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Dave Cockrum’s circa-1974 original ink and watercolor box art for Aurora Plastics and the Metaluna Mutant model, from the 1955 film ‘This Island Earth,’ estimated at $7,000-$10,000

Part 2 of Marvel Comics artist’s collection at Bruneau & Co., Jan. 1

Dave Cockrum’s circa-1974 original ink and watercolor box art for Aurora Plastics and the Metaluna Mutant model, from the 1955 film ‘This Island Earth,’ estimated at $7,000-$10,000

Dave Cockrum’s circa-1974 original ink and watercolor box art for Aurora Plastics and the Metaluna Mutant model, from the 1955 film ‘This Island Earth,’ estimated at $7,000-$10,000

CRANSTON, R.I. – Part 2 of the Andy Yanchus collection – 564 lots of vintage comics and comic art gathered during the course of a lifetime by the renowned hobbyist – will come up for bid at Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers on New Year’s Day, Sunday, January 1, beginning at noon Eastern time. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Market-watchers pounced on rare comic art & action figures at Hake’s $2.7M auction

One of six lots of Al Williamson (1931-2020) original, unpublished concept art that preceded the ‘Star Wars’ daily newspaper comic strip (which was ultimately written and drawn by Russ Manning and ran from 1979-1984). Of 12 proposal strips created by Williamson, the first six were gifted to George Lucas; the other six were given to Star Wars marketing genius Charles Lippincott, whose widow has consigned them to Hake’s. Sold for $46,730

YORK, Pa. – Original comic strip art continues to solidify its position alongside fine art in the collector marketplace, with the latest proof coming on day two of Hake’s July 26-27 auction of pop culture rarities. Amongst the highlights of the $2.7 million sale was a selection of six consecutive lots of original concept art created in the late 1970s for a proposed Star Wars daily newspaper comic strip. Drawn by legendary comic strip artist Al Williamson (1931-2020) as part of a series of twelve strips, the artworks never saw publication.

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One of six consecutive lots of Al Williamson (American, 1931-2020) original, unpublished concept art that preceded the ‘Star Wars’ daily newspaper comic strip (which was ultimately written and drawn by Russ Manning and ran from 1979-1984). Of 12 proposal strips created by Williamson, the first six were given to George Lucas, and the other six were given to Star Wars marketing genius Charles Lippincott, whose widow has consigned them to Hake’s. Each is absolutely fresh to the market, and each is estimated at $10,000-$20,000. Image courtesy of Hake’s Auctions

Star Wars comic strip art leads galaxy of greats at Hake’s, July 26-27

One of six consecutive lots of Al Williamson (American, 1931-2020) original, unpublished concept art that preceded the ‘Star Wars’ daily newspaper comic strip (which was ultimately written and drawn by Russ Manning and ran from 1979-1984). Of 12 proposal strips created by Williamson, the first six were given to George Lucas, and the other six were given to Star Wars marketing genius Charles Lippincott, whose widow has consigned them to Hake’s. Each is absolutely fresh to the market, and each is estimated at $10,000-$20,000. Image courtesy of Hake’s Auctions

One of six consecutive lots of Al Williamson (American, 1931-2020) original, unpublished concept art that preceded the ‘Star Wars’ daily newspaper comic strip (which was ultimately written and drawn by Russ Manning and ran from 1979-1984). Of 12 proposal strips created by Williamson, the first six were given to George Lucas and the other six were given to Star Wars marketing genius Charles Lippincott, whose widow has consigned them to Hake’s. Each is absolutely fresh to the market, and each is estimated at $10,000-$20,000. Image courtesy of Hake’s Auctions

YORK, Pa. – If modern art aficionados could be granted one wish, it might be the discovery of a major, previously unknown Picasso. While Picasso lovers may have a very long wait ahead of them, those who revel in the uniquely imaginative art and imagery of the Star Wars saga just might have their wishes granted on Tuesday, July 26 and Wednesday, July 27, when Hake’s auctions six extraordinary artworks from Star Wars’ earliest days. View the fully illustrated catalog on LiveAuctioneers.

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Copy of Timely Comics Marvel Mystery Comics #9, graded CGC 4.0, $40,000

Golden and Silver Age Marvel Comics unleashed superpowers at Bruneau

 Copy of Timely Comics Marvel Mystery Comics #9, graded CGC 4.0, $40,000


Copy of Timely Comics Marvel Mystery Comics #9, graded CGC 4.0, $40,000

CRANSTON, R.I. – A copy of Timely Comics Marvel Mystery Comics #9 from July 1940 sold for $40,000 and three other vintage comic books topped the $10,000 mark at a Spring Comic, Toy & Sports Auction held May 21 by Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers. Also, a 1970s or 1980s Wayland Flowers Madame puppet cracked the top ten.

