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THE COMIC PRICE GUIDE FOR GREAT BRITAIN 12 (O-S)

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OOR WULLIE. D.C. Thomson. 1941-present
Exceptionally popular north of the border. The character of Oor Wullie first appeared in the Fun Section of The Sunday Post o. March 8th 1936. Pivotal to the success was artist Dudley Watkins. The early issues are very hard to find, especially the first one of which only a handful of copies are known. 6 copies is the latest figure I know of. Undoubtedly there is a 7th out there somewhere! In September 2005 a copy of #1 fetched £4,015 at auction. A copy of #2 has sold for £1450. The most recent E Bay sale for the 1941 book was £1,420 for a restored copy with a replacement red cloth spine.

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1.0             2.0              4.0             6.0            8.0             9.0             10.0 

1941
no date on cover. Cover art of Wullie sitting on a bucket. Dudley Watkins art begins
2.00           4.00            20.00          50.00        125.00        350.00
OTHER WORLDS ALBUM. GT Ltd. no number 1959
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1.0             2.0              4.0             6.0            8.0             9.0             10.0
1959
card cover; Paul Raynor Space Pioneer strip plus other 50s sci-fi reprints inc. Steve Ditko artwork
.25            .50               1.00           3.00            6.00         10.00
OUT OF THIS WORLD (1st Series). Strato/Thorpe & Porter. 1 Oct 1951-23 1953
PR             GD             VG             FN             VF             NM             MINT
1.0             2.0              4.0             6.0            8.0             9.0             10.0
1
68 pages, scarce; various US reprints
.25            1.00             2.00           6.00           12.00         25.00
OUT OF THIS WORLD (2nd Series). Alan Class.
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1.0             2.0              4.0             6.0            8.0             9.0             10.0
1 o0

.25            .50               1.00           3.00            6.00         10.00
OUTER LIMITS ANNUAL. World Distributors. 1966-1967
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1.0             2.0              4.0             6.0            8.0             9.0             10.0
1966, 1967
 scarce, based on sci-fi television series
.25            .50               1.00           3.00            6.00         10.00
OUTER SPACE ALBUM. G.T. Ltd. 1959?

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1.0             2.0              4.0             6.0            8.0             9.0             10.0
1959
100 pages, card cover; Captain Future by Norman Light plus Ron Embleton art
.50            1.00             5.00           20.00         35.00        50.00
PLANET OF THE APES. Marvel UK. 1 26th Oct 1974-123 23rd Feb 1977 (joins Mighty World of Marvel)
First there was Mighty World of Marvel and Spiderman Comics Weekly in 1972. Then The Avengers in 1973. Then came this title along with Dracula Lives. Highly collectible. Some great covers. Collects US material starting with film adaptation and later on some further adventures with back-up stories featuring Ka-Zar, Warlock, Dr. Doom, Gulliver Jones etc. Free gift in issue #1 colour poster adds £5-£10. There's three annuals dated 1976, 1977 and 1978, all based around the TV series. Quite common.
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1.0             2.0              4.0             6.0            8.0             9.0             10.0
1
Planet of the Apes film adaptation begins
.25            .50               1.00           3.00            6.00         10.00
POW! Odhams. 1  Jan 21st 1967-86 7th Sep 1968 (joins Smash!)
The second of the Odhams trinity of Wham, Pow and Smash and the comic mostly heavily marketed on the back of Marvel Comics reprints from the early 1960s. The free gift Spider-matic Gun with Spider Ammunition is very attractive and would add £100-£125 to the value in near mint unused condition with all six 'bullets'. Only ever seen one true Near Mint copy. Free gift in issue #2 the Wee Willie Haggis Launcher adds £25-£45 to value.

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1.0             2.0              4.0             6.0            8.0             9.0             10.0

2.00           5.00           15.00          40.00          80.00        175.00
POW! ANNUAL. Odhams. 1968-1972
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1.0             2.0              4.0             6.0            8.0             9.0             10.0
1968
reprints both stories from Amazing Spiderman #1 (1963) and the Nick Fury origin from Strange Tales #135
.50             1.00             3.00          6.00           12.00         25.00
RACE FOR THE MOON (1st Series). Alan Class. nn 1959
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1.0             2.0              4.0             6.0            8.0             9.0             10.0
nn 
no number on cover, scarce; 68 pages, Harvey Comics reprints
.50             2.00            5.00          15.00         35.00
RADIO FUN. Amalgamated Press. 1 15th Oct 1938-no number 198th Feb 1961 (1,167 issues, joins Buster)
PR             GD             VG             FN             VF             NM             MINT
1.0             2.0              4.0             6.0            8.0             9.0             10.0
1 15th Oct 1938
George the Jolly Gee Gee by Roy Wilson, Flanagan & Allen by Alex Akerbladh both begin; in Jun 2006 a VG copy sold at auction for £283
20.00          100.00       250.00       500.00
RADIO FUN ANNUAL. Amalgamated Press. 1940-1960


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1.0             2.0              4.0             6.0            8.0             9.0             10.0

1940
scarce
3.00           10.00           20.00         45.00        100.00
RANGER. Fleetway. 18th Sep 1965-18th Jun 1966 (40 un-numbered issues, joins Look & Learn at #232)

