THE COMIC PRICE GUIDE FOR GREAT BRITAIN 2 (B)

dream_director
By Published by
THE COMIC PRICE GUIDE FOR GREAT BRITAIN 2 (B)
. Views . Comments Comment . 43 Votes

THE NEW ON-LINE PRICE GUIDE IS OUT NOW! www.comicpriceguide.co.uk

BATTLE PICTURE WEEKLY. IPC. 8th Mar 1975-23rd Jan 1988 (673 un-numbered issues; joins Eagle)
Very succesful war comic with the iconic comic strip Charley's War by Pat Mills & Joe Colquhoun. Free gift with #1 Combat Stickers add maybe £10-£20 to value. Near Mint means near flawless with white pages. The annuals from 1976 to 1989 are pretty plentiful - £6-8 for the first one, £3-4 for the rest. 1989 one called Battle with Storm Force. First Summer Special was 1975 and goes for about £10.00 in nice shape. E Bay sale Jan 2008 at £17.50 for a VG+ copy of #1 of the regular comic. In demand title!

PR             GD             VG             FN             VF             NM             MINT
1.0             2.0              4.0             6.0            8.0             9.0             10.0
1
D-Day Dawson by Casabianca, Rat Pack by Carlos Ezquerra, Day of the Eagle by Pat Wright all begin
0.75            2.00            4.00            7.50         15.00         30.00
BATTLER BRITTON ANNUAL. Fleetway. 1960-1961
PR             GD             VG             FN             VF             NM             MINT
1.0             2.0              4.0             6.0            8.0             9.0             10.0

1960, 1961
very rare, 256 pages, reprints; there were dustjackets on these annuals too
2.00           5.00            30.00         75.00
BEANO COMIC, THE. D.C. Thomson.  1  30th Jul 1938-present
It's not so much a comic as an institution! Never be without a Beano, they say. So true. Very healthy back issue market for both comics and annuals. Beware any restoration on early issues. Only a handful of #1's known to exist and so very hard to Price Guide. The last reliable esimate (from the inestimable Mr. Malcolm Phillips of Comic Book Postal Auctions) that I know of is about 16 or 17. Each time one surfaces, maybe it will impact on the value and cause a decrease. Or there could be a clutch of people out there wanting to own a number one issue and willing to spend money. We shall see what the future holds. Basically it comes down to whatever someone wants to pay to own a copy of this famous comic. In March 2004, a then world record price was established of £12,100 for a Fine Minus and very bright looking copy. Had the pleasure of meeting it. A VG+ copy sold at auction in September 2006 for £7,750 - one of the three highest graded known copies. A GD copy plus the original 4 page advertising flyer sold at auction in March 2006 for £4,841. This flyer has sold on its own for £462 at auction in May 2005 (Compal) and £230 (E Bay Nov 2007). The only known copy with the free Whoopee Mask was sold at auction in February 1999 for £6,820. The comic was graded GD. The highest known graded copy is Fine Plus which sold at auction in September 1995 for £4,200 which was a world record for a British comic at the time. Dec 2004 saw the third highest price paid for a Beano #1 at £8,470 for a VG copy with faded cover colours. Sep 2006 saw a nice VG+ copy with half inch tear at top margin to all pages sell for £8,525, the 2nd highest price ever. It is in no small part due to the sterling research, promotion and sales work by Mr. Malcolm Phillips that Beano's and Dandy's enjoy such a healthy back issue market. An honourable mention too for Phil Shrimpton and his excellent Collectors' Club for Beano and Dandy, sadly no longer but back-issues of the newsletter available.

PR             GD             VG             FN             VF             NM             MINT
1.0             2.0              4.0             6.0            8.0             9.0             10.0   

