The comics came to light at a house clearance in Sutton Coldfield where they were found up in the loft.

Vintage comics found in Sutton Coldfield total £13,150 at Lichfield auction

A SUPER collection of vintage comics has sold at auction in Lichfield for a total hammer price of £13,150.

Mainly dating back to the 1960s, the collection of mostly Marvel comics was uncovered at a house clearance in Sutton Coldfield by Richard Winterton Auctioneers.

Going under the hammer at The Lichfield Auction Centre, Wood End Lane, Fradley Park, on March 25, the comics earned the distinction of ‘white glove’ – meaning every issue sold.

Fantastic Four issues #48, #49 and #50, featuring the first appearances of Silver Surfer and Galactus, sold at £580.
Fantastic Four issues #48, #49 and #50, featuring the first appearances of Silver Surfer and Galactus, sold at £580.

A single lot comprising more than 1,500 comics predominantly from the 1960s and 1970s fetched an amazing £8,400.

This included iconic characters such as The Amazing Spider-Man, Uncanny X-Men, The Incredible Hulk, Tales To Astonish, Tales Of Suspense, Invincible Iron Man, Captain America, The Mighty Thor, Journey Into Mystery, Daredevil, Doctor Strange, Avengers, Fantastic Four, Ghost Rider, Silver Surfer, Namor, Iron Fist, Nick Fury, Ms. Marvel, Captain Marvel, Nova, Master Of Kung Fu, Howard The Duck, Conan The Barbarian, Red Sonja, Moon Knight, Werewolf By Night, Spider-Woman and The Defenders.

Werewolf By Night issues #32 and #33, featuring the first appearance of Moon Knight, made £440.
Werewolf By Night issues #32 and #33, featuring the first appearance of Moon Knight, made £440.

A further 42 lots featured comics sold separately or in small groups.

These included such Marvel highlights as Fantastic Four issues #48, #49 and #50, featuring the first appearances of the Silver Surfer and Galactus, selling at £580 and Werewolf By Night #32 and #33, featuring the first appearance of Moon Knight, making £440.

The Silver Surfer #1 – the first solo Silver Surfer comic – sold at £320 and issue #4 made £260.

Other single comics included The Amazing Spider-Man issue #50 – featuring the first appearance of the Kingpin – sold at £280 and Sub-Mariner #1 – the first Silver Age solo Sub-Mariner comic – made £130.

Auctioneer Richard Winterton with a selection of the comics.
Auctioneer Richard Winterton with a selection of the comics.

Auctioneer Richard Winterton said: “What a fittingly fantastic result for a marvellous collection which thrilled our comics department.

“After coming to light in a loft during a house clearance in Sutton Coldfield, they were carefully brought down and transported to The Lichfield Auction Centre for the team to carefully check through every single one.

The Silver Surfer #1 sold at £320.
The Silver Surfer #1 sold at £320.

“A huge amount of work went into the cataloguing and there were some exciting scenes in the saleroom at Fradley as the hammer came down again and again.”

To book a free valuation of items of all types, call 01543 251081 or email office@richardwinterton.co.uk.

Free home visits for large collections and house clearance quotations are also available.

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