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COMIC CONNECT AUCTION ENDS 11-30/12-1/12-2/12-3/12-4

DARK MYSTERIES #1, CGC VF: 8.0, Merit Publ., Off-White to White Pages

We realize many of you would like to bid on this auction lot, so for this listing, ComicConnect.com offers a 6 month, interest free, time payment plan with a 20% non-refundable deposit paid by check, money order or wire transfer.

ENDS 12-1-11

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MORPHY'S 12-8/10 TOYS AND ADVERTIZING AUCTION

Lot of 2: Aurora Batman & Musketeer Model Kits.

Description American. Circa 1960s. Both sealed in their original boxes. Unused, old store stock.
Condition (Near Mint). Size Largest Box: 13" x 7 - 1/4".

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David Yates to Direct Doctor Who Film

David Yates, who directed the last four Harry Potter movies, is set to direct the BBC’s feature film version of Doctor Who, Variety has reported. Yates told the outlet that he and BBC Worldwide Productions’ Jane Tranter are already working on the project.

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1922 Ty Cobb Detroit Uniform Brings $358,500

The Detroit Tigers uniform worn by Hall of Fame outfielder Ty Cobb during the 1922 season sold for $358,500 on November 11, 2011 in Heritage Auctions’ Vintage Sports Collectibles Signature Auction, notching the fourth six-figure price commanded by the category for a game worn jersey in 2011. A rare “Shoeless Joe” Jackson signed baseball topped all autograph results at a price of $77,675, bringing the auction total to just more than $5.3 million. All prices include a 19.5% buyer's premium.

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1903 World Series Program Sells for $241,500

The only example offered publicly of a 1903 World Series program from Pittsburgh’s Exposition Park for the first championship ever played between the National League (represented by the Pirates) and the American League (represented by the Boston Americans, now the Red Sox) has sold at Hunt Auctions for $241,500, the company reported.

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DiMaggio, Koufax, Russell at Grey Flannel

Grey Flannel Auctions’ Holiday Auction 2011 is now under way and the heat is already on, with collectors placing early bids on Premier Lots including a 1948-49 Joe DiMaggio game-used Yankees jersey and a Sandy Koufax game-used jersey from the superstar pitcher’s 1966 Cy Young Award season with the Dodgers.

In all, 841 lots have been selected for the absentee and Internet auction that closes for bidding on November 30, 2011. Virtually every major professional sport is represented in the complimentary printed catalog, as well as great Americana. In addition to game-used apparel and equipment, important autographed equipment and balls; awards, championship jewelry and personal ephemera that came directly from athletes are up for bid.

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Casey, Crime Photographer

Where would shows like CSI be without previous pop historical strides to glamorize the field of crime investigation?

A bit of credit is certainly owed to George Harmon Coxe, who in 1934 introduced Flashgun Casey to the world in a series of short stories and novels. A hard-edged, gun totin' Bostonian with a nose for trouble and and a penchant for private investigation.

Originally, Flashgun wasn't a cameraman. But during the first decade of his serialization, Coxe toned down the character's roughness and reinvented him as a hunch-following photographer with a knack for capturing crime scenes.

In 1943, he was a tame enough character to make a CBS radio debut as Casey, Crime Photographer.

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Sunset Carson

Sometimes heroes fare better in reality than they do in fiction. Such was the case with Michael Harrison--a real-life cowboy turned B-movie western actor turned international rodeo star.

Though Sunset (born Winifred Michael Harrison in 1920) starred in over 20 films with Republic Pictures before the studio ended his contract, he never rose to the relative superstardom enjoyed by those who blazed a trail before him--Roy Rogers, Tom Mix, Hopalong Cassidy and the like.

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COMIC LINK FOCUSED AUCTION ENDS NOV 15-17

ACTION COMICS #23
Item description:
1940, 1st Lex Luthor! Condition: CGC 5.0 VGF
Page Quality: Off-White to White Pages
Type of Holder: Restored
Degree Of Restoration: Slight Amateur Restoration
CGC Grading Comments: Includes: small amount of glue on spine of cover and centerfold
Current Bid: $1,355 Number Of Bids: 27

ComicLink Comments:
This 1940, early Superman appearance in Action Comics, features a major one-two punch for the Man of Steel fan. It not only features the very first appearance of Superman's arch-nemesis Lex Luthor, but also the very first mention of the Daily Planet, a major fixture in the DC Universe. CGC notes that this restored example has some glue at the spine and centerfold, but they note no other restoration. This example affords a buyer the opportunity to acquire a solid looking example of this important issue at a lower price point than would be possible for a comparable unrestored example. Adding to its desirability, CGC has assigned its near perfect Off-White to White page quality designation. The Overstreet Price Guide lists this item in Unrestored 5.0 for $2,365.

ENDS: NOV. 15

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HERITAGE AUCTION

Beau Geste (Paramount, 1939). Half Sheet (22" X 28") Style B.. ... (Total: 1 Item)

Beau Geste (Paramount, 1939). Half Sheet (22" X 28") Style B.
Gary Cooper is Beau Geste in this story of courage, adventure, and family loyalty. This is the second film adaptation of the classic novel in which Geste, along with his brothers, joins the French Foreign Legion after confessing to a crime he did not commit in order to protect a family member's reputation. Cooper is aided by an outstanding supporting cast, including Ray Milland, Robert Preston, Brian Donlevy, Susan Hayward, J. Carrol Naish, Albert Decker, and Broderick Crawford, as well as solid direction from William Wellman. Offered here is a half sheet with Cooper and his brothers in full Foreign Legion gear, that has been restored to display nicely. The title and credits have been airbrushed, and touch up has been applied to a tear in Cooper's mouth, fold wear, cross fold separation, and chips in the borders. Light edge wear and a paper lift in the top and bottom border are all post-restoration. Fine on Paper. Estimate: $800 - $1,200.

ENDS 11-17-11

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Walt Disney's Alice the Golf Bug (FBO, 1927). One Sheet (27" X 41")

Walt Disney's Alice the Golf Bug (FBO, 1927). One Sheet (27" X 41").
Heritage is pleased to offer one of the rarest Disney movie posters we have ever come across, the only known example of the one sheet for an installment of the "Alice Comedies", a series of ground-breaking animated cartoons created by Walt Disney in the 1920s, in which a live action little girl named Alice and an animated cat named Julius have adventures in an cartoon landscape. Margie Gay plays Alice, and as the delightful graphics on this wonderful poster show, she competes in a golf tournament with a variety of cartoon characters. All film prints of this early cartoon classic have been lost, making this piece an even more unique collectible. The one sheet has been restored, but not paper or linen backed in any way, to address pinholes, small tears in the borders, and a misfold in the bottom section. Fine/Very Fine. Estimate: $6,000 - $12,000.

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Under Two Flags (20th Century Fox, 1936). One Sheet (27" X 41") Style B

Under Two Flags (20th Century Fox, 1936). One Sheet (27" X 41") Style B.
Noble Ronald Colman, who has taken the blame for his brother's crime, has joined the Foreign Legion to escape his past. What he finds in the desert is a love quadrangle. Club singer Claudette Colbert loves Colman, but he only has eyes for Englishwoman Rosalind Russell. Victor McLaglen rounds out the entanglement as the jealous commandant. The poster has had touch up to pinholes in the corners and fold wear, but otherwise is in excellent condition. With sumptuous color and dazzling portraits of the stars, this stone litho one sheet will be an added gem to any collection. Very Fine on Linen. Estimate: $800 - $1,200.

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COMIC CONNECT AUCTION

SUPERMAN DC COMICS PORTRAIT SHEET, Memorabilia, VF: 8.0, DC, PUBLISHER:
Superman portrait for special Superman fans. (circa 1942). 7.5"x10.5" , Originally from the personal collection of Jerry Siegel
Jerry Siegel Collection

Originally from the personal collection of Jerry Siegel.

This colorful portrait of Superman signed  by him (the message is in the handwriting of Joe Shuster) was sent out by publisher Superman, Inc. to fans in 1942. Looking like a framed autographed photo on the front, the back advertises the three comic books Superman was then appearing in: Action Comics, Superman, and World's Finest Comics.

ENDS 11-30-11

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BLACK TERROR, #17, CGC NM: 9.4, Better, white pgs
Schomburg bondage cover, Edgar Church / Mile High Copy

ENDS 12-1-11

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EMOVIE POSTER AUCTION ENDS 11-15-11

An Original Vintage Theater-Used Folded One-Sheet Movie Poster (1sh; measures 27" x 41")

Film Description: Superman and the Mole Men, the 1951 Lee Sholem super hero science fiction (sci-fi) subterranean aliens fantasy thriller ("The All-Time ACE OF ACTION!"; "...in his first Full-Length Feature Adventure!") starring George Reeves (in the title role as Superman/Clark Kent), Phyllis Coates (as Lois Lane), Jeff Corey, Walter Reed, J. Farrell MacDonald, and Stanley Andrews. Note that this movie was released theatrically. After it proved very successful, George Reeves was hired for the "The Adventures of Superman" TV series (but Phyllis Coates was unavailable, so Noel Neill took her place as Lois Lane, but later, Neill left the series and Coates returned), and this movie was shown as a special two-part episode of the show!

Important Added Info: Note that this poster has an "R" beside the NSS number stamped on the back (it reads "R51/674 while the NSS number in the right of the bottom edge reads "51/674"). We believe that this simply means that this is either a poster containing a small revision or possibly the stamp on the back is just a mistake but in either case, we believe the poster is NOT a re-release!


Overall Condition: good. There is some light water staining and rippling across the bottom 2" of the poster and there are some small stains in the upper left edge. There are several tack holes scattered throughout the poster and there are some 1 1/2" and smaller tears around the edges from rough removal that have been repaired with clear tape from the back. There is an area of scuffing and creasing in the "M" in "MOLE" at lower center right of the bottom crossfold. There is some separation and tattering at the crossfolds and along the left of the top horizontal fold (some repaired with clear tape from the back). Fortunately, the poster's defects are the kind that can surely be repaired (or completely removed) during the linenbacking process and the poster will display great (although I can imagine many collectors would be quite happy with this cool poster as is)

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An Original Vintage Theater-Used Folded One-Sheet Movie Poster (1sh; measures 27" x 41")

Artist: Reynold Brown

Film Description: The Atomic Submarine, the 1959 Spencer Gordon Bennet science fiction (sci-fi) underwater military nuclear war thriller ("- At 1315 hours - 87 degrees - 10 north latitude -"; "The enemy that dooms the nation lies hidden under the North Pole!"; "WATCH thru the Visio Radarscope as you sail thru the unknown ice jungle!"; "When the USA's super subs face a new unknown power in the pitch-black depths of an Arctic Sea!"; "You Are There!... Tomorrow's Shocking Battleground at The Top of The World!", "Hell Explodes Under The Arctic Sea!", "TOMORROW'S WAR!, Atomic Subs in Death Struggle with Unknown Enemy!"; "THE DIVE in the Depth Explorer that goes where man has never gone before!"; "COUNT DOWN for TERROR as the world's first Underwater Ballistics Missile is fired from under the NORTH POLE!") starring Arthur Franz, Dick Foran, Brett Halsey, Joi Lansing, Paul Dubov, Bob Steele, Victor Varconi, and Tom Conway ("as Sir Ian Hunt")

Overall Condition: good to very good. There is a small area of paper loss in the "M" in "SUBMARINE" at lower right and there is a small amount of tattering along the foldlines and edges of the poster. The poster is otherwise in pretty nice condition and after linenbacking it will surely display great (although I'm sure many collectors would be happy with it as is!).

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SEXY WONDER WOMEN

What can we say?  We may not know art but we know what we like.  Maybe we'll start this as a regular Swap Talk feature.  You guys want to vote on that?

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TOO SEXY FOR DISNEY

In 1967, Paul Krassner published Mad artist Wally Wood’s parody as a centerspread for his satirical magazine, The Realist, and then as a black-&-white poster. Now here it is, available again, the original poster on high-quality paper, digitally colored by an ex-Disney employee, 18"x24" – suitable for framing – mailed first-class in a protective tube.

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SCOOP NEWS:

Scarce circa-1885 full-color stone-lithographed paper advertising sign for Grand Chief Cigars, 28 in. by 22 in., est. $2,500-$3,500. 

Circa-1880 stone-lithographed poster advertising New York Central & Hudson River Railroad, framed size 25 in. by 31 in., est. $2,000-$4,000. 

November 18-19: Noel Barrett’s

“In this business there are only about a half dozen people who can honestly be described as having a golden eye. Bill Powell is one of them,” said Noel Barrett, whose November 18-19, 2011 auction features Powell’s peerless personal collection of antique advertising and toys.

Those who have come to know Bill Powell over the years from his beautiful displays at major antique and Americana shows know him as the “go-to guy” for great trade signs, fabulous store fixtures and rare lithographed paper-on-wood toys, Barrett said.

“Bill is one of the great pickers. He would hop into his car and drive all night if something special awaited him at the other end. Whenever you would come upon his booth at a show, you’d know immediately whose it was. He has always favored antiques that are figural, unusual, and have marvelous colors and patina,” Barrett said.

Powell’s collection will be offered in approximately 400 lots during the auction’s second (Saturday) session. It includes many highly desirable late-19th- and early 20th-century painted-wood signs, each a unique creation. Some are monumental in size, like the 5-ft.-wide “Harness and Horse Collars” trade sign decorated with two stylized horses’ heads and made to fit over a barn door. Two Ingersoll Watch signs are of equally grand size, while several optician signs – one with an oversized pair of spectacles, complete with peering eyes, and the message “Glasses Fitted” – measure 4ft. from end to end.

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Raggedy Ann

Cartoonist and illustrator Johnny Gruelle (1880-1938) worked for various publications, but his first major position was as assistant illustrator on the Indianapolis Star newspaper in 1903. In 1911, he created the Mr. Twee Deedle Sunday comic page for The New York Herald which ran until 1914. At home he was entertaining his daughter Marcella and drew a face on a doll for her. Based on Indiana poet James Whitcomb Riley's characters of Raggedy Man and Little Orphant Annie, he named the doll Raggedy Ann.

The doll was patented September 7, 1915 and Gruelle went to work on a children's book. P.F. Volland published Raggedy Ann Stories in 1918 and introduced her partner in Raggedy Andy Stories in 1920.

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The Gremlins

The World War II era was a fertile time for the invention of new myths, forms of slang, folklore and legends. Some of these new ideas spread quickly from one culture to another and then entered the language of the world. The idea of gremlins -- small, troublemaking supernatural saboteurs -- sounds enough like a traditional folklore trope that one might assume it came from the Brothers Grimm or a Russian fairy tale. In truth, gremlin lore first emerged in the British Royal Air Force. As conceived in pilots' imaginations, they were unseen little sprites who gathered their jollies specifically by sabotaging aircraft.

During the war Walt Disney got word of a book being written by children's author Roald Dahl, then an RAF pilot. Disney thought that the mischievous little creatures -- who appeared to be more like fairies or leprechauns than trolls -- might make a good subject for an animated feature. Disney bought a controlling interest in Dahl's project before the book was completed. Thanks to some very successful PR, the legend of gremlins spread throughout the United States.

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EMOVIE POSTER AUCTION

An Original Vintage Theater-Used Movie Title Lobby Card (LC TC; measures 11" x 14")

Film Description: Laura, the classic 1944 Otto Preminger (nominated for the Best Director Academy Award) romantic love triangle crime film noir ("Adapted from the novel by Vera Caspery"; "The story of a love that became the most fearful thing that ever happened to a woman!"; about a detective investigating the death of a gorgeous woman, and he wishes he could have known her, and then it turns out she's not dead after all!) starring Gene Tierney (in the title role as Laura; despite her masculine sounding first name, Tierney was a strikingly beautiful actress, best remembered for her starring role in this film), Dana Andrews, Clifton Webb (in his nominated for Best Supporting Actor Academy Award role), Vincent Price, and Judith Anderson

Overall Condition: very good. There is a diagonal crease in the bottom left corner and a longer one in the bottom right corner, but it is not very noticeable from the front. There are some faint smudges around the edges of the card and scattered in the solid brown background areas. There is a 5" horizontal crease running across the top of "ANDERSON" in Judith Anderson's credit and in the background to the right of that. There is a tiny dot on Andrews' nose and one near the top of Tierney's sleeve. None of the above is very distracting at all, and I would think almost every collector would be happy to display this great card on their wall just as it is! Note that this lobby card is completely unrestored and there is not a single piece of tape on either the front or back!(Learn More)

BIDDING ENDS: 11-8-11
 

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HAKE'S AUCTION #204

“HOPALONG CASSIDY BADGES” PROTOTYPE ORIGINAL ART & CEREAL BOX WRAPPER.

Item Description

9x18" art board has 2x13.5" image area in center with designs for six different prototype badges done in India ink and watercolor. Each includes neatly printed name in ink. Images are Hop-A-Long Cassidy with guns drawn, deputy riding on horseback, Topper wearing saddle racing through desert, California with guns drawn, Marshall with cowboy on bucking bronco, Sheriff with cowboy on horseback leaping over fence. These were never produced but pencil names at top of board do match some that were made including Rodeo Trick Rider, Ranch Boss, Bulldogging Champ, and Roping Champ. Also includes name Lucky for badge that was not made. Art board has vertical crease just to right of center which just effects left edge of “Marshall” badge at left side edge, otherwise image area is bright and Exc. Comes with 7.25x8 1/8" waxed “Post’s Raisin Bran” wrapper which has wonderful image of Hoppy on front with text “Hopalong Cassidy Western Badge In This Package!” and images of 12 badges in series on reverse with young cowboy saying “Hey Partners! Get All 12 Hopalong Cassidy Badges!” with image of lower right of young cowgirl eating cereal saying “Gang-You’ll Want Every Badge Start Your Own Collection Now!”. Also includes a second partial wrapper which is trimmed to 5.75x7 .75" but includes additional text across top edge which is not on other wrapper “Look! Swell Full-Color Badge In This Package!”. First wrapper has expiration date of December 31, 1951. Some surface dust soil and lt. scattered edge wear. Bright and Fine. Art is unique and great to frame all three items together. From the archives of premium creators Sam & Gordon Gold, accompanied by a letter to that effect from Gordon Gold. (I/J - $400 to $1000)

BIDDING ENDS 11-10-11

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"SUPER POWERS" LOT OF 7 CARDED.

Item Description

7x9.25” blister cards contains 4 5/8” tall figures with accessories and arm action when legs are squeezed together. Kenner. ©1986 DC Comics, Inc. All figures are on American cards. Five 23 back cards, Superman is a 12 back card and Mister Miracle is a 33 back card. Lot includes Mr. Miracle, Superman, Batman, Robin, Penguin and Joker(2). Cards are bright and glossy. Cards have lt. aging/handling wear, with Penguin having some overall creasing and one Joker has the blister cut on side for removal of figure but discreetly done. One Joker, Superman, Batman and Robin cards are unpunched. Mister Miracle has a lt. card curl at top and a faint corner crease on lower right. Cards range from VG to Fine. Figures are Mint as packaged. From the collection of Chip Kidd, renowned author, graphic designer and pop culture enthusiast extraordinaire. (H - $200 to $400)

BIDDING ENDS: 11-10-11

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MUTOSCOPE "GOLDEN HOURS" RARE CARD.

Item Description

One of the rarest Mutoscope cards. From the Hot Cha set, see item #2975. Art by Earl Moran of red head in skin tight, sheer one-piece bathing suit, her nipples prominently protruding. Tiniest trace of corner tip wear. Totally bright and clean. NM/Mint. (H - $200 to $400)

BIDDING ENDS: 11-10-11

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COMIC CONNECT OCTOBER AUCTION ENDS THIS WEEK

KULL THE CONQUEROR #23, CGC NM+: 9.6, Marvel, white pgs, Starting Bid 60% of Retail

BIDDING ENDS: 11-9-11

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COMIC LINK ORIGINAL ART AUCTION

DICK TRACY SUNDAY 8/3/1947
Primary Artist Name: CHESTER GOULD
Secondary Artist Name:
Year: 1947
Starts At: $1  Focused Auction Start Date: 11/4/2011 8:00:00 PM ComicLink Comments:
Chester Gould's Dick Tracy was one of the most popular and influential newspaper strips in history and the originals dating from the 1930s and 40s are widely coveted. The offered Sunday dates from 1947 and features Tracy in a courtroom drama, helping 2 youths avoid prosecution for a crime they didn't commit. Meanwhile Junior and Bronko are threatened by the villain Coffyhead into revealing the secrets of the Junior Crimestoppers. This is a very nice example of a Gould Sunday with strong character inclusion from the height of the strip. This oversized Sunday art has an image area of approximately 27" x 18". Like most (or possibly all) Dick Tracy Sundays of this era, the panels were drawn on individual pieces of Bristol that were then mounted to the larger board. This art shows some minor waving, but nothing that really detracts from the overall eye appeal.

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GREEN HORNET - MODEL AND TOY COLLECTOR #35 PAGE COVER PAINTING
Primary Artist Name: GALE HEIMBACH
Secondary Artist Name:
Year: 1996
Brief Description of the Item: OIL ON STRATHMORE BOARD
Starts At: $1Focused Auction Start Date: 11/4/2011 8:00:00 PM ComicLink Comments:
This stunning piece, in size and content, was used as the published cover for the quarterly magazine Model and Toy Collector. Painted by artist, Gale Heimbach, the piece practically glows and would bode well on the wall of any serious Green Hornet collector. The piece has been signed at the middle right of the image and has been executed with oil on a 22" x 32" strathmore illustration board. This art has an oversized image area of approximately 18” x 23"

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PEDIGREE AUCTION

Adventure Comics #61 Grade: APPARENT F 6.0 Page Quality: Off-White to White CGC Rank: 5 CGC Number: 0963105004 Pedigree: none Date: 4/41 Category: Golden Age DC

Description: First appearance of Starman. Extensive amateur restoration. Great Jack Burnley cover.

BIDDING ENDS: 11-14-11

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NEWS FROM SCOOP:

Clutch Cargo and Space Angel

Cambria Productions issued very little merchandise for the limited animation syndicated cartoon series Clutch Cargo and Space Angel. Both offered storylines produced on a low budget, with static images and not much movement except for the characters mouths.

So, products were rare, but that didn’t stop Hake’s Americana & Collectibles for getting a couple of offerings for Auction #204, which is now underway.

First up is a pair of circa 1959 TV studio camera cards promoting Clutch Cargo. One shows Clutch, and the other features co-stars Spinner and his dog, Paddlefoot. Both are from the archives of Louisville TV station WAVE.

Also featured is a Space Angel promo button and sticker, with the sticker being another rare “first seen” item.

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1940s-vintage painted tin sign advertising Bud’s Service Center, artist signed, classic depiction of mid-century Americana, 61 in. tall by 56 in. wide, est. $8,000-$12,000. 

November 18-19: Noel Barrett’s

“In this business there are only about a half dozen people who can honestly be described as having a golden eye. Bill Powell is one of them,” said Noel Barrett, whose November 18-19, 2011 auction features Powell’s peerless personal collection of antique advertising and toys.

Those who have come to know Bill Powell over the years from his beautiful displays at major antique and Americana shows know him as the “go-to guy” for great trade signs, fabulous store fixtures and rare lithographed paper-on-wood toys, Barrett said.

“Bill is one of the great pickers. He would hop into his car and drive all night if something special awaited him at the other end. Whenever you would come upon his booth at a show, you’d know immediately whose it was. He has always favored antiques that are figural, unusual, and have marvelous colors and patina,” Barrett said.

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Paper masks from 1933, the first premiums offered for these characters. Art by Vernon Grant.

Snap, Crackle and Pop

The Kellogg Company introduced Snap, Crackle, and Pop in 1933 to personify the lively sounds made when a bowl of its Rice Krispies meets cold milk. Originally drawn in a whimsical Art Deco style by Vernon Grant (1902-1990), the cartoon trio has survived to this day on cereal boxes and in advertising, singing and dancing and crackling and popping for kids everywhere.

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HAKE'S NOVEMBER AUCTION (#204):

BUCK ROGERS "BUCKTOY" 1930S COMPLETE SET OF PREMIUM CARDS.

Item Description

Newspaper issued premium cards from 1932-1934. Cards range in size from 2.5x5.5" to 3x5-5/8". Cards are intended to be cut out and colored, then folded to stand up. This set is unused. Card numbers and images include: #1 Buck with pistol, #2 Wilma Deering with rocket ship, #3 Killer Kane, #4 Ardala with helmet, #5 Gyrex Bullet Space Racer, #6 Dr. Huer working in his laboratory. Card #1 is blue as issued and card #6 is green as issued. Slightest aging, choice NM condition. Single cards are rarely seen and we have only offered a couple in our 45 years. Extremely rare as a complete and unused set such as this. A true Buck Rogers rarity. These cards are listed in Hake's Pop Culture Memorabilia Book at $600 each in NM condition. (L - $2000 to $5000)

BIDDING ENDS: 11-10-11

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"CLAYTON MOORE LONE RANGER" SIGNED "TWENTY FIFTH SILVER ANNIVERSARY 1958" POSTER.

Item Description

Folded poster opens to 21x33.75" with stunning design on silver foil background with wonderful classic image of Lone Ranger riding on Silver in simulated rope frame design with large text at top "The Lone Ranger". Upper left has bold 5" wide "Clayton Moore Lone Ranger" marker signature in clear area. Poster is folded as issued with minor handling wear as such, but bright and VF. Very limited print run due to higher cost of such a poster which was only sent to select media outlets and sponsors of the TV show. Bold signature was obtained in person by the consignor and comes with Hake's COA. An extremely rare promo poster. First we've offered in our 45 years and undoubtedly the only signed copy extant. Wonderful for display. (K - $1000 to $2000)

BIDDING ENDS: 11-10-11

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"HOPALONG CASSIDY" TIMEX SHOCK-RESISTANT WRISTWATCH FIGURAL DISPLAY.

Item Description

3.5x4x15" tall painted composition. 1950s. Base has embossed letters w/silver luster reading "Hopalong Cassidy" and sides read "Timex." Lettering below reads "Shock-Resistant Wristwatches" on front and "Fully Guaranteed" on sides. Back of base has black "These Sales Aids Must Be Used For The Display Of Timex Watches Only." Nicely painted and detailed figure of Hoppy w/accents to face, bolo tie, belt buckle, guns, bullets, etc. Even the tops of his boots are highlighted in silver luster. Bullets are accented all the way around back of belt. Scarf in bolo tie is also accented. Very lt. crazing noticeable on close inspection, mostly to small area on front of neck and scattered areas on legss. Hat, face, shirt, hands, guns show very little wear. Superb display piece and high quality. VF. One of just three we have offered in our 45 years, the last one we sold (in lesser condition) realized $2,783. The first we offered sold for $7,150. One of the ultimate Hoppy items. (L - $2000 to $5000)

BIDDING ENDS: 11-10-11

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EMOVIE POSTER HALLOWEEN AUCTION ENDS 11-3-11

An Original Vintage Theater-Used Laminated Insert Movie Poster (measures 14" x 36")

Film Description: Tarantula!, the 1955 Jack Arnold Universal giant spider science fiction (sci-fi) fantasy monster horror thriller ("MONSTER SPIDER...Crawling terror 100 feet high!"; "Researchers seeking a clue!"; "Can anything escape it!"; "Giant spider... deadly accident of science! ...and every second it grows bigger!"; "Towering over cities! Even dynamite can't stop it! Thousands flee its terror!"; "Monster spider 100 feet high!"; "Giant spider strikes! ...crawling terror 100 feet high!") starring John Agar, Mara Corday, Leo G. Carroll (best remembered from his roles in TV's "Topper", and "The Man from U.N.C.L.E."), Nestor Paiva, Ross Elliott, and Clint Eastwood (in an early uncredited role)

Important Added Info: Note that this poster has been laminated! It is quite likely that there is no way to reverse this process. However, I have seen many posters and lobby cards that have been laminated for over 20 years, and the lamination does not hurt the items in any way (and some of the posters were laminated as much as 40 years ago, so it certainly seems that if it were going to damage the item, it would have happened by now!), plus it seems to completely protect them, while allowing them to be easily displayed with no fear of damage. HOWEVER, PLEASE DO NOT BID ON THIS POSTER UNLESS YOU WANT TO PURCHASE A LAMINATED INSERT!

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An Original Vintage Theater-Used Linenbacked One-Sheet Movie Poster (1sh; measures 27" x 41")

Film Description: Them!, the 1954 Gordon Douglas giant bug insect attack science fiction (sci-fi) horror thriller ("A horror horde of crawl-and-crush giants clawing out of the earth from mile-deep catacombs!"; "This city is under martial law until we annihilate 'Them'!"; "Kill one and two take its place!"; "No menace like it known to man or beast before!"; "An Endless Terror! A Nameless Horror!"; "The Amazing New Warner Bros. Sensation!"; "Warner Bros'. amazing new sensation!"; "A horror Horde of crawl-and -crush giants clawing out of the earth's steaming depths!") starring James Whitmore, Edmund Gwenn, Joan Weldon, James Arness (best remembered as Marshall Matt Dillon from TV's "Gunsmoke"), Onslow Stevens, Sean McClory, Chris Drake, Sandy Descher, Mary Ann Hokanson, Don Shelton, Fess Parker (best remembered for his role as Davy Crockett in the Walt Disney TV and movie series), and Olin Howlin
 

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HERITAGE VINTAGE COMIC & COMIC ART AUCTION NOV. 15-17:

Blue Bolt V3#1 Mile High pedigree (Novelty Press, 1942) CGC NM+ 9.6 White pages. H. C. Kiefer's World War I cover is loaded with battlefield action. It's one of the best of the military-themed WWII Blue Bolt covers, and looks especially nice on this Edgar Church copy, which is currently the only example of this issue to be certified by CGC. Overstreet 2011 NM- 9.2 value = $230. CGC census 9/11: 1 in 9.6, none higher.

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The Spirit #nn (#1) Mile High pedigree (Quality, 1944) CGC NM+ 9.6 White pages. The first issue of Will Eisner's iconic character gets the Mile High treatment in a big way. That just two copies have been certified nicer than VF+ 8.5 by CGC is yet another feather in the Mile High pedigree hat! It's no wonder that the famous collection's discoverer Chuck Rozanski personally held onto the copies of this series for so long. Our offering of The Spirit #1 (subtitled "Wanted Dead or Alive") embodies those qualities for which Edgar Church's collection has become famous - fresh, vibrant colors, a perfect, unbroken spine, and an interior that's as fresh as... well, the Colorado mountain air. Overstreet 2011 NM- 9.2 value = $1,750. CGC census 9/11: 2 in 9.6, none higher.

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Bruce Gentry #1 (Superior, 1948) CGC NM 9.4 Off-white to white pages. Classic "headlight" cover issues like Blue Beetle #54 and Phantom Lady #17 often fetch premium prices, making this shining example seem like a real bargain to us! If you want to invest in a copy of #1, there's nothing better than the top of CGC's census, and right now there are no higher-graded copies out there. The cover artist hasn't been identified, but his work would do Jack Kamen or Matt Baker proud! The main "points" of collector interest (besides the cover) are negligee panels and the fact that the EC emblem is seen on a piece of stationery in the story. Overstreet 2011 NM- 9.2 value = $925. CGC census 10/11: 4 in 9.4, none higher.

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PEDIGREE AUCTION NOV. 7-14

Sub-Mariner Comics #23 Grade: VF 8.0 Page Quality: Cream to Off-White CGC Rank: 1 CGC Number: 0959761015 Pedigree: none Date: Summer 1947 Category: Timely Comics Description: Highest certified and best existing copy!!!! 1 of only 3 in this top grade. Human Torch story. Second appearance of Namora. Cool Syd Shores damsel in distress cover!!

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COMIC LINK'S NOVEMBER FEATURED AUCTION:

ALL SELECT COMICS #11, 1946, 1st Blonde Phantom appearance, Marvel, CGC 7.0 FVF, Off-White to White Pages,  Unrestored

Pedigree or Highlight: DAVIS CRIPPEN/D COPY PEDIGREE
Starts At: $1 Number Of Bids: 0 Focused Auction Start Date: 11/4/2011 8:00:00 PM

ComicLink Comments:
This F/VF CGC 7.0 from the Davis Crippen/D Copy Pedigree Collection is a nice example of All Select Comics #11 published by Timely in 1946. This important issue features the first appearance of the Blonde Phantom, who soon after would be featured in her own magazine. This issue is quite uncommon and pretty tough to obtain; CGC has certified only 19 unrestored examples, just 21 in total.

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NEWS FROM SCOOP:

Matthews' Fall Petroliana & Advertising Results

A large and hard to find United Motors Service oval neon sign, only rated 7.9 out of 10 for condition but still coveted by collectors for its rarity, sold for $6,325 at a Fall Petroliana & Advertising Auction held October 14, 2011 by Matthews Auctions, LLC. The sale was held the day before the semiannual Chicagoland Petroliana & Advertising Show in Peotone, Ill.

The single-sided porcelain sign, measuring 42 inches by 72 inches, had its share of flaws. The blue was milky and it had chips around the mount holes and holes in the neon. But its scarcity, combined with the fact that the neon made it look like the wheels were spinning, was just too much for the bidders who competed for it. The sign was the top lot of the 475 items sold.

Around 150 people attended the auction in person, while another 250 bidders registered online through Proxibid.com (accounting for a 34 percent sell-through). Phone and absentee bids were also accepted. Matthews Auctions, LLC has been staging auctions prior to the spring and fall Peotone shows for years, and they have consistently been well-attended and spirited events.

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Merkin Collection Autographed Photos

For several auctions now, the Richard Merkin Collection has delivered unique and almost impossibly cool selections for Hake’s Americana & Collectibles bidders. That will again be the case in auction #204.

Seldom does one have the opportunity to buy photos signed from one celebrity to another, but the Merkin Collection delivers again with three real gems with signed photos from baseball player Orestes “Minnie” Minoso, including one from legendary baseball player Satchel Paige (showing Paige in his Cleveland Indians uniform), another from Louis Armstrong (showing him playing the trumpet), and one from singer Nat King Cole.

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Ace Drummond

World War I fighter pilot Eddie Rickenbacker spent part of his post-war career toiling with the creation of a character based on his overseas exploits. That character--Ace Drummond--was distributed in a 1934 King Features strip, with illustrations by Clayton Knight.

However, by the late 1930s, when Ace failed to wow the readers, King Features axed the project.
 

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1932 Folgers Coffee Detectives Black and Blue badge  --  1932 Iodent Toothpaste Detectives Black and Blue Badge

"Detec-a-tives Black and Blue, Good Men Tried and True"

Ever wonder where the buddy-cop-comedy genre came from? It didn't begin with shows like Car 54, Where Are You?. It dates all the way back to 1932, when Los Angeles radio station KHJ first aired Adventures of Detectives Black and Blue.

The syndicated show followed the exploits of Jim Black and his partner, Frank Blue. Black and Blue began as shipping clerks from Duluth with daydreams of bringing down bad guys. Of course, neither had any law enforcement knowledge. But all that was remedied when they decided to take a correspondence course to earn their "Detectives degree."

As you may imagine, hilarity ensued.

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Froggy the Gremlin

The mischievous Froggy the Gremlin was prominently featured in the 1950-1955 serial radio programs, Smilin' Ed McConnell and His Buster Brown Gang and Andy's Gang. His wide-eyed enthusiasm and spiffy tuxedo made him a favorite among listeners and viewers, despite his penchant for interupting the stories by appearing in a puff of smoke and mischievously exclaiming, "Hiya, Kids!" Here are a few interesting tidbits on the frog who would be gremlin:

Froggy was the brainchild of Ed McConnell, but his comic segments were voiced by struggling comedian Harry Stewart (whose stage name was Yogi Yorgesson).

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EMOVIE POSTERS HALLOWEEN AUCTION:

Auction starts October 23, ends October 30.

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COMIC CONNECT'S NOVEMBER EVENT  AUCTION:

BLACK CAT COMICS #9, CGC F/VF: 7.0, Harvey, ow/white pgs, Origin Stuntman

STARTS: 11-14-11

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CAPTAIN MARVEL ADVENTURES #58, CGC FN+: 6.5, Fawcett, crm/ow pgs, crack in top (back). Does not affect book, C.C. Beck cvr/art

STARTS 11-14-11

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DETECTIVE COMICS #1, CGC FN-: 5.5, DC, crm/ow pgs Ext (P) resto includes: ct, pcs added, tr sls, cleaned, reinforced. 3 tp stns-c),
RARE! 1st Slam Bradley/Spy by Siegel & Shuster

The flagship title of DC comics, this 1937 #1 issue is tough to find in any condition. Golden Age artist Vincent Sullivan created the graphic design for cover setting the stage for the Chin Lung story inside!

