Printed on wartime paper stock but described as being in excellent condition, these 26 fortnightly issues sold at Comic Book Auctions (19% buyer’s premium).
Among these Dandy attractions was ‘The Amazing Mr X (the Mysterious Superman)’, the first super-hero strip to feature in British comics, but there was space also to encourage young readers to do their bit for the war effort. They were urged to ‘Be Like Desperate Dan and Collect all the Waste Paper You Can’.
Sold at £360 at the timed sale that ended on November 22, a scarce copy of the 1934 first issue of Scoops, billed as ‘The UK’s first Science-Fiction Weekly’ and complete with a Checkerboard Puzzle promotional gift, had great period appeal.
Among the many lots that made higher prices, quite a few of them offered without reserve, was a cover artwork produced by Gerry Haylock for TV Action No 67 of 1972. Depicting Jon Pertwee as Dr Who, it doubled expectations at £2550.
A copy of the 1979 first issue of Viz, the subject of a News Digest story in ATG No 2467, sold at £1220.