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ComicLink Whites Auction

The latest ComicLink online auction finished last night, check Walt’s Auction Highlights on the event right here.

On offer were three dozen slabbed Canadian comics with all but two of them WECA books. The biggest irony of the final tally for me was that the highest prices were commanded by essentially reprint material.

 

 

The top book was a 1945 unnumbered Nelvana compilation reprint of stories from Triumph Comics that reached a new recorded online high for a WECA book of that has original albeit Canadian content. It went for $13,750 . Next came the unnumbered 1943 reprint and slight redraw of Pep Comics 22 called Super Comics. It went for $7100.

 

 

The value of this book has always been driven by Archie/MLJ collectors south of the border. Rounding out the top three was a reprint of EC’s Crime SuspenStories  3 with the title changed to Weird SuspenStories  because of a societal and governmental  attack on “crime comics” in Canada during the late forties to early fifties.  It fetched $2122.

 

 

The top non-reprint books were Triumph Comics 17 with a Ted Steele Speed Savage cover, then two first issues, Wow Comics No. 1 and Active Comics No. 1. Also popular were the two Joke Comics, issues 14 and 18 because of their Wing covers.

 

 

 

The final total for all 36 books was $45,465 for the 36 issues on offer  so that the average final price of each book was about $1260.

Here are the complete results of the Canadian golden age books.

Comic

CGC grade

Winning Bid

Nelvana nn.

6.5

13,750

Super Comics nn.

4.5

7100

Weird SuspenStories 3

5.5

2122

Triumph Comics 17

4.0

1750

Wow Comics 1

3.0

1650

Active Comics 1

3.5

1452

Joke Comics 14

3.5

1200

Joke Comics 18

5.5

1200

Dime Comics 5

4.5

900

Better Comics V. 1 No. 10

5.5

885

Dime Comics 8

4.5

850

Lucky Comics  V. 2 No. 4

6.5

808

Better Comics V. 3 No. 5

6.5

752

Dime Comics 20

5.0

675

Jumbo Comics 1

6.5

658

Lucky Comics V. 1 No. 3

2.5

650

Joke Comics 12

3.5

625

Dime Comics 9

4.5

605

Active Comics 11

5.0

600

Commando Comics 8

6.0

600

Joke Comics 21

5.5

565

Atomic Comics 1

6.5

562

Active Comics 24

7.0

555

Rocket Comics V. 1 No. 13

6.5

555

Wow Comics 22

4.0

545

Bing Bang Comics V. 2 No. 1

5.0

480

Phantom Rider nn.

5.0

465

Better Comics V. 5 No. 10

4.5

450

Joke Comics 17

4.0

425

Scooter Comics 1

7.5

375

Dime Comics 13

3.0

350

Weekender V. 2 No. 1

6.0

350

Active Comics 22

2.0

340

(New) Dime Comics 30

8.0

241

Zor The Mighty 1

5.5

205

Three Aces 52

8.0

170

45465

The evidence seems to be in front of our eyes and the market forces have spoken. Ladies and gentlemen we have now entered a new universe when it comes to the pricing of Canadian golden age books.  Trouble is, this may be considered cheap a year from now.

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