STARTS 11-14-11

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HAKE'S AUCTION #204:

"THE GREEN HORNET QUICK SWITCH GAME" HIGH GRADE EXAMPLE.

Item Description

9.5x19x1.5” deep box contains parts for Milton Bradley game. 1966. Box is complete with large cardboard insert featuring additional full color illustrations. Exc./NM. 16x18.5” board with colorful design. Four separate attached cardboard “Switch Disks” used to alter game’s path. Other parts include discs w/GH related images. Sealed contents are Mint. Unused old store stock. Immaculate game is as nice as they come. (H - $200 to $400)

ENDS: 11-10-11

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"THE GREEN HORNET STRIKES AGAIN! BLAZING FURY CHAPTER 10" LINEN BACKED MOVIE SERIAL POSTER

Item Description

28x40.5" original release one sheet with superb graphics of Green Hornet and Kato flying in mid air from explosion at top as gangsters look on with one firing pistol with close up image of Green Hornet at lower right. Copyright 1940 Universal Pictures Corp for sequel to the earlier serial "The Green Hornet". The serial was based on the Green Hornet radio series by George W. Trendle and Fran Striker. The plot involved racketeering and had stand alone episodes instead of continuous story. The serial starred Warren Hall as Britt Reid and Keye Luke as Kato. A few scattered color touch ups along fold lines as linen mounted but totally bright, clean and displays Exc. Superb graphics and a great color scheme. (K - $1000 to $2000)

ENDS: 11-10-11

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THE LONE RANGER 1957 LARGE & IMPRESSIVE GENERAL MILLS STORE DISPLAY STANDEE.

Item Description

48" wide by 74" tall from bottom edge to top of fingertips. Cardboard display has superb illustration of the Lone Ranger on Silver waving with both atop rocky knoll. Display has two horizontal folds near top and bottom as issued, Lone Ranger's right foot and Silver's right hoof have overlapped to add dimension to display. Bottom 1/3 of display just under Silver's tail had separated from rest of display at some point. This has been repaired w/fiberglas tape on the reverse and is now stabilized. The back of the standee has numerous interlocking easels to facilitate its upright display. These are complete and in overall Fine condition (although some have had reinforcements added by a professional restorer). Display has lt. scuff on right arm, lt. 5" crease near elbow and addtional 5" crease on Lone Ranger's right side. These problems are minor and as far as these large displays go, this one is bright, clean and has an overall VF/Exc. appearance. One of the nicest Lone Ranger display items ever made. We have only ever offered a few of these over our 45 years. Rare. (K - $1000 to $2000)

ENDS: 11-10-11

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DETECTIVE COMICS #38 APRIL 1940 CGC 3.0 OFF-WHITE PAGES FIRST ROBIN APPEARANCE.

Item Description

Early covers for Detective Comics were always thrilling as well as entertaining and this one is no exception announcing "The Sensational Character Find Of 1940....Robin The Boy Wonder". The cover art is attributed to both Batman creator Bob Kane and long-time Batman artist, Jerry Robinson. Writers on this issue include Bill Finger and Jerry Siegel. The pages are off-white. This unrestored book is CGC-certified 3.0 and unrestored copies of this key issue are difficult to find and seldom come up for sale. We are pleased to offer this blue-label copy of one of the top fifteen books in the collecting hobby. (M - $5000 to $10000)

ENDS: 11-10-11

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NEWS FROM SCOOP:

Captain Marvel Comes To Hake's

Vintage Captain Marvel and Marvel Family merchandise on store shelves was somewhat limited between his first appearance in 1940 and last appearance in 1953, but Hake’s has several store item highlights: a “Shazam/Captain Marvel” whistle, the very rare Captain Marvel wood composition figure by Multi-Products, several Kerr figures, including the very rare “Marvel Bunny” with box, Hoppy The Marvel Bunny doll which is only the second Hake’s has seen in 45 years, a boxed set of “Captain Marvel Lightning Racing Cars”, and a Captain Marvel Jr. watch which is one of just a few Hake’s has offered over the years. Auction #204 is open for bidding and the auction closes November 8-10, 2011.

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Finney's Auction Service - October 29

A massive single-owner collection consisting of hundreds of rare, vintage and hard-to-find items in a variety of categories will be sold on Saturday, October 29, 2011 by Finney’s Auction Service, beginning promptly at 11 a.m. (EST). The auction will be held in Finney’s showroom in Schodack, located about 15 minutes from Albany, in upstate New York.

Offered will be cast-iron toy stoves, trade cards, miniatures, photos, Disney collectibles, vintage Christmas and Halloween, vintage dolls and Steiff bears, antique gas pumps, advertising signs, old toys, vintage store advertising and more. Internet bidding will be facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.com. Many of the items may be viewed online, at www.finneysauction.com.

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THIS ENDS OUR POSTING FOR 10-23-11

Comick Link's October Focused Auction:

SUB-MARINER #1
Item description:
1968, Origin issue, 1st Sub-Mariner in his own title within the Silver Age of comics. Condition: CGC 9.6 NM+
Page Quality: White Pages
Type of Holder: Universal
Degree Of Restoration: Unrestored
Census Rank: 2nd Highest CGC Graded Pedigree or Highlight: ORIGINAL OWNER COLLECTION

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STAR TREK v1984 #1
Publisher: DC
Condition: CGC 9.8 NM/MT
Page Quality: White Pages
Type of Holder: Universal
Degree Of Restoration: Unrestored
Census Rank: Highest CGC Graded!

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COMIC CONNECT'S OCT. AUCTION ENDS OCT. 17-18

ALL AMERICAN COMICS #15, G/VG: 3.0, DC, Missing centerfold; incomplete

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COMIC CONNECT'S NOVEMBER EVENT AUCTION:

SUPERMAN #9, CGC VF/NM: 9.0, DC, ow/white pgs, Fred Ray-c

One of the all-time classic Superman covers from the mighty Fred Ray, whose beefy and boastful Superman came to define the character's public and merchandising persona for the first decade of its existence. Here, our hero bursts from his four color world into ours with verve, good cheer, and power.

This is a handsome and sturdy copy, and the yellows particularly pop on this cover!

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SENSATION COMICS #4, G/VG: 3.0, DC, ow/white pgs, 1st Stretch Skinner

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PEDIGREE NOVEMBER AUCTION NOV. 7 - NOV. 14

Boy Explorers Comics #1

Grade: F 6.0 Page Quality: Cream to Off-White CGC Rank: 7 CGC Number: 0959754010 Pedigree: none Date: 5-6/46 Category: Harvey Publications Description: First appearance of the Boy Explorers. Cool first issue from mid 1946. Joe Simon and Jack Kirby cover and art. Only 22 copies so far graded!

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Miss Fury #6

Grade: F/VF 7.0 Page Quality: Light Tan to Off-Whi CGC Rank: 5 CGC Number: 0959761010 Pedigree: none Date: Winter 1945 Category: Timely Comics Description: Alex Schomburg cover. Tightly graded Fine/Very Fine copy. Fifth highest CGC certified at 7.0.

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PREVIEW: EMOVIE POSTER AUCTION SUNDAY OCT. 23RD

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COOL ITEMS AVAILABLE AT HAKE'S:

MAN FROM UNCLE PIN

LONE RANGER SAFETY CLUB PROMO PICTURE

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FIRST COUNT CHOCULA AND FRANKENBERRY COMMERCIAL

As Halloween approaches, we are getting into the spirit of things.

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NEWS FROM SCOOP:

THIS ENDS OUR POSTING FOR 10-16-11

COMIC CONNECT'S NOVEMBER EVENT AUCTION:

FANTASTIC FOUR 1961-96, #1, CGC VF-: 7.5, Marvel, crm/ow pgs, S(P) includes tear seals, cover cleaned, reinforced, reglossed.  origin & 1st app FF by Lee & Kirby

The first appearance of Marvel's first family! The title that ushered in the Marvel Age of heroes. Kirby and Lee created a dysfunctional Super-Family that has set a standard for every super team to come after!

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STRANGE WORLD OF YOUR DREAMS, #3, CGC VF/NM: 9.0, Prize, crm/ow pgs; tied for highest, Simon & Kirby cover/art
Northford Copy, Highest Graded

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SUPERMAN, #4, CGC FN+: 6.5, DC, off white pgs, 2nd LuthorThat sure looks like Luthor on the cover! Classic Joe Shuster cover/art

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PEDIGREE NOVEMBER AUCTION:

Blue Beetle #55 Grade: F/VF 7.0 Page Quality: Off-White CGC Rank: 3 CGC Number: 0959754003 Pedigree: none Date: 4/48 Category: Fox Features Syndicate

Description: Topless woman panel in the story. Jack Kamen cover and art. The third best existing copy!!! Trails only 1 in 9.6 and 1 in 9.0 on the CGC census. Fresh off-white pages and exceptional color strike.

AUCTION ENDS: 11-14-11

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COMIC LINK'S NOVEMBER FEATURED AUCTION:

IMPACT #2
Item description:
1955, Crandall, Davis and Ingels art Condition: CGC 9.4 NM
Page Quality: Off-White to White Pages
Type of Holder: Universal
Degree Of Restoration: Unrestored
Census Rank: 2nd Highest CGC Graded Pedigree or Highlight: GAINES FILE COPY

Focused Auction Start Date: 11/4/2011 8:00:00 PM

ComicLink Comments:
This Gaines File Copy example for Impact #2 is the second highest graded for this issue. Certified at CGC's true Near Mint 9.4 tier, this is the only example graded at this top tier, and along with 1 at 9.6 ranks in the very best 2 examples that CGC has ever certified. Additionally, CGC has assigned its near perfect page quality designation, Off-White to White Pages.

The Gaines File Copies are examples of each issue published that were personally hand-selected for quality by editor Bill Gaines, carefully wrapped, and stored safely for decades. They are recognized for near-perfect structure and very high page quality. As a rule, the best surviving examples of ECs are Gaines File Copies. This book comes with the original Gaines File Copy certificate signed by Bill Gaines, Bob Overstreet and Russ Cochran.

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NEWS FROM SCOOP:

Weist Auction Tops $1.1 Million at Heritage

Frank Frazetta’s 1966 masterpiece of science fiction art, Tomorrow Midnight, brought $83,650 as the top lot in Heritage Auctions’ $1.16+ million September 12, 2011 Signature Jerry Weist Collection of Science Fiction and Fantasy Art in Beverly Hills, CA. All prices include Heritage’s 19.5% buyer’s premium.

“Based on the incredible enthusiasm leading up to the auction, we knew that scores of collectors from all over the world realized that this was a once in a lifetime opportunity and would be bidding aggressively,” said Todd Hignite, Consignment Director for Illustration and Comic Art at Heritage, “but the total number of bidders was unparalleled, as was the sell through rate, and the auction total was significantly higher than we had even hoped for. The results speak to the importance of the collection and the deep affection collectors feel toward one of the most well respected figures in the hobby.”

Weist, who passed away in January of this year, was a pioneering collector, publisher, historian and scholar. The science-fiction and fantasy themed artwork, rare first-edition books, movie posters, fanzines, pulp magazines, comic books and great many rare personal items in the collection were lovingly collected by Weist across more than four decades.

“He was an incredible collector, no doubt,” said Jim Halperin, Co-Founder of Heritage, “and a very good friend. His were the finest examples and there can be little better of a memorial to his talent than to see the enthusiasm and superb prices his material brought. He is greatly missed, but lives on via the rock solid provenance that any piece of this collection will always carry.”

The first appearance of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Tarzan in any medium, which came in the form of the October 1912 issue of All-Story, was also very hotly contested by collectors as this milestone in American literature quickly rose amidst spirited bidding to bring $41,825, while Wally Wood’s original art for the complete eight-page 3-D story “Spawn of Venus,” 1954, from EC 3-D #3, realized $38,838.

Great original science fiction art continued to bring a premium throughout the Weist Collection, especially when John Schoenherr’s iconic 1965 cover art for the first paperback edition of Frank Herbert’s Dune more than doubled its pre-auction estimate of $10,000+ to finish the day at $26,290. The Weist Collection also yielded up a world record price with the George Herriman Krazy Kat Sunday original dated December 10, 1939 when it realized $28,680, the most a Herriman work of that period has ever realized at auction.

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Terry and the Pirates Radio

Did you know that Milton Caniff's long-running and syndicated comic strip, Terry and the Pirates, made a brief foray into the wide, wide world of radio? Three years after its debut in newspapers, the strip was adapted for the airwaves in 1937.

The cast of characters didn't stray much from the original print version, which featured soldier Terry Lee, journalist Pat Ryan, interpreter Connie, and ominous enemy, the Dragon Lady. The series followed the adventures of Terry and company during his station in the far east.
 

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NComicLink's November Featured Auction:

ACTION COMICS #138
Item description:
1949, Scarce; Superman & Lois Lane cover Publisher: DC
Condition: CGC 5.0 VGF
Page Quality: White Pages
Type of Holder: Universal
Degree Of Restoration: Unrestored

Focused Auction Start Date: 11/4/2011 8:00:00 PM

ComicLink Comments:
There aren't many certified examples of this tough issue of Action Comics floating around. In fact, this is the very first time we've had the opportunity to offer an example at auction and we've had just one Exchange sale, in 2.0 GD. This attractive CGC 5.0 presents nicely for its assigned grade and is one of only 4 unrestored examples in any condition graded by CGC. The desirability of this issue goes above and beyond the technical numerical grade, as CGC has assigned its perfect page quality designation of White pages, an astonishing amount of page preservation for an issue from this time period.

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EMOVIE POSTER AUCTION ENDS TUES:

An Original Vintage Theater-Used Folded International One-Sheet Movie Poster (1sh; measures 27" x 41")

Film Description: Battle Beyond the Stars, the 1980 Jimmy T. Murakami science fiction (sci-fi) action adventure thriller ("A battle beyond time... beyond space."; "Rebels. Outlaws. Mercenaries. Seven magnificent warriors join to fight the... 'Battle Beyond the Stars'"; "Screenplay by John Sayles"; "Story by John Sayles and Anne Dyer") starring Richard Thomas, Robert Vaughn (best remembered from TV's "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." and the "Helsinki Hair Formula" infomercials), John Saxon, George Peppard ("as Cowboy"), Darlanne Fluegel, and Sybil Danning

Important Added Info: Note that this is an "international" style one-sheet (meaning it was printed in the U.S. for use in non-U.S. countries). Note the lack of a ratings box and NSS information.

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NEWS FROM SCOOP:

Pinocchio

A classic among classics, Disney's second full-length animated film (1940) was based on Italian author Carlo Collodi's story of a young marionette who wishes to be a real boy. Written in serial form in the 1880s, the story was translated into English in 1892. The marionette's adventures are amazing. Pinocchio is kidnapped by the puppeteer Stromboli; gets in trouble with bad boy Lampwick, and then rescues father Geppetto from the belly of Monstro the Whale. Thanks to Pinocchio's good deeds, the Blue Fairy grants his wish to become human.

Disney altered some elements of the original story. In Collodi's original version, Pinocchio ignores the cricket who attempts to lecture him, finally squashing him like the bug he is. The Disney feature lets the cricket live to become a real hero. For all his hard work as Pinocchio's conscience, Jiminy Cricket was awarded an Official Conscience Medal by the Blue Fairy. Jiminy would go on to an illustrious career in other Disney films.

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Cheyenne

Loosely based on the 1947 movie Cheyenne, the ABC-TV series ran between September 20, 1955 and September 13, 1963. The series alternated bi-weekly with other shows, which led to a total of 107 episodes.

Cheyenne was television's first hour-long series. The basic plot had frontiersman Cheyenne Bodie, capably played by Clint Walker, roaming the west righting wrongs and meeting single women along the way. Produced by Roy Huggins and William Orr, writers included Bert Arthur. The popular theme song was by William Lava and Stanley Jones.

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COMIC CONNECT AUCTION CLOSES 9-26/9-27:

BLONDIE COMICS #12, CGC FN+: 6.5, Harvey, Connie Mack centerfold

ENDS: 9-26-11

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SHADOW, THE-1973 #1, CGC VF-: 7.5, DC, Kaluta-c/a

ENDS: 9-27-11

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COMIC LINK NOVEMBER FEATURED AUCTION:

CLUE COMICS v2 #3, 1947 Simon & Kirby Torture Cover Condition: CGC 7.5 VF-
Page Quality: Cream to Off-White Pages
Degree Of Restoration: Unrestored
Census Rank: 3rd Highest CGC Graded


This is the only CGC 7.5 example of this striking Pre-Code issue and just 3 in total have ever been certified higher by CGC. The bondage cover of this issue is a classic and this issue contains interior art by Jack Kirby and Joe Simon.

STARTS: 11-4-11

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RUSS COCKRAN AUCTION ENDS TUES 9-27-11

Frank Frazetta (ghosting for Al Capp), Li'l Abner Sunday featuring Moonbeam McSwine, 7/7/19??, matted. A great example of Frazetta's work on Li'l Abner, with delicious drawings of girls.

IMAGE AREA
26"x21"

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Hal Forrest, hand-colored Tailspin Tommy Sunday, 3/30/1930(?).

IMAGE AREA
28 1/2"x22"

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PHILIP WEISS OCTOBER AUCTIONS:

TRANSPORTATION, AVIATION, MARITIME, MILITARY AND POSTERS

10/21/2011 04:00 PM

Sale will Include 100+ World War 1 & 2 Helmets and Goggles, Wonderful Mexican/Civil War Trunk belonging to Major William Schoonover (176th PA Infantry) including Indentified Daguerreotypes, Books, Photos, and More, Rare World War II German SS Totenkopf H. Himmler Honor Ring Engraved and Dated 9-11-41. Ring has been Authenticated by Donald Boyle and Comes with COA, Important Percussion Pistols and Shotguns including a Beautiful Pair of Unfired John Dickson Duelling/Target Pistols made in 1897 in Edinburgh Scotland. These Pistols were made for Charles Gordon, the Largest & Most Eccentric Firearms Collector in the United Kingdom, Collection of Smith & Wesss Handguns including 3 in Original Gutta Percha Cases, Original 1948 Harry S. Truman Press Club Award, Just Arrived...an Incredible Archive from the Family of Henry "Hank" Haff, America's Most Successful Winning Cup Captain. Archive includes Tintype of Haff in Sailors Outfit circa 1870's, Tintype of his Father (civil war era), Family Photos, Letters, Documents, Blueprints, and a Sailing Boat Weathervane from the Haff Estate. Also included will be Maritime and Nautical Material from the Bushnell Estate with Additions including an Incredible "Titanic" Archive Directly from a Family Member of John & Nelle Pillsbury Snyder Who Were Rescued When the Titanic Sunk. Archive includes a Letter on Titanic Stationary dated April 10, 1912, Photos of the Snyders, Another Letter dated April 18th which tells of the Confusion from News Sources and the White Star Line at the Time of the Sinking, Group of Original Photos Taken from the Carpathia Showing Lifeboats Rowing Towards the Carpathia and Other Photos of What May Be the Only Existing Photos of the Steamship California Coming Towards the Carpathia. Also includes a Wealth of Newspaper Clippings, Family Mementos and Titanic History and Collectibles. Great Posters including WW1, WW2, and Others

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Non-Sport Update’s Phone-Bid Auction #4

Non-Sport Update’s fourth auction for 2011 begins September 26 and ends October 2, 2011. Included in the auction will be vintage and newer trading cards and related items such as a rare, unopened box of 1966 Fleer Three Stooges cards with 24 packs inside. Also included are tough-to-find Fleer, Donruss, and Topps issues and lots of other interesting items such as unopened Charlie’s Angels packs, a fifth series Beatles set and a 1964 Beatles rack pack. In total, there are 95 lots.

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I Dream Of Jeannie

Created by Sidney Sheldon (1917-2007) NBC aired 139 episodes of the series between September 18, 1965 and September 1, 1970. The first 30 episodes were originally filmed in black and white. The basic plot had an astronaut finding a beautiful genie in a bottle after his space capsule landed on a desert island. The show was set in Cocoa Beach, Florida and the cast included Barbara Eden as Jeannie, Larry Hagman as Air Force Major Anthony "Tony" Nelson and Bill Daily as Roger Healey. Writers included Sidney Sheldon, Arnold Howitt and Bill Daily. Directors included Gene Nelson. Hugo Montenegro wrote the theme.

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Inner Sanctum

The memorable squeaking door and the sinister voice of "Raymond, your host" introduced the macabre Inner Sanctum mysteries on radio from 1941 to 1952, first on the Blue network, then on CBS (1943-1950), and ABC.

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Jack Paar

Jack Paar (1918-2004) had various stints on radio and early TV but his first early success was hosting the NBC radio show The $64 Dollar Question in 1951-52. He also had a brief career in films, including a small part in Love Nest with Marilyn Monroe in 1951.

He went on to host TV game shows including Up To Paar in 1952 and Bank On The Stars in 1953. Paar's quick wit and comedic timing led to taking over as host of The Tonight Show from Steve Allen in July, 1957, where he reigned as king of the late night airwaves until March 29, 1962. Compelling conversation, combined with Paar's emotional and sentimental nature delighted viewers. Cliff "Charley Weaver" Arquette read letters from Mama, Richard Nixon played the piano and comedians were born including: Woody Allen, Jonathan Winters, Bill Cosby, Bob Newhart and Carol Burnett. Stimulating conversation was held with John Kennedy, Robert Kennedy and Albert Schweitzer. He talked to Castro and was present when the Berlin Wall was built.

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COMIC LINK EBETTER AUCTION:

ACTION COMICS #46, 1942, Superman rollercoaster cover, DC, CGC 6.0 FN, Off-White to White Pages, Restored, Slight Amateur Restoration, Restoration includes: small amount of color touch on cover. (2 small pieces of tape on interior cover & 1 piece on 1st 5 pages)
 

ComicLink Comments:
The offered example of Action Comics issue 46 from early 1942 has the appearance of a middle grade, with near perfect Off-White to White Pages. Actions from Superman's early period are among the highest demand books in the hobby, and this rings true across all grade ranges.

ENDS: 9-23-11

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WHIZ COMICS #26, 1942, WWII cover, CGC 7.0 FVF, Off-White to White Pages, Unrestored, Minor amount of color touch on cover.

ComicLink Comments:
Just 7 examples in any condition have ever been certified for Whiz Comics 26 from January 1942. The offered example of this book is an attractive and very solid upper middle grade CGC 7.0. What's more, this scarce book has extremely nice paper quality, with CGC's rating of Off-White to White Pages.

ENDS: 9-23-11

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COMIC CONNECT SEPTEMBER AUCTION:

 

FOUR COLOR-2ND SERIES, #935, VG: 4.0, Dell

ENDS: 9-26-11

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KING COMICS, #130, VG: 4.0, David McKay Publ., Irs Collection Includes CoA!

ENDS: 9-27-11

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JOE LOUIS, #1, CGC VG/F: 5.0, Fawcett, off white pgs

ENDS: 9-27-11

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EMOVIE POSTER AUCTION  ENDS TUESDAY 9-20-11:

An Original Vintage Theater-Used Folded One-Sheet Movie Poster (1sh; measures 27" x 41")
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Film Description: Twelve To the Moon, the 1960 David Bradley science fiction (sci-fi) space exploration thriller ("Land on the moon with the intrepid first astronauts!"; "Starring An International Cast") starring Ken Clark, Michi Kobi, Tom Conway, Anthony Dexter, Robert Montgomery Jr., Francis X. Bushman, and John Wengraf

Overall Condition: very good to fine.

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An Original Vintage Theater-Used Folded One-Sheet Movie Poster (1sh; measures 27" x 41")

Film Description: Billy the Kid's Gun Justice, the 1940 Sam Newfield (billed as "Peter Stewart") cowboy western starring Bob Steele (in the title role as Billy the Kid), Al St. John, Louise Currie, Carleton Young, and Rex Lease

Overall Condition: good. There are some smudges, creases, and small tears and areas of paper loss scattered throughout the poster.

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Gilbarco double computing gas pump (Model #914), with sight glass. 

September 24: Matthews Auctions Readies Sale

A two-session auction featuring a lifetime single-owner collection of petroliana, automobilia, snowmobile collectibles, antique Volkswagen Beetles and other vehicles and trailers will be held Saturday, September 24, 2011, by Matthews Auctions, LLC, based in Nokomis, Ill. The sale will be held on-site, at the home of the late Bradley Jackson, formerly of Jaffrey, N.H.

Mr. Bradley amassed a substantial number of items in a wide array of categories prior to his recent untimely death. The address of the event is 30 Howard Hill Road in Jaffrey, a town located in southern New Hampshire, west of Nashua and not far from the Massachusetts state line. Online bidding will be facilitated by Proxibid. Phone and absentee bids will also be taken.

The first session, slated to start at 9 AM. (ET), will feature uncataloged items, to include vintage gas pumps and gas pump parts, a City of Newell sign and several other uncataloged signs, old Volkswagen Beetle parts, a Wards Art Deco-style lady’s bicycle and other bicycles.

Also set to cross the block in the uncataloged session will be big block Chevrolet engines and parts, a 40-foot storage container, a wringer wash, 1946 Chevrolet truck parts, Massey Pony parts, an Arhiems Model #ST1032 snow blower, a Fairbanks Morse Art Deco-style riding lawnmower, shop tools, hand tools and more.

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The Minute Man Still Answers the Call

Did you know that the Minute Man appeared in World's Finest Comics? No, we're not talking about Jack Weston's alter-ego of Fawcett Comics fame, but rather the 1940's giveaway by M.C. Gaines. The Minute Man Answers the Call was a four-page comic inserted in with the Junior Justice Society of America Club kit. Until recently, the comic was merely considered a giveaway comic.

Interestingly enough, World's Finest Comics #8 not only featured the Boy Commandos in the issue, but also displayed a printing of The Minute Man Answers the Call. The last panel of the story features a notation that states which year the specific issue of the giveaway was produced. Both the first edition of The Minute Man Answers the Call and World's Finest #8 were produced in 1942. Later editions of The Minute Man Answers the Call vary from the 1942 edition, and the last panel in each notes the year it was issued in the comic. The comic was included each year with the Junior Justice Society of America membership kit. The Junior Justice Society of America ran throughout the 1940s and featured numerous premiums including several club badges and several variations of the membership certificate.

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Meet The Gumps

While life may be like a box of chocolates, Forrest isn't the only Gump who has made his mark on the entertainment world. Did you know that almost 80 years before the shrimp-loving patriot charmed audiences the world over, there was Andy, Min, Chester, Uncle Bim and a whole slew of hilarious supporting characters who made comic strip history with The Gumps?

The idea began with Chicago Tribune publisher Captain Joseph M. Patterson, who wanted to develop a comic strip that featured the everyday adventures of a realistic, middle-class family. But it was cartoonist Sidney Smith who really took the idea to the next level. He breathed life into the family and started a strip where anything could - and did - happen.

The Gumps began as a daily strip in 1917 and as a Sunday feature in 1919 - and Andy and his gang went on to become some of the most popular characters of the '20s. And the '30s. And the '40s. In fact, The Gumps lasted in the strips until 1959, and had plenty of comic books, a radio series, toys, games, sheet music, and even an animated cartoon along the way.
 

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Advertisements for the Disney standee read: "A grand display for your lobby. Spot your stills in this 7-color screen process poster a week in advance of your show. At your United Artists Exchange. $1.25 each." The set of 6 stills (as shown below article) were 60 cents. 

Dognapping Is Serious Business

Did you know that in 1934, Disney created promotional material for each of its films? Take The Dognapper, for instance. A comical mystery centered around the disappearance of Minnie Mouse's pet pekinese, Fifi (who just so happened to be a friend of Pluto's), The Dognapper places Officer Mickey at the center of the missing dog investigation.

Sounds like serious business, huh? It was. In fact, it was such serious business, Disney promoted the film by releasing a mock newpaper write-up, complete with informative feature articles, charting the progress of the investigation... and offering a reward for the capture of Peg-Leg Pete, the prime suspect.

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THIS ENDS OUR POSTING FOR 9-18-11

PEDIGREE COMICS AUCTION ENDS TUESDAY:

Red Sonja #1 Grade: NM/M 9.8

Page Quality: White CGC Rank: 1 CGC Number: 1031898026 Pedigree: CGC Signature SERIES Date: 10/31/10 Category: Bronze Age Marvels Description: BEST EXISTING COPY!! Highest CGC rated and SINGLE HIGHEST CGC Signature SERIES example! Just a PERFECT comic book in every respect with bone white pages and EXACT cover alignment and centering. Signed by Stan Lee on October 31, 2010. Awesome Frank Thorne Red Sonja cover. Get it!

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EMOVIE POSTER AUCTION ENDS THURSDAY:

An Original Vintage Theater-Used Special Lenticular Movie Poster (measures 23 1/4" x 33")

Film Description: 2001: A Space Odyssey, the classic 1968 Stanley Kubrick (nominated for the Best Director Academy Award) English/U.S. Cinerama futuristic science fiction (sci-fi) outer space computer thriller ("the ultimate trip"; "Man's colony on the moon... A whole new generation has been born and is living here ... A quarter-million miles from Earth"; "An epic drama of adventure and exploration"; "...taking you half a billion miles from Earth... Further from home than any man in history. Destination: Jupiter."; "Space Station One: your first step in an Odyssey that will take you to the Moon, the planets and the distant stars."; "You visit Space Station One: The first step in an Odyssey that will take you to the stars and beyond."; "An astounding entertainment experience - a dazzling trip to the planets and the stars beyond!") starring William Sylvester, Gary Lockwood, Keir Dullea, Daniel Richter, Leonard Rossiter, Robert Beatty, and Douglas Rain (as the voice of "HAL 9000")

Important Added Info: Note that this is a lenticular poster, and certainly one of the earliest and greatest ones known to exist! First made on rare occasions in the 1960s, lenticular posters are posters that have a "3-dimensional" look to them, and when you look at them from a slight angle, they look one way, and then when you look at them from a different angle, they look entirely different! It is said that not that many of each lenticular poster was made, likely due to the added cost of production. They can be easily damaged, and cannot be rolled tightly, as can a regular printed poster. This particular lenticular poster is quite thick and heavy, and will need to be sent in a very well protected large heavy flat package, so bear that expense in mind before placing a bid on this great poster!

Overall Condition: good to very good. The poster has scratches and scuffs scattered throughout, which is true of the few other examples of this poster I have seen offered over the years (I feel certain that the surface scratches and scuffs extremely easily, and that only an unused example could have survived without them, and I doubt that such a one exists). But the scratches and scuffs are truly not very distracting at all, and I would think the new owner of this poster will be happy to display this great poster exactly as it is (our consignor tells us it has been framed on his wall for many years, and that neither he nor his visitors found the surface defects distracting)! This is an extremely rare poster that we have never offered for sale before, and I envy the new owner of the poster!

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An Original Vintage Theater-Used Unfolded Window Card Stage Play Poster (WC; measures 14" x 22")

Film Description: Roy Rogers (often referred to as the "King of the Cowboys"), who is considered one of the all-time top cowboy western actors (he started in the 1930s and worked in film until the 1950s) and was nearly always accompanied by his equally famous horse, Trigger. He had many female co-stars until he starred with Dale Evans, and they married, and remained married for over 50 years! After his movie career wound down, he and Evans had an extremely successful TV show.

Important Added Info: Note that the date at the top of the window card correlates to either 1944 or 1950. Our consignor is a Roy Rogers expert, and he tells us that he read that Roy Rogers did a series of 26 one-night shows in 1950, so that makes sense that the card would be from that year (and if they were only used in 26 different areas on 26 days, then that would explain why we have never seen or heard of this great window card before! Also note that this window card was never folded. Often window cards would be folded across the middle, because that would make them 11" x 14", and they could then be sent with standard folded posters. Most collectors put an added value on a window card that has never been folded.

Overall Condition: good to very good. There are some faint smudges, small stains, and creases around the edges of the card, with a few creases and scuffs scattered in the image. The card has never had any restoration.

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HERITAGE OCTOBER ART AUCTION:

WILL ELDER (American, 1921-2008)
"Time and Again and Again" (satirical ad), Trump magazine cartoon illustration, March 1957
Watercolor, gouache, and ink on board
21 x 16.5 in.
Signed lower right
 

Elder, Will:.

Condition Report*:

Previous adhesive remnants with discoloration and accretions along the border edges; small abrasion to the right of artist's signature; work itself is in very good condition. Overall size of 26.5 x 20 inches.

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COMIC LINK'S SEPTEMBER FOCUSED AUCTION:

TARZAN #5
Item description:
Publisher: MARVEL
Condition: CGC 7.0 FVF
Page Quality: Off-White Pages
Type of Holder: Universal
Degree Of Restoration: Unrestored
Pedigree or Highlight: 35 CENT PRICE VARIANT
Starts At: $1

 ComicLink Comments:
The offered item comes from one of the largest, hand-picked 35 Cent Price Variant Collections ever offered on the market for sale. This collection includes 39 different issues from this tough collecting set and many of them have been eluding variant collectors for years. While the grades are certainly not pristine, many of these rare books still fall in to the second or third highest graded ever seen by CGC. In fact, so few have been certified by CGC that this set offering has an average number of 11.9 ever graded by CGC in any condition. If you remove the two Star Wars issues from the average (the most certified series from the 35 Cent Variant Collection by far), the average drops to just 7! The opportunity to acquire so many in one shot is just as rare as the books and this opportunity should not be taken lightly.

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COMIC LINK'S SEPTEMBER EBETTER AUCTION:

TERRY AND THE PIRATES DAILY 6-29-1954
Primary Artist Name: GEORGE WUNDER
Secondary Artist Name:
Year: 1954
Starts At: $1

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The Shadow's Forgotten Chapter

Writer Paul Castiglia is best known for his many scripts for Archie Comics, but he knows more than a fair amount about comics history. This article appeared in different form in Comic Book Marketplace #101, but with the return of The Shadow, this time from Dynamite Entertainment, we thought it would be a good time to revisit it.

The Shadow. The mere mention of his name invokes many things: The classic radio show whose catch phrase, “Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men—the Shadow knows!” remains firmly ingrained in the American consciousness; the original magazine pulps, enthralling millions of readers; the merchandising spawned by the radio series; the movie serials and short features of the 1940s, the 1994 movie starring Alec Baldwin; and the various comic book adaptations—from the original Street & Smith editions to the Marvel, Dark Horse and, of course, celebrated Mike Kaluta-illustrated DC issues! Not to mention his encounters with Batman!

Like all great literary figures, however, the Shadow has a little-known skeleton in his closet: From August, 1964 until September, 1965, his course was charted by the good folks at – are you ready? – Archie Comics!

When you first pick up the Archie Comics' version of The Shadow #1 (August 1964), the cover deceives you into thinking that this will be just like the classic Street & Smith Shadow Comics of the Golden Age. The slouch hat, the dark cloak and his distinctive nose are clearly in view. Then you turn to the first page. In a story entitled “The Shadow vs. the RXG Spymaster,” we see Lamont Cranston as the Shadow: no hat, a bright blue cloak, and blonde hair astonishing us all right off the bat with the awesome power of…ventriloquism!

That's right, he throws his voice! To change into his “secret” I.D., he does nothing more than put on glasses and remove his cape! Amazingly, this is all it takes to project the mystery man described as “America's top Secret agent” in the “US Secret Service!”

Also on hand are secretary Margo Lane and chauffeur Shrevy. The plot involves the classic, evil Shadow villain Shiwan Khan trying to steal plans for a new, experimental “cold war” theme. Despite the trite story, we are treated to a James Bond-esque scene in which Cranston, trapped in his own limo, gleefully informs his would-be-assassin that his Rolls is equipped with a “dual set of controls,” enabling him to control the car from the back seat and to knock out the driver with an electrical charge.

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Chandu the Magician

As is evidenced by the successes of Davids Copperfield and Blaine -- and in the enduring legacy of the great Harry Houdini -- illusionists, mentalists and magicians have long been fascinating commodities in our society. Is it any wonder that many early radio serials provided their heroes with advanced knowledge of mysticism and the "powers" that come with it?

