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Press Release - January 21, 2003

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Dallas, TX - Heritage’s Amazing Comics Auction™ (ACA) sale #13011, ended Sunday, January 5, with 1,139 lots offered. 622 bidders placed bids, and 300 of them were successful, for a total sell-through of $198,464.72 for 936 lots (82.17% of lots offered).

A few highlights from the 01/05/03 ACA sale are:

More Fun Comics #51 Mile High pedigree (DC, 1940) CGC VF/NM 9.0 White pages.
This final pre-hero issue of the series introduced the Spectre in the last panel of the Buccaneer story, before he went on to his full appearance in #52. Shelly Moldoff did a fantastic job creating the cover, which features a woodsman warding off a pack of vicious wolves. This copy appears in pristine condition, with razor-sharp edges and colors that are deep enough to have been printed yesterday. The book was downgraded slightly due to light feathering along the spine, visible only when it's turned sideways. Despite this, any collector would be hard-pressed to find a better looking copy. According to CGC's census, this is the best grade they have given this particular issue. Overstreet 2002 NM 9.4 value = $6,300. Realized $16,100.00

Jack Kirby and Mike Royer - Original Art for Cover and Complete 17-page Story for Machine Man #8 (Marvel, 1978).
Thinking computer X-51, aka the Machine Man, has surrendered himself to gangsters so his pal Spalding will be set free -- and now he must find a way out of this lair of larceny before the pin-striped goons exterminate him. Although Machine Man is generally considered one of his lesser works, this 17-page story shows Kirby going full-blast, and the tale is virtually non-stop action. The finishes were provided by the man most consider to be Kirby's finest post-Sinnott inker, namely Mike Royer, who boldly renders this classic Kirby action and machinery with great finesse. As an extra added bonus, this lot also includes the cover to this issue, evocatively inked by Frank Giacoia. Pages are in excellent condition overall, with the usual blue-line editorial notes and moderate white-out. Realized $4,370.00

Daredevil #1 (Marvel, 1964) CGC VF/NM 9.0 Off-white pages.
Key first issue of Daredevil. Daredevil is finally going to get his due with the new big-budget movie coming out next year. Compared to other Marvel keys, this title is relatively undervalued, and this is a striking copy. Overstreet 2002 NM 9.4 value = $2,700. Realized $4,140.00

U.S.A. Comics #1 Kansas City pedigree (Timely, 1941) CGC VF 8.0 Off-white to white pages.
The Defender charges toward the Nazi thugs on this cover, hellbent on stopping the molten lava from turning the Allied commander into a baked potato. A classic bondage cover, USA #1 also features interior artwork by Basil Wolverton and Simon and Kirby. This copy has a very attractive appearance, featuring rich colors and a clean cover. Light edge wear and some color flaking along the spine keep the book from achieving a higher grade, but considering the rarity of early Golden Age comics, it's still something to behold. Overstreet 2002 VF 8.0 value = $7,500. Realized $4,140.00

Superboy #1 (DC, 1949) CGC VF- 7.5 White pages.
Rare first issue, does not surface in high-grade very often. Overstreet 2002 VF 8.0 value = $4,600. Realized $3,335.00

Vault of Horror #38 Gaines File pedigree 9/12 (EC, 1954) CGC NM/MT 9.8 Off-white to white pages.
How in the world did this solid black cover book survive in NM/MT 9.8 condition? The only explanation is that it must be a Gaines file copy. The condition of this book is really mind-blowing, as it really is as close to perfection as you could possibly hope for. Obviously, no copies have been graded higher by CGC to date than this one, and this one is virtually guaranteed to keep its place in history at the top of the heap. Overstreet 2002 NM 9.4 value = $285. Realized $2,702.50

Mad #1 (EC, 1952) CGC VF+ 8.5 Off-white pages.
First satire comic; Wood, Elder and Davis art. Overstreet 2002 VF 8.0 value = $3640; NM 9.4 value = $7000. From the collection of Bobby Harmon. Realized $2,587.50

Bidding closed January 5, at 10pm CT. To bid in future auctions, simply go to Heritage’s web site, and join their free web community. Or write or e-mail Heritage for a printed or fax listing.

Heritage’s latest ACA auction ends (and a new one begins) February 2, at 10pm CT. Call today to consign to a future auction, as the earliest consignments receive the most attention and publicity. Those interested in consigning to ACA or to Heritage’s live Signature auctions are invited to visit a special section on HCA's website or call Ed Jaster or Fred McSurley at 214-252-4288 or e-mail

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