From January 12 – 15, Heritage is offering tons of unique buys and finds in their Comic & Comic Art Signature Auction. These curated events offer some of the very best for every kind of collector — everything from Platinum to Modern is represented in these auctions! Here are a few of my favorite finds for this month’s auction.
Arguably the most important figure in animation, Walt Disney changed the course of pop culture and entertainment with the likes of his Alice shorts, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, Snow White, and of course Mickey Mouse. The man is almost a myth and society has created a polarizing effect when it comes to the empire he started. From comic books to family vacations, Disney has a hand in every aspect of entertainment. Walt himself passed in December of 1966, and since then his autograph has become one of the most sought signatures.
This publicity photo circa the 1940s is inscribed with “To Nacio Herb Jr. All Best Wishes Walt Disney”. Nacio Herb Jr. himself was a versed composer, having done work for Singin’ in the Rain, Hopalong Cassidy, Wintertime, and more. He also worked with Walt Disney on the animated short The Hot Choc-Late Soldiers”.
Disney’s autograph can fetch thousands of dollars. In December 2019, a signed letter for Fantasia sold for $15,600 — in February 2022, a Bambi cell alongside a Walt Disney autograph also sold for $15,600. With the history behind this publicity photo, be prepared to spend big money on it.
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, this copy of Mickey Mouse Magazine V3 #5 Features Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs on their first cover. With 19 total copies graded, only two grade higher. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs movie had just premiered two months prior in December 1937. The movie shot Walt Disney into global popularity, as it was the very first animated feature-length film. Audiences were dazzled, and to this day Snow White is a celebrated piece of history.
This blue label CGC graded 9.2 is a beautiful copy featuring bright bold colors. While a 9.2 has not sold for some time, a 9.4 sold in March 2019 for $2,400. This is a must for Disney fans, and could potentially be had for a steal.
The cover for Weird Tales October 1933 is a personal favorite. This iconic pulp cover by Margaret Brundage has been reprinted countless times and is one of the more desirable pulps for collectors. The stories in this issue included Robert E. Howard’s “The Pool of the Black One” and H.P. Lovecraft’s “The Festival”, reprinted from the January 1925 issue of Weird Tales. Weird Tales was revived over the years, and new issues (including a recreation of this iconic cover) can be found on the Weird Tales website.
Heritage notes this copy with having a “Small amount of spine chipping, soiling on covers. ” but still presents well. Pulps typically do not command a lot of money, but certain issues do. If you’re looking to add this to your collection, you may get away with spending under $300 on this copy.