Golden Age Comic Report: A Good Week for Dell Comics

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The “Big Dog” in our Golden Age Comic Report, DC Comics, had a bit of an off week in our eBay report for October 2nd thru October 8th. Stealing at least a little bit of that comic book publisher’s thunder this time around is a company that received an assist from the anthropomorphic funny animals created by Walt Disney.

Despite a drop in overall sales among the Top 10 rankings, DC still managed to earn a tie for the most verified eBay sales for the week with three, with three of the four sales landing in the Top 5. The company that DC tied with is Dell Comics, a now defunct company that existed into the Bronze Age. The remaining four sales were split between MLJ Magazines, Marvel Comics (as Timely Comics), Four Star Comics, and EC Comics. Six books sold in auctions, with four comics changing hands in Buy It Now (BIN) transactions.

In looking at the comic book investment dollars that were spent on Golden Age books, it was a slightly better week in this category as this week’s top sale ($4,675) was greater than last week’s highest sale, while the floor ($1,437.50) was about the same as we saw in last week’s report. It should be noted that a handful of books that could have landed in the Top 10 did not because they were private sales.

Below is a look at the top 10 Golden Age comic book auction sales at eBay for the week of October 2-8, 2017.

Golden Age Top 10

  1. Detective Comics #69 (DC, 1942), $4675, Ungraded, 29 bids – There were no significant first appearances in this issue of Detective Comics, but this issue does feature Batman and Robin taking on the Joker, as well as a classic Joker cover by Jerry Robinson. Joseph Greene (writer), Bob Kane (pencils), Jerry Robinson (inks), and George Roussos (inks) formed the creative team for the Batman tale in this issue. Other characters appearing in this issue include the Boy Commandos, the Crimson Avenger, Slam Bradley, and Air Wave. Other contributors to this issue include Joe Simon, Jack Kirby, Jack Lehti, Charles Paris, and Howard Sherman.
  2. Four Color Comics #16 (Dell, 1941), $2250, CGC 5.0 RES, BIN – The first of the Dell/Walt Disney offerings in this week’s Golden Age rankings is this issue of Four Color that features Mickey Mouse up against the Phantom Blot. The story in this issue, which is a reprint of the daily comic strip, was co-written by Floyd Gottfredson and Merrill de Maris with story artwork from Gottfredson (pencils), Ted Thwaites (inks), and Bill Wright (inks). The mid-grade copy in this sale features some restoration work, which prevented the sale price from topping the Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide valuation.
  3. Sensation Comics #6 (DC, 1942), $1902, Ungraded, 36 bids – This issue of Sensation Comics features the first appearance of Wonder Woman’s Lasso of Truth, which has been an important part of her arsenal through the decades. William Moulton Marston (writer) and H.G. Peter (pencils/inks/cover) were the creative team for the Amazing Amazon’s tale. Other characters appearing in this issue include the Black Pirate, Mr. Terrific, and Wildcat. Creators contributing to this issue were Sheldon Moldoff, Irwin Hasen, Bill Finger, Gardner Fox, and Howard Purcell.
  4. Batman #2 (DC, 1940), $1850, CGC 2.0, 45 bids – The second issue of Batman’s own book features the second appearance of the Catwoman (or Cat-Woman, as it is spelled in this issue’s story). The creative team of Bill Finger (writer), Bob Kane (pencils/cover), Jerry Robinson (inks/cover), and George Roussos (inks) were responsible for the four Batman tales in this issue. The low-grade copy in this auction sold for slightly less than the Overstreet book value, so the eBay buyer reeled in a nice deal.
  5. Zip Comics #22 (MLJ, 1942), $1780, Ungraded, 39 bids – This superhero anthology title from the company that produced the Archie comics featured heroes such as Steel Sterling, Black Jack, Captain Valor, and Zambini. The Steel Sterling/Black Jack wartime cover was drawn by Irv Novick, who was also a contributor to the content in this book along with Joe Blair, Lin Streeter, Paul Reinman, and Harry Shorten.
  6. Four Color Comics #9 (Dell, 1942), $1736, Ungraded, 17 bids – The main story in this issue is “Donald Duck Finds Pirate Gold” which features the first comic book work by famed artist Carl Barks. Bob Karp and Homer Brightman adapted the story from an unused animated feature, with Barks and Jack Hannah handling the story art, and Hank Porter creating the cover artwork.
  7. Captain America Comics #16 (Timely, 1942), $1700, Ungraded, 39 bids – This issue of Captain America Comics features a pair of tales of Steve Rogers aka Captain America and his sidekick, Bucky Barnes. One tale features the first appearance of the Hooded Horror, while another features an appearance by the Red Skull. Al Avison handled the story and cover art for this issue, with Stan Lee writing the Red Skull story.
  8. (Tie) Brenda Starr #14 (Four Star, 1948), $1500, Ungraded, BIN – The Brenda Starr character gained fame as a syndicated comic strip, but the stories in this issue of her own book appear to be original material (as opposed to reprints of comic strips). There is little information as to the creators that contributed to this book, but one might be artist Dale Messick. The cover is considered a bondage cover featuring Ms. Starr in distress.
  9. (Tie) Walt Disney Comics And Stories #2 (Dell, 1940), $1500, Ungraded, BIN – More from the Dell/Walt Disney camp as we get an issue filled with stories mostly featuring Donald Duck and sidekicks Huey, Dewey, and Louie. Many of the stories are one-page shorts written by Ted Osborne and drawn by Al Taliaferro, but there are a couple of longer tales that feature artwork by Floyd Gottfredson (pencils) and Ted Thwaites (inks). The stories in this issue are reprints of comic strips from 1939.
  10. Weird Science-Fantasy Annual #1 (EC, 1952), $1437.50, Ungraded, BIN – This first annual issue from EC features reprinted stories from previous issues of Weird Science-Fantasy, but the cover features original artwork by Al Feldstein.

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