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    2020-05-03: Forgotten Golden-Age Books On Fire


    Peter R. Bickford

    While many comic collectors focus on super-heroes, the real story in recent Heritage Auctions was the astonishing sales pegged by high grade Golden Age books featuring mystery, war, and even teen comedy. Across the board, Golden age continued to push higher, indicating that despite the current economic uncertainty (or perhaps because of it), collectors continue to seek out investments in high quality collectibles.

     

    Notable Results:

     

    Ellery Queen (Ziff-Davis) #2

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    Although featuring terrific pulp-style cover art, this otherwise unremarkable entry in the comic adaptation of the popular mystery series surprised by bringing in $1320 for a CGC 9.0 copy. Though seldom seen at auction, previous sales had the price pegged at no more than a few hundred dollars.

     

    War Fury #1

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    This Korean-era war comic from the little-known Comics Media company, War Fury #1 featured forgettable writing by Charles Houts, workmanike art from Don Heck and Don Perlin, and very little else to raise it from the $10 "oldies" box at your local comic store...until now. Formerly charting at a mere $130 in NM, a CGC 6.5 copy of War Fury #1 just garnered an amazing $2,280 at auction.

     

    Gangsters Can't Win #2 

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    Another formerly overlooked Golden Age title that will be overlooked no more. Gangsters can't Win lacked the cult status of later entries in the crime genre like E.C.'s Crime Suspenstories, but it's clearly being rediscovered by Golden Age collectors. Recently valued as little as $90 in NM, A CGC 7.5 copy just pulled in a whopping $1860 at auction, pulling the whole title up dramatically along with it.

    Edited by Peter R. Bickford

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