1937 ‘Coronation Day’ artwork by Norman Pett for the Daily Mirror’s hugely popular Jane comic strip, which ran from 1932-59. It sold for £1240 at Comic Book Auctions.

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Produced for a 1962 issue of the Eagle comic, it sold at £5700 at the auction that ended on November 24.

Previewed in ATG No 2447, an artwork for a 1959 Eagle front cover featuring Frank Hampson’s famous creation, Dan Dare, made £920. It was sold to benefit the ‘Home from Home’ charity, which cares for homeless children in South Africa.

A signed watercolour artwork by Norman Pett for the May 1937, Coronation Day issue of the Daily Mirror was yet another item from the Bob Monkhouse archive that has provided so many fine lots in these sales. It realised £1240.

Jane, in her trademark state of undress at left in the illustration above, dresses up as a guardsman to get a close view of the royal procession.

Two early Beano comics, examples of the sixth and seventh issues of 1938 – only a handful of which are known to exist, said CBA – sold at £1850 apiece. Star turn on the front cover of the very first issues, and resident there for many years until replaced by Biffo the Bear, was an ostrich, Bigg Eggo, created by Reg Carter.

Eric Robert Parker was a prolific British illustrator but best known for producing the covers of the Sexton Blake Library, which he did for over 30 years.


An inventively signed artwork by Eric Parker for a Sexton Blake tale of 1951 that made £440 at Comic Book Auctions.

Sold for £440 was his artwork for The Crimes at Fenton Towers, No 243 in the series and dating from 1951. Parker has signed his work by using his initials and the publication date as the car’s number plate.