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Copy of Timely Comics Marvel Mystery Comics #9 (July 1940), graded CGC 4.0, est. $30,000-$50,000

Comic book bonanza awaits at Bruneau, May 21

Copy of Timely Comics Marvel Mystery Comics #9 (July 1940), graded CGC 4.0, est. $30,000-$50,000

Copy of Timely Comics Marvel Mystery Comics #9 (July 1940), graded CGC 4.0, est. $30,000-$50,000

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.

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Stephenson’s April 22 auction a showcase for superheroes, pop culture icons

Group-lot of six Silver Age ‘Fantastic Four’ comic books published in 1966, ’67 and ‘68, est. $300-$500

SOUTHAMPTON, Pa. – On Friday, April 22nd, superheroes and comic-character favorites will converge on Stephenson’s auction gallery in suburban Philadelphia for an exciting 302-lot sale of collectibles, memorabilia, comic books and posters. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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This cover illustration for the Incredible Hulk #283 by Ed Hannigan (Marvel, May 1983) ticks all the boxes, but the fact that it was in color had no effect on its performance at auction. It attained $33,314 including the buyer’s premium in March 2022. Image courtesy of Hake’s Auctions and LiveAuctioneers.

Original comic book art: next-level collecting

This cover illustration for the Incredible Hulk #283 by Ed Hannigan (Marvel, May 1983) ticks all the boxes, but the fact that it was in color had no effect on its performance at auction. It attained $33,314 including the buyer’s premium in March 2022. Image courtesy of Hake’s Auctions and LiveAuctioneers.

This cover illustration for the Incredible Hulk #283 by Ed Hannigan (Marvel, May 1983) ticks all the boxes, but the fact that it was in color had no effect on its performance at auction. It attained $33,314 including the buyer’s premium in March 2022. Image courtesy of Hake’s Auctions and LiveAuctioneers.

NEW YORK — People of all ages buy comic books to read for pleasure, and a subset of them enjoy collecting investment-grade examples. Still others chase the original hand-drawn illustrations that are reproduced en masse in the actual comic books. “This is another level of fan that very much revels in owning one-of-a-kind works of art,” said Alex Winter, president of Hake’s Auctions in York, Pennsylvania. “It is this unique nature that makes comic art highly sought after by that crowd.”

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Scarce Magic: The Gathering cards in play at Bruneau, Feb. 26

Magic: The Gathering Beta Black Lotus card, graded CGC 9 Mint, est. $40,000-$60,000

Magic: The Gathering Beta Black Lotus card, graded CGC 9 Mint, est. $40,000-$60,000

CRANSTON, R.I. – Anyone who doubts the soaring popularity of Magic: The Gathering (MTG) trading cards should look no further than Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers’ Winter Comic, TCG (Trading Card Games) & Toy auction slated for Saturday, February 26, starting at 10 am Eastern. The top five lots – all MTG cards – have a combined high estimate of $135,000. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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A set of circa-1980s hard copy prototypes of ThunderCats characters Lion-O and Snarf achieved $2,750 plus the buyer’s premium in February 2021 at Hake’s Auctions. Image courtesy of Hake’s Auctions and LiveAuctioneers

Nostalgia drives demand for ’80s favorites, ThunderCats

A set of circa-1980s hard copy prototypes of ThunderCats characters Lion-O and Snarf achieved $2,750 plus the buyer’s premium in February 2021 at Hake’s Auctions. Image courtesy of Hake’s Auctions and LiveAuctioneers

A set of circa-1980s hard copy prototypes of ThunderCats characters Lion-O and Snarf achieved $2,750 plus the buyer’s premium in February 2021 at Hake’s Auctions. Image courtesy of Hake’s Auctions and LiveAuctioneers

NEW YORK — If you grew up in the 1980s, you probably remember ThunderCats. The characters can evoke powerful feelings today, even among those who were only slightly familiar with the TV show and its wider franchise. The feeling is called nostalgia, and it’s probably the single biggest reason the collectibles market has been soaring as a whole during the last few years.

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Original comic book artwork of page 25 from Marvel Comics’ Secret Wars No. 8, rendered by Mike Zeck in 1984. It commanded $3.3 million and a new world auction record. Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions

Spider-Man original comic book artwork sells for record $3.3M

Original comic book artwork of page 25 from Secret Wars No. 8, rendered by Mike Zeck in 1984, commanded $3.3 million and a new world auction record. Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions

Original comic book artwork of page 25 from Marvel Comics’ Secret Wars No. 8, rendered by Mike Zeck in 1984. It commanded $3.3 million and a new world auction record. Courtesy Heritage Auctions

DALLAS – Spider-Man was already the star of the most expensive comic book ever sold at auction. As of January 13, the Web-Slinger is also credited with what is now the world’s most valuable page of original comic book artwork. Page 25 from 1984’s Secret Wars No. 8, which tells the origin story of the Web-Slinger’s now-iconic black costume, sold at Heritage Auctions for $3,360,000.

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