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Comic dealer sells rare Beano first issue

The Argus: Phil with his Beano and Dandy collection Phil with his Beano and Dandy collection

A vintage comic dealer is putting a collectors dream up for auction with an exceedingly rare first issue of the Beano.

Phil Shrimpton, a collector and dealer from Seaford, is running the eBay auction which has a starting price tag of £3,500.

The first ever Beano landed in newstands on July 30 1938 and the coveted number one issue sold a whopping 442,963 copies.

But now, more than seventy years later, only a handful of the iconic comic still exist.

Mr Shrimpton said: “It is quite incredible to think that probably only around 25 actually still exist.

“Every year or so another one seems to emerge – often found in someone’s attic.”

“People didn’t really look at comics as collector’s items until the sixties and seventies, so lots of them got destroyed.

“Also a lot of the comics were destroyed during the war as people were more conscious about recycling the old issues.”

The issue up for auction is deemed to be in good condition but does not come with the original “whoopee mask” free gift – only one of which is known to survive.

Mr Shrimpton said the comic’s are usually sold to other private collectors, but a few have made their way into the hands of museums.

He said that this is the most valuable comic he has ever sold in his work at his dealership.

The Beano #1 had a full colour front page featuring then cover star Big Eggo, while inside other iconic characters such as Lord Snooty made their debuts.

The famous poster-boy for the comic Dennis the Menace did not appear until 1951.

The Beano is the world’s longest running comic and has been published every week for the last 76 years – with issue 3,730 dropping into newsagents this week.

Mr Shrimpton runs Phil-Comics Auctions (COR) which specialises in British vintage comics from pre-1975 featuring titles such as The Beano, Dandy, Commando, Eagle and Rupert Bear.

The most expensive comic ever sold was a copy of Action Comics #1 – which features the first appearance of Superman – for $2.6 million.

To bid on the auction go to: ebay.co.uk/itm/Beano-comic-1-ONE-July-30th-1938-RARE-ORIGINAL-Good-phil-comics-/271449901842?pt=UK_Books_comics_Magazines_UK_Comics_ET&hash=item3f33accb12

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7:23am Wed 16 Apr 14

hyram77 says...

Awesome
Awesome hyram77
  • Score: 3

9:03am Wed 16 Apr 14

Quiterie says...

Yes, very cool.

Unlike the photo of Phil looking like he's having a dump.
Yes, very cool. Unlike the photo of Phil looking like he's having a dump. Quiterie
  • Score: -1

9:54am Wed 16 Apr 14

tykemison says...

So unlike the headline suggests, he has not sold it but is hoping to.Glad they put the link to the auction in as didn't want to miss an opportunity to bid thousands on a paper comic book.
So unlike the headline suggests, he has not sold it but is hoping to.Glad they put the link to the auction in as didn't want to miss an opportunity to bid thousands on a paper comic book. tykemison
  • Score: -1

9:56am Wed 16 Apr 14

tykemison says...

So unlike the headline suggests, he has not sold it but is hoping to.Glad they put the link to the auction in as didn't want to miss an opportunity to bid thousands on a paper comic book.Perhaps"comic dealer to sell rare first edition issue", am here all week!
So unlike the headline suggests, he has not sold it but is hoping to.Glad they put the link to the auction in as didn't want to miss an opportunity to bid thousands on a paper comic book.Perhaps"comic dealer to sell rare first edition issue", am here all week! tykemison
  • Score: -1

10:48am Wed 16 Apr 14

Quiterie says...

Quiterie wrote:
Yes, very cool.

Unlike the photo of Phil looking like he's having a dump.
You've changed the picture!!!!

.... spoilsports.........
[quote][p][bold]Quiterie[/bold] wrote: Yes, very cool. Unlike the photo of Phil looking like he's having a dump.[/p][/quote]You've changed the picture!!!! .... spoilsports......... Quiterie
  • Score: 2

10:47pm Wed 16 Apr 14

yaddab says...

no bids yet , so where is the news... I can put my cat on ebay for 3.5k any takers ( i am not selling !)
no bids yet , so where is the news... I can put my cat on ebay for 3.5k any takers ( i am not selling !) yaddab
  • Score: -1

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