P343 Teletext 343 Dec11 23:18:20    ————— With TV's Eric Knowles —————————— CLASSIC COMICS WORTH A PRETTY PENNY British comic collectors take their subject very seriously, especially the one who paid £20,350 for a No 1 edition of The Dandy, issued in 1937. It still retained its free gift, the Express Whistler, and comics expert Malcolm Phillips says the price reflected its rarity. "It was the first to surface with its original promotional gift. That made it a must-have," says Phillips. ——————————————————————————————————1/9—— Fun and Games 140 C4 Life & Critical Illness cover at low rates.Price match available ITV1 p386 Cars Diet Total Ents Hol Index
P343 Teletext 343 Dec11 23:16:17    ————— With TV's Eric Knowles —————————— CLASSIC COMICS WORTH A PRETTY PENNY So what about The Beano, which arrived on the comic scene a year after The Dandy, in 1938? It also came with a freebie in the guise of a Whoopee mask. The fact that so few survive accounts for the last example selling at auction for £6,800. Both The Dandy and The Beano were produced by DC Thomson of Dundee and the original artwork is always popular with collectors. ——————————————————————————————————2/9—— Family Fun has moved to 368 LOOK BEFORE YOU BOOK - TELETEXT HOLIDAYS TV SKY CHANNEL 665 Cars Diet Total Ents Hol Index
P343 Teletext 343 Dec11 23:16:33    ————— With TV's Eric Knowles —————————— CLASSIC COMICS WORTH A PRETTY PENNY The top illustrators at Thomsons were Reg Carter and Dudley Watkins who gave us Lord Snooty and co - a 1955 piece of their artwork sold recently for £1,000. The earliest comics are thought to date from about 1874 when Funny Folks made its first appearance. By the 1950s the great British comic was enjoying its heyday when Saturday mornings for Eric Knowles meant Topper, Beezer, Valiant and more. ——————————————————————————————————3/9—— TV soaps so far 118 GET A BRAND NEW SEAT IBIZA FOR PENNIES? SEE p684 Cars Diet Total Ents Hol Index
P343 Teletext 343 Dec11 23:16:40    ————— With TV's Eric Knowles —————————— CLASSIC COMICS WORTH A PRETTY PENNY Having mentioned the big prices it's as well to point out that most comics from the 1950s and 1960s are worth about £2 each, if in good order. It is almost always the number 1 issue of any comic that sooner or later becomes a collector's item. Another deciding factor is condition, with tears, stains and missing pages making most comics absolutely worthless. ——————————————————————————————————4/9—— Family Fun has moved to 368 NEW ONE-2-ONE DATING! FREE GIFT FOR EVERY ADVERTISER! ITV1 p391 Cars Diet Total Ents Hol Index
P343 Teletext 343 Dec11 23:17:07    ————— With TV's Eric Knowles —————————— CLASSIC COMICS WORTH A PRETTY PENNY The success of both The Dandy and The Beano resulted in the introduction of the more robust hardbound annual. The first Dandy annual was issued for 1939, although printed in 1938; the number 1 Beano arriving in time for 1940 but printed in 1939. Malcolm Phillips says that a No 1 Dandy annual has sold for £3,500 while the first Beano did even better, selling for £4,500. ——————————————————————————————————5/9—— Win a gardening prize 347 Get the latest news from your footie club on your mobile ITV1 p539 Cars Diet Total Ents Hol Index
P343 Teletext 343 Dec11 23:12:23    ————— With TV's Eric Knowles —————————— CLASSIC COMICS WORTH A PRETTY PENNY While on the subject of annuals, probably the most sought after in relatively recent times has to be the 1973 brown-face Rupert annual. Rumour has it that in 1972 the managing director of the publisher of the annual, Express Newspapers, decided to give Rupert a brown complexion. And a handful of the 1973 brown-face annuals survives, one having sold for £15,000. Keep your eyes peeled. ——————————————————————————————————6/9—— Family Fun has moved to 368 Life & Critical Illness cover at low rates.Price match available ITV1 p386 Cars Diet Total Ents Hol Index
P343 Teletext 343 Dec11 23:12:10    ————— With TV's Eric Knowles —————————— CLASSIC COMICS WORTH A PRETTY PENNY As you might imagine the American comic marketplace produces the collectors prepared to spend megabucks. The Golden Age of the US comic is 1936- 1955 with the Silver Age 1956- 1969. Keen devotees come from every walk of life. The first Marvel Mystery Comic of 1939 is purported to have changed hands for a staggering $350,000. Well worth spotting at auction. ——————————————————————————————————7/9—— Cheers! Christmas drinks 342 CHECK OUT THE SNOW BEFORE YOUR SKIING HOLIDAY ITV1 p570 Cars Diet Total Ents Hol Index
P343 Teletext 343 Dec11 23:12:26    ————— With TV's Eric Knowles —————————— CLASSIC COMICS WORTH A PRETTY PENNY Superman, published by DC (Detective Comics), made his entrance in 1938 whereas Spider-Man appeared courtesy of Marvel comics in 1962. Both No 1 issues are said to be valued at $100,000. So what about a tip for the future? Malcolm Phillips suggests Japanese Manga comics from the 1980s - pure escapism and high-quality artwork. For further information see Malcolm's website, compalcomics.com. ——————————————————————————————————8/9—— Family Fun has moved to 368 WHAT'S ON TV TONIGHT? p110 Cars Diet Total Ents Hol Index
P343 Teletext 343 Dec11 23:18:13    ————— With TV's Eric Knowles —————————— ASK ERIC... Got something hidden away in the attic that you reckon could be worth millions? Just what is that old vase Granny gave you? If you'd like Eric's advice, write with a photo and full description to: Antiques, Lifestyle, Teletext, PO Box 32549, London W4 5TX. Or e-mail with a scanned photo: lifestyle@teletext.co.uk Unfortunately we cannot return photographs or reply personally. ——————————————————————————————————9/9—— Eric returns next Friday WHAT'S ON TV TONIGHT? p110 Cars Diet Total Ents Hol Index