A COLLECTION of more than 2,000 comics and examples of pulp literature sold for a massive £49,860.47 when it went under the hammer at a Black Country 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.
Lots were selling to collectors as far afield as the USA and Canada via telephone, live internet and commission bids as well as to a strong representation of collectors in the room at Cuttlestones, Wolverhampton.
On the traditional comic side, 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' Comic Book which fetched £907.50 and Lot 132 – a collection of Marvel Comics' Silver Age 'The Avengers' comic books, which triggered an online bidding war to reach £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, while 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 said: "We are delighted with the result. They caused a real media spin before the sale which helped alert collectors the world over to the collection. That, combined with the fact that many of the characters in these comics are enjoying renewed popularity thanks to recent Hollywood blockbusters like the Thor, The Amazing Spiderman and Batman franchises."
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.