A short-lived title but very collectible, principally for one of the greatest British comic strips of them all - The Rise and Fall of the Trigan Empire. If you don't know it, have a look. Gorgeous art by Don Lawrence and stories where Roman gladiators meet Star Wars with a bit of Jurassic Park thrown in. The free gift BOAC VC 10 booklet, all about the new airliner of the time, adds maybe £30-£50 to the value. Nice glossy magazine size so twice as much to buy at the time than other ordinary comics meant that sales were hard to come by so there are less around today. They turn up on E Bay but often a bit dog-eared. Look for high grade ones though these are scarce as staple rust often has its wicked way. The dark blue cover of #1 shows every spine crease so true high grades are rare. Only ever seen one Near Mint copy, sold by Vault Auctions a couple of years ago.
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1.0             2.0              4.0             6.0            8.0             9.0             10.0 

18th Sep 1965
The Rise and Fall of the Trigan Empire by Don Lawrence & Mike Butterworth, Rob Riley by Jesus Blasco begin
2.00           4.00            20.00          50.00        150.00        350.00
RANGER ANNUAL. Fleetway. 1967, 1968
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1.0             2.0              4.0             6.0            8.0             9.0             10.0
1967
features The Trigan Empire
.50             1.00             2.00          5.00           10.00         15.00
1968 features The Trigan Empire; scarcer
.50             1.00             2.00          5.00           12.50         20.00
ROCKET. News of the World/Eric Bemrose. 1 21st Apr 1956-32 24th Nov 1956 (joins Express Weekly)

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1.0             2.0              4.0             6.0            8.0             9.0             10.0
1
Captain Falcon by Frank Black, Seabed Citadel by Ley Kenyon begin; Flash Gordon, Brick Bradford and Johnny Hazard US reprints begin
.50             1.00             3.00          6.00           12.50         30.00
ROLF HARRIS ANNUAL. Atlas 1969.
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1.0             2.0              4.0             6.0            8.0             9.0             10.0
1969
rare; the world's most culty Australian...
.20             .50              1.00          2.00           3.00           5.00
ROVER AND ADVENTURE, THE. D.C. Thomson. 1 21st Jan 1961-626 13th Jan 1973 (joins Wizard)

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1.0             2.0              4.0             6.0            8.0             9.0             10.0
1

.50             1.00             3.00          6.00           12.50         30.00
ROXY. Amalgamated Press. 1 15th Mar 1958-14th Sep 1963 (235 issues, joins Valentine)
The free gift Tommy Steele Lucky Guitar Pin adds £30-£40 in value. A VG copy of issue #1 with gift sold in Sep 2004 at auction for £44.

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1

1.00          3.00             6.00          12.50          30.00
RUPERT ANNUAL. Daily Express. 1936-present

Rupert Bear began life on November 8th 1920 as a newspaper strip Little Lost Bear in The Daily Express. The artist most associated with the character is Alfred Bestall whose first Ruper Bear strip appeared  on the 28th June 1935. He wrote the stories and drew those memorable pictures right up until 1965. Is there nothing better than gazing at the detailed end-papers of a Rupert annual, marvelling at the foreign lands amd mystical creatures? The annuals were not dated until 1958 and from 1960 to 1968, there ar the famous Magic Painting pages that we all loved to soak with water and paintbrushes to see the colours magically appear. If these pages remain untouched, it is obviously of prime importance to qualify an annual for high grades. With Magic Paintings done, the annuals value is practically halved, worse than that if the pages were so soaked that the drying process left them wrinkly and wavy. Be sure to ask any vendor about the state of these vital pages!! The anuals for 1970 an 1971 are traditionally difficult to find. And there is a very rare variant 1973 annual featuring Rupert with a brown face rather than a white one. Only a handful of these exist and the only recorded sale I know of was £4,800.
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1.0             2.0              4.0             6.0            8.0             9.0             10.0 


1936
with dust-jacket (very scarce); red cloth boards and red spine. Full title The New Adventures of Rupert. Original price 2/6d. A copy sold for £2,420 at auction in Dec 2002. A Near Fine copy was offered on E Bay Nov 2007 at £2,500 and didn't sell. An interesting copy too, from the estate of Rupert writer Freddie Chaplain. The word 'Specimen' was stamped across the cover which might have put people off. Without dust-jacket this annual plummets in value to about £500 in VG/FN.
20.00          150.00        750.00        2,500.00

1937
c
over shows Rupert and pals on a bridge stone-arch bridge waving a stick fishing rod. Titled More Adventures of Rupert
10.00            50.00        250.00          600.00
1938 cover shows Rupert and friends up a tree and Rupert is waving; full title is The New Rupert Book
8.00              35.00        200.00          450.00
1939 cover shows Rupert and friends chasing a monkey who is flying a kite - sounds like one of those weird druggy dreams...!; Full title The Adventures of Rupert
8.00              35.00        200.00          450.00
1940 1st book in colour; cover shows Rupert scribbling with a crayon and looking over his shoulder. Full title Rupert's Adventure Book, price now 3 shiilings
10.00            30.00        250.00          550.00
SAINT, THE. Top Sellers. 1-5. 1966
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1.0             2.0              4.0             6.0            8.0             9.0             10.0
1
68 pages; American reprints based on Leslie Charteris characters
.50             1.00             2.00          4.00           8.00          15.00

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