CRANSTON, R.I. – A copy of Timely Comics Marvel Mystery Comics #9 from July 1940 and a Madame puppet created and used by entertainer Wayland Flowers in the late 1970s or early 1980s will headline a Spring Comic, Toy & Sports Auction on Saturday, May 21, conducted by Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
Timely Comics Marvel Mystery Comics #9 is ranked #33 on Overstreet’s Top 100 Golden Age Comics list. The book features the second Sub-Mariner cover and an iconic Human Torch vs. Sub-Mariner battle with classic artwork by Bill Everett and Alex Schomburg. The copy up for bid is graded CGC 4.0 and has a pre-sale estimate of $30,000-$50,000. Per GPA Analysis, it has been more than 10 years since a 4.0 blue label graded copy was sold.
“This is a fantastic auction with one of the greatest selection of toys we have had in a long time,” said Kevin Bruneau, Bruneau & Co’s president and an auctioneer. “The Wayland Flowers puppet is also a true blast from the past from my childhood. It is going to be interesting to see what it brings in the market today, with how hot pop culture is.”
The Madame puppet has a hand-painted composite head with an articulated mouth and an elaborate bedazzled gown, rhinestone earrings and a necklace. It was recently featured on an episode of PBS’ Antiques Roadshow, and is accompanied by a VHS tape of Flowers using this puppet, a notarized letter about the history of the puppet written by the owner, and photos of Flowers and the consignor with the puppet. It carries an estimate of $10,000-$20,000.
A copy of Marvel Comics Fantastic Four #1 from Nov. 1961, graded CGC 2.0, featuring the origin and first appearance of the Fantastic Four and Mole Man, is estimated at $7,000-$10,000; and a copy of Marvel Comics Amazing Spider-Man #1 from March 1963, graded CGC 1.8, featuring the first appearance of J. Jonah Jameson and Chameleon and the first Fantastic Four crossover, plus a retelling of the origin of Spider-Man, should hit $6,000-$9,000.
A copy of Marvel Comics X-Men #1 from Sept. 1963, featuring the origin and first appearance of the X-Men and Magneto, graded CGC 5.0, with a slight restoration, should realize $3,000-$5,000; while a copy of Marvel Comics Amazing Spider-Man #3 from July 1963, featuring the origin and first appearance of Doctor Octopus, plus an appearance by the Human Torch, graded CGC 5.0, is expected to find a new home for $3,000-$4,000.
A copy of volume 1, #1 of Playboy magazine, dating to December 1953 and featuring the iconic color nude photo of Marilyn Monroe as the Sweetheart of the Month, graded CGC 6.5, has an estimate of $4,000-$6,000. Also, a 1978 Canadian Kenner Star Wars 20B back Boba Fett action figure, part of an original owner collection featured throughout the auction and graded CAS 75, should go for $3,000-$5,000.
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