1 rare, about 15 known copies; 1st appearance Lord Snooty by Dudley Watkins; note these are very approximate guide prices and should not be taken as exact values
750.00       3,500.00      7,500.00   12,500.00
2 rare; only a handful of copies exist.. An example of the Sugar Buttons gift (not surprisingly) has yet to be found. In Sep 2004 a VG copy sold at auction for £2,057; in Mar 2005 a VG+ sold for £2,135
125.00           500.00     2,000.00     4,500.00
3 rare; only a handful of copies exist. In Sep 2004 a VG copy sold at auction for £1,210
70.00             300.00     1,000.00     2,250.00
4 rare; only a handful of copies exist. In Sep 2004 a VG copy sold at auction for £930
60.00             250.00        900.00     2,000.00
5 rare; only a handful of copies exist. In Sep 2004 a VG copy sold at auction for £806
50.00             200.00        800.00     1,800.00
6-10 rare; only a handful of copies exist of each
40.00             175.00        650.00     1,500.00
11-14 rare; only a handful of copies exist of each
30.00             150.00        500.00     1,200.00
15 rare, 1st Fireworks issue with Jelly Baby Sweets (to my knowledge, this gift has yet to be found)
35.00             200.00        600.00     1,400.00
16-20 rare; only a handful of copies exist of each
27.50             125.00        300.00        600.00
21 rare; 1st Christmas issue with free gift Merry Christmas Mask (no examples of this thought to exist); 1st appearance Pansy Potter by MacNeil
30.00             150.00        350.00        750.00
22 very scarce; dated 24th Dec 1938, 'snow' on logo
25.00             100.00        225.00        450.00
23-30 very scarce; 23 & 24 have 'snow' on logo
20.00              75.00         150.00        300.00
31-35 very scarce
15.00              60.00         125.00        250.00
36 very scarce; I remember a poor condition example of the free gift Big Bang Fun Gun being sold  (Sep 2004) as part of an auction lot. I know of 2 others (Phil Shrimpton & Steven Adamson each have one)
15.00              60.00         125.00        250.00
37-40 very scarce
15.00              60.00         125.00        250.00
41-50 very scarce
12.50              50.00         100.00        200.00
51-73 very scarce
10.00              40.00           80.00        160.00
74 very scarce; Christmas issue 1939 (2nd ever Xmas issue), 'snow' on logo
15.00              60.00         125.00        250.00
75 very scarce; Christmas issue 1939, 'snow' on logo
12.50              50.00         100.00        200.00
76-99 scarce; lots of issues feature propaganda war covers with Hitler and Goering etc, even swastikas as on the cover of #77
7.50                30.00           60.00        125.00         225.00
100 scarce; dated 22nd Jun 1940
12.50              50.00         100.00        200.00         350.00

Free Gifts

#1 (30th Jul 1938)
- Whoopee Mask
#2 (6th Aug 1938) - Eight Sugar Buttons
#15 (5th November 1938) - Jelly Baby Sweets
#21 ( 17th December 1938) - Merry Christmas Mask
#36 (1st April 1949) - Big Bang Fun Gun
#47 (17th Jun 1939) - Licorice Bow
#69 (18th Nov 1939) - Licorice Pipe
#90 (13th Apr 1940) - Licorice Black Eyes
#953 (22nd Oct 1960) - Flying Snorter Balloon
#954 (29th Oct 1960) - Beano Clicketty Clicker
#1522 (18th Sep 1971) - The Flying Fizzer
#1523 (25th Sep 1971) - The Humming Birdee
#1678 (14th Sep 1974) - The Happy Howler Siren
#1679 (21st Sep 1974) - The Super Zoomer Balloon
#1818 (21st May 1977) - Pop Pistol
#1819 (28th May 1977) - Super Skimmer
#1820 (4th Jun 1977) - Dennis & Gnasher Chewy Toffee

Key issues

#21 (17th Dec 1938 ) - 1st Pansy Potter; 1st Christmas issue
#22 (24th Dec 1938) - Christmas issue with snow cover
#74, #75 (23rd/30th Dec 1939) - Christmas issues; a VG+ copy of #74 sold in May 2005 for £331! A #75 in FN Minus sold in Mar 2005 for £235 (both Comic Book Postal Auctions)
#76 - propaganda war issues begin in Jan 1940 - Hitler and Goering start to feature on covers throughout this year
#100 (22nd Jun 1940) - anniversary issue
#130 (18th Jan 1941) - 1st Tom Thumb
#200 (27th Feb 1943) - 1st Shipwrecked Circus
#222 (1st Jan 1944) - 1st Jimmy and his Magic Patch
#327 (24th Jan 1948) - 1st Biffo the Bear by Dudley Watkins
#452 (17th Mar 1851) - 1st Dennis the Menace by David Law - Sep 2007 Comic Book Postal Auctions £291 for a VG copy. Nov 2007 E Bay sale £110 (VG+)
PR             GD             VG             FN             VF             NM             MINT
1.0             2.0              4.0             6.0            8.0             9.0             10.0
6.00           30.00          110.00        250.00      
 
