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Ka-Boom! 2,000 – strong vintage comic collection tops £49k at auction

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Lot 127 A collection of Silver Age Marvel Comics

‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ Comic Books £847 Internet bidder

Lot 129 A 1962 Marvel Comics ‘X-Men’ #1 Comic Book
sold for £907.50

Lot 132 a collection of Marvel Comics’ Silver Age’

The Avengers’ comic books


A collection of over 2,000 comics and examples of pulp literature sold for a massive £49,860.47* when it went under the hammer at a West Midlands auction last week. With the majority of examples dating from the golden – silver age of comic books (1930s – 1960s) and with heavyweight names including DC, Marvel and the latter’s forerunner Atlas well represented alongside more obscure and now defunct names such as Charlton, ACG and Tower comics, the lots bought comic collectors out in force. 

With lots selling to collectors as far afield as the US and Canada via telephone, live internet and commission bids as well as to a strong representation of collectors in the room Cuttlestones once again lived up to its reputation as ‘the local auction house with the global reach’.
On the traditional comic side of things, superheroes ruled the day with highlights including Lot 127 – a collection of Silver Age Marvel Comics ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ comic books which sold for £847 to an internet bidder; Lot 129 –  a 1962 Marvel Comics ‘X-Men’ #1 Comic Book which fetched £907.50, selling to a bidder in the room; and Lot 132 – a collection of Marvel Comics’ Silver Age ‘The Avengers’ comic books, which triggered an online bidding war to achieve £1,210.
The Pulp Magazines and Cult Literature section, meanwhile, also provided two particularly impressive ‘star lots’. Lot 352, a collection of 1930s-1940s ‘Horror Stories’ Pulp Magazines published by ‘A Quality Publication’, achieved £3,509, whilst  Lot 335 – a collection by the same publisher, also dating from the 1930s-40s and entitled ‘The Spider’ sold for £1,936.
Wolverhampton Auction Rooms sale room manager, Tom Waldron says:
We knew that the comics had the potential to go stratospheric and we’re delighted with the result. They caused a real media spin before the sale which helped alert collectors the world over to the fact that we had some very rare and special comics and pulp literature editions amongst this collection. That, combined with the fact that many of the characters whose early appearances feature in these comics are enjoying renewed popularity thanks to recent Hollywood blockbusters like the Thor, The Amazing Spiderman and Batman franchises, meant that the potential audience was vast.”
And it wasn’t just the classic superhero comics that performed well in this sale – achieving a combined £22,140.58. The cult literature and pulp magazines section amassed an impressive £24,923.58 while the graphic novels contingent fetched a total of £2,796.31.
Cuttlestones is now taking consignments for its next Specialist Collectors’ Sale set to take place on 29th August 2014. To arrange a free, no obligation valuation of your items call 01902 421985 or email [email protected].
*All prices include buyer’s premium.
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