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Press Release - February 6, 2003

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Dallas, TX - Heritage’s Amazing Comics Auction™ (ACA) sale #13021, ended Sunday, February 2, with 871 lots offered. 564 bidders placed bids, and 283 of them were successful, for a total sell-through of $159,016.73 for 815 lots (93.57% of lots offered).

A few highlights from the 02/02/03 ACA sale are:

More Fun Comics #52 (DC, 1940) CGC Apparent VG/FN 5.0 Moderate (A) Off-white to white pages.
One of the rarest and most valuable Golden Age key issues, More Fun #52 has always remained elusive, rarely turning up in decent grade, and always bringing a premium. This seminal issue is the most prized of DC's rarest run, featuring the first appearance of the Spectre by Bernard Baily and Jerry Siegel. This copy has a great appearance, with a small piece added to the right edge, a sealed spine split and re-glossed cover. Considering the value of #52, ranked tenth by Overstreet, this copy is perfect for the cost-conscious collector. Overstreet 2002 GD 2.0 value = $5,143; FN 6.0 $15,930. Est. 6,500-up. Realized $6,900.00

Marvel Mystery Comics #33 (Timely, 1942) CGC NM- 9.2 Off-white pages.
This is a once in a lifetime chance, as this is the highest graded copy on CGC's census. Even though most of the Marvel Mystery covers are impressive in their own right, a few stand out from the rest as truly classic. This famous cover features Torch and Subby fighting a Nazi invasion from the rooftops of New York, which holds some significance today. Overstreet 2002 NM 9.4 value = $1,700. Realized $3,795.00

More Fun Comics #55 (DC, 1940) CGC Apparent VF+ 8.5 Slight (P) Cream to off-white pages.
The first appearance and origin of Dr. Fate makes this a notable Golden Age key. Overstreet lists this book as scarce, and copies rarely come onto the market. The Spectre makes a cover appearance by Bernard Baily, while Jerry Siegel contributed scripts to this issue. The restoration is minor and includes spine splits sealed, cleaned, and reinforced. Overstreet 2002 VF 8.0 value = $8,000. Est. 3,000-up. Realized $3,220.00

Unknown Artist - Original Cover Art for Tomb of Terror #3 (Harvey, 1952).
An amazingly horrific bondage cover from this classic pre-code horror title. Although Lee Elias did many covers for this title, we do not believe this is his work, but it is a very graphic and eerie piece. The title stat is original. Some elements of the bottom edge of the art have been cut and replaced (notably the hand coming up out of the water), and whatever backing board was used has been lost, leaving a couple of small "holes" in the art. Also, unfortunately, the piece was folded in half at some point, leaving a noticeable horizontal crease that does break the ink. Still, a very powerful, horrific image that would be a fine addition to any collection, and given the scarcity of original pre-code horror covers in general, a rare opportunity. 14" x 20". Realized $2,990.00

All-Flash #17 (DC, 1944) CGC NM 9.4 White pages.
Flash tangles with the 4 in 1 criminal on this Martin Nodell cover. A stunning copy that exhibits a super-white cover and white pages, and is the highest CGC graded copy to date. There is no wear evident along the edges or spine, with only the slightest hint of rounding at the corners. A gorgeous copy that should please any high grade collector. Overstreet 2002 NM 9.4 value = $825. Est. 1,750-up. Realized $2,472.50

Captain America Comics #15 Overstreet copy (Timely, 1942) CGC VF 8.0 Cream to off-white pages.
This issue sports one of the best covers in the entire run - and that's saying a lot! Flat and clean, with only very minor wear, this is an outstanding copy that came straight out of Bob Overstreet's personal collection. This book traded hands for $3,000 a few years ago before the advent of CGC. It could take a long time before you find a nicer copy. Al Avison art. Overstreet 2002 VF 8.0 value = $2,083; NM 9.4 value = $4,000. Realized $2,185.00

Tough Kid Squad Comics #1 (Timely, 1942) CGC VG/FN 5.0 Off-white pages.
This one-shot preceded the first appearance of The Boy Commandos in Detective Comics #64 by several months. Maybe because, besides being a one-shot, it is also listed as scarce by Overstreet, a notation verified by the fact that until recently CGC had not graded this book at all, in any condition. The cover is vintage wartime Timely, with the evil Doctor Klutch's plans being contested by the heroic juveniles, the Danger Twins, while other youths are held in bondage. Just the sort of stuff that endears Timely to us! Being a one-shot, this issue quite naturally is where you will find the origin and first appearance of the Tough Kid Squad. Other stories feature the Human Top and Flying Flame. This is it! Overstreet 2002 GD 2.0 value = $923; FN 6.0 value = $2,769. Est. 2,800-up. Realized $2,070.00

Bidding closed February 2, 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.

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