Chandu The Magician is one such example. One of the most popular and long-running "superhero radio shows," Chandu the Magician chronicles the exploits of American secret agent Frank Chandler. How did he foil criminals at large? By using the ancient powers of a Hindu yogi, of course. In a jewel-bedecked turban, he'd gaze into a crystal ball and find the whereabouts of sundry villains, including criminal mastermind Roxor.

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Breakfast in Hollywood

Breakfast in Hollywood, created and hosted by radio veteran Tom Breneman, was exactly what it sounded like: a no-frills morning show featuring Hollywood icons of the 1940s as they ate breakfast and traded barbs.

For five years, it was among the most successful radio programs in the country, ending in 1948 only due to Breneman's untimely death.

The show featured such luminaries as Orson Welles, Jimmy Durante, Lum and Abner and Bob Hope.

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Better, Faster, Stronger

Based on Cyborg, a novel by Martin Caidin, The Six Million Dollar Man first aired as a TV movie in 1973. The first film was a major ratings success, so it was quickly followed by two more made-for-TV films in November 1973. By January 1974 the weekly series was on the air.

Lee Majors, at that point best known for his role on The Big Valley, was cast as Steve Austin, astronaut and test pilot. When his test vehicle crashes on landing, he has one arm, both legs and an eye replaced by state-of-the-art bionic technology that gives him incredible strength and vision.

Naturally, this technology didn’t come without a hefty price tag – hence the show’s name – and that was the key to Austin’s recruitment into a more clandestine form of government service.

In the pilot movie, Darren McGavin played Steve Austin’s boss, Oliver Spencer, Director of the OSO. He was replaced in the second film by Richard Anderson, who played Oscar Goldman, head of the OSI, through the rest of the series.

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HERITAGE OCTOBER ART AUCTION:

GIL ELVGREN (American, 1914-1980)
Admiring Miss Sylvania
Oil on canvas
30 x 24 in.
Signed lower left
 

Elvgren, Gil:.

Condition Report*:

Spot of in-painting along the upper left edge; otherwise in very good condition. Framed to an overall size of 33.75 x 27.75 inches.

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HOWARD CHANDLER CHRISTY (American, 1872-1952)
Nymphs in Summer, 1946
Oil on canvas
60.5 x 72 in.
Signed and dated lower left

Commissioned from the artist by Commander Oliver Colvin, New York.

This monumental, lushly painted masterpiece by Christy is the most impressive canvas by the famed artist we have ever offered-and it compares favorably to any ever offered at public auction. The supremely talented Christy arrived in New York in 1890 to attend the Art Students League where he studied with William Merritt Chase. Later in his career, after a successful stint in book and magazine illustration, Christy specialized in portraiture. Nudes were an important subject throughout his working life, and represent some of the most accomplished and detailed images the artist ever painted-it is immediately evident that Christy took a good deal of pleasure in these sensuous paintings, and as such, they stand as his most popular with collectors, counting for the majority of his top prices at auction.

Christy, Howard Chandler:. American illustrator and painter, 1872-1952

Condition Report*:

Condition report not yet available. Please check back.

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STEVE HANKS (American, b. 1949)
Cool Water
Watercolor on board
23.5 x 17.5 in.
Signed lower right

Signed letter from the artist describing creation of painting verso.

This work is featured in the book, Moving On: The Art of Steve Hanks, page 102. A copy of the book accompanies this lot.

Hanks, Steve:.

Condition Report*:

Very good condition. Matted to an overall size of 40 x 32 inches.

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UP COMIING PHILIP WEISS AUCTIONS:

Hollywood Memorabilia & Rock N Roll

9/23/2011 04:00 PM
Including more material from the Lester Glassner Estate featuring Photos, and Additions from other Estates including Posters, Negatives, etc. Fantastic Photo of Rudolph Valentino Signed and Inscribed to Gertrude Lawrence, 1954 Marilyn Monroe Nude Playing Card Sets, Assortment of Large Lots of Photos, Press Kits, and a Large Collection of Movie Posters including Sci-Fi, Horror, Fantasy and more. Group of 11 Original Charcoal Drawings by Noted Artist Louis Lupas of Katherine Hepburn, Madge Evans, Elizabeth Bergner, Claire Booth Luce, and Others. Rock N Roll & Entertainment including a Large Collection of Original Master Recording Tapes featuring Chuck Berry, Vanilla Fudge, Muddy Waters, Bo Diddly, and a Rare Early Studio Demo Recording of Billy Joel. Scarce 1957 Little Richard & Wynonie Harris Concert Poster, 1959 Sam Cooke & Jackie Wilson Concert Poster, 1967 Janis Joplin Big Brother Rock Garden Poster, 1965 Bob Dylan & Joan Baez Concert Handbill, Collection of 10,000+ 45 Record Picture Sleeves, Assorted Concert Tickets and Handbills, Early Billy Joel Childhood Photos and Autographs, 1969 Hendrix & Zeppelin Concert Poster, Beatles Autographed Dezo Hoffman Photo, 1962 Beatles Autographed Cavern Club Photo, Buddy Holly & Crickets Signed Chirpin' Crickets LP, Collection of Rolling Stones Concert Posters, Autographed Guitars, and More. 

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COMIC LINK'S SEPTEMBER FOCUSED AUCTION:

BAT MASTERSON #2

CGC 9.6 NM+,  Off-White Pages, Unrestored, Highest CGC Graded!  FILE COPY

This Upper Near Mint CGC 9.6 File Copy example is the >single highest graded for this issue.

Focused Auction Start Date: 9/8/2011 8:00:00 PM

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CONAN #5

1971, Barry Windsor-Smith cover art, Marvel, CGC 9.6 NM+, White Pages, Unrestored,  2nd Highest CGC Graded

 This Upper Near Mint CGC 9.6 is the second highest graded example for this issue. Additionally, CGC has assigned its perfect paper quality designation of White Pages, so this is the very finest 9.6 obtainable for this issue.

Focused Auction Start Date: 9/8/2011 8:00:00 PM

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DOUBLE LIFE OF PRIVATE STRONG #1

CGC 5.0 VGF, Off-White to White Pages, Unrestored

Focused Auction Start Date: 9/8/2011 8:00:00 PM

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COMICK LINK'S SEPTEMBER EBETTER AUCTION:

AIR FIGHTERS COMICS v2 #1

1943, Classic Nazi WWII Cover, CGC 4.0 VG, Cream to Off-White Pages, Unrestored

eBetter Auction Start Date: 9/8/2011 8:00:00 PM

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CAPTAIN MIDNIGHT #3

1946, "America's Most Versatile Fighter" CGC 7.5 VF-, Off-White to White Pages, Unrestored

eBetter Auction Start Date: 9/8/2011 8:00:00 PM

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HERITAGE SEPTEMBER ART AUCTION:

WALLY WOOD (American, 1927-1981)


EC 3-D #3 Complete 8-page 3-D story "Spawn of Venus" Original Art, 1954
Mixed media
23.5 x 17.5 inches (largest)
Not signed


For EC's foray into the fifties 3-D comics craze four fan-favorite yarns, one from each of the titles Mad, Weird Science, Frontline Combat, and Crime SuspenStories,were featured in the premiere issue of 3-D. For the second issue, four yelp-yarns from Tales From the Crypt were retold. Both of these special 3-D issues were published in 1954. Offered here is Wally Wood's reworked 8-page version of the Weird Science #6 classic, "The Spawn of Venus," slated for a never-published third issue. The art is rendered on Craftint art paper as well as multiple pieces of acetate, each piece representing a "level" of art. The pieces were then stacked together, with eye-popping results -- the 3-D effect is striking. Unlike the previous issues, this story was actually rendered in six levels of depth, rather than the previous standard of four levels. This science fiction masterwork finally saw print in Wally Wood's own prozine, Witzend #6 in 1969. From the Jerry Weist Collection.

 

ABSENTEE BIDDING ENDS: SEPT. 11, 2011

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HERITAGE OCTOBER ART AUCTION:

GIL ELVGREN (American, 1914-1980)
Dampened Doll, 1967
Oil on canvas
30 x 24 in.
Signed center left

From the Estate of Charles Martignette.

This painting was reproduced as figure 485 in Gil Elvgren All His Glamorous American Pin-Ups by Charles G. Martignette and Louis K. Meisel, Taschen, 1999.

Elvgren, Gil:.

Condition Report*:

Very good condition; no evidence of restoration. Framed to an overall size of 30.25 x 24.25 inches.

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BIDDING BEGINS: SEPT. 30

AUCTION DATES: OCT. 22-23 2011

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HUGH JOSEPH WARD (American, 1909-1945)
Speed Mystery pulp cover, July 1943
Oil on canvas
30 x 21 in.
Not signed

From the Estate of Charles Martignette.

This painting was also reproduced on pages 252 and 253 of H. J. Ward by David Saunders, The Illustrated Press, 2010.

Ward, Hugh Joseph:.

Condition Report*:

Craquelue visible throughout, most notable in figure's dress and in the upper right quadrant; stretcher creases visible; otherwise in good condition. This piece is framed to an overall size of 33.25 x 24.5 in

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BIDDING BEGINS: SEPT. 30

AUCTION DATES: SEPT. 22-23 2011

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Amazing Spider-Man #49 Cover Tops $167,000

John Romita, Sr.’s original cover art for Amazing Spider-Man #49, which features Spider-Man squaring off against both Kraven the Hunter and the Vulture brought $167,300 on Thursday, August 18, 2011 and earned the top spot in Heritage Auctions’ $4,45+ million Signature Comics and Comics Art auction (all prices include Heritage’s 19.5% buyer’s premium). Romita’s original cover art for the iconic Amazing Spider-Man #100 also sold, bringing in $77,675.

Also highly notable in the auction was the sale of CGC-certified Apparent 8.0 copy of Action Comics #1 with moderate restoration for $149,375.

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Dynamite Blasts Off with Flash Gordon

Dynamite Entertainment will put their stamp on Flash Gordon in November 2011 with Flash Gordon - Zeitgeist #1. Written by Eric Trautmann (Vampirella), from story and designs by Alex Ross (Marvels), and illustrated by Daniel Lindro, the new series will see Flash Gordon, Dale Arden and Dr. Hans Zarkov plucked from the Earth and end up on the planet Mongo. There they will confront emperor Ming, the All-Seeing Ruler of Mongo, and take up the fight against him.

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Distler Mickey Mouse Hurdy Gurdy with miniature dancing Minnie Mouse, $8,050. 

Cast-Iron Toys Top $1 Million at Bertoia's

Hefty cast-iron trucks, banks and figural doorstops found favor with bidders who congregated at Bertoia’s New Jersey gallery for a lighthearted summer auction of ‘Toys with Character.’ The June 10-11, 2011 sale grossed $1,014,000, with above-estimate and even world-record prices achieved on many of the 1,481 lots offered. All prices quoted in this report include a 15% buyer’s premium.

Topping the roster of prices realized was a circa-1933 toy version of an Ingersoll Rand Mack truck with painted driver figure. Made by Hubley, the richly hued green and red truck with spoked nickel wheels featured an open-frame body that exposed a well-detailed nickel compressor. In pristine to near-mint condition, it rumbled past its $8,000-$10,000 estimate to settle at $13,800.

An extensive selection of still banks featured as its centerpiece the Guy and Kim Zani collection. The tightly focused collection consisted entirely of antique banks shaped as safes, some with padlocks, others with combination locks. A rare and unusual entry, a J.M. Harper safe bank topped with a well executed bust of President Grover Cleveland was described in the auction catalog as “reportedly one of two known,” and was bid to $11,500 against an estimate of $8,000-$9,000.

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Grey Flannel’s Basketball HoF Auction

The MVP Award won by Boston Celtics center Dave Cowens in the NBA’s 1972-73 season sold for an astonishing $156,000 at Grey Flannel’s Sixth Annual Basketball Hall of Fame Induction Auction held Aug. 12 in Springfield. The 170-lot auction conducted onsite at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame grossed more than $1.8 million, inclusive of 20% buyer’s premium.

Hall of Famer Cowens’ MVP trophy was the first of its kind ever to make an appearance at auction. The 3ft. 9in. trophy was tipped to be the sale’s premier lot, and it did not disappoint, attracting 47 bids before hammering $156K.

“The price paid for the trophy shocked us,” said Grey Flannel Auctions’ president Richard E. Russek. “It was the last item in the sale, and after it hammered, the whole audience stood up and started clapping.”

Russek said phone lines were “jam-packed” throughout the auction, with bids coming in from many different countries. “Basketball is no longer just an American sport,” he said. “There are leagues in Europe and Israel, and it’s huge in Asia. It’s a great international sport, now, and the crush of bidders from other nations in our auction was tangible proof of that.”

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Milton Caniff and Shel Dorf: A Personal View

Although we don’t need an excuse to talk about the work and influence of the late Milton Caniff on the work of comic strip art and visual storytelling in general, the release of The Library of American Comics’ new volume, Caniff: A Visual Biography, set off a string of emails on the subject between our J.C. Vaughn and longtime collector, historian, and cataloguer Charlie Roberts. In the end, Charlie ended up composing his thoughts on two industry legends, Caniff and Comic-Con International: San Diego founder Shel Dorf.

My love of cartooning, comic strips, and comic books goes back to the early 1950's. My grandfather was Company Quartermaster at Camp Mills, Long Island in World War I and had two letters written to him during the war by George McManus, creator of Bringing Up Father in his scrapbook. They both had ink sketches of Jiggs, which was fascinating to the eyes of a six year old.

A friend in my Cub Scout pack had some Big Little books which were equally amazing to me, and the next door neighbor’s son had a comic book collection which included Four Color # 9 (with the classic Carl Barks-Jack Hannah story "Ghost Morgan's Treasure - Donald Finds Pirate Gold") and E.C. comics which included the Johnny Craig cover of the man getting hung.

By the early 1960s I was going to the Salvation Army, Goodwill, and used magazines and bookstores looking for old comics. Coverless issues were usually cheaper, and you could actually still read the stories and look at the art. Early work by Milton Caniff, Hal Foster, Siegel and Shuster, and others were found and cherished. Keep in mind this was at a time when you couldn't tell friends, especially girlfriends, you liked old comics without getting a disapproving glance or possibly run the risk of being tarred, feathered, and run out of town.

Jules Feiffer's 1960s book The Great Comic Book Heroes, which reprinted classic

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EMOVIE  POSTER AUCTION ENDS TUESDAY 8-23-11:

A 1966 Re-Release (re-titled "Return of Captain Marvel" for this re-release) Vintage Theater-Used Folded One-Sheet Movie Poster (1sh; measures 27" x 41")

Film Description: Adventures of Captain Marvel, the 1941 John English & William Witney comic book superhero fantasy serial ("A REPUBLIC Serial in 12 Chapters"; "Based on the character in WHIZ COMICS Magazine" by C.C. Beck; about the boy who becomes a superhero when he says "Shazam" and he fights a mysterious masked villain called "The Scorpion") starring Tom Tyler (in the title role as Captain Marvel), Frank Coghlan Jr. (as Billy Batson, Captain Marvel's youthful alter ego), Louise Currie, William 'Billy' Benedict, and Robert Strange


Overall Condition: very good. There is approximately 2" of separation in the bottom crossfold. The poster is otherwise in nice condition and it displays well.(Learn More)

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MORPHY'S AUCTION SEPTEMBER  2-3:

Teddy Roosevelt White House Favorite Cigar Box.

Description Rare. Shows the capital building and American Flag.
Condition (Excellent). Size 8" L.

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CGC 9.2 Captain America #1 Tops $343 K

The CGC-certified 9.2 Atlantic City copy of Captain America Comics #1 brought $343,057 in the August ComicConnect.com Event Auction, the company has reported.

“Nobody in the galaxy has sold a Captain America Comics #1 for more money,” said Rob Reynolds, Director of Consignments. “This stunning copy was from the newly discovered original owner Atlantic City collection that were bought off the stands and lovingly preserved for 70 years.”

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Ridley Scott Returns to Blade Runner

Three-time Oscar-nominated director Ridley Scott is set to helm a follow up to 1982’s Blade Runner, which he also directed, Alcon Entertainment has announced. The production and financing firm, based at Warner Bros., has most recently produced The Blind Side, and The Book of Eli. The filmmakers have not yet revealed whether the theatrical project will be a prequel or sequel to the original.

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1855-S $3 Gold Coin Hits $1,322,500 at Heritage

A unique 1855-S $3 PR64 Cameo NGC, CAC, Ex: Golden Gate Collection, a supreme rarity in the world of numismatics, brought $1,322,500 – along with applause in the auction room – as the top lot of Heritage Auctions’ August 11-12, 2011 Signature U.S. Coin & Platinum Night Auction at the Marriott-Chicago O’Hare (all prices include Heritage’s 15% buyer’s premium).

Overall the auction realized more than $31.34 million (not including post auction sales), as 5,154 bidders vied for 7,370 lots, translating into an impressive sell-through rate of 91% by total lot value and 95% by total lots, according to Heritage.

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Results from Matthews Auctions' August 5 Sale

A Richlube Motor Oil double-sided porcelain sign in truly outstanding condition sold for $9,350 at an auction held August 5, 2011 by Matthews Auctions, LLC, based in Nokomis, Ill. The sale was conducted the day after the end of the annual Iowa Gas Show, held August 2-4 at the Airport Holiday Inn in Des Moines. Both events were held there.

“It was the nicest example of that particular Richlube sign I have ever sold,” remarked Dan Matthews of Matthews Auctions, LLC. The round sign, 24 inches in diameter, showed a small car racing down the word “Richlube,” with “Safety!” and “100% Pure Pennsylvania” also in the graphics. The sign was rated 9.5 out of 10 on the front for condition and 8.9 on the reverse.

Over 500 lots – just about all of them petroliana and automobilia – crossed the block in a sale that attracted more than 200 people to the venue. Online bidding, through Proxibid.com, was brisk and accounted for about a 30 percent sell-through. Absentee and phone bids were also taken, amounting to about 5-7 percent sell-through. Mr. Matthews was pleased with the results.

“It was a good sale, an above average sale,” he said, “helped out by a strong bidding crowd and aggressive Internet bidders. I was a bit worried going in because of all the overall bad news dogging the economy, but considering we ended up grossing $30,000 or $40,000 more than what I had predicted, I can’t complain. Some lots did better than expected, and a few fell short.”

Following are additional highlights from the auction. All prices quoted include a 10 percent buyer’s premium.

Tying for top honors with the Richlube sign for highest price realized was a rare Texaco Marine Motor Oil double-sided porcelain sign, dated 1947. It also made $9,350. The 11 inch by 22 inch sign, sporting ships, speedboats and seagulls graphics, was rated 9 on both sides. It had great gloss and color, the only flaws being some chips around the perimeter and bottom corners.

Two other lots topped the $6,000 mark. A Seagull Gasoline single-sided porcelain sign comprising three signs bolted together, with rolled edges and great seagull graphics, 60 inches by 67 inches, rated 9.5, fetched $6,600; and a pair of Badger & Badger Petroleum 13.5-inch lenses on a wide glass original globe body in good condition and both lenses rated 9+, garnered $6,325.

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The Untold Origin of Felix the Cat's Kids

Yes, Felix has kittens. Er, literally. Almost every fan of Otto Messmer's cat has seen a cartoon or comic where Felix's two nephews make mischief. Or... are they nephews? And are there two- or three? (And wouldn't three nephews bring a different famous funny animal to mind?) Sit right back and you'll hear a tale...

It all started March 21, 1926, with the big-screen release of Felix the Cat Weathers the Weather. Felix had up till now been a bachelor cat, romancing the lovely Kitty. Now, though, the two were married with three identical sons; looking just like dad, they were Felix II, Felix III, and Felix IV. And with those names they debuted in the comics: Weathers the Weather was adapted for the Felix daily strip in summer 1927.

From there it was on to repeat performances. In Flim Flam Films (1927) the kittens blackmailed Daddy Felix with embarrassing home movies. In Eskimotive (1928), Felix II floated in a soap bubble to the Arctic, and Felix had to rescue him. And once again, the new cartoons were adapted to comics form...

But here things got- interesting. Eskimotive got a daily strip adaptation from July 13 to August 8, 1928. But by the time Flim Flam was adapted-August 4 to 23, 1930-something had changed. Felix's kittens transformed from sons into nephews, officially identified as such by a letter from Felix's sister Topsy. And instead of being named Felix II, III, and IV, the kits were now Tom, Dick, and Harry.

What had happened? Perhaps Otto Messmer and inker Jack Bogle, dual supervisors on the daily at the time, realized that Felix as a bachelor held more story possibilities than Felix as a married cat. But how to get out of the continuity they'd set up? The answer was to ignore it: turn the sons into nephews and eliminate the permanent family obligations of married life.

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HERITAGE AUCTION CLOSES 8-16-11:

Exciting Comics #29 (Nedor Publications, 1943) CGC NM 9.4 Off-white to white pages.

Beautiful, rich colors bring this Alex Schomburg cover to life. Overstreet 2011 NM- 9.2 value = $1,400. CGC census 8/11: 1 in 9.4, none higher.

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Flash Comics #83 Hawkeye pedigree (DC, 1947) CGC NM 9.4 White pages.

This issue features a dramatic Hawkman cover by Joe Kubert, plus appearances by the Flash, the Atom, Johnny Thunder, and the Ghost Patrol. The fantastic cover on this highest-graded copy (from the Hawkeye pedigree, appropriately) boasts rich colors and lots of gloss. Overstreet 2011 NM- 9.2 value = $1,250. CGC census 8/11: 2 in 9.4, none higher.

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PEDIGREE SEPTEMBER AUCTION:

War Wagon #0  NM- 9.2, 9/67, Dell Publishing

Description: Movie Classic. Cool John Wayne and Kirk Douglas painted cover. Frank Springer art. Three Rivers Collection.

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Heritage Sports Auction Tops $4.95 Million

A grouping of six items, known as The Lou Gehrig Collection and brought to auction by the son of a woman who was left the trove by Gehrig’s mother, Christina, brought almost $1 million as the emotional centerpiece of Heritage Auctions’ August 4, 2011 Signature Vintage Sports Collectibles Platinum Auction.

The lead lot of the group was Gehrig’s previously-unknown 1934 Tour of Japan game-worn uniform, which realized $507,875. All prices include Heritage’s 19.5% buyer’s premium.

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Two Three-Day Sales at Philip Weiss Auctions

Most auction houses can brag about having maybe one three-day sale per year, if that, but Philip Weiss Auctions has two such events planned for back-to-back months, on September 23-25 and October 21-23, 2011. A one-day estate sale is also slated, for Sept. 15. All of the auctions will be held in the Philip Weiss Auctions showroom, at #1 Neil Court in Oceanside, New York.

Just a few of the many noteworthy lots that will change hands this fall are an important family archive of Titanic memorabilia, from a survivor's family; 1930s-era original comic art (to include Herriman Krazy Kat and Foster Prince Valiant examples; a nice Disney Snow White cel on a master background; and a pair of rare Dickson pistols from the Charles Gordon collection.

The Saturday, Sept. 15 estate sale, while fitting into just one day, shouldn’t be dismissed. Featured will be Part 1 of a 700-piece Royal Doulton figurine collection, a nice grouping of Oriental vases, a monumental late 19th century crystal vase and other fine consignments, drawn from prominent local estates and collections. The auction will get underway at 2 PM (EDT).

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September 2-3: Vintage Coin-Ops at Morphy’s

On September 3, 2011, Morphy’s will be transformed into an arcade of color and sound as the central Pennsylvania company auctions the late Bob Levy’s revered personal collection of gambling and coin-op machines. The painstakingly amassed collection of 400 antique and vintage machines will be offered unpicked and in its entirety during the second session of Morphy’s Sept. 2-3 Coin Op, Antique Advertising and General Store sale.

Bob Levy was a renowned expert on coin-ops who bought and sold only the rarest and best examples. For many years he based his antiques business “The Unique One” in a Pennsauken, N.J., showroom, but his clientele was a global one. He was a fountainhead of coin-op knowledge and such a presence in the hobby that collectors far and wide referred to him as simply “the slot machine guy.” In October of 2009, Levy joined the Morphy Auctions team to manage sales of gambling and coin-op machines.

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COMIC LINK AUGUST AUCTION GOES LIVE AUG 9

FAMOUS FUNNIES #211

1954, Frazetta Buck Rogers cover Condition: CGC 9.4 NM

The Overstreet Price Guide lists this item in 9.2, lower than the condition offered, for $1,850. This 9.4 is valued at multiples of the 9.2 price.

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FIGHT COMICS #29

1943, WWII cover Condition: CGC 8.5 VF+

This Davis Crippen/D Copy Pedigree example from 1943 is the second highest ever graded for this issue. Fight Comics number 29 is rare in any grade with just 7 of these ever having been certified by CGC. This example is the only one to be awarded the VF Plus 8.5 grade, placing it in the top 2 certified examples for this issue. Additionally, this 68 year-old book has near perfectly preserved paper quality, rated at Off-White to White by CGC. Fight Comics is a favorite among Good Girl Art collectors for its status as a leading "cheesecake" art title, and featured many gorgeous leading lady characters including Senorita Rio by pioneering female artist Lily Renee. The Overstreet Price Guide lists this issue in the condition listed for $318.

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COMIC CONNECT AUCTION ENDS THIS WEEK

DAREDEVIL-1964. #1, G+: 2.5, Marvel
 
1st Daredevil by Bill Everett

ENDS 8-9-11

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EMOVIE POSTER AUCTION ENDS 8-10-11

An Undated (probably 1970s) Re-Release Vintage Theater-Used Folded British Quad Movie Poster (BQ; Quad Crown; measures 30" x 40")

Artist: Sam Peffer

Film Description: Flesh Gordon, the 1974 Michael Benveniste science fiction (sci-fi) sexploitation comedy spoof ("An outrageous parody of yesterdays' super heroes!"; "Not to be confused with the original Flash Gordon";) starring Jason Williams (in the title role as "Flesh Gordon"), Cindy Hopkins (billed as "Suzanne Fields"; as "Dale Ardor"), John Hoyt (as "Prof. Gordon"), Joseph Hudgins, William Dennis Hunt, and Candy Samples

Overall Condition: good. There are creases throughout the poster from it being roughly handled at one time.(Learn More)

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Captain America #1 Slings Record at Metropolis

A copy of Captain America Comics #1 CGC 7.0 was sold through Metropolis Collectibles for a record $75,000, the company has reported.

“This copy came out of the Super Soldier Collection, the finest collection of Timely comics ever assembled,” said Frank Cwiklik, Director of Sales. “The price shows that Captain America has cemented its place in the pantheon of top-tier Golden Age keys.”

“The buyer is one of our very best collectors and we are happy the comic is going to a great home,” said Vincent Zurzolo, COO of Metropolis Collectibles.

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Rothman Collection of Baseball Cards Offered

Bill Hughes of William Hughes Vintage Collectables is currently displaying a large, new collection baseball cards at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois at part of the National Sports Collectors Convention, which closes Sunday, August 7, 2011.

“I am extremely proud to be offering the newly-pedigreed Rothman Collection of over 30,000 baseball cards from 1933 to 2003, with highlights from Goudey, Bowman, Topps, Fleer and others from those years. Mr. Steven Rothman accumulated the best of what cards were available to him during a 20+ year span, including all the rare Bowman variation cards from 1949-1955, many of which are seldom seen, making this a tremendous opportunity for seasoned collectors,” Hughes said.

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1926 Model T turtle-back roadster in excellent restored condition (est. $10,000-$20,000).

Showtime Auctions Readies Sept. 30 - Oct. 2 Sale

The lifetime country store, advertising and toy collection of Mike and Colleen Empey will headline a major auction slated for the weekend of September 30 - October 2, 2011 by Showtime Auctions. The event will be held at the Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds in Ann Arbor. Hundreds of additional, fresh-to-the-market items from other consignors will also be sold.

The list of categories slated to cross the block is both long and impressive. In addition to country store and advertising, it will also include barber shop, coin-op, gambling, folk art, toys, banks, Coca-Cola and other soda, gum, candy, firearms and gunpowder, tobacciana, coffee, salesmen’s samples, whiskey, breweriana, petroliana, automobilia, match safes and pedal cars.

And that’s just for starters. The auction will also feature Western and Native American Indian, traditional cowboy, Hollywood cowboy, pottery, music, black Americana, furniture, displays, showcases and more. The first day of the sale, Friday, Sept. 30, will be reserved for live bidding only, at the event. On Oct. 1-2, Internet, phone and absentee bids will also be taken.

The online bidding will be facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.com, iCollector.com and the Showtime Auctions website, at www.bid.showtimeauctions.com.  Flyers will be mailed around Aug. 15, and full color catalogs will be available Sept. 10. To order a catalog, send $35 ($50 for Canada) to Showtime Auctions, 1537 Caddy, Wichita, KS 67212; or call Carol at 316-721-5236.

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HERITAGE AUGUST COMIC AND ART AUCTION:

Captain Marvel Adventures #6 Mile High pedigree (Fawcett, 1942) CGC VF+ 8.5 White pages. C. C. Beck cover and art. Overstreet 2011 VF 8.0 value = $806; VF/NM 9.0 value = $1,378. CGC census 7/11: 3 in 8.5, 1 higher.

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Cisco Kid Comics #1 Carson City pedigree (Baily Publication, 1944) CGC NM+ 9.6 Off-white to white pages. This is the first comic book appearance of the Cisco Kid, and the highest-graded copy of the issue! Of course, the Kid, star of movies and later of TV, would star in a long-running Dell series in years to come. Also appearing are Faust (yes, opera fans, that Faust) and Funnyman (no, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster fans, not that Funnyman). The cover is by John Giunta. Overstreet 2011 NM- 9.2 value = $650. CGC census 7/11: 1 in 9.6, none higher.

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Extra! #1 Gaines File pedigree (EC, 1955) CGC NM+ 9.6 White pages. This issue rarely shows up in this grade, even among the Gaines File Copies. And to date, CGC hasn't certified a higher grade for this book, most likely because of the predominantly white cover and somewhat lower distribution of the issue, which was not approved by the then-new Comics Code Authority. Johnny Craig cover. Craig (two stories), John Severin, and Reed Crandall art. Note that while CGC identifies this as a Gaines File Copy, no certificate accompanies this lot. Overstreet 2011 NM- 9.2 value = $350. CGC census 7/11: 2 in 9.6, none higher.

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Big Little Book Flash Gordon in the Jungles of Mongo #1424 Cover Original Art (Whitman, 1947). The exotic jungles of Mongo have never looked more colorful! Here's a great 1940s Big Little Book front cover and spine showcasing that comic strip fantasy favorite, Flash Gordon. Rendered in mixed media, this piece includes the original "Better Little Book" paste-up stat, and it measures approximately 15.5" x 16" overall. In Excellent condition.

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COMIC CONNECT AUCTION:

SPECIAL EDITION COMICS -1940 #1, CGC NM/M: 9.8, Fawcett

MORE FUN COMICS #61, CGC NM: 9.4, DC

SUPERMAN #3, CGC VF/NM: 9.0, DC, cover by Joe Shuster

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COMIC LINKS AUGUST ART AUCTION:

'HOT SHOT' COVER PAINTING
Primary Artist Name: ENRIC TORRES-PRAT
Secondary Artist Name:
Starts At: $1 Number Of Bids: 0 Focused Auction Start Date: 8/9/2011 8:00:00 PM ComicLink Comments:
This vintage painting is rendered in acrylics on masonite and measures 13.5" x 16".

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RSL Auctions Tops $1 Million with June Event

Clad in age-defying cast iron, antique mechanical banks made another bulletproof run across the auction block June 4, 2011 at RSL’s 499-lot sale featuring the John Jirkofsky collection. Partner Ray Haradin – the “R” in RSL, along with Steven and Leon Weiss – said the sale held at Opfer Auctions’ gallery attracted around 160 online bidders and another 76 bidders in the gallery and on the phones. Along the way to its $1,073,100 total, the sale set a number of records for prices paid on individual banks.

“Everyone waited with anticipation for the final lot, which was the top lot of the sale – a pristine, multicolored J. & E. Stevens mechanical bank commemorating the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair,” said Haradin. “Only about five of the color variation we offered are known to exist; 99% of those produced were painted gold with silver highlights.” Estimated at $14,000-$18,000, the bank depicting Christopher Columbus sitting on a rock, with the Santa Maria at one side and an Indian chasing a buffalo on the other side, “discovered” its true market value at a record $45,325 (all prices inclusive of 22.5% buyer’s premium).

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The Blonde Phantom

She was one of the first creations from the pen of a young writer named Stan Lee. As strong as Lee's concept was, many pin her popularity on the abilities of artist Syd Shores. He is one of the greatest and most dependable artists of the Golden Age. One of his other notable creations is the Two-Gun Kid. His fantastic skill helped the Blonde Phantom to last quite a while as superheroes were dying off in the reader's eye.

The Blonde Phantom was part of a wave of comic creations that began around 1946. Superheroes were starting to drop in popularity, but no other genre had solidly established itself in the public's eye. In a few years, both westerns and romance would start to find huge audiences, but by 1946, publishers were starting to worry about their core audience. With the future of comics uncertain, there were a few attempts to create new superheroes for the reading public. The best of these new creations were often female heroes.

Between 1946 and 1948, Timely had brought out Namora, the cousin of the Sub-Mariner; Sun Girl, who hung around the Human Torch; and Golden Girl, who replaced Bucky at the side of Captain America for a short while. Each of the women was a strong character, but those three were all variations on an established theme. The Blonde Phantom was something relatively new. In addition, she had no ties to an established character.

What she did have was a recognizable format and a familiar supporting cast. The most important part of this cast was her boss. Mark Mason ran a private eye The Blonde Phantom worked there during the day in her secret identity as Louise Grant. When Mason couldn't solve a case during the day, Ms. Grant slipped out in the dead of night, put on a fancy costume and helped him with the details.

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Her first cover appearance in Flash Comics #92. 

Black Canary

Over the decades since her first appearance, Black Canary has grown into one of the most interesting and intelligent characters of the DC Universe. She has maintained a tremendous amount of integrity while approaching her job with a sense of true, hard-fought individuality. She is as determined to fight the good fight and succeed as any hero in the history of comics. Maybe even more so.

Over the years she has become part of the Justice League and also spent some time teaching Green Arrow about life and love. As the years have passed, her continuity got a little scrambled and she acquired a superpower. However, today, she is in her perfect element as a Bird of Prey.

With all that modern success, her history can get overlooked. Thanks to the respective talents of Robert Kanigher and Carmine Infantino, two of comic history's best, her early days are among the finest of her career. What makes her early years so interesting is that she accomplished everything with absolutely no superpowers.

The funny thing is that many people forget that she started out on the other side of the law. In her first story, appearing as guest in the Johnny Thunder story from Flash Comics #86 (AUG 1947), she convinces a love-struck Johnny to try and steel a mask for her. If Johnny Thunder had known what the Black Canary was going to do to his career, we doubt that he would have let her in his strip at all.

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EMOVIE POSTERS AUCTION:

An Undated (probably 1940s) Re-Release Vintage Theater-Used Folded One-Sheet Movie Poster (1sh; measures 27" x 41" [69 x 104 cm])

Film Description: Captain Eddie Rickenbacker's Ace Drummond, the 1936 Ford Beebe & Clifford Smith Mongolia airplane aviation action adventure serial ("13 Chapters of Amazing Exploits in the Sky!"; "America's Greatest War Pilot"; "From the popular King Features' newspaper strip") starring John 'Dusty' King (in the title role as Ace Drummond), Jean Rogers, Noah Beery Jr., Lon Chaney Jr, and Guy Bates Post

Overall Condition: good. There is much tattering along the foldlines and edges of the poster with some repaired with tape from the back.(Learn More)

ENDS TUESDAY 7-26-11

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An Original Vintage Theater-Used Folded One-Sheet Movie Poster (1sh; measures 27" x 41")

Film Description: The Arizona Kid, the 1939 Joseph Kane cowboy western starring Roy Rogers, George 'Gabby' Hayes (the #1 "sidekick" of leading B-western cowboy stars, he made 190 movies, and appeared with William Boyd as Hopalong Cassidy, John Wayne, Roy Rogers, and Randolph Scott, and after movies, he hosted "The Gabby Hayes Show" on television!), Sally March, Stuart Hamblen, and Dorothy Sebastian

Overall Condition: good. The poster is slightly discolored and there are minor creases, smudges, and scuffs scattered throughout. There are several tack holes around the edges of the poster with some tears and paper loss in background and border areas from rough removal. There is some writing on the back of the poster but it does not appear to have any effect on the front. Overall, the poster's defects are pretty minor and after linenbacking the poster will surely display nicely with little paint restoration needed!(Learn More)

ENDS TUESDAY 7-26-11

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COMIC CONNECT AUCTION:

EPIC ILLUSTRATED, issue #1, Marvel, 6.0
Rudy Nebres and Steve Oliff teamed up for a fully painted page 3 from the Silver Surfer/Galactus story. Watercolor on 11"x17" board.

