Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice

Search Press Release Archive

Press Release - September 16, 2005

Heritage to Auction Legendary "Pay Copy" of Motion Picture Funnies Weekly #1!

DALLAS, TEXAS: Heritage Comics Auctions (HCA) will offer the "Pay Copy" of one of the most historically important comic books ever published, Motion Picture Funnies Weekly #1, CGC-graded VF/NM 9.0, Cream to off-white pages, in their upcoming Signature Auction, to be held October 14-15, 2005, in Dallas, Texas.

"This comic, originally intended to be given away at movie theaters in 1939 as a promotional vehicle but probably not actually distributed outside of a few advance copies, is an exceptionally significant book for several reasons," said Ed Jaster, Director of Acquisitions for HCA. "To begin with, it contains the first printed, although unreleased, appearance of Bill Everett's Sub-Mariner, predating that character's true introduction later the same year in the pages of Marvel Comics #1. Secondly, this is the legendary 'Pay Copy,' in which someone, possibly publisher Lloyd Jacquet, recorded payment information for the various creators that contributed to the book. Lastly, this is currently the highest-graded copy of this important comic known to exist."

"Due to this amazing confluence of circumstances," Jaster concluded, "this is one of the most important and significant comics ever to hit the market. From a purely historical perspective, this one is hard to beat. It should cause quite a bidding frenzy among advanced collectors."

This comic carries a pre-auction estimate of $100,000.

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

HCA 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 and click on the "Sell Now" tab. Or simply email Ed Jaster at or Lon Allen at

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

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

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

Heritage membership

Join Now - It's Free

  1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
  2. Bid online
  3. Free Collector newsletter
  4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
  5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
Consign now
  • Cash Advances
  • More Bidders
  • Trusted Experts
  • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976

Learn about consigning with us

Very courteous, pleasant and professional!
G.N. ,
Jacksonville, FL
View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source: