest and only double cover 9.8); Giant-Size X-Men #1 (first New X-Men) CGC 9.8 (highest); and Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen #134 (first Darkseid) CGC 9.8 (highest and one of three).

“Just a few of the major Original Art items already featured in the preview include works by Jack Kirby such as his Marvel Girl pin-up from X-Men #9 featuring his largest image of Jean Grey ever, the complete seven-page “A Martian Walks Among Us” cover story from Strange Tales #78, a stunning Thing vs. Doctor Doom battle page from Fantastic Four #40, and an epic Silver Surfer graphic novel page with the Surfer in every panel. Also already featured are George Perez’s cover art for New Teen Titans #3 featuring the Titans versus Doctor Light, his Crisis on Infinite Earths #4 cover art, and several other covers and pin-ups. The X-Men are very represented with an explosive X-Men vs. Hulk battle page from X-Men #66 by Sal Buscema, a Storm versus Sentinel Dave Cockrum page from X-Men #98, and a John Byrne team page with a huge Wolverine image from X-Men #114.

“Another artist already well represented in the preview is Jim Starlin with pieces such as a Captain Marvel vs. Thanos half-splash from the Death of Captain Marvel Graphic Novel, Gamora’s origin page from Warlock #10 with a huge Thanos profile, and a loaded page from Warlock #15 with Warlock in six panels.

“Other standout early additions include page one from Neal Adams’ Detective Comics #407 story featuring a death of Robin scene; several pieces by Alan Davis, including the Captain Britain Omnibus cover and the X-Men #213 title splash; a Dave Gibbons Watchmen #11 page; a Gil Kane Warlock #1 battle page; Mike Mignola’s Rocket Racoon #2 cover art; a Mike Ploog Dracula Lives #4 page; John Romita Jr. art including the Amazing Spider-Man #585 cover; a Herb Trimpe Hulk and Avengers origin page; a Mike Zeck “Kraven’s Last Hunt” page from Amazing Spider-Man #293; and much more.

“New items are being added on a daily basis, so we suggest that interested parties bookmark the preview and check back often.

“The February auction offers sellers a chance to be part of one of the best auctions of the year for both original comic-related artwork and vintage comic books. If you already know what you want to sell, and you are interested in reaching the most aggressive comic book bidders in the world, we encourage you to contact us as soon as possible to consign to this auction so that we may reserve auction slots for you and fully promote your material.”

To reserve February Featured Auction placement or to consign to other upcoming ComicLink auctions, or to sell valuable books via the ComicLink Exchange, private placement, or directly to ComicLink, simply email buysell@comiclink.com with your prospective auction list. Or, call 617-517-0062 (option 1) to speak with Josh Nathanson, Douglas Gillock, Jason Crosby, Sean Goodrich, Jon Signorelli or other members of the ComicLink team.

Buyers: ComicLink is also holding a January Focused Auction with over 3,000 no reserve comic book and art lots. Click here to view now the January Focused Auction.!

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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