A first UK issue of The X-Men, bid to £3000 at Comic Book Auctions.

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They had remote help from both regular proof-typist, Kathy, and typesetter and printer, Celeste, and when my catalogue arrived in the post the only difference I noticed was a hint of coronavirus-inspired spacing between each lot description.

The most remarkable result in the sale that ended on June 7 was a bid of £3050 for a 1950, Australian reprint by KG Murray of the very first Batman comic, along with bids in the low hundreds for reprints 2-10.

Though still very far distanced from the vast sums paid for the original issues in the US, it was certainly an interesting market move. That 6d Australian reprint of Batman No 1 was illustrated in the Bid Barometer section of ATG No 2447.


The full-page ‘Riders of the Range’ artwork sold by Comic Book Auctions at £4100.

Sold at £3000 was a copy of the 1963 first UK issue of The X-Men and among the original artworks on offer, a full-page ‘Riders of the Range’ strip produced c.1950-51 by Jack Daniel for The Eagle made £4100.