Sublime Surfer page comprised of mixed-media (Watercolor, ink, pencil)

ENDS 8-8-11

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CRIME SMASHER 1948. #1, Fawcett, VF 7.5

formerly Spy Smasher

ENDS 8-9-11

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Marilyn Monroe-Kissed Baseball Up for Bid

A Hollywood sound editor's prized possession will be offered in a public auction next month.

"It's a lipstick-marked baseball kissed and autographed by Marilyn Monroe, and also signed by Joe DiMaggio and the 1952 World Series champion New York Yankees team," said Mark Jordan, Consignment Director for Heritage Auctions of Dallas, Texas.

"That ball and 14 others were given at the time as prizes to sound editor Eddie D'Orazio and his victorious 20th Century Fox intramural softball league teammates. D'Orazio carefully preserved his baseball in a box in a closet until he died in 1969, and his widow and son also stored it that way for decades until it was recently consigned to Heritage Auctions."

It now is expected to sell for $20,000 or more in a public auction conducted by Heritage during the National Sports Collectors Convention in suburban Chicago on August 4, 2011, according to Jordan.

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Comic-Con 2011 in Photos

The 2011 edition of Comic-Con International: San Diego, which kicked off with Preview Night on Wednesday, July 20, opened its long sold out run with lines of enthusiastic attendees flooding the main hall as soon as the doors opened. With Marvel’s booth done over as an interior set from The Avengers, DC’s recent announcements of their new launch fresh in the minds of fans, and news from many others (including IDW Publishing, BOOM! Studios, Dark Horse Comics, Image Comics and numerous others displaying their wares), the show was immediately its usual hive of activity.

As usual, we turned to our regular convention photographer, Michael Solof, to capture the sites, sounds and smells of Comic-Con. If you're a regular Scoop reader, you've seen Mike's work from conventions ranging from San Diego to New York and Pittsburgh to Orlando for us. Don’t forget you can catch Off The Beatle Track, his new weekly show, Saturdays at 1 PM ET (10 AM PT) on Beatles-A-Rama.com.

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COMIC LINK'S JULY FOCUSED AUCTION

ADVENTURES OF THE FLY #30, 1964, CGC 9.6 NM+

Auction ends 7-26-11

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HERITAGE AUGUST AUCTION

Spectacular Spider-Man #1 (Marvel, 1968) CGC NM/MT 9.8

CHECK IT OUT: http://comics.ha.com/c/item.zx?saleNo=7036&lotNo=91192#Photo

Action Comics #14 (DC, 1939) CGC FN 6.0

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COOL COMICS AT METROPOLIS

PHANTOM LADY (1ST SERIES) #13 5.0 VG/F BAKER FIRST ISSUE

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Tom Mix and Tony, Don Ray Western Series, $900. 

Old Toy Soldier Auctions’ May Sale Hits $254,000

“Terrific!” That’s how Ray Haradin, owner of Old Toy Soldier Auctions, described the interest in his late-spring auction featuring the Don Darnieder collection of military figures. The 1,095-lot sale, which was also bolstered by Part II of the Fred Wehr collection and other select properties, was 100% sold and totaled $254,000.

“The Internet was very active, with around 170 bidders. In addition, there were 32 people participating by phone and 120 absentee bidders,” Haradin said. “As it turned out, there were many successful individual bidders – not just a handful of people who bought up big chunks of the sale. There were numerous boxes to be packed and shipped out afterwards, to addresses all over the world.”

The May 21-22, 2011 sale’s top lot at $6,000 (all prices include 20% buyer’s premium) was a countertop display for Britain’s high-quality “picture packs.” Haradin explained that display units of the type offered in his auction were designed to showcase an entire range, and are very rare. A European buyer paid three times the high estimate to claim the near-mint item.

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COMIC CONNECT JULY AUCTION STARTS 7-22-11

AIRBOY, VOL. 7 #5, HILLMAN, FN+ 6.5

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JUNGLE COMICS #78, FICTION HOUSE, VF 8.0

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EMOVIE POSTER AUCTION ENDS TUESDAY 7-12-11

ADVENTURES OF CAPTAIN MARVEL Ch. 11 TC '41 art of Tom Tyler in costume fighting The Scorpion!

Overall Condition: good to very good. There is some water staining in the top and bottom of the card and some staple holes in the left and right center of the card. There is tiny paper loss in the top blank border. Note that this lobby card is completely unrestored and there is not a single piece of tape on either the front or back of the card!(Learn More)

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SINGIN' IN THE RAIN TC '52 Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds, classic musical!

Overall Condition: good. There are three pieces of brown paper tape on the back of both the center of the left and right borders, but they were not put there for any restoration purpose.(Learn More)

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DON WINSLOW OF THE NAVY TC '41 Universal serial, 12 chapters of exciting sea thrills!

Overall Condition: very good. Note that this lobby card is completely unrestored and there is not a single piece of tape on either the front or back! Note that this lobby card is completely unrestored and there is not a single piece of tape on either the front or back!(Learn More)

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HERITAGE AUCTION ENDS 7-16-11

The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (Warner Brothers, 1953). Three Sheet (41" X 81").
Nuclear tests in the arctic cause a carnivorous dinosaur buried in the ice to thaw out and make its way down the East Coast of North America, wreaking havoc in its wake. This was the first of the giant creature features, and Ray Harryhausen's effects were totally believable. It was directed by former Production Designer/Art Director Eugene Lourie who later directed Colossus of New York and The Giant Behemoth. The artwork on this three sheet is simply stunning. This is one one of the most impressive posters on this title by virtue of its sheer size. Conditions included corner and border pinholes, a small amount of fold wear, a small hole in the left corner, and a chip where the two sections join, all of which has been addressed with professional restoration. This large format is exceedingly rare and we have never before offered a copy. Fine- on Linen. Estimate: $2,000 - $4,000.

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Destination Moon (Pathé, 1950). One Sheet (27" X 41").
This is the first "trip to the moon" movie that actually used technically correct science and physics in a real way. A great poster that hints at why Lee Zavitz (Gone With the Wind, The Alamo, The Pink Panther, etc.) won an Oscar for Special Effects. There is only some edge wear with small tears, and some wear in the top vertical fold. This is a particularly scarce one sheet from the science fiction genre. Very Fine-. Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500.

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Comic-Con: Creepy Panel Covers Classics, New

If you’re a fan of the original Creepy and Eerie magazines, the beautiful Dark Horse Archives hardcover editions, or the new comic book size Creepy, there’s a Comic-Con panel you shouldn’t miss.

From 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM on Thursday, July 21, 2011, the Comic-Con will host “Creepy and Eerie: Comics That Can Still Scare You!”

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Circa-1940 Popeye the Pilot tinplate windup toy. Stephenson’s Auction image.

Stephenson’s July 15 Mid-Summer Auction

Pennsylvania is known as a hotbed for antique and vintage toys, especially the triangle between Philadelphia, Lancaster and Allentown. That just happens to be a turf well known to the specialists at Stephenson’s Auctioneers in Southampton. Their toy auctions – with consignments from longtime private collectors and area estates – can be counted on for variety, quality and, almost always, a surprise or two. 

On July 15, Stephenson’s will present its 2011 Mid-Summer Dolls, Toys & Trains Auction, featuring approximately 300 lots of carefully chosen antique and vintage playthings. All forms of bidding will be available, including live via the Internet through LiveAuctioneers.com. 

The auction will begin at 2 PM Eastern time with a selection of 50 American and European dolls. Some of the dolls are of early manufacture, including wax examples and German bisque-head dolls by C.M. Bergmann and Simon & Halbig. Two sought-after Martha Chase painted cloth dolls – one measuring 30 inches tall; the other, 24 inches – will be offered, as well. The antique doll grouping is nicely complemented by an array of composition and hard plastic dolls, 1950s Toni dolls and several Barbies. Tea will be served from a period spongeware doll-size tea set.

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1934 Lou Gehrig Uniform May Top $300,000

A jaw-dropping gathering of sports memorabilia, led by Lou Gehrig’s 1934 Tour of Japan game worn uniform, from The Lou Gehrig Collection, is set to thrill collectors at Heritage Auctions’ Thursday, August 4, 2011 Signature Sports Collectibles Platinum Auction, taking place in conjunction with the Chicago National Sports Show in Rosemont, Il. The incredible Gehrig gamer is estimated to bring $300,000+, and is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of the amazing grouping Heritage has assembled for the auction.

“There are dozens of pieces in this auction that would, individually, be the lead lot on their own in any other auction,” said Chris Ivy, Director of Heritage Sports Collectibles. “Needless to say, it’s an issue that we’re happy to have. This is easily one of the finest groupings of material that the hobby has ever seen.”

The 1934 Gehrig Tour of Japan uniform represents what is unquestionably the most significant hobby find of the young decade, solving a widely debated mystery regarding one of baseball’s most noteworthy foreign excursions. Only a tiny handful of uniforms from this famous trip have been unearthed in the 75 years since Gehrig, Babe Ruth, Jimmie Foxx and about a dozen other American players steamed back to our shores, with the Babe's uniform commanding more than $750,000 in a 2005 auction – the highest price ever paid at auction for an exhibition baseball uniform. This left hobbyists wondering where, and if, Gehrig's might ever be found.

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Narrative Illustration: the History of Comics

Located deep within the pages of The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide are two titles that few collectors will ever see, let alone own. The EC Comic books entitled Narrative Illustration and Good Triumphs Over Evil! are two incredibly rare items that any collector would be hard pressed to locate.

Published in 1942, these two titles were printed in a pamphlet form with a plain, text-based brown cover. The interior of these books give collectors and historians something to appreciate and enjoy. In 1942, comics pioneer and Overstreet Hall of Fame member M.C. Gaines pointed out in Narrative Illustration one of the topics that is still debated by some comic collectors today. Some in the hobby today feel that comic books did not exist prior to the 1930s. One has to question the merit of their arguments when Gaines himself pointed out the answers 64 years ago.

While these two pamphlet type books are known with a plain brown cover they are also known in another form. Collectors who have been fortunate enough to page through a copy of Narrative Illustration will see that a notice stated in the back points to an earlier printing of these two classic stories. These two stories, while known in the pamphlet form were originally published inside a quarterly publication titled Print A Quarterly Journal of the Graphic Arts. This quarterly publication cost a startling $2 for a yearly subscription in 1942 which had a single issue costing five times more than a comic book during the era.

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COMICLINK EBETTER AUCTION ENDS 6-27-11

 

GASOLINE ALLEY 1949-50 DAILIES LOT OF 3

Primary Artist Name: FRANK KING

From the Estate of Frank King

Frank King's Gasoline Alley is one of the longest running newspaper strips in the history of the medium and widely influential. Started in 1919 in the pages of the New York Daily News, the strip remains in circulation to this day with an unheard of run of 92 years. Additionally, the strip was groundbreaking in its portrayal of the passage of time, with the characters growing up and growing old right before its reader's eyes. King is considered to be one of the most significant comic artists of the first half of the 20th Century and his work has gone on to inspire nearly 4 generations of creators.

The offered lot features 3 dailies from the period of 1949 to 1950. This art comes directly from the Estate of Frank King and has never before been offered for sale.

The art has an image area of approximately 6" x 19.5".

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COMICCONNECT AUCTION

LONE RANGER #21

VG-: 3.5, DELL

AUCTION ENDS: Thursday 07/07/2011

http://www.comicconnect.com/bookDetail.php?id=125148

TARZAN 1948-72 #85

DELL, G: 2.0

ACTION ENDS: Friday 07/08/2011

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PEDIGREE JULY AUCTION

Mandrake the Magician #1 9/66

King Features Syndicate

Boston beauty!!! The lone 9.6 graded copy. Bone white pages, exact centering, loads of colors. It's nice to be the best.

http://www.pedigreecomics.com/auction-detail.php?issue_id=24599

Shadow #1 8/64

NM+ 9.6, Archie Publications

Killer NM+ from the Pacific Coast Collection. Not an easy find in any grade. Bone white pages, perfect structure. World's only 9.6!!

http://www.pedigreecomics.com/auction-detail.php?issue_id=24597

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Movie Posters Close Tuesday at Just Kids Nostalgia

the bidding ends on Tuesday night, June 28, 2011.

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The Dionne Quints

These days, it's not terribly uncommon to hear tell of multiple-birth deliveries. With the advent of fertility drugs and other modern medical advancements, a set of triples here or quads there are greeted with a bit of human interest media coverage and a smile.

But in 1934, when Annette, Cecile, Emilie, Marie and Yvonne Dionne were born, the five infants with a combined birth weight in the single digits were an instant revelation. They were the first documented quintuplets to ever survive beyond a few days.

Born in Callander, Ontario, the girls became immediate Canadian tourist attractions, and it wasn't long before their visages were sought for endorsement deals. During the first ten years of their lives, they were used to advertise Quaker Oats, Vitamin Candy, Curtiss Candy, Lysol and Palmolive Soap. They also appeared with Shirley Temple on the cover of a 1937 Modern Screen magazine and starred in four films, including The Dionne Quintuplets - Five of a Kind in 1938.

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HAKE'S JUNE AUCTION BEGINS CLOSING 6-21-11

Item Description

6.5x9" mailing envelope shows lt. aging, few lt. creases. Fine. Envelope holds three pieces issued by Ovaltine. 6x8.75" very colorful eight-page handbook and code manual, 1.75x2" Magni-Magic Code-O-Graph Badge, 5.25x6.25" bw four-page leaflet to be given to "Your Mother." Manual includes illustrations and instructions for use of decoder badge in addition to other squadron secrets. Manual is unmarked by owner and clean. Lt. rippling. VF. BW leaflet has lt. wear. VF. The brass badge has center plastic knob that also is a magnifier. Date of 1945 is at top. Badge retains nice luster and fresh appearance. Exc. From the Joe Gura Premium Collection. (H - $200 to $400)

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THIS EMOVIE POSTER AUCTION END THURSDAY 6-23-11

A 1979 Re-Release Vintage Theater-Used Unfolded One-Sheet Movie Poster (1sh; measures 27" x 41")

Important Added Info: Note that this poster was never folded! An unfolded poster is almost always far more difficult to find than a folded poster of the same title, and finding unfolded posters in excellent condition is even more difficult!

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PEDIGREE JULY AUCTION

Adventures of Mickey Mouse #1

FIRST DISNEY BOOK. SOFTCOVER VERSION. HIGHEST CGC GRADED COPY!!! 1ST APPEARANCE & PROTOTYPE OF DONALD DUCK. WOW!!!

Rat Patrol #5

Great Christopher George photo cover. The world's only 9.6 copy. A dead-on NM+ with fresh off-white/white pages. File Copy

Tarzan #142

Way cool painted Tarzan cover. Features Russ Manning and Jesse Marsh art. Top CGC copy and best existing. Uncirculated newsstand copy from June, 1964.

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JUST KIDS AUCTION ENDS 6-28-11

 

Whether you're interested in collecting movie, TV, comic character, World's Fair, advertising, sports, or rock 'n roll memorabilia, chances are you'll find something of interest here! We always have a great selection, including movie posters, toys, games, premiums, pin back buttons, gum cards, records, photographs, magazines and action figures. Search our website often... we're always adding new items.

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SPACE PATROL SPACE-O-FORUM

Fans of 1950s TV shows and movies can find lots of cool stuff here, posted by people who know their subject matter.

CLICK HERE: http://pub4.bravenet.com/forum/static/show.php?usernum=298544480&frmid=4418&msgid=1341787&cmd=show

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Museum-Quality Boxing? Yup.

Fans of fistiana (that’s boxing, folks) will have the opportunity to score a knockout with several superb lots to bid on in Auction #203. Two items are real standouts. One highlight is a near complete set of the first 564 issues of The Ring magazine from editor Nat Fleischer’s personal library. Each of the 47 bound volumes contains twelve issues complete with covers. A near half century of boxing history dating from the very first issue published February 15, 1922 through January 1970. The group is only missing one volume which covered February 1930 to January 1931. A virtual who’s who of boxing history, issues include photos and articles on Jack Dempsey, Jess Willard, Joe Louis, James J. Braddock, Rocky Marciano and Jake Lamotta right up to Cassius Clay-Muhammad Ali. Each has high quality deckle binding with spines stamped in gold, including “Nat Fleischer Publisher” text.

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Ultimate Mutoscope Collection Up for Bid

Mutoscope pin-up cards were originally sold in vending machines in arcades and amusement parks in the 1940s and early 1950s. Featured in Hake’s Americana’s Auction #203, closing June 21-23, 2011, is the most complete and definitive collection ever offered, the Ultimate Collection! In total there are 10 different, complete Mutoscope sets including many variants, in addition to two other related sets, for a grand total of 496 cards.

All feature exceptional pin-up art by some of the  top cheesecake artists of the day including: Earl Moran, Gil Elvgren, Billy DeVorss, Rolf Armstrong, Peter Driben, Mabel Harris, Al Buell, Earl Christie, Edward D’Ancona, and more.

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HAKE'S: Beatlemania is Back (Not That it Ever Left)

When 16-year-old John Lennon formed The Quarrymen in March 1957, he had no idea the band would reach incredible heights in music history. 15-year-old Paul McCartney joined in July, and George Harrison signed on in 1958.

The guitar playing trio added Stu Sutcliffe as a bass player in 1960, and Sutcliffe gave the group a new name: The Beatles, based on Buddy Holly’s group The Crickets.

Drummer Pete Best was added to the group and then Sutcliffe left in 1961, and Ringo Starr replaced Best in 1962.

Guided by manager Brian Epstein and record producer George Martin, the Beatles had their first hit with “Love Me Do” in late 1962. The “moptop lads from Liverpool” hit the American airwaves in December 1963 when Capitol records released “I Want To Hold Your Hand” to the US market.

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Green Lantern

With all the hype going around for Green Lantern, let's not forget the original...

Americans in the 1940s needed inspiration. With one World War down and another starting, citizens were frustrated by their circumstances, and yearned for justice. Thankfully, comic book superheroes offered an escape from the pangs of war where good would prevail.

In 1940, Sheldon Meyer, Bill Finger, and Martin Nodell created the Green Lantern. As Alan Scott, the Green Lantern first appeared in All-American Comics #16. He began the series as a young man studying pre-med, then switched to engineering. After graduating from college, Scott took a job building railroads with American Southwest. Unfortunately, the contractor, Dekker, did not employ the proper safety measures and deliberately used materials that were not strong enough. The tressles collapsed when a train crossed, killing Scott’s friend Jimmy.  

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The Great Gildersleeve

For six years, Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve built up a solid fan following as Fibber McGee's comical nemesis and next door neighbor on the radio serial, Fibber McGee and Molly.

But in 1941, writers decided that Gildersleeve was a strong enough co-star to stand alone. So they conveniently moved him away from the slaptstick suburb of Wistful Vista (where Fibber McGee and Molly took place) and settled him in Summerfield, an outlying town where he met and began to raise an orphaned niece and nephew, Marjorie and Leroy.

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HAKE'S JUNE AUCTION:

Item Description

KIRK ALYN/NOEL NEILL/PHYLLIS COATES SUPERMAN AUTOGRAPHED PHOTO TRIO.

Each is 8x10" signed in black ink. Kirk Alyn photo shows him in costume as Superman signed "To Joe Gura Jr. Best Wishes To You Always Superman Kirk Alyn". Noel Neill photo shows her with George Reeves as Superman signed "Joseph, Up, Up And Away Noel Lois Lane Neill". Phyllis Coates shows her with Reeves signed "To Joe - Here's Looking At You Phyllis Coates". All are Exc. All signed to premium collector Joe Gura. Phyllis Coates played Lois Lane in the 1951 "Superman and the Mole Men" movie with Reeves and the TV show from 1952-53. Noel Neill was Lois Lane in 1948 and 1950 Superman serials and TV show 1953-58, all with George Reeves. All are signed to premium collector Joe Gura and come from his collection. Very nice trio to frame together. Comes with Hake's COA. (G - $100 to $200)

Item Description

CAPTAIN MIDNIGHT "WHIRLWIND" WHISTLE RING COMPLETE IN MAILER.

1941 Ovaltine premium is all brass with large wing designs on each side while the top has a brass cover over a blade which spins when blown to produce a siren whistle. These do require significant lung power to operate. Ring has tiny luster loss mostly from extreme edge of the round top cover. The majority of the luster loss shows only with magnification. Overall the appearance is lustrous and condition is Exc. approaching NM. With the ring comes folded paper inscribed "Please Give This To Your Mother" containing a promotional message from Ovaltine. Second insert is a 2.25x4.5" folder that opens to 6.75" and tells "The Story Behind Your 'Whirlwind' Whistling Ring." The back of the folder gives Captain Midnight's "Secret Signals." A few light creases on this from being mailed but otherwise clean and Exc. Rarely offered as a complete premium. From the Joe Gura Premium Collection. (I - $400 to $700)

Item Description

"MARX" MICKEY THE MUSICIAN LARGE WIND-UP TOY.

A similar all-tin litho toy was produced by Line Mar, however this is a much larger scale toy made of both hard plastic and tin litho. 6x10x11" tall. 1950s. Toy works. Mickey rocks back and forth as he strikes the metal bars of the Xylophone to produce music. Tin litho base includes design of an ornate rug on hardwood floor. Moderate scattered trace of wear and aging including some tarnish to the metal keys. Overall Fine. Much scarcer than the smaller Line Mar version. From the Deak Stagemyer Collection. (H - $200 to $400)

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COMICLINK'S JUNE AUCTION:

THREE STOOGES #2

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COMICCONNECT JUNE AUCTION  STARTS ENDING MONDAY:

TARZAN 1948-72, ENDS 6-17-11

ACTION COMICS-1938 #80 ENDS 6-13-11

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The Phantom is The Ghost Who Walks (at Hake’s)

The Phantom was created by writer Lee Falk and first appeared as a daily comic strip February 17, 1936. Falk himself actually drew the first few weeks, until Ray Moore took over. A Sunday page was added May 28, 1939. Wilson McCoy took over the strip in 1949.

In addition to comic strips and comic books, The Phantom has seen success in other media, too. A 1943 serial starred Tom Tyler, but a planned 1955 sequel with John Hart had problems and was released as The Adventures of Captain Africa. Paramount’s 1996 feature starred Billy Zane and seemed like a financial dud at first but has found a following on cable and home video (and it did, to quote Shawn Spencer, have a certain Billy Zane-ian quality to it).

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Renfrew of the Mounted Police

Did you know that one of the most popular American children's radio shows during the 1930s was set in Canada?

Renfrew of the Mounted Police began as a fifteen-minute CBS serial about one Inspector Douglas Renfrew (House Jameson) and his close friend, Carol Girard (Joan Baker). In its first season (1936-1937), the program, which tracked Renfrew's exploits through the northern provinces of Canada, aired only on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 6:45 pm. But as listeners began to warm to the exciting tales of deadly criminals at large and defenseless children lost in the forests and mountainous regions, the show was picked up in its 1937-'38 season as a daily program. The time slot remained the same, even if the network changed. NBC Blue was the new provider.

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COMMICCONNECT JUNE AUCTION 

CAPTAIN MARVEL AND THE GOOD HUMOR MAN #1, FAWCETT, G+ 2.5

THE CISCO KID #10, DELL, FN 6.5

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HERITAGE COMICS AUCTION ENDS SUNDAY 6-5-11

Action Comics #18 (DC, 1939) Condition: Apparent GD/VG. Last non-Superman cover. Origin and first appearance of the Three Aces. Fred Guardineer cover. Joe Shuster, Bernard Baily, and Bob Kane art. There have been multiple tape repairs to the cover and at the centerfold. Amateur color touch on cover. Overstreet 2010 GD 2.0 value = $485; VG 4.0 value = $970.

All-American Men of War #88 Savannah pedigree (DC, 1961) CGC VF+ 8.5 Off-white pages. Jerry Grandenetti cover. Irv Novick and Jack Abel art. Overstreet 2010 VF 8.0 value = $70; VF/NM 9.0 value = $123. CGC census 5/11: 1 in 8.5, 2 higher.

Crime Mysteries #1 (Ribage Publishing, 1952) Condition: VG. Bondage cover. Transvestism story. Overstreet 2010 VG 4.0 value = $116.

Planet Comics #2 and 4 CGC-Graded Restored Group (Fiction House, 1940). Includes CGC-slabbed copies of #2 (Lou Fine cover, Overstreet lists as "scarce" - Apparent .5 Moderate P with color touch, pieces added, tear seals, reinforced, and missing centerfold affecting the story) and 4 (Apparent 6.0 Moderate P with color touch, pieces added, tear seals, reinforced). Artists include Bob Powell, Henry Kiefer, Charles Sultan, and George Tuska. Overstreet 2010 GD 2.0 value for #2 = $432. Overstreet 2010 GD 2.0 value for #4 = $284; VG 4.0 value = $368; FN 6.0 value = $852.

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HAKE'S JUNE COMICS  AUCTION

Item Description

This pair of rings, one in a woman's size 5 and the other in a man's size 9 were created in 1992 to be given away to Bob Overstreet's advisers for his famous Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide. The rings were designed by Overstreet and made by a jeweler in Indianapolis, Indiana. Each ring and bullet is pure silver. Only 30 of each ring were made to be given away to the advisers at a meeting held that year in Gatlinberg, TN. These were licensed products and each carries the name of the copyright holder at that time Palladium Limited Partners. Each also carries Trade Mark and copyright text along with the 1992 date. On each ring at the top one side carries the word "Overstreet" and the other side carries the initials of the book "CBPG." The band of each ring has on one side the number "19" with a small yellow faceted stone below and below that a lightning bolt symbol finished in gold. Opposite side of the ring is identical except for the numbers "92" so that together the year "1992" is formed. The top of each ring has a V-shaped notch designed to hold one of two bullets that came with each ring. Each bullet has a rectangular segment on one side designed to slip into the slot on the ring top. The "Tonto" bullet has his name on the round end where a gun hammer would strike and this is accented in red. The side of the bullet has the name "Tonto" in raised letters along with circular bands of yellow accents as well as the image of a feather accented in both red and yellow. For the ladies ring the bullets are 7/8" long while for the men's ring the bullets are 1.25" long. The Lone Ranger bullet has the same markings on the circular end the gun hammer would hit and reads "Lone Ranger" while the side of the bullet also has the name in raised letters "Lone Ranger." This bullet also shows an incised black mask with raised in relief pair of crossed six-guns. When a bullet is inserted into the notched slot on the ring top it locks itself very firmly into place. Together the two rings and four bullets weigh 3.5oz. When Overstreet cataloged these rings for the 3rd edition of his "Overstreet Toy Ring Price Guide" he noted in the description "The Lone Ranger (and Tonto) rings have gem stone insets on the base and gold plated lightning bolts." Other than a little tarnish, Mint as issued. The only examples Hake's has ever offered. (I/J - $400 to $1000)

Item Description

Original 1972 issue 24x75" poster sold by Warren Publishing/Captain Co. in publications such as Famous Monsters of Filmland, Creepy, Eerie and Vampirella. Full color image of Vampirella with outstretched hand with bat on heavy stock poster paper. Small piece out at top left margin. Scattered pinch creases/handling wear. Still displays Fine/VF. Impressive display piece. (G - $100 to $200)

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FIRST SCI FI COMIC?

Scienti-Comics was a science fiction comic fanzine by Philip Bronson.

The first issue of Scienti-Comics was published in Hastings, Minnesota, U.S.A. in May-June of 1940. It was 20 page, color hektographed fanzine and featured a complete science fiction comic by Bronson called "Robot Doom".

The second issue was 38 pages, and featured contributions by C. Christopher Cross, Damon Knight, Robert Lowndes and a fan poll by Art Widner, editor of FanFare.

At the same time he was publishing Scienti-Comics, Phil Bronson was also publishing the fanzine The Fantasite.

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ABOUT CAPT. VIDEO COMICS

But what brings us to Fawcett here and now is the six bi-monthly issues it published in 1951 that constituted its only explicit TV-tie-in title, CAPTAIN VIDEO, based on the popular DuMont teleseries (1949 - 1955). I can still recall after all these years the dreadful disappointment that percolated through my scrawny eleven-year-old frame as I looked at the first and then the second issues of this title... I never picked up another. While the TV Captain adventured in space some usually unspecified number of centuries in the future, the comics Captain was a mere crimefighter very obviously operating in the year 1950. While the Captain and his adversaries relied on strange inventions and stranger weapons, the same could be said of any superhero or super-criminal in comics of the day. For reasons known only to Fawcett, the comic-book Captain Video was entirely earthbound (except in one story in issue number 5, in which he briefly and for the first time rockets to earth's moon), and there was no significant science-fictional aspect to his adventures. The first issue of the title proclaimed Captain Video the "greatest adventure hero of them all!", a description that put all of Fawcett's other adventure heroes in an undeserved second rank. The final five issues dialed the Captain's status quite far back, and he was referred to as only "the famous star of the DuMont television network!" This was a description unlikely to be challenged, unless by Morey Amsterdam, Jackie Gleason, or Bishop Fulton J. Sheen! Since the title was quickly dropped from the lineup, I suspect I was far from being the only potential reader who was put off by the mundane rut the comic ran in.

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1940S BATMOBILE

Wow, and we thought Cadillac's had big fins in the 1950s!  I wonder if their inspiration was the 1940s Batmobile?  This jet black gem has an operating ram -just press down on front wheels and the Bat-Ram pops out!  Cool.  Hope you Enjoy!

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Roy Rogers Rides Again in Hake’s Auction #203

Roy Rogers (1911-1998) began life as Leonard Slye. He formed the Sons of the Pioneers singing group with Bob Nolan and Tim Spenser in 1934, and their hits included “Cool Water” and “Tumbling Tumbleweeds.”

His first film was in 1935 and he had a small part playing a singing cowboy in one of Gene Autry’s films. By 1938 he had changed his name to Roy Rogers and got the leading role in Under Western Stars.

He would eventually appear in 100 movies, and was on the radio for nine years. The Roy Rogers Show show ran on TV from 1951 to 1957.

Trigger, “The Smartest Horse In The West” was born in 1932. Dale Evans (1912-2001) and Roy were married for 51 years, and she wrote the couples theme song “Happy Trails To You.” Roy held the first place position in a Motion Picture Herald poll for 15 consecutive years between 1939 and 1954.

It’s always Happy Trails here at Hake’s for Roy Rogers collectors and Auction #203, which is now online, is no exception.

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Topsy Smoking Tobacco 2-sheet poster, circa 1890s-1900, 63 x 47 inches, est. $20,000-$30,000. Images courtesy of Morphy Auctions. 

Gotham Cigar Museum to Light Up Morphy’s

A superb collection of early tobacciana will be smoking its way across the auction block on June 18, 2011 as Morphy Auctions presents a 900-lot Antique Advertising sale featuring the specialty collection of the Gotham Cigar Museum of Tampa, Florida.

“It’s amazing how many different types of cigar-related items are sought after by collectors. This premier collection traces to the early days of the cigar industry in America and includes everything from cigar boxes to hand-painted cases to beautiful die-cuts and figural advertising pieces,” said Dan Morphy, owner of Morphy Auctions.

In the 1990s, the owner of the featured collection became interested in the history of “clear” Havana cigars – those that were rolled in the United States in pre-embargo days (before 1963) using Cuban tobacco. “At one time, there were ten of thousands of factories, all over the country,” the collector said. “I began collecting remnants from days gone by and became interested in the actual history of clear Havana cigars, cigar boxes, cigar art and advertising.”

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Automated Chicago Coin's Band-Box. 

Jefcoat Collection of Vintage Music Machines, More

Hundreds of rare and prized items from the living estate of Brady C. Jefcoat – a collector so dedicated and renowned a museum bearing his name exists in Murfreesboro, N.C. – will be held on Saturday, June 18, 2011, in the showroom of Winstead’s Auction Company, then again June 24-25 in an on-site auction at the Jefcoat residence in Raleigh, N.C.

Mr. Jefcoat, 95, began his collection in earnest in 1972 following the death of his wife. It has since become famous throughout the region. His main passion is music machines, to include rare and vintage phonographs (many with horns), Regina disc players and players by other makers, jukeboxes, Victrolas, cylinder boxes, organs, band boxes, coin-operated items, Black Forest cuckoo clocks, hanging oil lamps and many other items in a variety of collecting genres.

“This collection is an auctioneer’s dream,” remarked Catherine Winstead of Winstead’s Auction Company. “I was fortunate to have been chosen to handle his estate. Sotheby’s came and looked at what he had, and he was also courted by many other big auction houses from far away. But in the end he decided to keep it local. It all happened very quickly. I’m still reeling.”

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Elvis Has NOT Left Hakes's Auction #203

Originally billed as “The Hillbilly Cat,” Elvis Presley (1935-1977), released his first record “That’s Alright Mama - Blue Moon of Kentucky” on the Sun label in 1954. Guitarist Scotty Moore and bass player Bill Black played back-up, and would stay with Elvis until early 1958. Scotty Moore’s guitar playing was a major factor in the trio’s early music: the pure definition of Rockabilly, combining  rhythm and blues and hillbilly music. 

By 1955 the trio was performing on “The Louisiana Hayride” and touring the south. Drummer D. J. Fontana was added, and manager Bob Neal brought Elvis to the attention of Col. Tom Parker.

On November 20, 1955 Parker and Sun records head Sam Phillips sold Elvis’ contract to RCA. 1956 was a watershed year for Elvis and the future of rock and roll. “Heartbreak Hotel” was released January 27 of that year and became Elvis’ first million selling record as well as the best selling record of 1956.

Elvis’ first album, simply titled Elvis Presley, was released March 23 and spent ten weeks at #1, the first rock and roll album to do so.

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Sinatra, Others Make Music in Hake’s Auction #203

We don’t usually think of Frank Sinatra as a song writer, but “Old Blue Eyes” actually composed several songs between 1941 and 1955. Not only do we have the sheet music for the very first song Frank wrote, but “This Love Of Mine” has a bold 4.25” wide ink signature just beneath his photo and comes with Hake Americana & Collectibles certificate of authenticity and JSA letter of authenticity.  

Hake’s Auction # 203, closing June 21-23, 2011, has the largest and best offering of sheet music in our history. The other sheet music lots (most with several related items) are character oriented and the number of rare examples, from a four decade collection, is extraordinary. The entire list is in the Table of Contents in our catalog, or can be seen by selecting the “sheet music” category on our website. For the pioneers of comic strips we have Yellow Kid, Buster Brown, Little Nemo, and the Katzenjammer Kids.

Classics of the 1920s-1930s include Krazy Kat, Felix the Cat, Betty Boop  and many more.

The 1940s-1950s are well represented by Little Lulu, Warner Brothers cartoon characters, The Spirit (Will Eisner), and Al Capp’s Shmoos. Disney is covered with eight lots including early Silly Symphony music, and rare WW II issues. Tarzan, The Lord of the Jungle, is covered by the exceptionally early 1920 and 1921 pair.

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Dizzy Dean

"Anybody who's ever had the privilege of seeing me play knows that I am the greatest pitcher in the world."

People don't just come to the baseball park to see a game. They come to see a show. So your guy gets caught with a cork bat? Your favorite pitcher and the umpire wind up duking it out in the seventh inning? Two archrivals from high profile teams keep increasing crowd tension by striking each other out? The guy in the stands next to the guy who catches the fly ball gets arrested for spitting at his superior-catching row-mate? Great! That's entertainment.

And every once in a while, a player comes along who is a show unto himself, the kind of guy you don't mind dropping a quarter of a paycheck on, just so you can sit near enough to the dug-out to hear him trash-talk and crack-wise--not only to the opposition, but to his own teammates as well.

