Stephenson’s in Upper Southampton to host vintage comic book, poster auction

Stephenson's Auction gallery in Upper Southampton will host an event in person and online on Friday.  Items include classic superhero comic books, rock posters, and autographed lithographs.
Superhero figurines will be among the items up for bid at Stephenson's Auction in person in Upper Southampton and online on Friday.

For Mark Reynolds, auctions like the one scheduled for Stephenson’s Auctioneers & Appraisers gallery in Southampton on Friday represent a time machine. As he stares at the classic comic books from a half-century ago, he is escorted down memory lane.

The mere sight of those comics detailing the thrilling exploits of Batman, Spider-Man, and the legion of superheroes within the pages vividly remind the Doylestown resident of those summer days of his childhood, sitting on his front porch with his friends, sipping Cokes, and marveling at, well, the heroes of Marvel and DC Comics. He sees the old, and he is young.

“Seeing those comic books — Batman using his wits to outsmart Joker, Spider-Man shooting his webs and swinging from building to building to catch a crook, Superman using his powers to save the world — makes me feel like a kid again,” said Reynolds, 59. “Seeing them right in front of you, not, like, on a website, makes those memories so real.”

Vintage comic books, including Batman, highlight the Stephenson auction in Southampton on Friday.

Memories will be in great supply at Stephenson’s auction. The 5,000-square-foot gallery will be packed with collectibles, memorabilia, posters, autographed animation cels, lithographs, and figurines, all available for bid in person or via the Internet at www.LiveAuctioneers.com.

In addition to comic books, other items available for bid are boxing posters and championship fight programs, including those of George Foreman, Oscar de la Hoya, and Thomas (Hit Man) Hearns. Also available are rock concert posters and other music items, including a framed Bob Marley set that includes a 1980 Bob Marley and the Wailers “Uprising” LP with its signed sleeve.

Comic books, cartoons, music, memories, and more.

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