While everyone is familiar with the characters today as part of multi-million movie franchises, the sale’s collection of comics reveals how the superheroes began their adventures on the printed page.
The action-packed titles by Marvel UK, including such names as Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, and the Fantastic Four, come in hundreds of issues from the 1970s.
In 1972, Marvel UK was formed to reprint US-produced stories for the British weekly comic market, exposing UK children to superheroes like Spider-man, The Hulk, and the Fantastic Four without having to purchase expensive and hard-to-find American imports.
The Mighty World of Marvel featured a host of now-familiar characters, some of whom were to receive their own spin-offs. Spider-Man Comics Weekly was the first, reproducing the entire series of the The Amazing Spider-Man, which had been published monthly Stateside since 1963.
Other titles featured are those from Marvel UK’s parent company Marvel Monster Group, including Planet of the Apes and Dracula Lives!
The sale takes place on August 21, with each lot estimated at £80 to £120.