Jerome Herman "Dizzy" Dean was that kind of player. After all, you'd have to be quite cantankerous to play, back to back, for the St. Louis Cardinals and the Chicago Cubs, considered by some to be the fiercest rivals in baseball history. The Cardinals had him first, from 1932 to 1937. During his time as their pitching staff's anchor, Dizzy earned four consecutive strikeout titles, was named League MVP in 1934, led the National League in complete games for four consecutive seasons and won two games in the world series. In a three-year stretch, between 1933 and 1936, Dizzy Dean won 106 games. He even struck out 17 Cubs in a single game in '33!

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The Brothers Who Would Be (Circus) Kings

The next time you're at the circus in your cushy box seats, chomping cotton candy (your free hand firmly pressed against the bridge of your nose to keep out the odiferous winds of elephant and monkey dung), know that the Greatest Show on Earth - you know, the one you're watching - was brought to you by five small-town brothers with a dream.

The famed Ringling brothers of Baraboo, Wisconsin (Al, Otto, Alf T., Charles and John) were five of sons born to August and Marie Ringling in the mid-1800s. The brothers' interest in entertaining surfaced early. By the late 1860s, the Ringling brothers saw their first circus in McGregor, Iowa. They studied the attractions and the way the local Iowa circus was run, deciding that they if the folks in Iowa could do it, so could they.

In 1870, the brothers premiered their own show and charged a penny as admission. A rousing success, their small entertainment gathering grew by acrobatic leaps and death-defying bounds (even though it would be years before their circus including such tumblers and stunt-men), so that in less than a decade, the Ringling Bros. Circus, then billed as the World's Greatest Show, developed from a small wagon show in 1884 to a major railroad show covering most of the United States and Canada.

Even with the expansion, the entire show required just nine wagons to transport it. Its first ring was merely a strip of cloth staked out to form a circle. And it would be years yet before the show included the elephants, clowns and lion-taming its known for today.

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THIS ENDS OUR POSTINGS FOR 6-4-11

HERITAGE COMIC AUCTION ENDS SUNDAY MAY 29

Zip Comics #6 (MLJ, 1940) Condition: Apparent GD+. Charles Biro cover and art. Irv Novick and Mort Meskin art. Steel Sterling appearance. Apparent GD+, staples replaced. Overstreet 2010 GD 2.0 value = $142.

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FOR SALE AT HAKE'S

TOM MIX WRANGLER" BADGE

Item Description

2" tall in brass luster with red and blue silver foil insert at bottom reading "Tom Mix Ralston Straight Shooter." This is the profile version of the badge from 1938 and there is a second version that pictures him straight on from the front. Front has Exc. luster. On the back only about 40% luster remains. Extremely fine.

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LELANDS AMERICANA AUCTION

One of a kind movie theater poster for the all important original release of the Fleischer Brothers animated cartoon series “Superman.” This magnificent piece measures a brilliant 68x36” and features Man of Steel graphics worthy of the recently created Siegel & Schuster phenomenon. This is actually yes, a one of a kind piece, a painting (gouache), on heavy artist’s board. It was obtained recently from a New England collection where it has been in an attic type situation for many years. It is fresh to the market and one of the finest Superman pieces we have ever seen. It has had some restoration as the sides were trimmed for later use, as the verso was used for a different and far less important 1940s film. It has been brilliantly returned to its original glory and the result is amazing, as you can see. Condition is at least excellent if not better. Must be seen to be truly appreciated. This is a super, super piece to say the least.

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Comic Book Pedigrees Website Up and Running

As we covered previously in our Savvy Sites section, Stephen Ritter and Matt Nelson of World Wide Comics have launched their new Comic Book Pedigrees website, which aims to provide fandom with a massive database of pedigreed images to peruse, starting with over 22,000 scans. They hope it will grow with viewer participation.

“Any collector can upload scans of pedigree comics to the website using our very simple system. We estimate there are over 100,000 pedigreed comic books in the hobby today, leaving plenty more to ‘discover,” Nelson said.

The website currently acknowledges 63 different pedigreed collections, and will accept scans of either CGC-certified or ungraded copies (as long as the ungraded copies exhibit some sort of markings to identify them).

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June 4: RSL’s Auction Features Antique Banks

Neighborhood banks are paying a miserly rate of interest these days, but on the other side of the coin, antique mechanical and still banks are attracting a higher rate of interest than ever before. Their next test will come on Saturday, June 4, 2011, when RSL Auction Co. presents a 499-lot selection of fine banks, together with a smaller grouping of antique toys, at Richard Opfer’s gallery in suburban Baltimore.

The auction’s centerpiece is the John Jirkofsky collection. A longtime Midwestern collector, Jirkofsky is a member of both the MBCA and SBCCA, a reflection of his penchant for both mechanical and still banks.

Jirkofsky bought most of his banks from local sellers. He and his good friend Bill Robinson, another well-known collector who specializes in still banks, frequented countless markets and shows in the Midwest in search of new acquisitions. Their persistence paid off, and both collectors turned up cast-iron, lead and spelter rarities in the unlikeliest of places.

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Abbie and Slats

By 1937, Al Capp was already among the most prominent names of the Golden Age. Even so, he didn't stop looking for new and inventive ways to capitalize on his success with the Li'l Abner series. One of his efforts included approaching another noted cartoonist of the time, The Saturday Evening Post staple artist Raeburn van Buren, about collaborating on a new strip.

Reluctant at first, van Buren eventually assented and Abbie and Slats was born. The strip, distributed by United Feature Syndicate, centered on a wily young orphan from New York who travels a great distance to meet his only relative in the small town of Crabtree Corners. His severe older cousin, Abigail Scrapple, re-names him Slats (his birth name was Aubrey Eustace Scrapple) and thus began their barb-trading adventures.

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THIS ENDS OUR POSTINGS FOR 5-28-11

COMICLINK AUCTION ENDS 5-24-11

CAPTAIN AMERICA COMICS #1

1941, 1st Captain America & Origin! 1st Red Skull & Bucky. This classic Simon and Kirby World War II cover depicts Captain America punching out Hitler. Signed by Joe Simon on 10/15/09 Small amount of dried glue on detached centerfold. 1 piece of tape on interior cover.

The offered example of this classic and important issue is a relatively affordable VG range copy with nice eye appeal relative to its technical grade. Further elevating the uniqueness of this particular example, it has a CGC authenticated/witnessed signature by the issue's co-creator, the juggernaut Joe Simon (as evidenced by CGC's popular Signature Series label.) Captain America Comics #1 has long been one of the most sought after premiere issues of the Golden Age. For many years, it was about equal to Batman #1 in terms of market value. In recent years, Batman #1 has skyrocketed in value, pulling away from Cap #1 by a large margin. We now feel that Captain America Comics #1, which introduces the patriotic Avengers for the very first time, is one of the best covers of all-time, and tells Cap's now-classic origin, we feel this issue is now one of the most undervalued comic books within our entire hobby. Extremely significant, a classic cover, uncommon on the market in any unrestored condition, introducing the already popular Avenger that is about to be a household name worldwide, and kicking off the most popular Timely title among collectors, we view this issue as one of the most important in all of comic books. This cover image of a hero clad in the Stars and Stripes clocking Hitler set the tone for an iconic run of comics. Joe Simon and Jack Kirby's creation is one of the most recognizable superheroes and a universal symbol for US patriotism. Cap battled the Axis forces throughout the war, crime on the streets of the US, and later the looming threat of Communism. Captain America’s long tenure as one of the most popular superhero’s of the Golden Age ended in 1954, but the character made a resounding impact when, in 1964, he was reintroduced in the Silver Age of comics with Avengers #4. In February, that Silver Age issue sold within a ComicLink Featured Auction in CGC 9.6 for a record setting and resounding $91,500! With a Captain America movie soon to be released, interest in his first appearance has been rising and is poised to skyrocket.

CRACK COMICS #17

This VF range Crack Comics issue 17 from 1941 is the second highest graded example ever certified by CGC. A rare book in any condition, a mere 4 have ever been certified by CGC (just a single example has ever graded higher,) and this is 1 of just 2 at the 7.0 tier. The early issues of Crack Comics are coveted by Golden Age collectors for artist Lou Fine's work on the Ray feature. Fine's superior draftsmanship, mastery of the human form and exciting page layout astonished an entire generation of comic book artists, and his work is emulated to this very day. The Overstreet Price Guide lists this item in the condition offered for $380.

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HERITAGE AUCTION ENDS SUNDAY 5-22-11

Beatles #1 Savannah pedigree (Dell, 1964) CGC FN/VF 7.0 Light tan to off-white pages. Photo cover, back cover, frontispiece, and color photo pin-ups. Joe Sinnott art. Overstreet considers this book "scarce." Overstreet 2010 FN 6.0 value = $120; VF 8.0 value = $314. CGC census 5/11: 3 in 7.0, 17 higher.

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6th ANNUAL MID-ATLANTIC NOSTALGIA CON SEPT. 22-24 2911

Guests include Patty Duke, Karen Valentine (Room 222), Billy Gray (Father Knows Best), Lauren Chapin (Father Knows Best), Davy Jones (The Monkees), Jimmy Hunt (Invaders from Mars), Fran Striker Jr. (father created the Lone Rander and The Green Hornet) and more.  Plus a salute to Buck Rogers and a whole bunch of other stuff.

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As Told By the Old Ranger

Death Valley Days began as a radio series in 1930. The show served a double purpose: to educate listeners about the rich mining history of the frontiersman in Death Valley, California and to advertise 20 Mule Team Borax.

The stories featured were true life tales of miners and homesteaders who headed West in search of brighter tomorrows. Host William Shelley, known to listeners as The Old Ranger, delivered each riveting tale.

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THIS ENDS OUR POSTINGS FOR 5-21-11

COMICLINK MAY COMIC BOOK AUCTION NOW LIVE

ACTION COMICS #29 1940, 1st Lois Lane cover

The offered item is a solid, mid-grade example of this early Action Comic issue which features the very 1st cover appearance of Lois Lane! Lois Lane is perhaps the most important figure in Superman's continuity. This is 1 of only 3 graded 5.5 by CGC and presents nicely for its assigned grade - these early Actions are tough! The Overstreet Price Guide lists this item in the condition offered for $910.

ALL-FLASH #2 1941,Origin Flash. Full page ad for Green Lantern #1. Hibbard cover and art, Gardner Fox story.

The origin of the Flash is recapped in this early DC Golden Age book from 1941, All-Flash #2. After his establishment as a hit in Flash Comics, DC capitalized on Flash's newsstand success with this title, devoted entirely to the Scarlet Speedster. The Flash was one of DC's core group of heroes throughout the 1940s and he would lend his name and powers to the very first new DC hero of the Silver Age in 1956's Showcase #4. The offered example is a solid and attractive CGC 6.0. The Overstreet Price Guide lists this item in the condition offered for $942.

ALL SELECT COMICS #6 1945, Alex Schomburg WWII Cover

This is just the 2nd time we have offered this scarcer issue in a Comiclink auction. It is 1 of just 19 unrestored examples ever certified by CGC in the world, and just 1 of 2 graded by CGC at this tier. To accompany Captain America and the Human Torch, the Destroyer, who earned his glory fighting solo behind enemy lines, makes an appearance in this issue. The cover is by Golden Age legend Alex Schomburg. The appearance of this example is very strong for the assigned technical grade, with no significant defects to detract from the Cap and Torch WWII cover that are so coveted among collectors.

MORE: http://www.comiclink.com/auctions/preview.asp?code=2011may&pg=1&x=9&y=7

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PEDIGREE MAY AUCTION

Secret Agent #1 NOV 1966

SECRET AGENT #1, AND THE NORTHLAND PEDIGEE TO BOOT! (COMES WITH A COA). A GREAT GOLD KEY ISSUE.

MORE: http://www.pedigreecomics.com/auction-inventory.php?page=1

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Pulp Cars: Are They Real?


Not only heroes and villains decorated the covers of assorted 'Amazing stories', comics and detective series. There were also the heroes' and villains' cars - sleek, vicious, packed with sex appeal. Cars with an individuality - something completely lost nowadays.You see them and cannot believe your eyes. But they are real.


Here are some unique automobiles - prototypes of the 30s and 40s, dream cars of the 50s, concepts of the early 60s. Creations of great designers like Harley Earl and Virgil Exner, works of art that came to the States from Italy, etc:   
http://www.dieselpunks.org/profiles/blogs/know-your-pulp-lord-ks-garage

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Grey Flannel’s Summer Games Auction Hits $2.4M

An autographed Virginia Squires ABA road jersey game worn in 1972-73 by the great Julius “Dr. J” Erving smashed through the existing record for a basketball jersey at auction in Grey Flannel’s May 11, 2011 sale with a final bid of $190,414 (all prices quoted include 20% buyer’s premium). In total, the event took in $2.4 million, the highest auction gross ever achieved by Grey Flannel.

Finishing as the auction’s top lot, the Dr. J jersey was a rare style in use for only one year in the ABA. “We had never even seen a common jersey of this type, let alone a Dr. J game-worn example. We knew it had an excellent chance of making $100,000 at auction. It did that and much more,” said Richard E. Russek, president of Grey Flannel Auctions.

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Linemar lithographed-tin, battery-operated Popeye Stopping Tank, est. $3,000-$3,500. 

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THIS ENDS OUR POSTINGS FOR 5-14-11

EMOVIE POSTER AUCTION ENDS TUESDAY MAY 10

BRIDE OF THE MONSTER An Original Vintage Theater-Used Folded Half-Sheet Movie Poster (1/2sh; measures 22" x 28" [56 x 71 cm])

Overall Condition: very good. There are some creases along the horizontal foldline from the poster being folded off-center at one time and there are some minor creases and smudges scattered throughout (mostly around the edges). There are three pin holes in the title area left of center and there are a few pin holes scattered around the edges of the poster in background and border areas. The poster is otherwise in pretty nice condition and after linenbacking it will surely display nicely (although I'm sure many collectors would be happy to display it as is!).(Learn More)

MORE: http://www.emovieposter.com/agallery/13.html

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COMICLINK MAY AUCTION

ACTION COMICS #40 1941, Classic War Cover; 1st Star Spangled Kid

Superman WWII-themed covers for Action Comics are few and far between and this Fred Ray image dating from 1941 is a stunner. The offered CGC 5.0 is 1 of only 4 in grade. Demand is strong across all grade ranges for these iconic issues and the ones with War covers are among the last that most collectors are interested in selling.

AN EARTH MAN ON VENUS #no number 1951, Classic Sci-Fi Cover; Wally Wood art

This is a solid, upper mid-grade example of this Avon adaptation of the SF classic with art by Wally Wood. It ranks among the top 5 ever graded by CGC, and is the only 7.5 CGC has certified. With its striking Fawcette cover and interior art by one of the comic book masters, Wood, this book has long been near or at the top of many Pre-Code and sci-fi collectors' want lists!

BATMAN #6 1941, Bob Kane/Jerry Robinson Cover

This is a strong mid-grade example of the 6th appearance of Batman in his own title. Adding to its desirability, CGC has assigned its near perfect page quality designation of Off-White to White pages.

BULLETMAN #3 1942

The offered Lost Valley Pedigree example of this 3rd issue of Bulletman from January 1942 is the second highest graded that CGC has ever certified, and is the only example in grade. This scarce item is 1 of a mere 4 that CGC has graded - and just a single example has ever graded higher. The cover is early work by Golden Age great Mac Raboy.

MORE:  http://www.comiclink.com/auctions/preview.asp?code=2011may

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PEDIGREE MAY AUCTION STARTS MAY 9

Space Adventures #12 Aug 1954

Second highest CGC rated copy. VERY difficult to find. Fresh off-white pages. Great Steve Ditko cover.

Fighting Yank #13 Sept 1945

Second on the CGC population report.NOW WHITE pages!! Gorgeous NM- copy. Cool Alex Schomburc cover too.

MORE: http://www.pedigreecomics.com/auction-inventory.php

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May 14-15: McCalla's Sheena Costume at Auction

In their May 14-15, 2011 auction, Profiles in History will offer actress Irish McCalla's original Sheena costume, which was used for personal appearances. The personal appearances costume is different than the one used for acting performances (it’s fuzzier, for one thing) and comes with a bright gold leather armbands, belt, leopard earrings, knife, necklace and a sandal.

McCalla also reportedly wore the costume during her appearance with Elvis Presley on Milton Berle’s show

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Ramar of the Jungle

Strange things happen in the jungle. To prove it, just rent volumes one or two of the classic half-hour suspense/adventure program, Ramar of the Jungle.

During its original two-season run in 1952-1954, the show riveted audiences by following the adventures Dr. Tom Reynolds (Jon Hall) and his partner, Professor Howard Ogden (Ray Montgomery, providing a bit of comic relief) as they trekked the "jungles" of India and Africa.

Every week, the duo encountered a wide range of perilous and increasingly bizzarre situations, including a chance meeting with a woman clad a leopard skin cloth whose husband was holding her captive under the claim that she actually became a leopard under the full moon. The pair also battled a plethora of poachers and thieves in their efforts to protect the "jungle natives."

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COMICLINK MAY ACTION

ACTION COMICS #10, 1939, 3rd Superman cover! Scarce.

This is only the second time that we've had the pleasure to offer an unrestored example of this highly desirable and truly scarce tenth issue of Action Comics. The offered example has been graded a respectable CGC 3.0 and is the only one in this grade tier. In terms of scarcity, it is right up there with the earliest appearances of Superman. Out of the first 3 Superman cover appearances, this one has the least unrestored examples certified by CGC with a mere 11. With 28 unrestored examples of the mega key Action Comics #1 and 15 of Action Comics #7, it is not surprising that Action #10 surfaces less often than the former. In addition to general scarcity, this issue also appears to be tougher in higher grades. Action Comics #1 has known copies graded as high as 8.5 and Action Comics #7 has examples known to exist in 8.0, while #10 has only 3 examples above 5.5 with the highest being CGC 7.0.

DARING MYSTERY COMICS #6 1940, Jack Kirby/Joe Simon pre-Captain America Comics #1! Origin and 1st appearance of Marvel Boy

The offered example has been graded at CGC's 6.0 FN tier and presents nicely for the grade with bright cover colors and a tight overall structure. Only 2 examples have ever certified at CGC 6.0 with a mere 3 graded higher, making this example fall in to the Top 5 known to exist.

Just a few short months before Joe Simon and Jack Kirby's blockbuster creation, Captain America would appear in his own magazine, Simon and Kirby got rolling at Timely producing characters like the Fiery Mask, Red Raven, Captain Daring, and this issue's cover star Marvel Boy, who would go on to feature in his own 1950s title, still highly prized itself for its wonderful Bill Everett art and stories. Issue number 6 contains not only the dynamic Simon and Kirby cover, but also 2 stories by the historic duo, including the origin of Marvel Boy. Daring 6 has long been considered by Timely collectors as a crown jewel among Timely anthology titles of this period.

MORE:  http://www.comiclink.com/auctions/preview.asp?code=2011may

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COMICLINK ORIGINAL ART AUCTION

BEDTIME STORIES WINTER 1938 COVER PAINTING Primary Artist Name: EARLE BERGEY

Artist Earle Bergey worked in just about every genre during his long career in pulps, "slicks", and paperbacks, but he is perhaps best known for his lavish illustrations of beautiful women. Considered by many as one of the first significant American pin-up artists, his work was not only featured on the cover of dozens of pulp magazines throughout the 1930s and 40s, but also on mainstream publications such as the Saturday Evening Post and on mass-market paperbacks (Gentleman Prefer Blondes). His work was highly influential in all forms of popular illustration and he is credited with establishing many of the motifs associated with the "Good Girl Art" genre in fantasy and comic book illustration.

MORE: http://www.comiclink.com/auctions/preview.asp?code=2011may&itemtype=1

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PEDIGREE MAY AUCTION

All-American Comics #18 Sept 1940, 

1 large piece of tape on spine of cover & 4 pieces on interior cover. The 5th highest CGC graded example!! Never, ever for sale.

MORE:  http://www.pedigreecomics.com/auction-inventory.php?page=1

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Mickey Tops $1.5 Million in Posters at Heritage

A previously never-before-auctioned 1932 Mickey Mouse three-sheet stock poster from United Artists, scarcely four years removed from Mickey's creation by Walt Disney, brought $35,850 from a determined bidder on Saturday, March 26, 2011 to lead Heritage Auctions' $1,500,950 Signature Vintage Movie Poster Auction.

"Overall we're very pleased with the results," said Grey Smith, Director of Vintage Movie Posters at Heritage. "We've seen prices realized on the top examples steadily rising over the last few months and holding strong the deeper you go into the catalog."

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Eco model 224 air meter with water dispensers, in good condition with working meter ($1,955). 

Wayne Roman column 10-gallon visible gas pump, complete, with all original pieces ($12,650). 

Hi-Power Gasoline globe with ethyl logo lenses in the original red ripple glass body ($2,760). 

Results from Mathews Auctions April 16 Event

A round Union “Minute Man Service” double-sided porcelain sign with graphics, 30 inches in diameter and boasting great gloss and color, sold for $12,938 – a new record price for that sign – at an auction held April 16 by Matthews Auctions, LLC. The sale was held in the modern facilities of Redlands Antique Auction in Redlands, Calif. Matthews Auctions, LLC typically holds two sales a year there.

The sign was rated 9 out of 10 for condition on one side and 8.9 on the other (a tiny chip in the field center was the only flaw). It was the top lot at a sale Matthews Auctions, LLC billed as the Spring 2011 Petroliana & Advertising Auction. Headlining the event was the  collection of Sally Parks of Thousand Oaks, Calif., nicknamed 'Gas Pump Sally' for her many rare gas pumps.

One of Sally’s gas pumps was the second top lot of the auction. It was a Wayne Roman column ten-gallon visible gas pump, complete and in very good condition. It climbed to $12,650. The fully complete gas pump was primed and ready to paint, with a good cylinder and all of its original pieces. Of the 430 lots that changed hands, only the pump and the sign topped $10,000.

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THIS ENDS OUR POSTINGS FOR 4-30-11

COMICCONNECT AUCTION ENDS 4-25-11

12 O'CLOCK HIGH #2, VG/F: 5.0, publisher: Dell

ADVENTURES INTO THE UNKNOWN #33, VG/F 5.0, American Comics Group

COMBAT # 26, FN 6.0, Dell

MORE: http://www.comicconnect.com/bookSearch.php?searchType=advanced&listing_type=monthly

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PEDIGREE MAY AUCTION 

Sub-Mariner #1, SHARP 9.6 copy that just came out of the CGC's encapsulation room. Big Premiere Issue from May, 1968. Second highest graded according to the census. No doubt 9.6 with near-white pages and PERFECT centering. Origin of the Sub-Mariner retold. Story continued from Iron Man and Sub-Mariner 31.

Iron Man #1, Story continued from Iron Man and Sub-Mariner #1 (previous month). CLASSIC and quite famous Gene Colan Iron Man cover. This copy is a bona fide, true-blue NM+ and is PERFECTLY cut and centered with fresh off-white/white pages and remarkable color strike. The last 9.6 sale was for $4,999 just a couple of months ago (February, 2011) with the high 9.6 sale of $5,601 in March, 2009. Great book, great copy, everybody's happy.

MORE: http://www.pedigreecomics.com./auction-inventory.php?page=1

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HERITAGE AUCTION 

Action Comics #12 (DC, 1939) CGC GD 2.0 Off-white pages. This issue is near-impossible to find in any grade -- this copy is just the third we've ever offered, and the nicest of the three! Your early Action run is not complete without it, and the winning bidder will enjoy a cool cover featuring Zatara as well as a mini-appearance by Superman on the cover. Overstreet 2010 GD 2.0 value = $758. CGC census 4/11: 1 in 2.0, 5 higher.

Air Fighters Comics #5 Mile High pedigree (Hillman Fall, 1943) CGC NM+ 9.6 Off-white to white pages. Air Fighters always had some of the most fun and imaginative war covers of all Golden Age comics; in this instance, Airboy and his plane "Birdie" find themselves in the clutches of a giant Japanese octopus, with Airboy hacking away with an axe. Skywolf, Iron Ace, and the other usual supporting characters make appearances. Bob "Fuje" Fujitani art is featured, along with other Hillman talents. This pristine Mile High copy is the highest graded copy of the issue certified by CGC to date. Overstreet 2010 NM- 9.2 value = $1,900. CGC census 4/11: 1 in 9.6, none higher.

MORE: http://comics.ha.com/common/auction/catalog.php?SaleNo=7033

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THE NOSTROMO RESTORATION PROJECT

The Prop Store of London acquired the Nostromo in 2007, with a plan to stabilize the model and give it a light cosmetic restoration, in order to bring the model back to its former glory. The majority of the structure was intact, and with the model were bags of pieces that had fallen or broken off over the years.

In April 2009 the Nostromo was moved again, this time to Grant McCune Design, where the restoration is currently taking place. Grant McCune has been in the same facility since 1976, when he led the model team through the groundbreaking effects on Star Wars. The facility later housed Apogee Effects, well-known for projects like Battlestar Galactica. When Apogee disbanded, McCune started GMD out of the same space.

The team restoring the Nostromo is being lead by Monty Shook and Jack Ejourian, who have both been with the company for over a decade, and designed and built miniatures for dozens of major Hollywood films. Avid film fans themselves, Monty and Jack are excited to be working on restoring this historic model miniature.

MORE:  http://www.propstore.com/nostromo.htm

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Rare die-cut store window sign of Mickey Mouse pitching “Slip-Overs for Boys and Girls,” estimate $3,000-$4,000. Mosby & Co. image. 

Mosby & Co. Launches New Facility on May 14

Following a pattern of buoyant growth in the three years since its inception, Mosby & Co. will make the transition to live auctions with a May 14, 2011 sale at its new 4,200 sq. ft. gallery located in the Washington suburb of Frederick, Maryland. With a successful record in the production of absentee and online auctions to serve as his springboard, Mosby & Co.’s principal, Keith Spurgeon, decided the time was right to expand – and this he has done in a big way.

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Frank Merriwell

The dashing, dark-haired adventurer Frank Merriwell stands even today as a vibrant vestige of the pulp fiction/dime novel genre. And here are a few reasons why... and a bit of trivia:

1. When publishing firm Street and Smith asked a 19-year-old Gilbert Patten to create a series-creating character for their new magazine, Tip Top Library, Patten rose to the challenge and called his fresh-faced hero Frank Merriwell.

2. Names were pretty important to Patten. For himself, he adopted a pseudonym, Burt L. Standish, under which he penned all the Merriwell stories. And he was once quoted as saying, "The name was symbolic of the chief characteristics I desired my hero to have. Frank for frankness, merry for a happy disposition, well for health and abounding vitality

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THIS ENDS OUR POSTINGS FOR 4-23-11

COMICLINK MAY AUCTION STARTS MAY 13

ALL WINNERS COMICS #9, 1943, Schomburg WW II cover, Timely, CGC 3.0, GVG

STRANGE WORLDS #2, 1959, Ditko cover, Marvel, CGC 9.2, NM-

SUPERMAN #6, 1940, Siegel and Shuster story and art, CGC 6.5, FN+

MORE: http://www.comiclink.com/auctions/preview.asp?code=2011may

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HERITAGE ART AUCTION

AMERICAN ARTIST (20th Century) Waterfront Girl, paperback digest cover, 1952, Oil on canvas board, 25.25 x 18.25 in., Not signed

JOYCE BALLANTYNE (American, 1918-2006), Fixing her Hair, Oil on canvas, 30 x 24 in, Signed lower right

SAM CHERRY (American, 1903-1975), Cowboy Shootout, western pulp cover, circa 1940s, Oil on canvas board, 22.5 x 16.5 in, , Not signed

MORE: http://fineart.ha.com/common/auction/catalog.php?SaleNo=5059

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PEDIGREE MAY AUCTION

Batman #27, GORGEOUS VF+ copy of Batman #27 circa early 1945. Fresh off-white to white pages. Jack Burnley Christmas cover. Penguin appearance. Exact centering and irresistible color strike. The 4th highest CGC ranked copy.

Strange Tales #164, Yellow Claw appearance. Tightly graded 9.6 with WHITE pages. It's the 4th nicest known copy according to the CGC census. Great Dan Adkins cover. Nightmare!

 

MORE: http://www.pedigreecomics.com/

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Metropolis Hits Record with $200,000 X-Men #1 Sale

A CGC-certified 9.6 copy of X-Men #1 sold in March in a private deal through New York-based Metropolis Collectibles.

“The buyer contacted me looking for something very special, an extremely high grade Marvel key. I had several different books but when he heard about the X-Men #1, he knew it was the right book for him,” said COO Vincent Zurzolo.

The comic features the origins and first appearances of the X-Men and Magneto, the teen-age team’s arch-enemy. The book has off-white to white pages, sharp corners, and near-perfect centering.

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Weird Tales of the Macabre

Weird Tales of the Macabre was a horror anthology published by Seaboard Periodicals for its Atlas line of comics and magazines. A contemporary of Creepy and Eerie, both then published by Warren, it was edited by former Warren editor Jeff Rovin.

The first issue (cover dated January 1975) featured a cover by Jeff Jones and contributions by Pay Boyette, Gus Funnell, Leo Duranona, Ramon Torrents, Villanova, Martin Pasko, Leo Summers, Ernie Colon, and the article “The Many Horrors of Dan Curtis” by Gary Gerani.

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Little Pinkies

If you thought the undocumented beginnings of Captain Ezra Diamond were cryptic, you'll marvel over just how little is known about Little Pinkies. This is perhaps owing to their obvious resemblance to Palmer Cox's Brownies. Little Pinkies began popping up around 1896, and they were primarily used for promotional pinbacks, most notably for the American Pepsin Gum Company.

More than the Kewpies or any other Brownie knockoffs, Little Pinkies closely resembled Cox's original design. They even came in a variety of characters with distinct personalities and professions.

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THIS ENDS OUR POSTINGS FOR 4-16-11

COMICLINK APRIL ORIGINAL ART AUCTION UNDERWAY

JOE PALOOKA COVER

The offered item is an unpublished Al Avison cover for Harvey Comics Joe Palooka series. It features not only a large image of the pugilistic protagonist, but also a nice image of a shadowy figure toting a smoking pistol. This cover art has an image area of approximately 11" x 16".

CONAN SAGA #14, PAGE 61

A wizard summons a hellish serpent to battle sword wielding barbarians in this John Romita Jr page from the "Sorcerer's Prize" back-up story from Conan Saga #14. This art has an image area of approximately 10" x 15".

MORE: http://www.comiclink.com/Auctions/allsub.asp?Focused=1&id=1398

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DIAMOND INTERNATIONAL GALLERIES

Item Description
The Lone Ranger Rides Again hbk/dj by Fran Striker. 
Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap
Book Condition: VF+
Dust Jacket  Condition: VF+
Copyright date: 1943

$24.95

A high grade copy of this book from the famous Lone Ranger hardback series.

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TORCHWOOD SECURITY CARD

Sent by Lance Wolf

Now you too can join the Torchwood team  seen on BBC America.  The show, in case you don't already know, is the spin off of the wildly popular TV show Doctor Who.  

GET YOU BADGE HERE: http://www.fanpop.com/spots/torchwood/images/1011343/title/torchwood-id-card-fanart

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Sgt. Fury #13 CGC 9.4 Hits Record with $5,077

A collector snapped up a copy of Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos #13 CGC 9.4 for a record $5,077 hammer price, thereby blowing away the previous sale in December 2010 of $1,751. The comic was sold in ComicConnect.com’s March Event Auction.

Interest in Captain America comic books is spiking with the highly anticipated July 22, 2011 movie release, the company also reports.

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Frank Frazetta Art in Russ Cochran Auciton #98

Russ Cochran’s Comic Art Auction reaches its 98th installment on Thursday, April 14, 2011, and it does so in Cochran’s usual style, with two Frank Frazetta paintings, a significant Frazetta drawing, an Ace McCoy daily, two Krazy Kat Sundays (1941 and 1942) and the only known example of a very early Sunday strip by Krazy Kat creator George Herriman, Major Ozone (1904).

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Mr. Peanut

Who would ever think of the Planters Nut company as rip-off artists? An enduring part of our American culture, Planters have faithfully supplied our cocktail parties with assorted goodies for over a century.

Even so, in 1916, when a group of hotshot executives decided to host a contest to find a new company logo, the shortchanging began.

The bigwigs' search for the next peanut pitchman led them to a wide-eyed, unassuming little artist in a Suffolk, Virginia grade school. Thirteen-year-old Antonio Gentile submitted his contribution to the contest: a peanut with arms and crossed legs poised to flourish and market and move. The contest judges excitedly hired a "professional" illustrator to give Antonio's nut an air of refinement. Soon, he became a top-hat-donning, walking cane-clad, monocle-sporting sophisti-nut.

Slender, stealth and stately, the caricature Antonio lovingly named "Mr. Peanut" immediately won the hearts of the Planters execs and garnered the boy the "grand prize."

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THIS ENDS OUR POSTINGS FOR 4-9-11

COMICKLINK APRIL 7 FOCUSED AUCTION

STAR TREK #1, 1967, first Star Trek comic, CGC 8.0, VF

MORE: http://www.comiclink.com/auctions/preview.asp?code=2011apr

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COMICLINK ORIGINAL ART AUCTION 

TERRY AND THE PIRATES DAILY STRIP 12-11-67, artist George Wunder

MORE: http://www.comiclink.com/auctions/preview.asp?code=2011apr&itemtype=1

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EMOVIE POSTER AUCTION CLOSES THURSDAY 

An Original Vintage World War II War Bonds Poster (measures 11" x 14" [28 x 36 cm])

An Original Vintage Theater-Used Folded Australian Daybill Movie Poster (db; measures 13 1/4" x 29 3/4" [34 x 76 cm])

An Original Vintage Theater-Used Folded Australian Daybill Movie Poster (db; measures 13" x 29 3/4" [33 x 76 cm])

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Moony for Moon Mullins

There's no denying it. Despite his often-illegal doings and his gang of ne'er-do-well pals, we're just moony for Moon (short for Moonshine) Mullins. Frank Willard's cigar puffing, derby sporting leisure lover debuted in the Chicago Tribute Syndicate back in 1923. He went on to enjoy a career that spanned nearly seven decades - a feat that we think deserves some recognition. So, let's take a closer look at the one and only Moon Mullins.

Moon was a tough talking - if generally good natured - kind of guy who took (and dealt) plenty of punches during his run. And actually, those are very appropriate characteristics. See, back before Moon was created, Frank Willard was working on a strip called The Outta Luck Club for King Features Syndicate. That's when he got the notion that some of his ideas were being slipped to fellow cartoonist George McManus. So, in typical Moon Mullins fashion, Willard approached McManus and gave him a wallop that knocked the latter out cold and got the former fired.

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COMIC CONNECT MAY FEATURED AUCTION

ACTION COMICS #10, 1939, 3RD SUPERMAN, DC, CGC 3.0 GVG, unrestored, bidding starts at $1.00

JUMBO COMICS #20, CGC 3.5, VG, unrestored, opening bid $1.00  

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COMIC CONNECT APRIL FOCUSED AUCTION

KING KULL # 1, 1971, 2nd Kull appearance, Marvel, CGC, 9.4, NM, unrestored, opening bid $1.00

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EMOVIE POSTER AUCTION ENDS THURSDAY MARCH 31

A SPACE ODYSSEY lenticular post card '68 Stanley Kubrick, 3-D image of space station!  Poster Description
An Original Vintage Japanese Lenticular Movie Post Card (printed in Japan for use in English-speaking countries; measures 4 1/4" x 5 3/4"; two-sided)  Important Added Info: Note that this is a lenticular post card. First made on rare occasions in the 1960s, lenticular items have a "3-dimensional" look to them, and when you look at them from a slight angle, they look one way, and then when you look at them from a different angle, they look entirely different! It is said that not that many of these post cards was made, likely due to the added cost of production. We have provided two images of this post card, (of the front and back), but please remember that you are bidding on a single post card, NOT two post cards!

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Pedigree Sells Three Record-Breakers

Scoop has been informed by Doug Schmell, CEO and President of Pedigree Comics, Inc., that his company has just brokered deals for three major Silver Age keys in CGC-certified high grade, all for record prices. The three issues, all sold to the same buyer, came from two separate collections and include the Tales of Suspense #39 (origin and first appearance of Iron Man) in 9.4 with off-white pages, an X-Men #1 in 9.2, similarly with off-white pages and a Journey Into Mystery #83 (origin and first appearance of Thor) in 9.0 with off-white to white pages.