#500 (16th Feb 1952) - anniversary issue
#561 (18th Apr 1953) - 1st Roger the Dodger by Ken Reid - Nov 2007 E Bay G/VG copy £27
#583 (19th Sep 1953) - 1st General Jumbo by Paddy Brennan
#586 (10th Oct 1953) - 1st Little Plum by Leo Baxendale
#596 (19th Dec 1953) - 1st Minnie the Minx by Leo Baxendale
#604 (13th Feb 1954) - 1st When the Bell Rings by Leo Baxendale (becomes The Bash Street Kids from 1st Dec 1956 - see illustration below); recent E Bay sale VG/VG+ copy sold at £68.78

#680 (30th Jul 1955)
- 1st Grandpa by Ken Reid
#817 (15th Mar 1958) - 1st Jonah by Ken Reid
#881 (6th Jun 1959) - 1st Three Bears by Leo Baxendale
#1000 (16th Sep 1961) - anniversary issue; full page birthday cake cover - Nov 2007 E Bay Fair copy ex bound with spine holes £20.61
#1139 (16th May 1964) - 1st Billy Whizz by Malcolm Judge
#1289 (1st Apr 1967) - 1st Billy The Cat by David Sutherland
#1363 (31st Aug 1968) - 1st Gnasher (in Dennis the Menace)
#1553 (22nd Apr 1972) - 1st Babyface Finlayson by Ron Spencer
#1678 (1th Sep 1974) - 1st Dennis the Menace on cover
#2674 (16th Oct 1993) - 1st all colour issue
#2402 - 50th Birthday issue with free poster
#3000 (15th Jan 2000) - anniversary issue

BEANO BOOK, THE. D.C. Thomson. 1940-present
Still going strong over 60 years later, it's what everyone gets for Christmas. I do anyway. First issue has no date or number on the cover and can be identified from Big Eggo and other characters on a see-saw supported by Pansy Potter. Very healthy trade in Beano books though watch out for restoration on early ones, both professional and amateur. A FN+ copy was sold at auction in March 1996 for £4,000 which really put this item on the map. A VG copy of the first annual sold at auction in September 2007 for £3,437. #2 (1941) is a rarer item - there are thought to be 5 known copies. One sold, again in Sep 2007, on Comic Book Postal Auctions in VG+ for £1,601. 6 copies?

Beano annuals fall into distinctive categories thus: The Beano Book 1940 to 1942. It became known as The Magic-Beano Book from 1943 through to 1950. And then again The Beano Book from 1960 onwards. In 1961, the annuals were laminated for the first time which is a protective clear plastic covering. This gives the annual a nice shine rather than the traditional matt finish but there are attendant problems. The laminate can split and lift, sometime in great patches. The laminate often splits or flakes off in the 'gutter' area, the groove on the front and back cover spine area. Always ask you vendor about the state of the laminate covering as photos don't often show the close detail. A Very Fine copy should have only the slightest laminate defect. And a Near Mint copy should be near flawless, ie very difficult to spot any defects or problems. Very very hard to find a true Near Mint Beano annual pre 1960.

PR             GD             VG             FN             VF             NM             MINT
1.0             2.0              4.0             6.0            8.0             9.0             10.0
1940 The Beano Book
; cover shows characters on a see-saw
450.00      1,000.00      3,000.00     7,500.00

1941 The Beano Book
; cover shows Big Eggo looking over hatching ostrich eggs
300.00         600.00      1,500.00     3,500.00

1942 The Beano Book
; cover shows characters dancing around a confused Big Eggo
250.00         400.00      1,250.00     3,000.00

