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Going under the hammer - 2,000 comics found in house clearance

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: May 09, 2014

Tom Waldron, Manager at Cuttlestones' Wolverhampton Auction Rooms, shows some of the historic comics for sale

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MORE than 2,000 historic comics and examples of pulp literature from a vast single collection will be going under the hammer tomorrow (Friday).

The majority of comic books are from the 1940s – 1960s 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.

Tom Waldron, Manager at Cuttlestones' Wolverhampton Auction Rooms who are handling the sale, said: "When we discovered this collection during a routine house clearance we couldn't quite believe our eyes. The comics and magazines have been exceptionally well preserved; kept in individual bags so that they are in almost pristine condition. The gentleman who amassed it was obviously a true collector."

He added: "As a comic fan myself I found it fascinating going through the collection – we look on course to be splitting the collection into more than 250 lots by the time the time cataloguing is complete.

"Comics are a hugely popular area of collecting with fanatics the word over, and we expect the international contingent will be making the most of the live internet, telephone and commission bidding options available to them during this sale."

Prominent among the collection are household names such as Batman, Superman, Green Lantern, The Flash, Spiderman, X-Men, Thor, and Daredevil to name a few. The collection features a number of first and early editions, including a 1963 Marvel Comics X-Men, which is expected to fetch between £400-£600.

Other lots of note are a large collection of DC Superman silver age comics guide price of £100-200; a 1965 'The Amazing Spider-man featuring the first appearance of The Scorpion guide price of £50-100; and a 1963 Marvel Comics 'Journey into Mystery' featuring an early appearance of Thor, guide price of £40-60.

In addition to comics, the collection includes 50 lots of pulp magazines, annuals and cult genre books such as horror, crime and weird menace – including rare titles from writers such as Hank Janson, Ray Bradbury and H.P. Lovecraft.

The full catalogue is available online with viewing taking place today (Thursday) and on the morning of the sale.

Live internet, phone and commission bidding options are available for those unable to attend on the day.

For further information on any lots within the collection call 01902 421985 or email wolverhampton@cuttle stones.co.uk

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