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Press Release - December 21, 2005

Heritage Scores a Perfect "10"!

Dallas, Texas: Heritage Galleries & Auctioneers (HG&A) will offer all ten of the Top Ten Most Valuable Comic Books, as designated in the current edition of The Official Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide, in their upcoming Comic and Original Comic Art Signature Auction, to be held January 19 - 21, 2006, in Dallas, Texas.

"This is an extremely significant grouping of comics," said Ed Jaster, Vice-President for HG&A, "comprising all of the rarest and most desirable books in existence. To see all of these rare issues in one place at one time is an event that happens, at best, infrequently, and we're proud to be able to present these four-color gems to the collecting public."

"Leading the list, of course, is the landmark Action Comics #1," Jaster said, "which featured the origin and first appearance of Superman himself. Without this book, you wouldn't be reading this today, as this is the single issue that really solidified the concept of comic books as we know them today. The copy we're offering is CGC-graded Apparent VF- 7.5 Moderate (P) with Off-white to white pages, and has a pre-auction estimate of $75,000 and up."

"A close second to Action #1 is Detective Comics #27, which introduced The Batman to a waiting world. We're offering a CGC-graded Apparent FN 6.0 Slight (P) with Off-white to white pages copy that should set any true fan's Bat-Signal a-flashing. It has a pre-auction estimate of $55,000 and up."

"Third on the list is Marvel Comics #1, the very first comic published by the company that would eventually take the world by storm with such important creations as Spider-Man, the X-Men, the Fantastic Four and the Hulk. In this landmark issue, creators Bill Everett and Carl Burgos present Prince Namor, the Sub-Mariner and the Human Torch, respectively. The copy we're offering, the legendary "Pay Copy," CGC-graded VF/NM 9.0 with Off-white pages, is a true piece of comic book history. This is the copy personally retained by publisher Lloyd Jacquet, in which he recorded payment details for all the creators who contributed to the book. This is a one-of-a-kind comic book, whose place in four-color history is unique and unquestioned, that bears a pre-auction estimate of $200,000 - $250,000."

"Superman #1 comes in as #4 on the list," said Jaster, "the first comic book totally devoted to the Man of Steel. Our copy is CGC-graded Qualified VG 4.0 with Cream to off-white pages, and is sure to make some lucky collector very happy. It has a pre-auction estimate of $10,000 and up."

"Next on the list is All-American Comics #16," Jaster said, "which showcased the origin and first appearance of The Green Lantern. The CGC-graded Apparent VF+ 8.5 Extensive (P) Off-white pages offered here has been estimated at $14,000 and up."

"Of course, no Top Ten list would be complete without the inclusion of Batman #1," Jaster said, "which is significant not only for being the first book devoted to the Dark Knight Detective, but for the introduction of both The Joker and Catwoman. The copy we're offering, CGC-graded VF- 7.5 with Cream to off-white pages, is one of the nicest copies known to exist, and is sure to occupy a place of honor in any collection. It has a pre-auction estimate of $50,000 and up."

"America's foremost patriotic superhero takes his well-deserved place on the list with the inclusion of Captain America Comics #1," said Jaster. Created by the legendary team of Joe Simon and Jack Kirby, Cap fought the good fight against the Nazi menace during World War II. We're presenting one of the finest-known copies of this landmark book, the exceptional Kansas City pedigree copy, CGC-graded VF/NM 9.0 with Cream to off-white pages. With a pre-auction estimate of $100,000 and up, this book should inspire some spirited bidding."

Jaster continued, "Speeding into spot #8 is Flash Comics #1, notable for the introduction of both the Scarlet Speedster, the Flash, and the Winged Wonder, Hawkman, as well as such lesser-lights as Johnny Thunder and the Whip. We're pleased to offer the finest known copy of this important book, the legendary Mile High Copy, CGC-graded NM+ 9.6 with Off-white to white pages. This stunning beauty has to be seen to be believed, and its pre-auction estimate of $250,000 and up should make it very attractive to anyone interested in the best that comics have to offer."

"Next on the list is More Fun Comics #52," said Jaster, "presenting the first part of the origin of the Spectre. Always a popular book amongst collectors, this beauty from the Larson Collection, CGC-graded NM- 9.2 with Off-white to white pages and a pre-auction estimate of $125,000 and up, will have bidders absolutely dying to participate."

"Last, but by no means least, is Whiz Comics #2 (#1)," said Jaster, "which presented the origin and first appearance of C.C. Beck's Big Red Cheese, the original Captain Marvel. We're proud to present one of the top-graded copies of this desirable comic, CGC-graded FN- 5.5 with Off white to white pages and a pre-auction estimate of $20,000 and up. With one magic word, 'Bid,' this treasure can be yours!"

"For anyone interested in the best and most desirable comics on the market today," said Jaster, "this is an auction you won't want to miss!"

For more information about Heritage's auctions, and a complete record of prices realized, along with full-color, enlargeable photos of each lot, please visit HeritageGalleries.com.

HG&A specializes in rare, high-grade comic books, as well as vintage comic and animation art, illustration art, classic toys, movie posters and comics-related collectibles.

Prospective consignors and sellers of top-end comics material, toys, and original art are invited to call Ed Jaster at 1-800-872-6467, ext. 288 or Lon Allen at 1-800-872-6467, ext. 261 to discuss their rare comics and original illustration and comic art. Or visit HeritageGalleries.com and click on the "Sell Now" tab. Or simply email Ed Jaster at EdJ@HeritageGalleries.com or Lon Allen at LonA@HeritageGalleries.com.

Music and Hollywood memorabilia collectors should contact Doug Norwine at 1-800-872-6467, ext. 452 or email DougN@HeritageGalleries.com.

Movie poster consignors, please call Grey Smith at 1-800-872-6467, ext. 367 or email GreySm@HeritageGalleries.com.

To reserve your copy of a catalog for any upcoming Heritage auction, please contact Nicole Jewell, c/o Heritage Galleries & Auctioneers, 3500 Maple Avenue, 17th Floor, Dallas, TX 75219, or call 1-800-872-6467, ext. 272.

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