1943 The Magic-Beano Book
; cover shows Big Eggo and Koko winning a three-legged race
200.00         300.00      1,000.00     2,500.00
1944 The Magic-Beano Book; cover shows Big Eggo and Koko having a pillow fight. In June 2007 a nice Fine Minus copy with off white to cream pages sold at auction for £2,148.
200.00        300.00          750.00     2,000.00
1945 The Magic-Beano Book; cover shows Koko leap-frogging over Big Eggo
125.00        200.00         500.00      1,250.00
1946 The Magic-Beano Book; cover shows Big Eggo pulling a cartload of characters chasing a magnet
120.00        180.00         400.00         900.00
BEANO SUMMER SPECIAL. D.C. Thomson. 1964-present
A very collectible run. Large tabloid size with those great summer fun covers - beaches and boats, sandcastles and sky. Aaaahh...those were the days. Early Beano Summer Specials turn up on E Bay with some frequency though most are VG or less condition. A true Fine copy of an early one is hard to find. The series came out of the very first Dandy-Beano Summer Special from 1963. I've seen two or three first Beano Summer Specials in Very Fine, none in Near Mint.
PR             GD             VG             FN             VF             NM             MINT
1.0             2.0              4.0             6.0            8.0             9.0             10.0 

1964 (no number on cover)

2.00           6.00            20.00         80.00         175.00
BEEZER, THE. D.C. Thomson. 1 21st Jan 1956-1809 15th Sep 1990 (becomes Beezer and Topper)

A companion comic to Topper which itself came out in 1953 and of similar large tabloid size. This made it difficult to store and keep flat so many have a horizontal fold across the middle. The free gift Whizz Bang with issue #1 is hard to find, especially in unused condition. Add £100 value if in high grade unused shape. Creased and well used ones command less value.


PR             GD             VG             FN             VF             NM             MINT
1.0             2.0              4.0             6.0            8.0             9.0             10.0

1st appearance Ginger by Dudley Watkins, Lone Wolf by Ron Smith, Pop Dick & Harry by Tom Bannister, Nosey Parker by Allan Morley, The Banana Bunch by Leo Baxendale all begin
5.00          35.00          125.00       250.00       500.00

Free Gifts

#1 (21st Jan 1956) - The Whizz Bang
#2 (28th Jan 1956) - The Whistling Whizzer
#34 (8th Sep 1956) - The Hilly Billy Banger
#148 (15th Nov 1958) - The Beezer Tootle Flute
#149 (22nd Nov 1958) - The Baby Crockett Rocket
#196 (17th Oct 1959) - The Beezer Bingo Banger
#197 (24th Oct 1959) - The Beezer Buzzer Bee
#284 (24th Jun 1961) - Crack in the Box
#285 (1st Jul 1961) - The Beezer Whizzer
#322 (17th Mar 1962) - The Humming Hornet
#323 (24th Mar 1962) - The Beezer Boomerbang
#457 (17th Oct 1964) - Bubble and Squeak
#458 (24th Oct 1964) - The Whirly Whizzer
#577 (4th Feb 1967) - The Flip Flop Frog
#578 (11th Feb 1967) - The Flying Fizzer
#683 (15th Feb 1969) - The Funny Face Balloon
#684 (22nd Feb 1969) - The Beezer Buzzer
#738 (7th Mar 1970) - The Super Tootle Flute
#739 (14th Mar 1970) - The Funny Face Balloon
#788 (20th Feb 1971) - The Flying Fizzer
#789 (27th Feb 1971) - The Super Skimmer
#838 (5th Feb 1972) - The Big Bang
#839 (12th Feb 1972) - The Hi-Flyer
#940 (19th Jan 1974) - The Funny Face Balloon
#941 (26th Jan 1974) - Glow Mask

BEEZER BOOK, THE. D.C. Thomson. Sep 1957-2003

PR             GD             VG             FN             VF             NM             MINT
1.0             2.0              4.0             6.0            8.0             9.0             10.0
(1958)
no date on cover. Launched in September for Christmas 1957 but as with all annuals, the publishers think one year ahead to maximize shelf life and sales. Cover shows characters climbing up steep stairway. A significant recent sale of the 1958 annual in Nov 2007 - an 'excellent' copy for an amazing £160! And the top/bottom of the spine looked scuffed to me in the photo. That's the amazing power of E Bay.
2.00           5.00            20.00         60.00         100.00        175.00

Explore More
Choose a template