NEW YORK – Action, adventure and laughs await winning bidders in a no-reserve comic book auction that will be presented by LiveAuctioneers on Sunday, Dec. 6, beginning at 6 p.m. Eastern time. A scarce No. 1 issue of Supercar tops the auction’s star lots. Because this is a no-reserve auction, the high bidder wins the lot, no matter how low the price. Bid absentee or live online exclusively through LiveAuctioneers.
Several No. 1 issues are offered in the 179-lot auction, starting with Supercar (above), which was based on the British children’s TV show that appeared in syndication in the U.S. starting in January 1962. Publisher Gold Key adapted the series as a comic book in America, releasing four issues between November 1962 and August 1963. The star of the series was Supercar, a vertical-takeoff-and-landing craft piloted by Mike Mercury.
Another scarce No. 1 offered in the auction is DC Comics’ Trigger Twins, which promised “double-barrel Western action” but got off only one shot in March-April 1973. The identical twin heroes, dressed in buckskin and a red bandanna, first appeared in DC’s All-Star Western series in the early 1960s.
Only two Fantastic Four comics are offered in this auction but one of them is issue No. 52, dated July 1966, famous for the first appearance of the Black Panther. Marvel Comics editor-writer Stan Lee and writer-artist Jack Kirby created the first superhero of African descent in mainstream American comics.
The second Fantastic Four is No. 47, another 12-cent Silver Age comic book, which is certified by CGC at an equally fantastic 9.2.
Of the four Amazing Spider-Man issues in the sale, the highest-graded is #361, which is has a CGC-certified 9.4 (near mint condition). This 1992 release on the 30th anniversary of Spider-Man’s debut begins the 14-part Maximum Carnage crossover published in Marvel Comics’ Spider-Man family of titles.
The bulk of the auction is devoted to The Avengers – 85 titles.
A handful of the comic books star popular cartoon characters, including the Flintstones, Huckleberry Hound and Top Cat.
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