Lights, camera, auction; DISCOVERY OF SOME OF HOLLYWOOD'S INSPIRATIONS.
THIS amazing comic collection certainly puts the Toon in cartoon.
It lay undiscovered until uncovered by auctioneer John Anderson when he went to clear-out a house in Fenham, Newcastle.
And instead of discovering a few odds and ends, he stumbled on this giant collection of comic books, including famous titles like Batman, Superman, Spiderman and Flash Gordon. Also found were hundreds of never-used books on the subject and even original sketches from illustrators at world-renowned publishers Marvel and DC Comics.
Now, the whole lot is set to fetch thousands at a special auction on Tyneside this week.
Collectables expert John said: "This is easily the biggest collection of comics we have had for 20 years and certainly the biggest collection of books about comics we have had."
He added: "As soon as I walked into the house, the first thing I saw was piles and piles of comic books.
"As a former collector of comics myself, I am used to seeing huge collections but I really was amazed when I saw this.
"What was perhaps more staggering were the number of books on the subject this man had, many of which are still in their original wrapping.
"And the other staggering thing about it all was the sheer amount of correspondence he had with artists in America.
"In particularly, there are scores of letters between this man and one illustrator called Dick Ayres, who was responsible for a lot of the great Marvel comics of the 1960s and 1970s."
There were around 3,000 comics found in the house, along with 300 to 400 books and 50 pieces of original artwork sent from American and British illustrators.
They have been divided into a series of lots, which will be sold at Newcastlebased auction house Anderson and Garland on Thursday. The comics in the collection date from the 1960s to the present day and also include titles like the X-Men and the Shadow, as well as cowboy classics such as Two Gun Kid, Kid Colt and The Rawhide Kid.
There are also some British examples including Rupert the Bear, Captain Pugwash and Ivor the Engine.
John is expecting huge interest in the lots, having already had a cash offer from one punter before they even went on sale.
Members of the public can view the collection this afternoon and all day tomorrow before the auction, which starts at 9.30am on Thursday.
pounds 46,000 success THIS week's comic sale comes on the back of another successful auction for Anderson and Garland.
A rare funfair truck sold for pounds 46,000, more than twice what experts anticipated.
The Scammell Showtrac truck was one of only 18 made and was built in 1946 for South Shields showman John Powell. Rod Meek, who has organised the sale, said: "Scammell Showtracs are so rare that word quickly spread among collectors."
The vehicle went to a buyer from Devon.
RARE: Three of the comic fronts FIND: A huge collection of comics up for auction at Anderson & Garland later this week are enjoyed by John Anderson who found them in a Newcastle house
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|Publication:||Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)|
|Date:||Sep 29, 2009|
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