The Tales of Suspense #39 sold for $147,500; the X-Men #1 went for $60,000 and the Journey Into Mystery #83 brought $39,500.

Schmell said each of these sales broke the previous highest sale price for each issue in that grade, all of which were made by Pedigree Comics in one of their Grand Auctions.

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COMICCONNECT AUCTION STARTS ENDING 3-21-11

AMAZING SPIDER MAN # 325 SPLASH PAGE: Spidey in action with an image so nice Marvel made it into a sweatshirt! Spidey uses a Spider-Tracer!

WHIZ COMICS # 4: VF++ 8.75/ rare in high grade (05/40) Cosmic Aeroplane Copy

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BIG VALLEY #2, Best known example!! Only CGC slabbed 9.6 copy (only sdlabbed copy!!). Gorgeous and fresh with insane white pages. Photo cover.

RANGE RIDER # 12, 1956, Photo cover. Perfect comic book. Highest CGC certified and only 9.8. Almost 55 years old and still practically MINT!!!

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Amazing Fantasy #15 CGC 9.6 Hits $1.1 Million

Perhaps it just seemed like the time for another headline regarding a record-setting sale of a comic book. Just about a year after a trio of Golden Age comics made such a splash that even the mainstream media had to take notice, ComicConnect.com has done it again, this time with the sale of the highest graded copy of the origin of Spider-Man, Amazing Fantasy #15 CGC 9.6, for $1.1 million.

The Associated Press and other news agencies were quick to pick up on the sale, particularly since this is the first comic book from the 1960s to crack seven figures.

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Incredible Hulk #181 Sells for $150 K on ComicLink

A Bronze Age comic has broken the six-figure ceiling with the single highest CGC-certified example of Incredible Hulk #181, Wolverine’s first full appearance, changing hands on ComicLink for $150,000.  The lone 9.9 copy has long been estimated to be the single most valuable comic book of the 1970s, but it had never had changed hands publicly until this sale a few weeks ago.

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MARCH HERITAGE AUCTION

Dracula's Daughter (Universal, 1936). Three Sheet (41" X 81").
Here she is, in her full horrifying glory-- Countess Marya Zaleska, Daughter of Dracula, played to the hilt by Gloria Holden in a spectacular sequel to Universal's sensational hit Dracula (1931). Paper from this early horror classic is difficult to find, and offered here is the larger-than-life three sheet, which is the only known copy to exist, and a stunning beauty to behold. James Whale, after the huge success of both Frankenstein (1931) and Bride of Frankenstein (1935), was asked to write the screenplay and direct, but his proposed treatment was considered too extravagant, and he was dropped from the picture, replaced by Lambert Hillyer. The story picks up after the death of Dracula, with Professor Von Helsing (Edward Van Sloan) attempting to prove that he did not commit murder, as the vampire was already technically dead for hundreds of years. He seeks the aid of a psychiatrist played by Otto Kruger, who is also enlisted by Zaleska to overcome her murderous tendencies and insatiable thirst for blood. Holden is powerful in her starring performance and the chilling atmosphere of the film ranks this as one of Universal's top horror classics. This highly desired three sheet has been professionally conserved to address light edge wear at the top, a minor chip at the left edge, a tear in the lower left of the background, and some fold wear with paper separation. For Universal horror collectors, this iconic poster will be a must-have treasure! Fine/Very Fine on Linen. Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000.

Creature From the Black Lagoon (Universal International, 1954). Six Sheet (81" X 81").
This horror classic is one of the finest from the era and was an immediate sensation, spawning two top sequels. Richard Carlson, Julia Adams, Richard Denning, and Whit Bissell star as a group of paleontologists who travel to the Amazon and find the famed Black Lagoon and its most unusual inhabitant. The gil-man was played by Ben Chapman and Ricou Browning. This thrilling poster features Reynold Brown's superb artwork of the Creature and lovely Adams; it is in excellent condition. Very Fine+ on Linen. Estimate: $16,000 - $20,000.

Gilda (Columbia, 1946). One Sheet (27" X 41"). Style A.
Charles Vidor directs this thrilling film noir set in Buenos Aires and starring Rita Hayworth in her defining role as a hardened beauty caught between a brutal husband and a vengeful former lover. Glenn Ford, as Johnny Farrell, is seething, full of lust, and hate for his Gilda as he is hired as her protector. This striking one sheet has been professionally restored to address a small tear in the blue background, corner pinholes, fold wear with chips at the crossfold, and very small chips in three borders. A beautiful item from one of the finest films of the era. Fine+ on Linen. Estimate: $800 - $1,600.

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MAY HERITAGE ART AUCTION

HUGH JOSEPH WARD (American, 1909-1945)/Super Detective, Pulp magazine cover, April 1942/Oil on canvas/30 x 21.5 in./Not signed

EARLE BERGEY (American, 1901-1952)/Pin-Up with Bracelets, Pep Stories magazine cover, March 1934/Oil on canvas/23.5 x 19 in./Signed lower left

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PEDIGREE MARCH AUCTION

SUGARFOOT 5-7-59 Best existing copy!! Only certified 9.6!! Sugarfoot!! Will Hutchins photo cover. Features Alex Toth artwork. Western Publishing File Copy.

4 MOST BOYS 3-4-50  Best existing and single highest CGC ranking copy (next one is a 4.0!!). From the mammoth Mile High Collection. L.B. Cole cover, white pages, ridiculous cover gloss.

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MARCH COMICLINK/EBETTER AUCTION

BOY COMMANDOS #21 1947, Simon & Kirby Cover Condition: CGC 8.5 VF+

CAPTAIN FLIGHT COMICS #9 1945, LB Cole cover Condition: CGC 6.0 FN

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Results from Matthews Auctions’ March 4 Event

An exceptionally clean Richlube Motor Oil double-sided porcelain sign (“100% Pure Pennsylvania”) soared to $7,425 at the Spring Petroliana & Advertising Auction held March 4, 2011 by Matthews Auctions, LLC. The sale was conducted the day before the popular Chicagoland Petroliana & Advertising Show, held each spring and fall in Peotone.

The Richlube sign, consigned by a collector in upstate New York, featured a small race car graphic and was graded 9 out of 10 on the front for overall condition, and 8.9 on the reverse side. The sign boasted super gloss and color, the only flaws being some minor crazing in the center, and small chips in the outer field and around the mounting holes. Otherwise, it was mint.

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HERITAGE MARCH MOVIE AUCTION

Adventures of Captain Marvel (Republic, 1941). Six Sheet (81" X 81").
This is the only known copy of this six sheet for the first superhero film adaptation of a comic book. This announced the coming of the twelve chapter series and hints at the plot as Captain Marvel (Tom Tyler) hoists the magical gold scorpion figurine above his head out while the villain, "The Scorpion" battles in the lower right. Simply put, no serial or comic collection is complete without this title. Some first-rate conservation has mended pinholes in the corners, edge chips in the top left border, a tear in Captain Marvel's torso, and fold wear with small tears and chips. Fine on Linen. Estimate: $10,000 - $20,000.

The Body Snatcher (RKO, 1945). One Sheet (27" X 41").
With the dream pairing of Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff in this Robert Wise directed horror classic, we are in for a ghoulish ride. Henry Daniell plays a surgeon who pays Karloff for unearthed corpses to experiment with in 19th century Edinburgh. When Karloff starts to murder victims for their body parts, he is blackmailed by the doctor's assistant (Lugosi), who then becomes the next victim. This spectacular one sheet had pinholes in the corners, a small chip in the top left corner in border, and an additional vertical fold in top half of poster at right edge, but has been professionally restored. The borders have been airbrushed. Karloff is at his most menacing on this stunning poster with art by William Rose. Fine/Very Fine on Linen. Estimate: $2,000 - $4,000.

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COMICCONNECT MARCH AUCTION

KEN KELLY'S TARZAN MELEE: Oil. 47" x 36". 2001. Great original painting. Original owner really hated to part with it. This is a huge painting - one of Ken's biggest.

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Unknown Whiz Comics #1 at ComicConnect.com

“There are rare comics out there and then there are the practically impossible,” said Rob Reynolds, Director of Consignments for ComicConnect.com, which is offering a completely unrestored copy of Whiz Comics #1 CGC 7.0 in their March Event Auction. This is the first issue of Whiz Comics, although the inside says #2 in deference to the ashcan Flash Comics #1 that Fawcett produced. National Periodical Publications' (DC) version of Flash Comics #1 won the race to the newsstands, hence the title change to Whiz Comics.

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PEDIGREE MARCH AUCTIONS

SWAMP THING #9 Bernie Wrightson cover and art.

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Archie #1 CGC 8,5 Tops $167,000 at Heritage

Archie Andrews has proven he can hold his own with – and even exceed – the likes of Spider-Man, The Hulk and The Fantastic Four. This was no epic fight to save the planet, or even Riverdale, for that matter. The arena was Heritage Auctions’ February 24-25, 2011 Signature Vintage Comics & Comics Art Auction and the battleground was firmly one of price.

When a CGC-certified 8.5 Archie Comics #1 brought a world record price of $167,300 (including 19.5% Buyer’s Premium), it was clear that Archie is now capable of occupying the same rarified air as the most valuable of Silver Age books.

“Archie may have a ways to go to catch the likes of Superman and Batman, his Golden Age counterparts,” said Lon Allen, Managing Director of Comics at Heritage, “but you can bet that collectors sat up and took notice when this comic brought that price. This amount exceeds the priciest of Spidey and Hulk comic books we’ve sold, which brought in excess of $125,000 each.”

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More Frazetta in Russ Cochran Auction

Two key Frank Frazetta pieces will be featured in Russ Cochran's Comic Art Auction #98, which closes on April 14, 2011. 

“The ‘Monster Out Of Time’ painting was painted in 1972, when Frank was at the peak of his powers. It is a major oil painting, comparable to the two Conan paintings which have recently sold for over $1 million each, but the reserve is much, much less,” Cochran said.

“The second piece is a major Frazetta ink illustration from The Women of the Ages portfolio, 1977,” he said.

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EMOVIEPOSTER AUCTION ENDS TUESDAY  MARCH 1

ISLAND OF DESIRE

An Original Vintage Movie Pressbook Page (measures 11" x 17" when unfolded)

Overall Condition: very good. There are two tack holes at upper left and there are some minor creases throughout the page.(Learn More)

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AIR PIRATES #1/Banned by Disney. No reprints allowed.

KEN KELLY'S MIDNIGHT SUN PAINTING   VF: 8.0

Oil. 39.5" x 29.5". 2003. This is a classic Ken Kelly original. With many of Ken's paintings the hero is in a hopeless situation and the damsel in distress. I love that you only see part of the

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Ruth, Foxx, Cobb and Other Baseballs at Heritage

A perfect storm of single signed baseball consignments will make the Heritage April 22 Signature Sports Memorabilia Auction the most important event of 2011 for autograph collectors, the company said. Three of the most extensive and carefully curated collections in the hobby will be up for bid, forming the foundation for what looks to be one of the strongest events in Heritage history.

“This is an auction that no autograph collector will be able to ignore,” said Chris Ivy, Director of Sports Collectibles at Heritage. “The rarity and condition throughout is astonishing. I think it’s safe to say you’ll never see another offering like it.” 

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Jackie Robinson: Philanthropic MVP

Say the name Jackie Robinson anywhere in the United States and people will know exactly who you are talking about. He is a baseball legend amongst the top ranking athletes in the sport and in 1947 became the first African-American in Major League Baseball.

Robinson has an impressive list of honors to his name. He was a member of six World Series teams and earned six consecutive All-Star Game nominations. In 1947 he won The Sporting News Rookie of the Year Award and two years later won the National League MVP Award. Fifteen years after being that rookie, Robinson was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962. He was quite accomplished off the field as well.

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COMICLINK AUCTION ENDS 2-23-11

ALL STAR #8

With this seminal 1941 issue, Wonder Woman is introduced to the world. Much like Superman, Batman and Spider-Man, the character of Wonder Woman has been one of the most popular and influential in American and world culture throughout the decades. Between the time of her introduction to the present day -- a span of over 65 years -- Wonder Woman has been the most popular super-heroine in the world. In addition to becoming an early member of the Justice Society of America in All Star Comics, she was the featured superhero in Sensation Comics as well as in her very own long-running Wonder Woman title. In the 1960's she was one of the founding members of the Justice League of America and in the 70's she starred in her own popular TV show, a movie, and the Super Friends animated series. Her popularity has remained constant; her comic book is one of the longest running comic book titles and is still going strong. Wonder Woman will most likely star in the JLA movie slated for 2011, and there is talk of a feature film starring Wonder Woman as well.

KING COMICS #1

Offered here is a very rare, early, undervalued and historically important Golden Age issue -- this is a special offering for numerous reasons (1st Flash Gordon, early Popeye cover) but we'd like to know how in the world this 1936 issue, which predates nearly every other comic book ever published (and was 2 years before Superman's first appearance in Action Comics), has managed to retain newsstand-fresh White Pages!?!? This is an extreme rarity even without that -- CGC has certified just 4 unrestored examples of King Comics #1! The highest unrestored example grades out at just 3.5, indicating just how tough this book is. This example, if not for the detached cover, probably matches it structurally (look at how attractive this cover is), and it is probably even more desirable because of the aforementioned perfect page quality designation of White Pages. What a remarkable state of preservation for this 75 year-old comic book! As stated, Popeye, a pop culture icon, stars on the cover, and Flash Gordon makes his first-ever comic book appearance by master artist Alex Raymond! Current Overstreet Price Guide value is $1250 in GD 2.0 grade.

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HERITAGE AUCTIONS 2-24-2011-- 2-25-2011

All-Flash #17 (DC, 1944) CGC NM 9.4 White pages. This copy's at the top of CGC's current census. It contains a half-page ad for Big All-American #1, and features a Jack Miller text story and Martin Naydell cover and art. Overstreet 2010 NM- 9.2 value = $1,125. CGC census 1/11: 1 in 9.4, none higher.

Popular Comics #10 (Dell, 1936) CGC VF 8.0 Cream to off-white pages. Copies of the earliest issues of this title are rare in high grades, so much so that for issues #1-10 Overstreet only lists values up to VF 8.0. This is the highest-graded copy of only two certified by CGC to date. Overstreet 2010 VF 8.0 value = $850. CGC census 1/11: 1 in 8.0, none higher.

Strange Adventures #9 (DC, 1951) CGC VF+ 8.5 Off-white to white pages. Captain Comet, DC's first big hero of the post-war sci-fi era was introduced with a bang, complete with an origin story and a terrific Carmine Infantino cover. Other artists include Alex Toth, Murphy Anderson, and Bob Oksner. This copy is very attractive and fresh-looking, with very little wear noticeable on the black-background cover. Overstreet 2010 VF 8.0 value = $1,207; VF/NM 9.0 value = $2,379. CGC census 1/11: 6 in 8.5, 5 higher.

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Gallery of Hostess comic ads

In the Tomorrow's Heroes site, there's a section devoted to the Hostess Fruit Pie, Twinkies, and Cup Cakes ads that started appearing in comics in the late '70s. The memorable ads featured comic characters from DC and Marvel, as well as the Archie gang, Bugs Bunny, Casper, Richie Rich, Sad Sack...pretty much anyone who was anyone.

On this Savvy Site, you can see scans of over 200 of these classic one-page adventures.

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COMICLINK AUCTIONS

TERRY AND THE PIRATES #15

Though this cover art has at times been attributed to Steve Canyon creator Milton Caniff, it seems more likely the work of Lee Elias. Elias was one of the most active artists working for Harvey in the 1950s, not just on Steve Canyon, but on Harvey's line on War and Horror comics. This cover art features a large portrait of the eponymous heroes being treated to the attentions of two adoring fans. This cover art has an image area of approximately 12.5" x 17.5". The logo area is a replacement stat, but otherwise the cover is all hand-drawn original art. MORE LOTS: http://www.comiclink.com/auctions/allsub.asp?Focused=1&id=1398

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HERITAGE MARCH MOVIE POSTER AUCTIONS

The Wasp Woman (Film Group, 1959). One Sheet (27" X 41").
Roger Corman directed this entertaining sci-fi/horror film about an aging and vain cosmetics firm owner (Susan Cabot) who injects herself with an experimental drug made from the secretions of wasps in order to rejuvenate herself. The results prove deadly as she takes on the characteristics of a human wasp. The cleanest copy we have ever seen of this cult favorite. Mint.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (RKO, R-1951). Three Sheet (41" X 81").
Walt Disney's timeless classic is one of the top animation films of all time and is always a hit with poster collectors. This stunning three sheet is excellent condition and will make an important addition to any collection. Near Mint.

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Hake's Records Best Auction Results Ever

A unique Sky King kaleidoscope prototype ring designed by Orin Armstrong closed at $16,100.00 (including the 15% Buyer's Premium) to take top spot the Thursday, February 3, 2011 session of Hake’s Americana & Collectibles Auction #202. It was just one of many toy rings to make a strong showing in the event, which turned out to be the biggest total brought in by the auction house in its more than four decades of operation.

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Popeye the Pilot tin wind-up toy, made by Marx around 1930, partially restored and beautiful. 

Nearly 1,200 Lots of Rare, Vintage Toys

Nearly 1,200 lots of rare, vintage toys, many of them mint in the box and highly desirable pieces, will be sold in a phone, mail, Internet and catalog auction already online at SeriousToyz.com. The sale will conclude February 11-12, 2011. It is an absolute auction (everything sells, regardless of price) and many lots have starting bids of just $5 and $10.

Two lots in particular are expected to generate intense bidder interest. One is an 1870 patent model horse and carriage tin toy, including paperwork (a half-tag indicating when the toy was received, and a patent tag dated July 26, 1870). The other is a rare 1919 A.C. Gilbert & Co. ‘New Wheel’ building toy, mint in the box, also with paperwork.

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Gendron pedal car from the 1920s, in excellent condition, with the original spare tire cover. 

1919 La France Chemical fire engine, served Red Lion, Pa., from 1920-1936, fully restored. 

Country Store, Ads, Fire Fighting at Showtime

Over 1,800 lots of investment-grade antiques and collectibles – to include country store and advertising items from the Earl Hagerman collection, many pieces from the Chesapeake Bay Fire Fighting Museum in Maryland, and over 100 rare and vintage toys – will be sold to the highest bidder the weekend of April 1-3, 2011 by Showtime Auction Services.

The event will be held at the Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds in Ann Arbor. The Friday session (Apr. 1) will be an uncataloged, live audience-only sale, with around 500 lots in a variety of categories. Saturday (Apr. 2) will be dedicated to country store and advertising, while Sunday (Apr. 3) will feature fire fighting memorabilia, antique toys and miscellaneous items.

Internet bidding (via LiveAuctioneers.com and iCollector.com) will be in effect Saturday and Sunday. Phone and absentee bids will be accepted both days. On Sunday, a major pressed steel toy collection out of Kansas will cross the block, with over 100 lots expected to generate great bidder interest. Examples by Buddy L, Keystone, Sturdytoy and others will be featured.

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HAKES AUCTION ENDS FEB 1-3

WEIRD TALES 

Item Description

6.75x9.75" Vol. 24 #2 for Aug. 1934 has classic cover art by Margaret Brundage with Conan holding his sword while being attacked by a giant snake as blond woman looks on in foreground. Art is for Robert E. Howard's story "The Devil In Iron" and is just the second Conan cover ever published. Issue also includes stories by Clark Ashton Smith, Frank Belknap Long Jr. and Hugh B. Cave. The letter to the editor section titled "The Eyrie" goes into great length about the pros and cons of Brundage's sexy covers. Right side edge of front cover has .25" tear and a 3" diagonal crease, back cover has some dust soil. Inside pages are clean and tight. Overall covers Fine, inside is VF/Exc. A nice clean issue.

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STRAIGHT ARROW STANDEE 

Item Description

©1949 National Biscuit Company. Two piece sign which fits together to size of 23" wide 65.75" tall overall. Cardboard with wonderful full image art image of Straight Arrow holding a box of Nabisco Shredded Wheat and gesturing towards viewer with additional text "Tune In Your Mutual Station Complete Half Hour Show" sign at lower right for price and repeat images of 12 ounce boxes of Nabisco Shredded Wheat behind him. Nabisco also produced a much smaller counter top standee with similar image. Easel on back of sign is expertly crafted replacement with wood reinforcements. Bottom right has 11x14.25" bit of moisture from reverse but just a little shows on front. Blank area below Mutual Station box has penciled-in time of 5:00pm. Figure has a few scattered areas with small bits of missing surface paper in pants area, and a few narrow scratches across bottom floor image area. A few tiny bits of missing surface paper on tips of bow and feathers at top but still displays Fine overall. We have sold the small display for as much as $1000 and this large one is listed in Hake's Official Price Guide to Pop Culture Memorabilia at $2500 in Fine. One of the rarest and most impressive of all character promo standees. First we've offered in our 45 years and one of only a few known. Incredible display piece.

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BUCK ROGERS WATCH   

Item Description

2.75x3x.75" deep thin cardboard box contains 2" diameter chrome case metal pocket watch by Ingraham. 1935. Box lid has wonderful image of Buck holding space gun with Wilma nearby and futuristic city in distance along with rocket ship. Side panels have different images including Dr. Huer, Killer Kane, space ships, etc. Complete with separate and original cardboard insert in black/gold with additional portraits of Buck, Wilma, Buck’s rocket ship and rocket pistol. Box lid has one corner split but still tight. Color rubs around lid edges but still tight with Near Fine appearance. Insert has a few minor color rubs. VF. Comes with original Ingraham instruction sheet which has been folded as issued and shows some aging. Fine. Watch dial has nice image of Buck holding pistol with Wilma in foreground with her hands at top of circle which holds second hand. Watch has copper luster lightning bolt hands and reverse side has interesting incised image of one-eyed monster carrying shield. Watch has minor surface wear to case back but near full luster remains. Dial is as bright and clean as any we have seen with full bold color. Running and Exc. Wonderful Buck Rogers item.

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HERITAGE AUCTION

Carl Barks Only a Poor Old Duck Painting Original Art (1974). Uncle Scrooge transfers all his hard cash to the great outdoors in this recreation of the classic cover to Four Color #386, the first full-length Scrooge story. This is the seventh of eight paintings Barks completed based on the Money Lake, and quite possibly the best of the bunch. The glow of the setting sun adds a real depth to the art, making the cartoon ducks appear almost three dimensional. The art is painted in oils on masonite, marked on the back as #6-74, with an image area of approximately 20" x 16", and has been professionally matted and framed (without glass) to an overall size of 26" x 30". It's in Excellent condition, ready to make the ultimate fan of Uncle Scrooge a very happy camper. From the Kerby Confer Collection.

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Mickey Mouse The Band Concert Production Cel Animation Art (Walt Disney, 1935). For advanced collectors focusing on early Walt Disney material, here is one of the most important Mickey Mouse items you could ever hope to acquire. The Band Concert was the very first color cartoon to feature Mickey and his gang, save for an earlier promotional appearance, and has long been cherished by Disney fans worldwide. It is a intensely funny short, crammed with colorful gags involving Mickey's ragtag orchestra (who never stop, no matter what is happing around them), and the efforts of soft drink salesman Donald Duck to subvert the program by playing "Turkey in the Straw" on his piccolo. The film climaxes with an intense windstorm, just as the band plays "The William Tell Overture."
This charming and beautiful cel set-up shows Mickey and company at the beginning of the cartoon, greeting their audience. It's the "pie-eye" Mickey at his best, and this incredible scene has never looked better. Professional restoration has been done by Ron Stark of S/R Laboratories. The image area measures approximately 12" x 9.5", professionally matted and framed to an overall size of 26.75" x 22.75". Please note that the areas of white visible in our image are not defects, but light reflected from the acetate, which has warped a little along the edges. The set-up looks fine in person.


This piece is thought to be the only production setup in existence from the first Mickey cartoon that features Mickey and the entire band. It was the cover lot for the December 4, 1985 Christie's East auction. Between that time and its acquisition by Kerby Confer circa 2001 it reportedly changed hands more than once, commanding a six-figure sum each time. The most notable animation art item that Heritage has offered to date. From the Kerby Confer Collection.

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Secret Agent X-9

Written by Dashiell Hammett (The Maltese Falcon) and drawn by Flash Gordon artist Alex Raymond, Secret Agent X-9 was introduced by King Features in January 1934.

X-9 is a loner who fights urban criminals by seeming to become part of their evil world. Hammett and Raymond each soon went on to other things in 1935, and the strip was continued by an assortment of writers and artists. It evolved into Secret Agent Corrigan in 1967 and was taken over by writer Archie Goodwin and artist Al Williamson, who would later collaborate on the Star Wars newspaper strip as well.

Comic book reprints of the first eight months of the strip were published in 1934. There was a short-lived radio program, and Universal Pictures made two Secret Agent X-9 chapter plays, one in 1937 starring Scott Kolk; the other, with Lloyd Bridges starring, in 1945.

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The Wild, Wild West

Created by Michael Garrison as James Bond on horseback, The Wild, Wild West originally ran on CBS-TV from September 17, 1965 through April 4, 1969, four seasons and 104 episodes.

It starred Robert Conrad as James West and Ross Martin (1920-1981) as Artemus Gordon, both special agents appointed by President U.S. Grant to fight crime in the old west.

They traveled in a custominzed railroad car stocked with a vast array of equipment and devices to foil evil-doers. CBS aired TV movies with original cast members on May 9, 1979 and October 7-8, 1980.

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Wyatt Earp

Legendary gunfighter and lawman Wyatt Earp (1848-1929) has been portrayed in at least two dozen Hollywood Westerns by such stars as George O'Brien, Randolph Scott, Richard Dix, Henry Fonda, Joel McCrea, Burt Lancaster, Kurt Russell and Kevin Costner.

On television The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp starred Hugh O'Brian in a serial drama that aired on ABC from 1955 to 1961. The series, written by Stuart N. Lake, was the first TV adult western and followed the romanticized adventures of Earp as a frontier marshal in Ellsworth and Dodge City, Kansas, and Tombstone, Arizona.

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HAKES AUCTIONS 

Item Description

1.5" tall version with brass rather than copper luster. Condition is N. Mint with just the most trivial traces of wear on extremely close inspection. The luster loss is limited to the blank reverse with the front luster essentially Mint. This scarce comic book premium is from 1941. We've seen only a couple in similar high grade condition.

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Published by New Friday Publications Inc. Contains origin "Blackout" story by Don Rico. Other contents include nice full page ad for first issue of "Daredevil" and inside back cover full page ad for "Captain Battle Boys Brigade" club. See rare club button item #1779. Front cover is by Harrison showing Captain Battle fighting villains and about to rescue man who is tied to slab on floor. Lower left of front cover has 1/8" strip of cellophane tape which extends onto .25" of back cover. Back cover has an additional .5" strip of cellophane tape at bottom and at left side edge. Top of cover has tiny piece of cellophane tape which extends around spine onto back cover. Inside cover is lightly but evenly tanned. Book has very faint lt. crease in .5" area. Overall covers are VG+, inside pages are Fine. Nice art throughout. This title became "Boy Comics" from #3 on.

Bidding Ends: February 3, 2011 at 12:00 PM EST

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October-December 1961 issue has bold Chuck Conners signature on chest portion of his shirt and blue ink Johnny Crawford signature next to his image. Cover has a few faint handling creases mostly just visible in reflected light. Overall Fine. Nice item for display. Comes with Hake’s COA.

Bidding Ends: February 3, 2011 at 12:00 PM EST

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10x13.25" with easel on back c. 1930s. Copyright Stephen Slesinger Inc. Has large classic art image of Tarzan in jungle setting beating his chest. Has text at left "Tablets-Composition Books-Note Book Fillers" with large text at bottom "Sold Here". Made by Birmingham Paper Company Birmingham, AL. Scattered lt. edge wear, most noticeable at upper left side foliage of tree with some surface paper missing. Still displays Fine with strong colors. Wonderful display item.

Bidding Ends: February 3, 2011 at 12:00 PM EST

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COMICCONNECT AUCTIONS 

ALL WINNERS COMICS
 
ISSUE: #1
CGC VF: 
GRADE: 8.0
Timely
PUBLISHER: TIMELY

COMMENTS:

Universal Holder, Off-White pages, 3rd highest graded behind two 9.2s and tied with one other 8.0. Bright, canary yellow cover color, supple, off-white pages, tight staples and sharp corners. This copy is a true stunner!
Cap America by S&K/Subbie by Everett/Hum Torch by Burgos

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PEDEGREE COMICS AUCTION

KAMANDI #1

DC

HERE IS THE ORIGIN AND FIRST APPEARANCE OF KAMANDI BY JACK KIRBY....AND SNOW WHITE PAGES TO BOOT!!

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Rare Premiums Ring in The New Year

The Robbins Co. of Attleboro Massachusetts designed and produced many of the classic radio premiums from the 1930s into the early 1950s and five unique prototypes are pictured in Ted Hake's book, The Official Price Guide to Pop Culture Memorabilia. You’ll also find these selections in Hake’s Americana & Collectibles auction #202, which is now online.

They include items #1738 Tom Mix Ranch Boss badge, #1743 Sky King prototype secret compartment belt buckle original art, #1744 Sky King prototype kaleidoscope ring, #1804 "Jack Armstrong All American Boy" lead proof ring, and #1805 "Jack Armstrong" decoder lead proof.

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Thunderbirds Get New Stamps, New Show

While our friends in the UK saw their release between the holidays, collectors and fans of producer Gerry Anderson’s “Supermarionation” TV series on this side of the pond are now seeking “FAB: The Genius Of Gerry Anderson,” the line of stamps that kicks off 2011 Royal Mail Special Stamps calendar.

Six of his shows, the oldest of them now fifty years old, are featured, including Joe 90, Fireball XL5, Supercar, Stingray, Captain Scarlet, and the best known of the series, Thunderbirds. Also offered is a sheet of four stamps with lenticular action recreating the Thunderbirds countdown to launch.

The Fanderson website reported this week that a new Thunderbirds TV show is in the works.

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Yankee Boy Plug Cut Tobacco tin with image of boy in baseball uniform with bat. Estimate $400-$600. 

January 8 Brings Coke, Advertising at Morphy's

Morphy’s is starting off the new year on a high note with the January 8, 2011 auction of a single consignor’s lifetime collection of antique advertising pieces. Internet live bidding will be provided by LiveAuctioneers.com.

Included in this collection is a great selection of Coca-Cola and other soda pop-related items, with a special highlight being an array of early and very desirable Coca-Cola serving and tip trays. The trays date from 1907 through 1942 and feature a bevy of Coca-Cola beauties from that era as well as all-American scenes that include friends chatting alongside a car, a boy and his dog, and a variety of leisure activities. This collection also includes a rare 1954 tin Coca-Cola die-cut 12-pack sign in near-mint condition.

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HERITAGE AUCTION

Wings Comics #11 (Fiction House, 1941) CGC FN 6.0 Off-white to white pages. Gene Fawcette cover. Overstreet 2010 FN 6.0 value = $147. CGC census 12/10: 1 in 6.0, 4 higher.

Down with Crime #3 Crowley Copy pedigree (Fawcett, 1952) CGC VG+ 4.5 Cream to off-white pages. Overstreet 2010 VG 4.0 value = $42. CGC census 12/10: 1 in 4.5, 1 higher.

Auction ends on the 2nd, 10pm CT.

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SUPERWORLD COMICS

Buccaneers #21 (VF/NM) Crandall C/A Crandall C/A $385.00 --- Captain America #111 (NM-) Classic Steranko C/S ship date cover $135.00

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Sky King

America's favorite flying cowboy, Sky King, created by Robert M. Burtt and Wilfred G. Moore, aired on ABC radio from 1946 to 1950 and on Mutual from 1950 to 1954, sponsored starting in 1947 by Peter Pan peanut butter.

The series, which starred Earl Nightingale among others, centered on the crime-fighting exploits of rancher-pilot Schuyler King and his niece Penny and nephew Clipper. King's Flying Crown Ranch had an airstrip from which he and his young sidekicks flew off in his plane The Songbird to bring criminals to justice.

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Tailspin Tommy

Written by Glenn Chaffin and drawn by Hal Forrest, Tailspin Tommy debuted in 1928, just one year after Charles Lindbergh's historic nonstop flight across the Atlantic. Because American interest in aviation was at an all-time high, the strip about a teen who parlayed a job fixing planes into a career in piloting was a huge hit with newspaper readers, quickly expanding from its four debut newspapers to a list of 250 local newspapers.

Within five years, Tailspin Tommy dominated a wide range of media including reprint books, a radio series, Big Little Books, a two-issue pulp magazine and even films. In 1934, Tailspin Tommy became the first comic strip character to spawn a movie serial. The 12-part series was released by Universal Studios with Maurice Murphy in the title role and Patricia Farr and Noah Beery, Jr. as Tommy's girlfriend Betty Lou and sidekick, Skeeter.

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Koufax Brooklyn Dodgers Jersey Hits $80,393

A rare Sandy Koufax Brooklyn Dodgers jersey signed by the Hall of Famer, one of only two known game-worns to exist, sold for $80,393 in Lelands.com’s winter auction, which closed early Saturday morning, December 18, 2011. 

The jersey was part of The Sal LaRocca Collection, tens of thousands of pieces of Dodgers memorabilia collected by the renowned collector over 65 years. So voluminous is the collection, called "hands down, the finest Brooklyn Dodgers collection in the world" by Lelands.com chairman Joshua Evans and one that “no individual sports collection rivals” by Dodgers team historian Mark Langill, that it is being offered for sale by Lelands.com  in three or four different auctions.

Lelands.com’s winter auction contained 933 lots, totaling nearly $2 million. Prices and full item descriptions are available at www.lelands.com.

Another notable highlight is the sale of a 1969 Thurman Munson game used rookie glove, sold to Dr. Richard C. Angrist for $54,909. Dr. Angrist’s collection is widely considered to be one of—if the not the—best baseball collections in the world.

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HERTIAGE MOVIE POSTER AUCTION ENDS SUNDAY 10 PM CT

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (Buena Vista, R-1971). One Sheet (27" X 41"). Science Fiction.
Starring Kirk Douglas, James Mason, Paul Lukas, Peter Lorre, Robert J. Wilke, Ted de Corsia, Gloria Pall. Directed by Richard Fleischer. An unrestored poster with bright color and a clean overall appearance. It may have general signs of use, such as slight fold separation and fold wear, pinholes.

The Alamo (United Artists, 1960). One Sheet (27" X 41"). Western.
Starring John Wayne, Richard Widmark, Laurence Harvey, Frankie Avalon, Richard Boone, Patrick Wayne, Linda Cristal, Chill Wills, Ken Curtis, Joseph Calleia, Veda Ann Borg, John Dierkes, Denver Pyle, Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams, and Olive Carey. Directed by John Wayne. An unrestored poster with good color and an overall very presentable appearance. It may have tears, slight paper loss, minor stains, and/or some fold separation. Pieces of tape on the reverse and wrinkling. Please see full-color, enlargeable image below for more details. Reynold Brown artwork. Folded, Fine+.

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HERITAGE AUCTIONS

Wonder Woman #45 (DC, 1951) Condition: VG. Origin of Wonder Woman retold. Irv Novick and Bernard Sachs cover. H. G. Peter art. Overstreet 2010 VG 4.0 value = $252.

Kull the Conqueror #3 (Marvel, 1972) CGC NM+ 9.6 Off-white to white pages. John Severin cover. Marie Severin and John Severin interior art Overstreet 2010 NM- 9.2 value = $35. CGC census 12/10: 15 in 9.6, 2 higher.

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Adventure's End (Realart, R-1949). One Sheet (27" X 41"). Adventure.
Starring John Wayne, Diana Gibson, Montagu Love, Moroni Olsen, Maurice Black, Paul White, Cameron Hall, Patrick J. Kelly, George Cleveland, and Glenn Strange. Directed by Arthur Lubin. A restored poster with good color and an overall very presentable appearance. It may have tears, slight paper loss, minor stains, and/or some fold separation. Grades on all restored items are pre-restoration grades; The linen has been trimmed to the edges of the poster. Please see full-color, enlargeable image below for more details. Fine on Linen.

