Rare comics hit high prices at Newcastle auction

Comic book collectors have paid over £1,000 for each of two 1960s comic gems up for auction in Newcastle


The Avengers came out on top of the battle of the comic superheroes on Tyneside.

A copy of The Avengers No 1 issue from 1963 fetched the top price of £1,100 at a sale of around 2,000 comics by Newcastle auctioneers Anderson & Garland.

Close behind was a 1962 X-Men No 1 comic, which sold for £1,000, with the X-Men No 2 going for £380.

A worn copy of the Fantastic Four No 1 made £780 while the No 1 issue of Daredevil fetched £400.

“Fantastic Four No 1, which came out in November 1961, is a key comic if you’re a Marvel collector,” said Anderson & Garland specialist John Anderson.

“This is the one that kicked off the Marvel Universe of Superheroes. “

A copy of Viz No 1 signed by brothers Chris and Simon Donald realised £350.

The top comics were being sold by the widow of a collector who had kept the issues since boyhood.

Mr Anderson, said: “They were as special as gold dust.”

The sale also included toys, with £360 being paid for a 1950s model of the Flying Scotsman locomotive.

A batch of Star War figures fetched £380, a box of 1950s lead Royal Horse Artillery soldiers made £280 as did a collection of plastic soldiers.

“It is a very lively market for comics and toys as the auction prices prove, said Anderson & Garland specialist John Anderson.

“It is worth people looking in their attics and cupboards for toys and comics which may have been stored away.

Three quarters of the bidders at the auction were on-line.

The sale included Giles cartoon albums, a collection of British horror comics from the 1950s and a huge set of science fiction magazines from the 1930s to the 1950s.


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