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Press Release - March 7, 2003

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Dallas, TX - Heritage’s Amazing Comics Auction™ (ACA) sale #13031, ended Sunday, March 2, with 1,764 lots offered. 603 bidders placed bids, and 335 of them were successful, for a total sell-through of $186,930.87 for 1,455 lots (82.14% of lots offered).

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

Fred Guardineer - Original Cover Art for Action Comics #16 (DC, 1939). This thrilling cover from 1939, just a few issues into the Superman phenomenon, is the second to the last non-Man of Steel cover in one of the industry's longest-running comic book series. Fred Guardineer, a 20 year veteran of comics, delineated the covers of many early DC books, including this cover from Action Comics #16. With his clean and uncluttered approach, Guardineer brings zest to this soldier-of-fortune adventure piece. This beautifully maintained comic art treasure measures 13" x 17" and is matted with white board. The art is in pristine condition, with an overall yellowing which doesn't detract from the work. The Action logo paste-up is a photocopy and not the original. A great piece from one of the key titles in comic history. Realized $16,100.00. View

Jack Kirby and Joe Simon - Original Cover Art for Champ #23 (Harvey, 1942). Covering a book that features such unforgettable characters as the Twinkle Twins, Dr. Miracle, the Human Meteor and Slim Jim come this outstanding example of Simon and Kirby art, complete with outraged Nazis, a flowing American flag and a tank-full of juvenile gunmen. A piece of history penciled and inked by two of the industry's most beloved creators during the middle of World War II. Overall page size is approximately 11.5" x 15.5", matted with white board. The strip along the left edge which features the other characters in the book and the Champ logo are photocopied from the original comic and added to the art to make it appear more like the printed comic. This art is in incredible shape, will some limited use of white out and only the slightest bit of aging. Est. 2,000. Realized $7,475.00. View

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. Realized $5,405.00. View

Marvel Mystery Comics #21 "D" Copy pedigree (Timely, 1941) CGC VF/NM 9.0 Cream to off-white pages. The sheer genius of Schomburg's creative ability is once again apparent on this cover, featuring a wild Nazi weapon called "Submerging Fortress #3," a large circular device loaded with cannons and machines, waging war on nearby Allied ships. This beautiful book from this famous pedigree is also the first appearance of Patriot. Overstreet 2002 NM 9.4 value = $2,400. Realized $2,875.00. View

John Severin - Original Cover Art for Two-Fisted Tales #36 (EC, 1954). In 1953, John Severin started working for EC Comics, producing beautifully rendered westerns and war stories. He eventually became chief artist and editor on the classic comic Two-Fisted Tales. Here is a beautiful sample of Severin's mastery of the Old Western image... the cover for the January 1954 issue of The New Two-Fisted Tales #6, penciled and inked by Severin. This image shows an artist who has clearly mastered every minute detail of the scene, a gritty tableau of lawmen and desperados, sand and smoking Colts. The image size is 11" x 15.5" on a 13.5" x 18.5" piece of illustration board. There is an overall yellowing, but it is uniform across the entire piece and doesn't detract from the image. Includes the original logo and indicia paste-ups. Realized $2,645.00. View

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. Realized $1,897.50. View

Crime SuspenStories #9 Gaines File copy Certificate Missing (EC, 1952) CGC NM+ 9.6 Off-white to white pages. Johnny Craig cover with a skeleton in a trunk. "Headlight" cover. Overstreet 2002 NM 9.4 value = $385 Est. 450. Realized $1,667.50. View

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. Realized $1,552.50. View

Bidding closed March 2, at 10 pm CT. To bid in future auctions, simply go to Heritage’s web site http://www.HeritageComics.com, 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) April 6, at 10 pm 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 http://www.heritagecomics.com/auctions/consigning.asp or call Lon Allen at 214-252-4261, or email at LonA@HeritageComics.com .

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