Commando Cody (Republic, 1953). One Sheet (27" X 41") Chapter 11 -- "Lost in Outer Space." Serial.
One of the best images of the 1950s "Spacemen." This was actually made as a 12-part continuing space "saga" and wasn't actually formatted as a "serial" as there were no cliffhangers! Cody would thwart the evil Rulers plans in each episode in various creative ways. Starring Judd Holdren, Aline Towne, William Schallert, Gregory Gaye, Craig Kelly, Lyle Talbot, Roy Barcroft, Denver Pyle. Directed by Franklin Adreon, Fred C. Brannon, Harry Keller. An unrestored poster with bright color and a clean overall appearance. It may have general signs of use, such as very slight fold separation and fold wear, marker name on the verso, very mild edge wear. Please see full-color, enlargeable image below for more details. Folded, Very Fine+.

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Friday: Caniff, Herriman, Hogarth at Russ Cochran

A Mac Raboy Flash Gordon Sunday page, a Burne Hogarth Tarzan Sunday page, a Milton Caniff Terry and the Pirates daily, a George Herriman Krazy Kat daily, and much more are up for bid in today's sale by Russ Cochran’s Comic Art Auction.

The auction is set to close on Friday, December 10, 2010 at 6 PM CST.

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Speed Gibson

id you know that long before the days of Speed Racer, there was another Speed who had captured the imaginations of kids and teens across America? He was Speed Gibson, and at 15 years old, he was an ace pilot and a member of the International Secret Police who traveled the world over in a 1937-38 radio adventure. This was 10 years after Lindy's historic flight, and aviation was, literally, at its peak. There was an especially huge interest in the China Clipper Ship - a plane that, with flights from the U.S.A. to China, embodied all that was exciting and glamorous about this new age of travel. Espionage and the notion of tracking bad guys across international borders was also a popular theme of the day, so Speed, along with his top agent uncle Clint Barlow and their pilot sidekick Barney Dunlap, were all the rage when they took to the skies in their “Flying Clipper.”

In hot pursuit of that master criminal The Octopus and his ruthless gang of ne'er do wells, the three jaunted all over Africa and the Orient to the delight of thousands of fans. They even had a special catch phrase that caught on, and soon youngsters everywhere were exclaiming, “Suffering Wang-doodles, Speed!” at every chance they got. With a dramatic opening segment that featured the sounds of aircraft and the inspiring call, “ceiling zero, ceiling zero,” this serial lasted through 178 chapters and generated tons of memorabilia.

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HOLIDAY BOOK SHELF: Frazetta: The Definitive Reference

Vanguard Productions; $29.95

Normally when one looks at a book about one of the most influential artists of a given genre, period or movement, like Frank Frazetta, one concentrates on the images of the art reproduced in its pages. And it’s not that there’s not a lot of great pieces displayed in the book’s pages...

It’s just that the superb examples of book covers for Conan, Tarzan, and John Carter of Mars, the movie posters, and the many other fantastic pieces are just overwhelmed by the sheer copious nature of what many have called “the most complete index of Frazetta artwork ever compiled.”

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HOLIDAY BOOK SHELF: X-9: Secret Agent Corrigan – Volume 1

IDW Publishing; $49.99

Created by The Maltese Falcon author Dashiell Hammett at the behest of newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst and illustrated by Alex Raymond, it’s hard to imagine a comic strip character with a better pedigree. As Secret Agent X-9, the comic strip debuted January 22, 1934 and ran through February 10, 1996.

Along the way, numerous cartoonists and creative teams put their stamp on the character, none more distinctive than writer Archie Goodwin and artist Al Williamson, who began a 13-year stint on the strip in 1967. That period saw it redubbed Secret Agent Corrigan (though Williamson, something of a purist, never took to the new name).

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HERITAGE AUCTION

Startling Comics #6 (Better Publications, 1941) Condition: VG-. Captain Future cover. There are ten pieces of tape on this copy. Overstreet 2010 VG 4.0 value = $104.

Exciting Comics #8 (Nedor/Better/Standard, 1941) Condition: VG-. There is a considerable amount of tape on the interior covers. Overstreet 2010 VG 4.0 value = $124.

Man from U.N.C.L.E. #2 Pacific Coast pedigree (Gold Key, 1965) CGC NM+ 9.6 White pages. Photo cover. Back cover photo pin-up. Overstreet 2010 NM- 9.2 value = $115. CGC census 11/10: 1 in 9.6, none higher.

Out of This World #13 Cover Original Art (Charlton, 1959).
This eerie cover features not just one, but three chilling "cover hooks." This piece has an image area of 13" x 19.5", and aside from a few small glue stains, the art is in Very Good condition.

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HERITAGE COMICS AUCTION

Feature Books #13 Inspector Wade (David McKay Publications, 1938) CGC VF 8.0 Off-white to white pages. Inspector Wade. Overstreet 2010 VF 8.0 value = $170. CGC census 11/10: 1 in 8.0, none higher.

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PEDIGREE AUCTIONS

All-American Comics #17

The early appearances of the Golden Age Green Lantern in All-American Comics are legendary for their scarcity and are some of the most sought after books for serious DC collectors. Issue #17, features the hero's 2nd app and this is the 5th highest graded and 1 of only 3 at CGC (4.5). There are just 5 books to have ever been graded higher and only 10 unrestored examples in total of this 2nd Green Lantern issue. Though a "mid-grade", this old label beauty has excellent page quality and is still one of the finest examples of this rare issue that will ever be offered for sale. This issue features a great action cover by Sheldon Moldoff. This super golden age key has a Gerber Rating of 7 (Scarce). There are estimated to be between 21 to 50 in existance. The 2010 Overstreet Price in the lower grade of (4.0) is $2000.00.

Real Fact Comics #5

Features a 5 page story about the creation of Batman and Robin!! Great cover. Third on the CGC census with only 2 9.4's and one 9.2 directly ahead. Fresh off-white pages. Fred Ray, George Papp and George Roussos art.

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GHOSTLY WEIRD STORIES AT COMICCONNECT

You are viewing an original cover proof from a comic book created by legend Leonard Brandt Cole. What's a cover proof you ask? They are the very first printed covers that roll off the printing presses at the plant. The print run is stopped and the cover proofs are sent back to the comic book publisher for the approval of the editor. The editor will check for any errors in color, wording or artwork. After reviewing the cover proof the editor will ok the cover and the book is printed. The proofs are usually saved as references, as LB Cole did with these. Aren't we lucky! It is interesting to note that editors usually changed the look of the book including background colors each month to avoid confusion at the newsstand. If it looked too much like last month's issue, the news dealer might think they are extras from the previous month and not put it on the shelf!

L.B. Cole, worked on many genres of comic books including romance, science fiction, romance, horror, adventure, mystery, sports, funny animals and humor. His career began in the early 1940s and he was a cover artist on titles like Suspense Comics, Terrific Comics, Mask Comics and Contact Comics. His dynamic perspectives, incredible detail, uniquely vibrant color usage and eye for the dramatic are evident throughout his career on a countless number of classic covers.

Includes L.B. Cole Estate CERTIFICATE OF AUTHENTICITY!
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A gorgeous early Dorothy Knapp handpainted FDC with cachet showing 'Battleship on fire'. Franked with Florida Centennial plate block of 4 stamps. Addressed & unsealed. Attractive COLORFUL cover. Very fine.

REGENCY SUPERIOR AUCTION

Auction to be held Saturday November 20th and Sunday November 21.  Check it out at: http://www.regencystamps.com/viewuserdefinedpage.aspx?pn=AuctionInfoCHICAGOPEX

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Circa-1930 convertible Cord pedal car in striking lime green and orange color scheme, 44 inches long. Estimate $2,000-$3,000.

Reverse-on-glass Orange Crush neon illuminating sign, working order, 18-1/4 inches in diameter. Estimate $7,000-$10,000. 

Morphy’s Celebrates the Holiday Season DEC 10 & 11

This year collectors won’t have to wait till Christmas to add a great toy, train or Barbie doll to their shelf or showcase. The second session of Morphy’s December 10-11, 2010 antiques auction can make that happen two weeks early – if you’re the winning bidder on any of approximately 850 choice lots.

There will be two separate catalogs for the Dec. 11 session – one for lots 1 through 150, which consists entirely of Barbie dolls and vintage accessories from the Cristol/Glickman collection, and a second catalog for all subsequent lots, which are predominantly toys, trains, mechanical banks and antique advertising.

The auction will open with a fantastic selection of more than 1,000 vintage Barbie dolls and related items, apportioned into 150 lots. All are from the revered Cristol/Glickman collection of Chicago, which was amassed over two several decades.

Among the top dolls in the collection is an original 1959 blond No. 1 Barbie in a striped swimsuit and high heels, complete with posing stand and original box. It is expected to make $3,500-$5,000 at auction.

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Tim McCoy

Tim McCoy (1891-1978) became a Colonel in WWI, then went to Hollywood in the early 1920s, becoming a technical advisor for Jesse Lasky's 1923 silent western epic The Covered Wagon. By 1925, McCoy had become an actor and would go on to appear in some 90 films with a film career lasting into the mid-1960s. Most notable are his 1930s Columbia westerns and his 1941-42 Rough Riders series for Monogram which co-starred Buck Jones and Raymond Hatton. McCoy left films briefly for WWII, becoming a decorated aviator.

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HERITAGE SUPERMAN COSTUME

Superman Costume Used in the Production of Lois & Clark-The New Adventures of Superman (1994). This two-piece costume consists of a blue spandex unitard with Superman's iconic "S" symbol and a red cape also bearing the super symbol. The costume was used as a prop during the first season of the show (episode 12, "All Shook Up"). The "S" on the blue unitard has been autographed by Lois & Clark star Dean Cain. Includes a COA from Warner Bros. Studio. Estimate: $500 - up.

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Weird Chills #3 (Key Publications, 1954) Condition: VG-. Bondage cover by Bernard Bailey. Overstreet 2010 VG 4.0 value = $96.

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Plastic Man #nn (#1) (Quality, 1943) Condition: Apparent FR. Classic skull cover by Jack Cole who also contributed a story and interior art. Tojo appearance. There is extensive tape inside and out. Amateur color touch. Pieces added. Overstreet 2010 GD 2.0 value = $429.

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Shadow Comics V7#7 (Street & Smith, 1947) Condition: FN/VF. Bob Powell art. Overstreet 2010 FN 6.0 value = $117; VF 8.0 value = $240.

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HERITAGE COMICS AUCTION

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CHARLIE CHAPLIN TIME TRAVELER?

Take the time to watch this.  It is really curious.

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HERITAGE AUCTIONS:

 

Revenge of the Creature (Universal International, 1955). One Sheet (27" X 41"). Horror.
The highest-grossing film of the "Creature" series features the gill-man captured and brought back to civilization. This horror tale is directed by Jack Arnold and has a few surprises as the creature is moved to its new location -- this time a water amusement park. Clint Eastwood makes his film debut in this film as a lab technician. The wonderful artwork of the creature wreaking havoc is by master sci-fi artist Reynold Brown. The poster had pinholes in the corners, fold wear, and pinpoint crossfold separations. There was a chip in the left border and small chips in the top right corner, but after the expert restoration, it displays wonderfully. Fine/Very Fine on Linen

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1909-11 T206 Sweet Caporal Honus Wagner SGC Authentic - A Newly Discovered Example! We'll call it divine intervention. In truth, the discovery of any new Wagner card could be properly characterized as such. They turn up about as often as bottles of 1921 Dom Perignon, as Action Comics Number One, or as a diamond as big as your fist. But the presented example, unearthed just months ago, makes the rest seem downright secular. It is consigned to Heritage by a nun at a Virginia diocese who intends to utilize the proceeds to support charitable missions both domestically and abroad, left to her by her collector brother with a note informing her, "Although damaged, the value of this baseball card should increase exponentially throughout the 21th century! TVC."

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EMOVIE POSTER AUCTION:

BEAST FROM 20,000 FATHOMS insert '53 Ray Bradbury

An Original Vintage Theater-Used Paperbacked Insert Movie Poster (measures 14" x 36" [36 x 91 cm])

Film Description: The Beast from 20,000 (Twenty Thousand) Fathoms, the 1953 Eugene Lourie science fiction (sci-fi) monster horror thriller ("They couldn't believe their eyes! They couldn't escape the terror! And neither will YOU!"; "The sea's master-beast of the ages - raging up from the bottom of time!"; "Prehistoric Sea-Giant Rages Against City! A Thrill Story Beyond All Imagining!"; "It's alive!"; "Cast of Thousands! Over a year in the making!"; "You'll see it tear a city apart!"; "A thrill-story beyond all imagining!"; "King of prehistoric sea giants... Raging up from the bottom of time!"; "It's alive!"; "Cast of thousands! Over a year in the making!"; "Suggested by the Sensational Saturday Evening Post Story by Ray Bradbury"; with special effects by Ray Harryhausen) starring Paul Christian, Paula Raymond, Cecil Kellaway, Lee Van Cleef, and Kenneth Tobey

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MOLE PEOPLE linen 3sh '56

An Original Vintage Theater-Used Linenbacked Three-Sheet Movie Poster (3sh; measures 41" x 81" [104 x 206 cm])

Film Description: The Mole People, the 1956 Virgil W. Vogel Universal science fiction (sci-fi) lost-subterranean-race horror thriller ("TERRIFYING monsters from a lost age!"; "From a lost age... HORROR crawls from the depths of the Earth!"; "Terrifying creatures from a lost age strike from the depths of the earth!) starring John Agar, Cynthia Patrick, Hugh Beaumont (best remembered as Ward Cleaver on TV's "Leave It to Beaver"), Nestor Paiva, and Alan Napier (later famous as "Alfred the Butler" in the "Batman" TV series)

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DESTINATION 60,000 linen 1sh '57

An Original Vintage Theater-Used Linenbacked One-Sheet Movie Poster (1sh; measures 27" x 41" [69 x 104 cm])

Film Description: Destination Sixty Thousand (60,000), the 1957 George Waggner science fiction military test pilot airplane aviation action thriller ("At 60,000 let 'er rip! Man-Flown Bullets of the Skies Crashing the Heat Wall of Space and Speed!"; "Crashing the heat wall at speeds faster than lightning... Where dare-devil test pilots RUN OUT OF SKY!"; 'Climbing... Higher and faster... Than man has ever flown before! ...A supersonic jet carried aloft in the belly of a B-50, then unleashed to streak off on its own super-charged power, to scale insurmountable sky peaks... In man's quest for mastery of space!"; "SEE! Killing Airstream Blast Catapults Pilot out of supersonic Jet!") starring Preston Foster, Coleen Gray, Pat Conway, Jeff Donnell, Bobby Clark, and Denver Pyle

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FLASH GORDON linen 1sh R40s

An Undated (probably 1940s) Re-release Vintage Theater-Used Linenbacked One-Sheet Movie Poster (1sh; measures 27" x 41" [69 x 104 cm])

Film Description: Flash Gordon, the 1936 Frederick Stephani science fiction serial ("The first great serial spectacle!"; "The Gigantic Serial Spectacle! 13 Chapters of Strange World Adventures"; "Syndicated by King Features"; "From Alex Raymond's famous newspaper comic strip"; "13 Thrilling Chapters!") starring Buster Crabbe (in the title role "as Flash Gordon"; the 1932 Olympic swimming champion who is most famous for this role and as "Buck Rogers" in the Universal serials), Jean Rogers ("as Dale Arden"), Charles Middleton ("as Emperor Ming" [Ming the Merciless]), Priscilla Lawson ("as Aura"), Frank Shannon ("as Dr. Zarkov"), Jack 'Tiny' Lipson (billed as "John Lipson as Vultan"), Richard Alexander ("as Prince Zarin"), James Pierce, Duke Ford Jr., and Theodore Lorch. Note that this classic science fiction serial was also released in 1936, in a feature version (approximately 73 minutes, and condensed from all the separate chapters joined together). Universal created posters and lobby cards for all the chapters of the serial version, and also created additional posters and a set of lobby cards for the feature version.

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Mandrake the Magician

Created by writer Lee Falk (1911-1999) and artist Phil Davis, Mandrake debuted as a daily comic strip in 1934 and as a Sunday page in 1935. Distributed by King Features, the adventures of the top-hatted magician with supernatural and hypnotic powers was an immediate success. Assisted by his faithful companion Lothar, an African king with enormous strength, and Princess Narda, Mandrake triumphed over earthly enemies and extraterrestrial invaders. He made his first comic book appearance in King Comics #1 in 1936 and has appeared in numerous collections in the decades since. Columbia Pictures released a 12-episode chapter play in 1939 with Warren Hull as Mandrake, and a syndicated radio series aired on the Mutual network from 1940 to 1942 starring Edward Johnson. A pilot made-for-TV movie was broadcast in 1979. Mandrake also appeared as part of the cast of the 1986 syndicated cartoon series The Defenders Of The Earth which lasted one season with 66 episodes.

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The Katzenjammer Kids

Considered by some to be the first true comic strip, The Katzenjammer Kids premiered in December 1897 in the New York Journal. The hell-raising kids, patterned after the similar 19th century story favorites Max and Moritz created by Wilhelm Busch (1832-1908), were introduced to Americans by Rudolph Dirks (1877-1968) as Hans and Fritz. Their debut has been called the single most important event in the history of the comic strip. Hans and Fritz, and their long-suffering Mamma, were joined by der Captain in 1902 and by der Inspector in 1905. As the result of a legal battle, Harold Knerr (1882-1949) took over the strip in 1914, while Dirks started a new strip, The Captain and the Kids, for the New York World. A stage adaptation appeared in 1903, and over the years the strips have been reprinted frequently in comic books. Both strips had their own comic books from the 1930s to the 1950s. Animated cartoon versions were directed by Gregory LaCava in 1916-1918 and by Friz Freleng for MGM in 1938-1939, and the Kids appeared on television in MGM Cartoons (ABC, 1960) and The Fabulous Funnies (NBC, 1978-1979). The Katzenjammer Kids is the oldest comic strip still in syndication, Hy Eisman draws the strip today.

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THE AMAZING TALENT OF ELLIOTT SWANSON

Elliott made all of the above items.  He doesn't think he's a genius but we here at Swapsale do.  That's why we comissioned him to do a lenticular 3-D Space Patrol DVD box cover for us.  See this week's Editorial for details.  The man can do anything.  Regular readers of this column may remember him as the guy who made a Blade Runner gun that actually shoots bullets.

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Gil Elvgren's "Smoke Screen" from 1958 (Oil on canvas) closed at $83,650. 

Charlotte's Web Cover Art Hits $155,350

The original 1952 cover art for the best-selling children's book, Charlotte's Web by E.B. White, brought $155,350 on Friday, October 15, 2010 as a feature of Heritage Auctions’ Signature Illustration Art auction.

Part One of Garth Williams: The Art of Charlotte’s Web – consigned by the late artist’s family – brought more than $780,000, with the cover art to the famous book establishing a world record price for any Williams art. The price for the cover was more than five times the pre-sale estimate. All prices include 19.5% Buyer’s Premium.

The auction proved to be Heritage’s second highest-grossing Illustration Art Auction since the inception of the category, tallying an impressive total exceeding $3.75 million – eclipsed only by the February 2010 $4.5 million Illustration Art Auction – with 939 bidders vying the more than 500 lots in the auction, translating into a 97.4% sell-through by total value. The auction marked the first major event for Heritage under the auspices of its newly opened New York offices at 445 Park Avenue (at 57th Street).

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L.B. Cole, Top Art at ComicConnect in November

The L.B. Cole Estate Collection leads off the ComicConnect.com November Event Auction with original oil paintings, pencil recreations, hundreds of cover proofs, and comics from his personal collection. Additionally, the November Event Auction is highlighted by, arguably, the two greatest pieces of original comic art known to exist: the covers to Superman #14 and Detective Comics #69 from the Jerry Robinson collection.

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Superman #14 Original Art Up for Auction

It’s fairly normal hyperbole in the comic book market to describe witnesses to this and that as “stunned,” but it’s a good thing to actually see it happen. Over the October 8-10, 2010 weekend at the New York Comic Con, a good number of collectors were actually momentarily stunned when they realized they were looking at the original art for Superman #14, certainly the most iconic Golden Age superhero original cover art known to still exist.

Auction house ComicConnect.com said, “Word spread like wildfire across the convention floor,” as fans and dealers realized it was on display

On November 10, 2010 at 12 PM ET, bidding will open for Fred Ray’s famous “patriotic shield” cover to Superman #14 (January - February 1942), as well as Jerry Robinson’s “double guns” Joker cover to Detective Comics #69 (November 1942).

“Of course there’s always a chance that someone might have another highly significant early Golden Age cover in an undocumented collection that is out there just waiting to be discovered, but one would likely have to consider this the most important Golden Age comic cover still extant. Superman #14 is not only a great Superman pose, it’s an important patriotic image from World War II. It might well be the very definition of the term ‘iconic’ in the original comic art market,” said Robert M. Overstreet, author and publisher of The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide.

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Home Run Cigar tin with image of baseball players on both sides, Federal Tin Co, Pa., extremely rare, estimate $8,000-$12,000. 

David and Marcia Hirsch Collection at Morphy's

In the field of graphic design, Chicagoan David Hirsch is known as the man with the golden eye. A founding partner of David Hirsch Design Group and later Hirsch O’Connor, he was the mastermind behind the artwork that branded a legion of commercial entities and products. And while it may be possible for many professionals to leave their work at the office, it has never been an option for Hirsch, who cannot view life through anything but an artistic lens, 24/7. The allure of illustrative imagery has always been a fascination to Hirsch, on or off the job, and it was his love of design that launched and perpetuated the phenomenal collection of antique advertising tins, signs, store displays and other promotional items he amassed over 40 years with his wife, Marcia. That collection, in its entirety, will be auctioned November 19-20, 2010 at Morphy’s.

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Rare circa-1900 Buffalo Bill's Wild West and Congress of Rough Riders 28-sheet billboard poster on linen. 

Rare Posters, More at Mosby & Co. Event

Mosby & Co.’s  phone, Internet and absentee auction, which will be open for bidding from November 2-17, 2010, is brimming with posters whose vivid colors and exciting images recall the era of traveling circuses under the big top.

“Days, even weeks in advance, the posters would start to appear around town, posted on store windows and walls, on light and telephone poles, or on the sides of buildings,” said Mosby & Co. owner Keith Spurgeon. “Everyone wanted to know when the circus was coming to town.”

Some posters depicted impossible feats, performed by acts from exotic lands. Others promised a real live parade of clowns, performers and wild animals right down the main street of small town USA. “But nowadays, most people under the age of 50 would not have a personal recollection of old-time circuses. It’s a bygone era, and that’s what makes period circus posters so collectible.”

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Mint condition 1954 Superman vs. The Robot by Universal, the Holy Grail of lunchboxes.  

Philip Weiss Readies Huge October 22-24 Sale

A massive three-day weekend sale slated for October 22-24, 2010, by Philip Weiss Auctions will feature hundreds of fresh-to-the-market lots of toys and toy trains, railroad memorabilia, Hollywood memorabilia, vintage dolls, antique advertising, coin-ops and more. The auction will be held at the Philip Weiss Auctions showroom, located at #1 Neil Court.

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Syroco? Nope! Flash Gordon and many other King Features Syndicate were mistakenly called Syroco figures for decades. They were made by Multi-Products, Inc. The Great Americans series, though, were true Syroco figures.

Syroco Figures

Adolph Holstein, a skilled European immigrant woodcarver, founded the Syracuse Ornamental Company in 1890, specializing in making hand-carved decorative components for the furniture industry. Demand for the company’s intricate products soon exceeded production capacity, so Holstein developed a process to mass-produce replicas of the carvings by compressing a mixture of wood flour, waxes, and resins into molds. In the 1930s and 1940s the company changed its name to Syroco Inc. and manufactured a line of novelty items--cigarette boxes, pipe racks, plates, serving trays, and figurines of popular entertainers and public personalities, for sale in roadside souvenir shops. Syroco Inc. continued in business for many years, but production of the figures was discontinued by about 1950.

Syroco products of greatest interest to collectors are the 1941 Great American Series of historic personalities (about 6” tall). For many years it was believed by collectors and historians similarly-styled figures copyrighted by King Features Syndicate were Syroco products. It is now known that this series was produced by the company, Multi-Products, Inc. of Chicago (see our separate feature this week in Scoop).

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L.B. Cole Estate Collection on ComicConnect

Leonard Brandt Cole entered the world of comic book illustration after having worked as art director for a lithography company. His career in comics began in the early 1940s as a cover artist with over 1500 covers to his credit. Cole’s lithography experience provided him with the skills to create deep, rich colors for his covers that were unmatched in his time.

Most artists from the Golden Age of comics worked primarily in obscurity. L.B. Cole is one of the very few artists whose covers and artwork are fanatically chased by collectors. As time goes by, his extensive work only further cements his place as one of the all-time greats of the Golden Age.

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Heritage's November Movie Poster Auction

Heritage's November Signature Movie Poster Auction, November 11-13, 2010, looks like it will offer a broad selection of one-sheets and other movie poster items spanning a variety of genres and eras.

It will include such posters as The Grapes of Wrath one-sheet, Our Blushing Brides (Joan Crawford) rotogravure and regular style one-sheets, Sadie Thompson (Gloria Swanson) insert, Hollywood 1923 insert poster with Paramount's top stars pictured, Angels With Dirty Faces insert, I'm No Angel one-sheet featuring Mae West, Monkey Business Marx Brothers Trolley Card, Ex-Lady one-sheet with Bette Davis, The Maltese Falcon (Humphrey Bogart) insert and one-sheet, Secret Agent half-sheet, Dodsworth one-sheet, Out of the Past  film noir one-sheet, The Roaring Twenties one-sheet and Suspicion one-sheet.

Horror and science fiction will be represented by King Kong oversized Austrian three-sheet, Werewolf of London rare half-sheet, The Walking Dead midget window card with Boris Karloff, Abbott & Costello Meet the Monsters (a rare original British quad for Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein), Things to Come rare British poster, and Forbidden Planet rare six sheet and one-sheet.

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Charlotte Clark Dolls at Hake’s

The story of the first Mickey Mouse doll creation by Bob Clampett (later of Merry Melodies, Bugs Bunny and Beany & Cecil fame) and Charlotte Clark began in January, 1930. The fourteen year old Clampett was commissioned by Charlotte Clark to design a Mickey Mouse doll. Sketched from a Mickey Mouse cartoon playing at a local theater, Clampett and Clark produced a doll. Clampett’s father advised his son to obtain Disney’s permission before proceeding further. Walt Disney loved the concept and set up Clark, the Clampetts and a small staff in a rented house near the Disney Studio for the sole purpose of making and selling Mickey Mouse dolls.

Hake’s Americana & Collectibles is offering dolls personally made by Charlotte Clark in the 1940s in our current auction. These include dolls for Mickey and Minnie Mouse with Pluto, Donald Duck, Jose Carioca, Goofy, Pinocchio characters and Dumbo. Those for Cinderella characters, Peter Pan and Tramp from Lady and the Tramp are from the early to mid-1950s.

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Unique Penny Sold For $1.7 Million for Charity

A one-of-a-kind Lincoln cent, mistakenly struck in 1943 at the Denver Mint in bronze rather than the zinc-coated steel used that year to conserve copper for World War II, has been sold by Legend Numismatics of Lincroft, New Jersey for $1.7 million to an unnamed Southwestern business executive. The coin's anonymous former owner made arrangements for the entire sale proceeds to go to a charitable organization. Photo courtesy of Legend Numismatics.

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Baseball Collectibles Heat Up for Post Season

While the regular season is winding down, it’s just about time for the post season, which means there’s a lot of baseball yet to play. ake’s Americana & Collectibles always has plenty of baseball items available, and our latest auction hits another home run with over 100 baseball offerings. A few of the highlights include an 1888 tobacco card showing then Vice-Presidential candidate Levi Morton in baseball uniform with bat at the ready, a Wilmington baseball team real photo button from circa 1898-1900, a Lou Gehrig 1930s club patch and brochure from Big League Gum, and a rare Babe Ruth "Hello Babe!" button from the 1930s.

Also offered are a Mickey Mantle 1950s portrait button with attachments, a Joe DiMaggio TV Club 1950s button issued by Buitoni Macaroni, a Buxton Wonders early 1900s African American large team photo, and an Indianapolis ABC's and Cleveland Elites Opening Game 1926 Negro League panoramic photo, a New York Bloomer Girls scorecard pair, and  Puerto Rican team Caguas Criollas 1947-1948 signed team photo.

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BLB Comics' eBay Sale This Weekend

Veteran comics dealer/historian Robert Beerbohm is running a special discount sale in his eBay store through this weekend, September 24-26, 2010. He invites all collectors of vintage comic books in all genres, pulps, original art as well as concert posters, handbills, tickets to check out his wares.

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Over 50 Collectible Rings in Hake’s Auction #201

Rings have been valued for ages. Whether by a new couple wearing their wedding rings for the first time or an exuberant child drooling over the Ring Pop in their finger, each holds special meaning to the wearer. The same could be said for collectibles rings.

Over the years, Hake’s Americana & Collectibles has offered many rings in our auctions. This holds true with our current auction, where we are offering over fifty different collectible rings.

The categories range from sports to radio, TV to movies and more. Highlights include Detroit Pistons World Champions ring pair (each weighing nearly a half a pound, only given to certain members of the press and suite holders), a complete set of 12 Nabisco Rin Tin Tin rings from 1955, Roy Rogers sterling silver saddle ring, a rare Lone Ranger prototype secret compartment ring circa 1940, a pair of Kix Cereals Lone Ranger military service rings from 1942, a rare high grade Tom Mix Deputy National Chicle Gum ring from 1933, and a high grade Dick Tracy Quaker Cereals Good Luck secret compartment ring from 1938.

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ORIGINAL THEATER USED LOBBY CARD

AIN'T MISBEHAVIN' TC '55 sexy full-length Piper Laurie & Mamie Van Doren!

Film Description: Ain't Misbehavin', the 1955 Edward Buzzell romantic musical comedy ("It's a HILARIOUS NEW LOOK at LIFE!!"; "It's got that M-M-M-MAMBO!"; "and that M-M-MAMIE!"; "The sensational front-page story of a hilarious back-door romance!"; about a rowdy young girl who crashes high society when a wealthy older man falls for her) starring Rory Calhoun, Piper Laurie, Jack Carson, Mamie Van Doren (blonde bombshell of the 1950s, who never made the transition to A-roles; her top years were in the mid to late 1950s; in 1959, she was released from her contract and she made a few foreign and independent movies, and TV appearances, remaining as "classy" as ever!), Reginald Gardiner, Barbara Britton, and Dani Crayne

ENDS TUESDAY SEPTENBER 21

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13,858 and it's a Wrap: As The World Turns Ends

As the World Turns taped its 13,858th and final episode back in June, but that last installment of the long running show airs today, September 17, 2010.

Since it debuted on CBS 54 years ago, the show has launched or furthered the careers of Julianne Moore, James Earl Jones, Richard Thomas, Ming-Na, Meg Ryan, Marisa Tomei, Swoosie Kurtz, Mary McDonnell, Roselyn Sanchez, and Parker Posey, among many others.

Helen Wagner, who delivered the show’s first lines in 1956, starred as Nancy Hughes until she passed away at 91 earlier this year (her 54-year stint is a Guinness world record for playing the same character on TV).

Don Hastings, who took over the role of her son, Dr. Bob Hughes, in 1960, clocked in for just about an even 50 years following a stint on Captain Video and His Video Rangers.

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Rocket Man: King of the Rocketmen #1 cover by Chris Scalf 

Original three-sheet for the 12-chapter Republic Pictures serial King of the Rocket Men. 

Rocket Man Ready to Blast Off Again

As part of their pulp character resurgence, Moonstone Books will offer Rocket Man: King of the Rocketmen #1 in the October 2010 issue of Previews, which means it’s set to arrive in comic shops in December. Guiding the flight path of Rocket Man will be writer James A. Kuhoric, best known to comics fans for his horror-themed work in Dynamite’s Dead Irons (which he created) and Army of Darkness, and Wildstorm’s successful Freddy vs. Jason vs, Ash and its recent sequel.

Recently, though, Kuhoric began branching out into other areas with the three-part, all-ages (or at least most ages) Legendary Talespinners and now Rocket Man. We’ve read the script for the character’s first appearance and it is, appropriately, a blast.

Scoop talked with him about this project and why he’s far from done with the horror genre.

Scoop: You’re known for your horror comics, like Dead Irons, Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash, and Army of Darkness, but you’ve recently done Legendary Talespinners and now this pulp-fueled adventure. What made you want to branch out?
James A. Kuhoric (JAK): I love all things horror. From movies, to comics, to novels, to video games, if it’s spooky or creepy I’m all in. The reason stories like FvJvA and AOD come so easily to me is because of my personal enjoyment of the genre. If it were up to me, it’d be Halloween all year long and we’d get to enjoy the best of horror every night on TV.

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Howdy Doody Time at Hake’s

Hake's Americana & Collectibles always has interesting Howdy Doody items available, but the current auction features two incredibly rare Howdy Doody collectibles. A real Howdy Highlight is item # 2472, Buffalo Bob Smith's personally owned and worn "Buffalo Bob Says Howdy Doody For President" 1952 campaign jacket.

Bob Smith staged campaigns to elect Howdy "President of All Boys and Girls" in 1948 and 1952. Howdy won the 1952 election, beating out "Mr. X" with 1,294,003 votes.

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Buster Brown Rarities in Hake's Auction #201

Richard Felton Outcault (1863-1928), signing his work R.F. Outcault, went to work as a cartoonist for Joseph Pulitzer's New York World newspaper in 1894. He was working on a large panel humor series titled Hogan's Alley based on slum children in New York City in 1895. A bald character with big ears named Mickey Dugan wearing a nightshirt with sayings on it soon became the central character.   

Sunday newspapers were experimenting with color, and Mickey Dugan's nightshirt was selected for color tests. Blue was tried a few times, but yellow was the final choice.

May, 1895 saw the first appearance of the kid with his yellow shirt, thereafter known as The Yellow Kid.

Outcault was lured away to Pulitzer rival William Randolph Hearst's New York Journal in 1896 and continued to draw The Yellow Kid, while George Luks continued The Yellow Kid for Pulitzer. The popularity of both pages waned by the late 1890s and Outcault experimented with a few other strips until he struck gold with Buster Brown.

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Remembering the Maine and more at Hake's

The battleship U.S.S. Maine was sunk in Havana Harbor February 15, 1898 with 266 American sailors lost. Many looked at Spain as the culprit, and tensions rose between the US and Spanish governments. Congress declared war on Spain April 21, 1898 and Spain declared war on the US on April 23. The war lasted until August 12, just ten weeks, and the United States prevailed.

Heroes of the war included Commodore George Dewey and Theodore Roosevelt. Dewey was Commander of the Asiatic Squadron; the United State Navy fleet stationed in the Pacific Ocean that was instrumental in the defeat of the Spanish fleet in the first battle of the war at Manila Bay in the Philippines on May 1, 1898.

Assistant Secretary of the Navy Theodore Roosevelt resigned his position and joined the war effort, leading his Rough Riders to victory up San Juan Hill July 1, 1898 and Kettle Hill July 3. Roosevelt's success led to his being elected Governor of New York in 1898 and Vice-President in March, 1901. He became President when William McKinley was assassinated September 14, 1901.

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Barney Google and Spark Plug at Hake's

Cartoonist Billy DeBeck's Barney Google comic strip first appeared June 17, 1919. Barney loved the ladies, cigars, prize fights, and poker but his first love was horse racing. It seemed only natural when, on July 17, 1922, DeBeck introduced Spark Plug, the loveable blanket-wearing nag with feed bag never far away. Spark Plug wasn't much of race horse, but Barney never gave up hope. Spark Plug struck a chord with the public, and brought huge numbers of new readers to the comic pages.

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Elsie The Cow

In the late 1930s the Borden Company ran a series of advertisements for its milk featuring a herd of cartoon cows. One, dubbed Elsie, became a star at the 1939 New York World’s Fair when visitors to the Borden exhibit insisted on knowing which of the cows there was Elsie.

Elsie married Elmer, and their daughter Beulah was at the 1940 NYWF. Borden put Elsie to work during World War II touring the country to sell war bonds and promote its milk. Contests to name Elsie’s calf Beauregard in 1947 and twins Larabee and Lobelia in 1957 brought overwhelming public responses.

