Comic Auction Updates 10/12: Black Cat Collection & Superman #1

by Sarah Lee

101321C-300x157 Comic Auction Updates 10/12: Black Cat Collection & Superman #1What would YOU pay for a coverless Superman #1? Check out what some lucky person paid, plus plenty more results and info on upcoming comic auctions. Here’s this week’s comic auction roundup!

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Currently-Running Comic Auctions

2021 November 4 The Black Cat Collection and Pre-Code Horror Showcase Auction #40183 at Heritage

From Heritage: “The obsession with Black Cat Comics #50 paved the way for one of the most influential Pre-Code Horror collections in the hobby and on social media. Over the last decade, Gabriel Vaughn amassed well over 500 Pre-Code Horror comics, with many of them being the highest-graded or rarest in the business and the Showcase Auction on November 4 will be the first offerings from this highly valued collection.” lf-68-e1634056803372-196x300 Comic Auction Updates 10/12: Black Cat Collection & Superman #1

There are a lot of really neat entries in this auction. Be sure to look over all the pieces and check out all of these super-chilling covers. Here are a few that caught my eye.

A CGC VF+ 8.5 Weird Terror #9 Big Apple Pedigree, published 1954, with Cream to off-white pages.  This is the highest grade of this book ever registered and is one of only two 8.5s in the CGC census. Only 18 books are listed in the census, total.

This book rarely appears at auction, giving us little idea of what we’ll see it realize. In 2020, a 6.0 sold for just shy of $500 on eBay and in June of 2021 a 5.0 sold for $554. The current high bid is sitting at $420. Read more in-depth sales data on this book here.lf-69-e1634057893308-196x300 Comic Auction Updates 10/12: Black Cat Collection & Superman #1

Also offered is a CGC VF 8.0 Men’s Adventures #26 with Cream to off-white pages. This spookily-covered volume was published by Atlas in 1954 and is the highest-graded copy ever offered by Heritage with only 1 copy graded higher (9.0) in the CGC census.

This book is actually the first appearance of Gorilla-man, who will not appear again in the Golden Age Order, but does appear in Nick Fury’s Howling Commandos (2006) #1 as part of the full expanded Marvel universe.

We haven’t seen an 8.0 come to auction in a while, but a 4.0 brought in $720 this past February and a 6.5 brought in $1,440 last August. With a current high bid of $210, do you have any guesses for where this one will land?

One more worth watching is a CGC 9.0 VF/NM Crime Does Not Pay #33 with off-white pages. Published by Lev Gleason in 1944, this crime comic has got quite the reputation. lf-72-e1634059195845-197x300 Comic Auction Updates 10/12: Black Cat Collection & Superman #1

Not only is the cover striking and dramatic, with a madman holding a hatchet threateningly over a woman, but the mashup of behind-the-scenes characters integral to the book’s production brings some notoriety of its own.

At the time this book was published, publisher Lev Gleason was also publishing “Communist Front” magazines and would eventually be investigated by the FBI. Dick Briefer, (series contributor), perhaps best known for his work on Frankenstein, also had a comic strip in The Daily Worker, a propaganda outlet of the Communist Party USA. Last but not least, Crime Does Not Pay co-editor Bob Wood would commit a murder, beating his girlfriend to death in a hotel room in 1958 before being murdered himself 3 years later.

This book has a current high bid of $1,050. A 9.0 sold last month for $4,440 and a 9.2 sold in late 2018 for $21,600.00, both through Heritage.

This auction closes on November 4th. Take a peek at all the spooky entries HERE.

ComicLink’s Next Focused Auction Opens for Bids Oct 22

You can preview the entries in ComicLink’s upcoming auction well in advance of placing bids. Here is a look at a couple notable items from session one. 00342232390000113818770006-183x300 Comic Auction Updates 10/12: Black Cat Collection & Superman #1

Offered is a CGC 9.0 copy of Adventures of Bob Hope #95 in Very Fine to Near Mint condition with white pages.  The Adventures of Bob Hope ran from 1950 to 1968 for a total of 109 issues.

In an effort, to boost drooping sales numbers, The Adventures of Bob Hope #95 brought on a dramatic change in the way the series was presented, introducing several new characters and an ongoing (albeit loose) continuity to the series. In future books, Hope and his talking dog, Harvard Harvard III would be the only older characters continuing to make appearances.

There are 12 Blue Label books in the CGC census, with 6 of those graded higher than this 9.0.

00135052396000111244376005-189x300 Comic Auction Updates 10/12: Black Cat Collection & Superman #1Here’s a fun one. Air Pirates Funnies #1, graded CGC 9.6 in Near Mint/Mint condition with white pages. This 1971 book was the subject of a famous lawsuit between The Walt Disney Company and a group that called themselves the Air Pirates.

