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Press Release - February 4, 2003

Heritage Comics Prepares for Largest Internet Sale

Dallas Texas: Heritage Comics is making preparations for its largest Internet auction to date, in terms of lots offered. With 1,767 lots up for grabs in its Amazing Comics Auction sale #13031, the world’s largest comic books auctioneer is expecting an unprecedented level of activity.

“We’re absolutely amazed - no pun intended - and exhilarated by the size of this sale. It far surpasses our best sales of last year,” said a very enthusiastic Lon Allen, Heritage Comics’ Auction Coordinator. “If the number of lots involved is any indication, we should easily blow past our record breakers of 2002. It’s so exciting, as we also have a huge Signature sale (live auction) in New York City in early March. There’s so much great material being offered here, collectors of all means will be taking part.”

Bidding began February 2, and will run through Sunday evening, March 2, closing at 10:00 CT.

Some of the highlights in the ACA sale include: Daring Mystery Comics #1 Denver pedigree (Timely, 1940) CGC NM 9.4 Off-white pages. The incomparable master of the Golden Age, Alex Schomburg, renders a death defying bondage action cover. Note the mace-wielding hero as he tries to rescue the buxom and sultry kidnap victim from two hooded villains. Note the vehicle designs that are indicative of the 1930s and early 1940s science-fiction style. This Denver pedigree copy has deep colors and sharp corners. By far, the finest of eleven copies thus far graded by CGC (seven of which are restored!), and possibly the finest copy in existence. A very important and rare book in fantastic condition. Overstreet 2002 NM 9.4 value = $25,000.

Mystic Comics #1 Allentown pedigree (Timely, 1940) CGC NM- 9.2 Off-white pages. The awesome Alex Schomburg draws this stupendous bondage cover of the Blue Blaze rescuing a wide-eyed buxom woman from a horde of crusty looking cretins. Note the incredible line detail in Schomburg's nefarious characters. Witness the Blue Blaze bloodily pistol-whipping a green-skinned goon, the amputee goon with a hook, and the astonished expression of the one-eyed red-robbed grey-skinned dude as he tries to shoot the Blue Blaze. This issue is spearheaded with appearances of the Blue Blaze, the Dynamic Man, Flexo the Rubber Robot, Zephyr Jones and other Golden Age wonders. This astounding copy features brilliant hues and nice corners. Overstreet 2002 NM 9.4 value = $17,500.

Marvel Mystery Comics #39 (Timely, 1943) CGC NM 9.4 Off-white pages. Alex Schomburg depicts the action as the Human Torch and Toro lead the invasion of a Nazi stronghold on the cover of this issue. Also appearing in this issue are the Sub-Mariner, Patriot, the Vision and the Angel. Creators in this issue are Syd Shores, Al Fagaly and Bob Oksner. This is a gorgeous example of this issue. As of this writing, this is the highest grade the CGC has awarded this issue. Overstreet 2002 NM 9.4 value = $1,700.

The Human Torch 4 (#3) (Timely, 1941) CGC VF/NM 9.0 Off-white pages. Just as his little buddy Toro is about to take a cement bath, Torch crashes the party (from the furnace, no less), ready to put a hurtin' on the baddies. This copy has an extremely fresh appearance, with a perfect spine and clean white back cover. Overstreet 2002 NM 9.4 value = $4,800.

Joker Comics #1 (Timely, 1942) CGC VF 8.0 Off-white pages. This issue is the first appearance of Powerhouse Pepper by Basil Wolverton. Stuporman from Daring Comics also appears. The back cover of this book has a full-page advertisement for Captain America's Sentinels of Liberty membership. Extremely rare book. Overstreet 2002 VF 8.0 value = $1,591.

Sub-Mariner Comics #1 (Timely, 1941) CGC FN- 5.5. Sub-Mariner and the Angel begin; Everett and Gustavson art. CGC notes: "2 small pieces of tape on centerfold; slightly brittle pages". Overstreet 2002 FN 6.0 value = $7070.

Famous Funnies #216 (Eastern Color, 1955) CGC NM- 9.2 Off-white pages. A classic Frank Frazetta Buck Rogers science fiction cover graces this issue. Overstreet NM 9.4 value = $1,250. Est. 1,200

Strange Adventures #10 (DC, 1951) CGC NM+ 9.6 Off-white to pages. This great science fiction issue features artwork by DC legends Gil Kane, Murphy Anderson, and Carmine Infantino. Overstreet 2002 NM 9.4 value = $1,025. Est. 1,200.

Fantastic Four #48 (Marvel, 1966) CGC NM 9.4 Off-white to white pages. Key issue: first appearance of the Silver Surfer and Galactus. Jack Kirby and Joe Sinnott art. The Watcher cover. Overstreet 2002 NM 9.4 value = $1,250. Est. 1,250.

Tales of Suspense #49 (Marvel, 1964) CGC VF/NM 9.0 Off-white pages. Here is a book that is extremely difficult to find in this kind of shape. These issues just don't seem to surface in conditions above fine. This is also the first X-Men crossover and is an Avengers crossover. Overstreet 2002 NM 9.4 value = $285.

Tomb of Dracula #1 (Marvel, 1972) CGC NM 9.4 White pages. First appearance of Dracula; Neal Adams cover, Gene Colan art. Overstreet 2002 NM 9.4 value = $140.

Two-Fisted Tales #20 Gaines File Pedigree (EC, 1951) CGC NM+ 9.6 Off-white to white pages. Jack Davis, Harvey Kurtzman and Wally Wood artwork. Overstreet 2002 NM 9.4 value = $500.

Steve Ditko - Original Cover Art for Space Adventures #12 (Charlton, 1979). A cosmically creative cover illustration by the incomparable Steve Ditko featuring Captain Atom and a space chick. All art except for the starry background consists of stats and not original art. A fine find with an overall size of 12" x 19" and an image area of 10" x 15.5".

Russ Heath-Original Art Panel Pages from Enemy Ace: War in Heaven #2 (DC, 2001). Two awesome back-to-back pages of air battles from Russ Heath. Overall size is 11" x 17".

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