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The Jetsons

Hanna-Barbera Studios had great success with the stoneage Flintstones primetime animated series and decided to try something new. The Jetsons was set 100 years hence in the ultra futuristic, sky high OrbitCity. The original series ran on ABC between September 23, 1962 and March 3, 1963 with a total of 24 episodes. The family lived in Skypad Apartments and the show utilized a multitude of sophisticated gadgets. Voice actors included George O’Hanlon as George Jetson, Penny Singleton as wife and mother Jane, Daws Butler as Son Elroy, Janet Waldo as daughter Judy, Don Messick as Astro the dog, Jean Vander Pyl as the maid Rosie the robot and Mel Blanc as George’s boss Cosmo Spacely.

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The Justice Society of America

The first time superheroes ever got together and formed a team was when The Justice Society of America debuted on the cover of All-Star Comics #3, published in the Fall of 1940. This collection of heroes, including at various times the Flash, Green Lantern, the Spectre, Wonder Woman, Hawkman, Hourman, Doctor Mid-Nite, Sandman and many others, set the stage for every super group that was to follow. Readers thrilled to the exploits of this first team until 1951, when trends led All-Star to change to All-Star Western with #58. The title would be revived in the '70s with old and new members, but it would not be until August 1999 that the JSA would receive its own title. Many interesting things happened in the meantime for Justice Society collectors and historians, though. Not the least of these was the creation of the Junior Justice Society of America.

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HERITAGE COMICS AUCTION ENDS SUNDAY

Ace Comics #17 (David McKay Publications, 1938) Condition: FN+. Appearances include the Phantom, Blondie, and Krazy Kat. Overstreet 2010 FN 6.0 value = $117; VF 8.0 value = $231.

Adventure Comics #73 (DC, 1942) Condition: Qualified FR. Origin of Manhunter by Simon & Kirby. Manhunter cover. Overstreet lists as "scarce". Two-thirds of the spine missing, cover detached, water stain along the spine, rusty staples, centerfold missing. Overstreet 2009 GD 2.0 value = $1,275.

Adventure Comics #78 (DC, 1942) Condition: Apparent GD/VG. Joe Simon and Jack Kirby cover art. Jack Burnley and Bernard Baily art. Overstreet 2010 GD 2.0 value = $194.

Famous Funnies #10 (Eastern Color, 1935) Condition: GD/VG. There is a stain on the front cover. Overstreet 2010 GD 2.0 value = $177; VG 4.0 value = $354.

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HERITAGE MOVIE POSTER AUCTION ENDS SUNDAY

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (Buena Vista, R-1971). Insert (14" X 36"). Science Fiction.
Starring Kirk Douglas, James Mason, Paul Lukas, Peter Lorre, Robert J. Wilke, Ted de Corsia, Gloria Pall. Directed by Richard Fleischer. An unrestored poster with bright color and a clean overall appearance. It may have general signs of use, such as very slight edge wear. Please see full-color, enlargeable image below for more details. Rolled, Very Fine+.

The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (Columbia, 1958). Insert (14" X 36"). Fantasy.
Starring Kerwin Mathews, Kathryn Grant, Richard Eyer, Torin Thatcher, Alec Mango, Danny Green, Harold Kasket, Alfred Brown, Nana DeHerrera, Nino Falanga, Luis Guedes, Virgilio Teixeira. Directed by Nathan Juran. An unrestored poster that displays signs of use. May include light edge wear with small tears, corner bumps, surface wrinkles, and pinholes. Please see full-color, enlargeable image below for more details. Folded, Fine/Very Fine.

Adventures of Captain Fabian (Century Pictures, R-Late 1950s). Belgian (14" X 21.5"). Swashbuckler.
Starring Errol Flynn, Micheline Presle, Vincent Price, Agnes Moorehead, Victor Francen, Howard Vernon, Jim Gérald, Héléna Manson, and Valentine Camax. Directed by William Marshall and Robert Florey. An unrestored poster that displays signs of use. May include light edge or fold wear, slight fold separations, very minor paper loss, pinholes, or unobtrusive stains. Please see full-color, enlargeable image below for more details. Folded, Fine/Very Fine.

Adventures of Frank and Jesse James (Republic, 1948). One Sheet (27" X 41"). Serial.
Starring Clayton Moore, Steve Darrell, Noel Neill, George J. Lewis, and John Crawford. Directed by Fred C. Bannon and Yakima Canutt. An unrestored poster that displays signs of use. May include edge or fold wear, fold separations, tears, minor paper loss, pinholes, or unobtrusive stains. Please see full-color, enlargeable image below for more details. Folded, Fine/Very Fine.

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Batman #1 CGC 3.0 Tops $28 K at ComicLink

In ComicLink’s auction which just ended Thursday, August 26, 2010, the company realized a number of record sales of vintage comic books. This partial list includes some of the items that went prior to Thursday evening’s final session. Check back on Friday afternoon for updates, and next week in Scoop for a full report on the auction.

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Record Prices for Pulp Art at Heritage

After more than a solid year of dominating Heritage Auctions’ Illustration Art Auctions, Pin-up and Glamour Art, while still performing superbly, was forced to cede the spotlight on August 17, 2010  to classic Pulp Art, as several icons of the genre burst into the spotlight, led by Hugh Joseph Ward’s “The Evil Flame,” Spicy Mystery Stories pulp cover, August 1936, from The Estate of John McLaughlin, which brought $143,400 to lead the auction’s $2.591 million in offerings. It is the highest price ever realized at public auction for a pulp magazine cover.

“This painting was not only the most important Ward pulp cover we've ever offered,” said Ed Jaster, Senior Vice President of Heritage, “it's one of the absolute best pulp covers that exists, by any artist, as reflected by the price paid for it. It has all the hallmarks of the greatest pulp covers: sexual tension, violence, a gorgeous woman in danger, all aggressively painted in a way that can’t help but to catch the eye.”

Another iconic piece of Pulp Art that set a record for price at auction was the auction catalog cover piece, Norman Saunders’s “The Ones,” Marvel Science cover, May 1951, a classic sci-fi damsel in distress painting that demolished the previous price record for Saunders, realizing $50,788, while another record was set for the artist Robert Fuqua, when his May 1930 Fantastic Adventures pulp illustration, first issue, “Revolt of the Robots”an illustration for Arthur Tofte's classic story of the same name – wrestled its way to a $27,485 final price amidst competitive bidding. Both of these classic paintings also came to auction from The Estate of John McLaughlin.

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Complete Frazetta Story at Russ Cochran

For the last few weeks we’ve been telling you that the next edition of Russ Cochran’s Comic Art Auction is set to close on September 2, 2010 and the name of the game for that event might be “rarities.” Here’s why we think we’re right: The event includes works by Chester Gould, Winsor McCay, Boris Vallejo, George McManus, Reed Crandall, Harold Gray, Bob Montana, Wally Wood, Alex Toth, Carlos Garzon and Al Williamson, Jack Kirby, Carmine Infantino and John Severin, Russ Heath, Jose "Pepe" Gonzalez, Jack Davis, and Johnny Craig, among others.

There are numerous one-of-a-kind opportunities, particularly including the McCay piece, but the recent passing of master fantasy illustrator Frank Frazetta means that many eyes will be on the 10 pages of Frazetta art in the auction.

Offered separately are the stunning Thun'da #1 pages 24, 25, and 27 (including the "Gods of the Jungle" splash page), from the classic Frazetta tale. The pages are each matted.

“This is the Frazetta of 1952, setting out to show the world of comic art what he could do when he really tried,” Cochran said.

The other seven pages are part of one lot and it’s another genuine rarity. In this case, it’s the complete seven-page story “River Gauntlet” from White Indian #13 (1951).

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Art Bissell Collection at Schulte Auctions

Schulte Auctions is featuring the Art Bissell Collection in their August 2010 on-line vintage sports memorabilia auction.  Art was born and raised in Beaver, PA and was in the men’s clothing business for many years but his real passion was following and collecting signed and un-signed items from athletes, specifically the Pittsburgh Pirates great Honus Wagner.

In 1915, Art met the Pirates super-star at Honus’s sporting goods store located in Pittsburgh.  In 1927, Bissell started to assemble numerous baseball mementos dedicating the collection as “The Honus Wagner Memorial Hall of Fame Museum.”

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Hoot Gibson

Maybe it was his homegrown Nebraska beginnings or his quaint, anecdotal affinity for owl-hunting. Something about Hoot Gibson made audiences adore him. Let's take a short look into the life of this silent and talking cowboy film legend.

Before landing his first role in a minor Western, Hoot Gibson worked as a cowboy on his father's ranch, in Wild West rodeo shoes and as a wrangler for Universal Pictures.

Though his first film appearance was in the 1910 short, Pride of the Range, Gibson didn't become a bonafide film star until the 1920s. At the height of his career, his popularity was second only to Tom Mix's.

Over the course of the next twenty years, until his 1944 retirement, Hoot Gibson appeared in over 200 films. He was last seen in 1960's Ocean's 11, as an uncredited "Road Block Deputy."

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The Legend of Big Boy

Did you know that the irrepressible mascot for America's favorite family diner was inspired by a real boy?

One crisp day in 1936, a family strolled into Bob Wian's 10-seat diner in Glendale, California. With them was a boy, around the age of six, whose girth exceeded his years and whose ill-fitting shirt and pants caused Bob to chuckle and dub the little patron "Big Boy." Or so we're told at Big Boy Restaurants' official website.

But said site also shares a slightly different version of the tale, one in which a random customer is inspired to draw a stout boy with greasily coiffed hair and a protruding tummy on a napkin, after witnessing Wian's propitious creation of the double-decker hamburger. Upon viewing the drawing, Wian immediately adopted it as his new "Big Boy" mascot.

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HERITAGE MOVIE POSTER AUCTION CLOSES SUNDAY AT 10PM CT

The Astounding She Monster (American International, 1958). Half Sheet (22" X 28"). Science Fiction.
Starring Shirley Kilpatrick, Robert Clarke, Kenne Duncan, Marilyn Harvey, Jeanne Tatum, Ewing Miles Brown, Scott Douglas, and Al Avalon. Directed by Ronald V. Ashcroft. A restored poster that displays signs of use. May include light edge or fold wear, slight fold separations, very minor paper loss, pinholes, or unobtrusive stains. Grades on all restored items are pre-restoration grades; Please see full-color, enlargeable image below for more details. Excellent Albert Kallis artwork. Fine/Very Fine on Linen.

2001: A Space Odyssey (MGM, 1968). One Sheet (27" X 41") Style B. Science Fiction.
Starring Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester, Daniel Richter, Leonard Rossiter, Margaret Tyzack, and Douglas Rain. Directed by Stanley Kubrick. An unrestored poster with bright color and a clean overall appearance. It may have general signs of use, such as slight fold separation and fold wear, corner bumps, or very minor tears. Please see full-color, enlargeable image below for more details. Robert 'Bob" McCall artwork. Folded, Very Fine.

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ComicLink’s August Event Closes 8/24 - 8/26

Next week wraps up ComicLink’s August Featured Auction, started Friday, August 13, 2010 and closes Tuesday, August 24 through Thursday, August 26, from 8:00 PM EDT and midnight each day. The event features a great selection of vintage comic books and original comic art.

Examples of the Golden Age material in this auction include Action Comics early and high-grade issues, including wraps from #1, #15 CGC 4.0, #16 CGC 6.0, #17 CGC 5.0, #18 CGC 6.5, #23 CGC 4.0 and others, All-American #16 CGC 5.5 (Restored), All-American #18 CGC 7.0 (highest graded, one of three), #21 CGC 9.2 (highest graded), All-Negro Comics #1 CGC 6.0, Archie Comics #5 CGC 6.5 (second highest), #12 ( Highest), Batman #1 CGC 3.0, number CGC Registry Set for Batman #1-#100 (issues from this set will be in this auction and the ComicLink November Featured Auction; this is a Batman heavy auction in general with nearly one hundred different examples to bid on), Black Terror #4 CGC 9.4 (highest graded), Captain America Comics #52 CGC 9.6 and a strong selection of other Timely issues, Captain Marvel Adventures #1 CGC 7.5 (white pages, restored) and other Captain Marvel issues from the number Registry Set, Detective Comics #27 (incomplete), #32 CGC 5.5, #33 CGC 5.0 (origin issue), and #38 CGC 4.0 (first Robin).

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KISS

In 1971, Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley gave birth to a modern rock legend by playing their first show as Wicked Lester. In August of 1973, after a name change and the addition of new personnel, Kiss took the stage at the Grand Ballroom of the Diplomat Hotel in New York, shortly resulting in a record deal.

 Gene Simmons (bass player), Paul Stanley (guitarist), Ace Frehley (guitarist), and Peter Criss (drummer) had transformed themselves into The Demon, Starchild, Space Ace, and The Cat, respectively, through makeup.

By mixing a hard rock edge with glam rock theatrics, Kiss took the world by storm as evidenced by their legion of followers, known as The Kiss Army. The group spawned best selling albums, action figures, a made-for-TV movie (Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park, 1978), a comic book from Marvel followed over the years by a series from a number of other publishers, and scores of other merchandise.

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Lost in Space

“Never fear, Smith is here!”

The cult sci-fi TV series Lost in Space, created by Irwin Allen for 20th Century Fox Television, aired on CBS from 1965through1968. Although it ran up against the original Star Trek, it was Lost in Space that was the first-run success.

Following the exploits of the intrepid Robinson family (Professor John Robinson, wife Maureen, daughters Judy and Penny, son Will, their pilot Major Don West, their Robot...called “Robot”) and a stock villain stowaway known as Dr. Smith originally sent to sabotage the ship, the series was a campy hit that mixed cheap special effects, excessive over-acting, and a wild sense of fun to produce a show enjoyed by both children and adults.  The cast included  Guy Williams, June Lockhart, Marta Kristen, Angela Cartwright, Bill Mumy, Mark Goddard and Jonathan Harris.

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Looking Back at RGK: Roy G. Krenkel

Among the many creators interviewed over the years by comics historian, enthusiast and publisher Russ Cochran was the artist Roy G. Krenkel, an illustrator sadly overlooked by many modern fans. In addition to other work, Krenkel, a Hugo Award-winning artist, created the covers for more than 20 Edgar Rice Burroughs and other genre paperbacks.

Cochran interviewed him at his home in 1978 for the third volume of the now long out of print Edgar Rice Burroughs Library of Illustration. With the recent passing of Frank Frazetta, Cochran found himself looking back at the work of Krenkel, who was a good friend of Frazetta’s, and he gave us permission to share this historic interview with our readers.

Roy Gerald Krenkel was born in the Bronx in 1918, and lived in the New York area his entire life except for a short stay in the Philippines during World War II. He grew up reading the stories of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Talbut Mundy and Robert E. Howard.

He attended Hogarth’s School of Visual Arts, New York Artists’ League and Cooper Union, and he drew and doodled incessantly. Krenkel never had a regular job. He lived with his parents in their home in Queens; he evidently had enough income from them to meet his Spartan needs, and he continued doodling and working around the fringes of the professional art world until Al Williamson asked him for assistance in backgrounds for some of the EC science fiction stories that Al was illustrating.

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Frazetta, McManus, McCay at Russ Cochran

The next edition of Russ Cochran’s Comic Art Auction is set to close on September 2, 2010 and the name of the game for that event might be “rarities.” Among the offerings are three original Frank Frazetta Thun'da pages, a complete seven-page Frazetta White Indian, and the July 9, 1944 Bringing Up Father Sunday page by George McManus.

Cochran said what may be the crown jewel of the auction in terms of rarity, though, is a very special piece by Winsor McCay featuring Dino the Dinosaur in the Holland Tunnel. It was a big subject in the newspapers of the day when the Holland Tunnel linking Manhattan and New Jersey was completed.

McCay, of course, was an illustration pioneer and creator of Little Nemo In Slumberland.

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Dr. Kildare

Created by author Frederick Faust (1892-1944) under the pen name Max Brand, the popular movie and TV series was loosely based on Faust’s friend Dr. George Fish. The first film Interns Can’t Take Money in 1937 starred Joel McRea as James Kildare and co-starred Barbara Stanwyck as Janet Haley. Lew Ayres took over the title role in 1938. 

Co-starring Lionel Barrymore as Dr. Gillespie, Young Dr. Kildare was released October 14, 1938 with Paramount releasing nine more titles up to 1942 with the popular acting team.

MGM ran a radio series starring Ayres and Barrymore The Story Of Dr. Kildare in 1949-1950 followed by syndication.

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Heritage: Yankees' National League Application

One of the most important documents in the early history of the New York Yankees franchise, an 1889 National League application letter (made when the team was the original Baltimore Orioles) is expected to bring more than $10,000 on August 5 as part of Heritage Auctions’ Signature Sports Collectibles Auction at the Baltimore National Sports Collectors Convention,

“Though there is admittedly little drama in the current rivalry between the Yankees and Orioles, the best and worst teams in baseball respectively, we don’t expect the same to be true in the battle to win this lot at auction,” said Chris Ivy, Director of Heritage Sports Collectibles.  “Collectors from both Baltimore and New York have shown great interest in the piece.”

Make no mistake, though: this is not the Baltimore Orioles of Brooks Robinson and Cal Ripken. That team appropriated the name when the former St. Louis Browns baseball team moved to town in 1954. The offered document was penned by William Barnie, the president and manager of the American Association Orioles, which would go on to represent the National League from 1892 until the league’s contraction from 12 teams to eight at the close of the 1899 season campaign.

The application can be definitively traced to the estate of Nicholas E. Young, first secretary of the National League, and N.L. President from 1885-1902,” said Ivy. “The provenance is unimpeachable and the history that flowed from this document is indisputable.”

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Summer Mini/Major Auction at eMoviePoster

The Tuesday-closing Part I of eMoviePoster.com’s Summer 2010 Mini/Major Auction features 313 items including inserts, half-sheets, title cards, lobby cards, window cards, and more. Part II, which closes Thursday, is also underway, and Part III will kick off on Sunday. Visit the site for more details. As usually during their Mini/MajorAuctions, everyone who buys even one item in any of the three parts gets a bonus t-shirt free.
Some of the top inserts offered in Part I of this event are House Of Frankenstein (Boris Karloff), Cat People (Val Lewton and Simone Simon), I Walked With A Zombie (Val Lewton), New York (incredible artwork of Manhattan skyscrapers over bridge and water), Them (classic sci-fi),

The Babe Comes Home(Babe Ruth), Running Wild (W.C. Fields), Señor Daredevil (Ken Maynard), Cabaret (Gilda Gray), Evening Clothes (Adolphe Menjou and Virginia Valli), Don Juan (John Barrymore and Mary Astor), and Action In The North Atlantic (Humphrey Bogart and Julie Bishop).

Among the half-sheets offered this time around are Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo (James Stewart and Kim Novak by Saul Bass), Asphalt Jungle style B (Marilyn Monroe), Dirty Harry (Clint Eastwood), Human Monster (Bela Lugosi and Wilfred Walter), The Wizard Of Oz style A (1955 reissue, Judy Garland), Otto Preminger’s Anatomy Of A Murder, Sisters (Errol Flynn and Bette Davis),  Some Like It Hot (Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon), and The Mark Of Zorro (Tyrone Power and Linda Darnell).

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Get Smart

Created by Mel Brooks and Buck Henry and produced by Paramount, Get Smart was a spoof of James Bond and spy films ran on CBS and NBC-TV between September 18, 1965 and May 15, 1970 with 138 episodes spanning the five seasons.

The premise has the secret agents of CONTROL battling the forces of KAOS, who want to rule the world. The main cast included Don Adams as Maxwell Smart, (Agent 86), Barbara Feldon as Agent 99 and Edward Platt as The Chief. Bernie Kopell frequently played Siegfried, the head of KAOS. Don Adams won an Emmy award three years in a row between 1967 and 1969.

Universal released a feature film The Nude Bomb (sometimes referred to as The Return Of Maxwell Smart) in 1980 starring Adams and Sylvia Kristel, ignoring the 99 character altogether. It offered only mixed results, but at least it had a Deskmobile.

In 1989, ABC-TV aired Get Smart Again!, a superior TV movie written and produced by Leonard Stern, this time starring both Don Adams and Barbara Feldon. Bernie Kopell reprised his role as Siegfried.

Fox TV aired a short-lived series of seven shows in 1995 with Adams and Feldon reprising their characters and “comedian” Andy Dick played their bumbling son. Kopell appeared in one episode as Smart’s son met Siegfried’s daughter (she thought her father was a doctor on a cruise ship, a play on Kopell’s long Love Boat stint).

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Roy Rogers' stuffed horse sold to Neb. TV station

NEW YORK — A Nebraska cable TV network ponied up $266,500 for Roy Rogers' stuffed and mounted horse, Trigger, at an auction in New York City on Wednesday.

The movie cowboy's faithful companion was bought by the cable company RFD-TV in Omaha, Neb., at a Christie's auction of items from the now-closed Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Museum in Branson, Mo.

Trigger's sale price outpaced the estimated $100,000 to $200,000 it was expected to fetch, with many other items also selling far above estimate.

RFD-TV's chief financial officer Steve Campione says Rogers reflects the company's values. The network airs mainly agricultural, equine and country living programming.

The company's owner, Patrick Gottsch, wanted to buy the whole Rogers collection but didn't have time to work out the deal, Campione said.

"It came to our attention a little too late," Campione said. "By the time we lined up the right financing and kind of got our arms around the value of the collection, it was literally 24 hours ago."

Auctioneer Cathy Elkies said it was the "most colorful, emotional and sentimental" sale she had experienced in her 20 years at Christie's. Many of the bidders in the packed hall came in Western attire and cowboy boots, and there were more than a few tears.

Rogers' son Roy Jr. cried at the beginning of the sale as he spoke of the family's decision to auction Roy's belongings.

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Comic-Con: Vanguard Frazetta Classics

Frank Frazetta’s Dan Brand/White Indian material will see print again as part of the new Vanguard Frazetta Classics line, the publisher has announced. It will follow a revised edition of the 2008’s The Definitive Frazetta Reference, which will be released at Comic-Con International: San Diego.

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Fibber McGee and Molly

Jim and Marian Jordan were veterans of small-time vaudeville before they ventured into radio comedy in Chicago, first as The O’Henry Twins in 1924, then as The Smith Family in 1925, as The Air Scouts in 1927 and in Smackout from 1931 to 1935.

Finally along with writer Don Quinn, they created Fibber McGee and Molly for Johnson’s Wax. The show premiered on the NBC Blue network in April 1935 and developed into one of the most popular radio comedies of all time.

From their home at 79 Wistful Vista, McGee, the blundering windbag, and Molly, his long-suffering, forgiving wife, presided over one domestic disaster after another. Listeners waited each week for Fibber to open his closet door, whereupon the stacked contents would crash to the floor.

The show featured a number of regular supporting characters: their neighbor Gildersleeve, Beulah the maid, henpecked Wallace Wimple, the Old Timer, Mayor La Trivia and Myrt, the telephone operator whose voice was never heard.

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WILSON MCCOY PHANTOM AT HERITAGE

Wilson McCoy The Phantom Sunday Comic Strip Original Art dated 3-20-55 (King Features Syndicate, 1955). The Phantom tackles a couple of extortionists in this Wilson McCoy Sunday. The two tiers have been trimmed horizontally, with a combined image area of 26" x 17.5". Along with some light paper tanning, there are several folds in the margins between each of the panels, and the logo stat has slightly browned from age; otherwise, the art is in Very Good condition.

McCoy, Wilson: Wilson McCoy (American, 1902-1961); took over the art reigns as the second artist on The Phantom when co-creator Ray Moore left the feature to serve as a pilot during World War II. McCoy is noted for his meticulous attention to detail, and he used photographic reference for nearly every drawing in the strip. His family and friends often posed for him and acted out the action for the stories. McCoy was also an adventurous world traveler who visited far-off jungles with several native tribes, including the Ituri tribe, pygmies who were said to be much like the Bandar tribe in the Phantom strip. McCoy attended art classes at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the American Academy, and Washington University's School of Fine Arts, where he later served as a member of the faculty. As an accomplished commercial artist prior to his lengthy stint on the Phantom, McCoy painted numerouus Liberty Magazine covers, as well as calendars, prints, pin-ups, and advertisements for major advertising clients. An artist herself, Wilson McCoy's wife, Dorothy Rainwater McCoy, did the lettering on the Phantom. McCoy's daughter Carol modeled for Diana Palmer, and his son Robert posed as the Phantom.

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Thun'da, King of the Congo Archives HC

Writer: Frank Frazetta, Gardner Fox
Artist: Frank Frazetta, Bob Powell
Genre: Fantasy, Classic, Action/Adventure

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Frank Frazetta is widely renowned as one of the greatest fantasy illustrators of all time. But he didn't hone his skills in study at the fabled galleries of Paris or Milan; his legendary talents flourished as he worked for hire during the Golden Age of comics!

In the early 1950s, Frazetta set up shop at bustling comics publisher Magazine Enterprises, contributing beautiful cover illustrations and comics pages. There, he also created his first mighty adventurer: the lost-world-jungle hero Thun'da! Though Frazetta left Magazine Enterprises shortly after the first issue of Thun'da was released, and the series was ultimately short lived despite the talented care of collaborators Gardner Fox and Bob Powell, to this day the Thun'da, King of the Congo comics series is held in high regard both as an exciting adventure title and as the only comics series ever to include a cover-to-cover, all-Frazetta issue!

* Collecting all six issues of Thun'da, King of the Congo, as well as the Thun'da backup stories that appeared in Cave Girl and Africa: Thrilling Land of Mystery.

Featuring art by golden age greats Frank Frazetta, Gardner Fox, and Bob Powell!

Pub. Date: July 2010
Format: Full color, 224 pages, Hard cover, 6 5/8" x 10 3/16"
Age range: 12+
MSRP: $49.99

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CGC 9.4 Human Torch #1 at ComicLink in August

A CGC-certified 9.4 copy of Human Torch #1 will be auctioned with no reserve in ComicLink's upcoming August Featured Auction. The issue is one of only three certified 9.4 and of the group this is the only specimen with Off-White to White or better page quality.

“As Timely collectors know, early Timely issues are infamous for having pages with some evidence of tanning, and it is actually expected even on extremely desirable, high-grade examples,” said ComicLink’s Josh Nathanson. “That is why it is additionally impressive that the page quality on this first Human Torch example, published in 1940, is just one CGC designation off from White Pages.”

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Admiral Kirk's Wrath of Khan Uniform at Heritage

William Shatner’s Starfleet officer’s jacket and undershirt worn in his portrayal of Admiral James T. Kirk in Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan will be sold at Heritage Auction Galleries Beverly Hills (9478 West Olympic Boulevard) as part of a trove of Star Trek-related material in the company’s July 17, 2010 Signature Music & Entertainment Memorabilia Auction. It is estimated at $20,000+.

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For Sale: Kubert's Brave and the Bold #34 Cover

After residing in a private collection for 40 years, artist Joe Kubert’s original cover art for The Brave and the Bold #34 has come on the market. The piece, originally published in 1961, features the first appearance of the Silver Age Hawkman.

“In my opinion, this cover is one of the top 10 significantly important covers of the Silver Age. Most of the other important covers have either not turned up, or don’t exist any longer,” said art dealer Mitch Itkowitz, who received the consignment for the collector.

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Extremely rare 1910 Colt cowgirl poster, the small lettering variation (est. $2,000-$8,000). 

Firearms, Militaria & Advertising at SoldUSA.com

Around 1,200 lots of rare and vintage firearms, militaria, ammunition and advertising collectibles are being offered in an Internet auction already underway by SoldUSA.com. The sale went online in mid-June and will conclude July 17, 2010. SoldUSA.com is a premier collectibles auction site, with over 42,000 registered users.

Many items in the sale are expected to fetch thousands of dollars. The expected top earner is an extremely fine smooth bore officer’s fusil (light flintlock musket) with both iron and brass decorative hardware (est. $3,100-$10,000). The gun, made by Jeremiah Cooper (N.Y., N.Y., circa 1815-1831) and has a scrolled presentation plate on the right side of the stock.

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Have Gun, Will Travel

Created by Sam Rolfe and Herb Meadow, CBS aired 226 episodes of Have Gun, Will Travel between September 14, 1957 and September 21, 1963. Richard Boone (1917-1981) starred as Paladin, a white suited intellectual resident of San Francisco’s Hotel Carlton whose alter ego was a grim black suited gunfighter for hire. Co-stars included Kam Tong as Kim “Hey Boy” Chan and Hal Needham as the bartender. Paladin’s business card with its stylized horsehead reads simply “Have Gun – Will Travel – Wire Paladin San Francisco.”

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RADIO TALK SHOW HOST ALEX BENNETT IN 1975

One of the biggest personalities in the New York area in the 1970s was radio talk show host Alex Bennett. Credited by many with starting the format later made famous by Howard Stern, Bennett, working at WPLJ, was arguably the first of the so called shock jocks, often interviewing such controversial personalities as Abby Hoffmann, Al Goldstein (publisher of a sex tabloid named Screw), the founding editors of the National Lampoon and a whole bunch of rock stars.  At the same time, Bennett was also one of the creators of a cable TV show called Midnight Blue which specialized in covering the local sex scene.

When the first strip club to feature men performing for women opened in New Jersey in the mid seventies, Bennett didn't hesitate to bring his TV crew out there to report on the phenomenon.  Then, a week later he went back to actually perform on stage, as seen here.  He did this for a total of five weekends, finally hanging up his dancing shoes when Jersey police busted him on obscenity charges.  (The charges were ultimately dropped.) 

Bennett, who went on to carve out an even bigger fan base for himself in San Francisco in the eighties and nineties, can currently be heard on Sirius Satellite radio, channel 146.

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The Marx Brothers

Born to Minnie and Sam Marrix (which was anglicized to Marx), The Marx Brothers included Chico (Leonard) 1887-1961, Harpo (Adolph Arthur) 1888-1964, Groucho (Julius) 1890-1977, Gummo (Milton) 1892-1977 and Zeppo (Herbert) 1901-1979.

Groucho debuted as a singer in vaudeville in 1905, joined by Gummo in 1907 and Harpo in 1908. By 1912, they had become a comedy act with Harpo as a mute harp player. Gummo left to serve in World War One and Chico and Zeppo joined the act.

Under Groucho’s creative direction, with Chico as business manager, they began playing Broadway. They became stars during the 1924-1925 run of I’ll Say She Is, written by Will B. Johnstone and Tom Johnstone.

Noted playwright George S. Kaufman (1989-1961) collaborated with composer Irving Berlin (1888-1989) and the brothers on The Cocoanuts in 1925-1926 and with Morrie Ryskind and Harry Ruby on Animal Crackers in 1928-1929. Both were huge hits on Broadway, leading to a film contract with Paramount.

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Fred Allen

Fred Allen (1894-1956) was a vaudeville juggler and standup comic who became one of the legendary radio comedians of the 1930s and 1940s.

From his first show on CBS in 1932 to his last on NBC in 1949, hardly a week went by without a Fred Allen program of one sort or another. Allen wrote his own material and his “feud” with Jack Benny was a successful running gag from 1936 to 1949. They appeared in two films together, Love Thy Neighbor in 1940 and It’s In The Bag in 1945.

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Johnny Tremain

Disney’s 1957 live-action film Johnny Tremain was based on the book by Esther Forbes, and for many children a viewing of it marked the first time they could personally relate to the American Revolution.

Set in Boston between 1773 and 1775, the story centers on a young apprentice silversmith who injures his hand. With his potential career ruined, Tremain gets in greater trouble when he finds himself accused of a crime he did not commit.  With the help of Paul Revere and Josiah Quincy, the youth defends himself. Johnny eventually finds himself drawn into the Revolutionary War, as well as an exploration of human rights.

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RED DWARF

British Fantastic Comedy (1988-1993; 1997-1999; 2009-present) about an enormous interstellar mining ship (the titular "Red Dwarf"), the crew of which has been almost completely wiped out by a radiation leak.

Almost.

One man remains alive: a chicken-soup-machine repairman named David Lister from Liverpool (born 2155 A.D, although this is debatable as at least 3 other birth dates appear in the TV series, plus several other references that make it impossible for Lister to be born in 2155). Lister was sentenced to be put in suspended animation for six months as punishment for bringing a female cat on board illegally (and, in the novels at least, did so deliberately, having only signed onto the Jupiter Mining Corporation vessel initially to get back to Earth after being stranded on one of Saturn's moons after a drunken bender).

During Lister's time in the stasis booth, incompetent Second Technician Arnold J. Rimmer (B.S.C., S.S.C  *

), Lister's bunkmate/superior officer (and all around smeghead), failed to replace a faulty drive-plate in the ship's engine system, which floods the ship's entire crew decks with lethal Cadmium-2 radiation, killing everyone on board except for Lister (and the cat which survived in the cargo hold). The ship's AI, Holly, sends the ship immediately out of the solar system, until the radiation reaches safe levels. Unfortunately, that takes three million years.

To keep Lister sane, Holly creates a hologram of the despised (and now deceased) Rimmer. After a few days, the pair discover the Cat, the last(ish) known member of his race Felis sapiens (which evolved from the pregnant cat that got Lister put in suspended animation in the first place).

Lister decides that he wants to return to Earth, despite the fact that no-one aboard knows if the human race still exists, and despite the problem that the journey back will take another three million years at sub-light speed (even turning the ship around at near lightspeed will take 400 years according to Holly).

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Gabby Hayes

George “Gabby” Hayes (1885-1969) acted in a traveling repertory company and played burlesque and vaudeville before he went to Hollywood for a film career that spanned more than 30 years.

Known as Windy, then Gabby, the whiskered, ornery, toothless geezer played sidekick to Hopalong Cassidy, Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, Bill Elliott, Randolph Scott and John Wayne in well over 100 Westerns.

Hayes was a regular on radio’s Roy Rogers Show in the 1940s and had his own program on the Mutual network in 1951-1952, sponsored by Quaker cereals. Adventure and “Gabby Hayes Western” comic books appeared between 1948 and 1957.

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Gumby

Art Clokey began experimenting with stop motion clay animation in the early 1950s, producing the film Gumbasia at USC film school in 1955. Sam Engel of 20th Century Fox enjoyed the film and formed a partnership with Clokey, leading to the creation of Gumby. The character made his first appearance as a test in a 1956 Howdy Doody show and proved popular enough that NBC gave him his own show.

Hosted by Pinky Lee, the series began in 1957. Twenty-two twelve minute shows were produced, then these were recycled into 44 six minute episodes in the 1960s. The cast included Gumby, Pokey the Horse, Nopey the Dog and their enemies the Blockheads.

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Al Williamson: It All Started with Flash Gordon

The great illustrator Al Williamson passed away this week. We revist his work with this piece originally published in The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide #30, which was published in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the "New Trend" EC Comics titles that Williamson was so associated with.

It started with Flash Gordon, the action-filled, meticulously illustrated adventure comic strip of the 1940s by Alex Raymond. The Spirit, Will Eisner's smoky creation, Hal Foster's exquisitely rendered Prince Valiant and other strips followed close behind.

In Spanish, of course.

Fans and historians know Al Williamson for his highly evocative art over the last fifty years. Many, though, don't know the full scope or variety of his efforts.

He has worked on everything from penciling and inking stories in EC's Weird Science-Fantasy in the '50s to inking John Romita, Jr. on Daredevil for Marvel in the '90s, stopping along the way for a highly respected run on the daily and Sunday Star Wars strip with the late writer Archie Goodwin.

During his career, he has worked with the proverbial Who's Who of comic book talent. The list of names includes John Prentice (the artist who took over Rip Kirby in 1956 following the death of its creator, Alex Raymond), Roy G. Krenkel, Angelo Torres, Wally Wood, Joe Orlando and the rest of the EC gang.

When publisher Bill Gaines and writer/editor Al Feldstein brought that group together, they must have known in some sense the amazing level of talent they had assembled. There is equally no way they could have known what a permanent impression they would make on the industry or the art form.

Williamson, along with artists such as Wally Wood, Harvey Kurtzman, and others carved out a distinctive ñ and as it turns out, lasting ñ niche in American comics with the quality of their work on the EC line.

Although it has been 50 years since the "New Trend" began and almost 45 since it ended, today's top creators routinely cite the horror, crime and science fiction comics that comprised the "New Trend" as being among the most influential comics in the history of the medium.

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