Founded by Dan O’Neill, creator of the syndicated comic strip Odd Bodkins, the Air Pirates were looking to pick a fight with Disney, even going so far as to ensure that the heads of the company would come across the comic.

Eventually, O’Neill was convicted of copyright infringement, though he would go on to produce further material in spite of the conviction. As a result, Disney initiated contempt of court proceedings.

The drama would come to a close when O’Neill agreed not to publish more material and Disney dropped the charges. Parody artists view the case as a setback to their cause, one that set them back many years.

Prices for this grade have not yet broken $500, though a sale has not been recorded in several months.

Session Type and End Dates are as follows:

Session 1Select, Key & High-Grade Silver and Bronze Age Comics (pre-1976)
Session 2Golden Age comic books
Session 3CGC/CBCS Graded Late Bronze, Copper and Modern Age Comic Books (post-1975)
Session 4Assorted Comics and other Memorabilia
Session 5Original ArtworkPART 1PART 2

ComicConnect is currently accepting consignments for its Event Auction 48.

Auction entry slots are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Call toll-free 1.888.779.7377 or e-mail their staff at support@comicconnect.com to reserve your spot. Bidding begins on November 22 and closes on December 13. For additional information on how ComicConnect auctions work, please click here.

Comic Auction Results

 Heritage’s 2021 October 10-11 Comic Books Select Auction #122141 

Another weekly comic auction at Heritage is logged in the books. These were the three books that saw the most action, meaning the highest number of bids. lf-67-e1634046120239-197x300 Comic Auction Updates 10/12: Black Cat Collection & Superman #1

It’s the hottest book of the season, it seems. A CGC GD/VG 3.0 copy of Amazing Fantasy #15 with off-white to white pages had the most bid clicks in this auction. It would eventually realize $37,200 before closing. This is the title that currently holds the record for the most expensive comic ever sold and the interest has held steady over all grades of the book.

With her TV series already in production at Disney+, it’s not a surprise that She-Hulk had bidders’ attention. This CGC NM/MT 9.8 Savage She-Hulk #1 with white pages brought in $1,200, a slight decrease from some of the recent sales we’ve seen. In June, a 9.8 sold for $1,320 and in April the same grade went for $1,560.

The third-place finisher in our most-bids ranking is a CGC NM/MT 9.8 Amazing Spider-Man #300 with white pages, which sold for $5,160, which is a steep fall for this book. Its last three sales through Heritage in this grade were for $6,300 (June 28), $6,600 (June 14), and $6,900 (June 7).

Take a look at all the results HERE.

Session 2 of ComicLink’s October Mega Monthly Ends:

The concluding segment in the latest ComicLink auction featured 700+ items with a wide variety of comic genres. Golden Age books were the star of this auction, with a few books bringing in results worth taking note of. Here’s a look at the top three highest earners in this exhibition. 00012061855000110132507001-185x300 Comic Auction Updates 10/12: Black Cat Collection & Superman #1

Sub-Mariner Comics #1, CGC 5.5 FN-: This unrestored book took the top spot, bringing in $33,000 after 92 bids.

Published in the spring of 1941, this Alex Schomburg cover depicts Sub-Mariner taking a direct hand against the Nazis more than a year before America entered the war. The back cover is equally patriotic, advertising American flags for $1.98.

Back in 2015, this book in the same grade sold for $8,000. It’s clear that a lot has changed in the last six years. In 2020, a CGC 5.0 sold for $18,000 through Heritage, and in 2019, a 5.0 sold for $19,950 on eBay.

Second place landed with a Wonder Woman #1, CGC 2.0 in Good condition.  This unrestored Wonder Woman origin brought in $22,250 after 82 bids in this auction.

Screenshot-2021-10-14-135738 Comic Auction Updates 10/12: Black Cat Collection & Superman #1Though the character first appeared in All-Star Comics #8 and was later featured in Sensation Comics, this was her debut in what would become a very popular self-titled book and would include much more detail into her origin story.

The third-place slot in this huge comic auction was claimed by a coverless, ungraded Superman #1. Yes, THAT Superman #1 from 1939.  The Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster creation of Superman is said to be the “single most important development in comic books.” DC knew Superman was a hit, and this issue was the first comic book put out by the publisher to be devoted to a single character. It is also the first time a pin-up of a single character was used for the back cover of a comic book.

The origin of Superman sold for $17,850 after a whopping 100 bids, the highest bid count in this auction.

Check out all the auction results HERE!

What did you think about this week’s comic auction numbers? Let us know in the comments!

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