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Rare Pulp Brings Record Price at Heritage!

Price of $59,750 Triples Previous Auction Record for any Pulp Magazine

There was no monkeying around in the latest Comics Signature auction held by Heritage Auction Galleries in Baltimore, MD. When offered a chance at the very first appearance of Tarzan in any medium - the October 1912 issue of All-Story Magazine - bidders responded enthusiastically, setting a new record for the price paid for a single pulp in the process.

"The old record was set at Sotheby's in 1998," said Ed Jaster, Vice-President for Heritage, "when a different copy of this same pulp sold for the then-impressive price of $17,000. The $59,750 that this beautiful copy achieved sets a new high watermark for the world of pulp collectors."

Heritage plans to offer another extensive selection of high-value pulps in the November Signature Auction.

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Amazing Comics Auctions™ 16094 Spotlight
ACA 16094 Spotlight
Auction Ends:
September 24, 2006
10:00 PM CT

In all, there are 570 lots available in our current ACA™. There are Mile High copies and Davis Crippen "D" copies, plus art from the Mad Magazine Archives, comics from the Random House Archives, and much more!

Highlights include:

Blonde Phantom #12 Davis Crippen ("D" Copy) pedigree (Timely, 1946) CGC FN+ 6.5 Cream to off-white pages.
First issue. Formerly All-Select. Miss America story. Bondage cover by Syd Shores. Shores and Bob Powell art. Overstreet 2006 FN 6.0 value = $501; VF 8.0 value = $1,044. CGC census 9/06: 4 in 6.5, 2 higher. From the Crippen Collection.
Miss Liberty #1 Mile High pedigree (Burten Publishing, 1945) Condition: VF+.
The Shield and Dusty, the Wizard, and Roy the Super Boy appearance. Overstreet 2006 VF 8.0 value = $169; VF/NM 9.0 value = $250. From the Collection of John McLaughlin.
Uncle Scrooge #66 File Copy (Gold Key, 1966) CGC NM 9.4 Off-white pages.
Carl Barks story, cover, and art. Overstreet 2006 NM- 9.2 value = $125. CGC census 9/06: 2 in 9.4, 4 higher. From the Random House Archives.
All Star Comics #58-74 Group (DC, 1976-78) Condition: Average NM.
Includes issues #58 (JSA appearance; intro of Power Girl), 59 , 60, 61, 62, 63, 64 (Vandal Savage appearance), 65, 66, 67, 68, 69 (first appearance of Earth-2 Huntress), 70, 71, 72, 73, and 74 (death of Earth-2 Batman). Wally Wood and Mike Grell art. Approximate Overstreet value for group = $350.
Joe Kubert - All-New Comics Page Original Art (Harvey, 1944).
The Master of Electronics meets the menacing Commander Muto in the arctic north, in this set of six pages by Joe Kubert. Here are pages 1, 3, 5, 6, 7, and 8 from the eight-page story, "Bergs of Banzai." Each page has an image area of 13" x 18". The paper has tanned; otherwise the art is in Very Good condition.
Boris Vallejo - Spaceship and Asteroid "Big Bang" Painting Original Art (1983).
Boris Vallejo explores the drama of space exploration in this science fiction masterwork. Vallejo has titled the poster based on this image "Big Bang" on his official website. This spectacular scene has an image area of 16" x 26". The art has been professionally framed, and is in Excellent condition.
Jack Davis - Mad #216 Page Original Art, Group of 4 (EC, 1980).
Four rip-roaring Jack Davis pages present "Mad's Plan to Make the Congressional TV Show Entertaining." The pages have an average overall size of 19" x 25". In Very Good condition. From the Mad Magazine Archives.
Steranko On Cards Trade Paperback (Ireland Magic Company, 1960).
This incredibly scarce vintage trade paperback was written and illustrated by comic legend/escape artist/close-up magician/ and all-around entertainer, Jim Steranko. If you happen to catch Steranko at a convention, he is known to demonstrate his sleight of hand tricks and is still a master of the artform! This seldom-seen, spiral-bound small press book is in Very Good condition. Don't miss out on this fantastically rare piece of Steranko lore -- who knows when another will turn up?

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Current Auctions

Amazing Comics Auction
September 24, 2006
Auction #16094

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Marketplace Auction
September 27-28, 2006
Auction #86081

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Internet Movie Poster Auction
September 24, 2006
Auction #56094

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Our MyHeritage: MyBids feature makes tracking your favorite items easier than ever. Just a reminder... our ACAs close on Sunday at 10 p.m Central!

For a closer look at this week's auction, simply click here.

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Marketplace Auction 86091 Spotlight

Have you heard about the NEW Marketplace Auctions? Marketplace auctions contain multiple collectible types and have full-color photographs of virtually all lots, are presented only on-line, and end on the last Wednesday and Thursday of every month, with the this month's closing September 27th and 28th. Proxy bids are taken through our website, and then live bidding will take place through eBay Live.

All Collectibles
Vintage Comics & Comic Art
Celebrity, Entertainment & Music Memorabilia
Sports Cards & Memorabilia
Fine & Decorative Arts
Americana, Political & Books

Bidding on our website ends 2 hours prior to the beginning of the eBay live session; your secret maximum will compete against those bids in the live session. To maximize your chances of winning, you should make sure you enter realistic secret maximum bids when bidding on our site.

Highlights of this auction include:

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Electronic 2006 Overstreet Guide available now!

The new 2006-07 Electronic Edition of the 36th Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide is now available for download. Heritage is pleased to be the only Overstreet partner licensed to offer you this highly functional tool for valuing comic books. This updated version will give you:

  • The entire contents of the newest printed Overstreet guide, searchable by keyword
  • Alphabetically sorted categories & comic titles
  • A downloadable, easy-to-use Adobe Acrobat format

Also, at a cost of only $25, this revolutionary format is cheaper than the hardcover edition of the Guide!

You can download the Electronic Edition from our website now and be using it in minutes. Just go to:

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Heritage Offers GPAnalysis Information to Members!

Heritage Auction Galleries currently offers complete GPAnalysis information for the CGC-certified comics in their auctions to their on-line community of over 38,000 members, bringing real world pricing and analysis to their buying decisions. GPAnalysis reports eBay sales and Heritage Auction results, together with data from other major auction houses and dealer reports for CGC-certified comic books.

"Heritage subscribers can get a historical snapshot of prices for specific CGC books on offer through Signature and Amazing Comic Auctions, giving them invaluable pricing information," says Dirk van der Gaag, GPAnalysis' co-founder.

"It's a world first as far as comics is concerned," added Jim Halperin, Heritage's Co-Chairman. "Most auction houses give estimates or guide price ranges; Heritage and GPA now offer bidders actual historical prices during live auctions."

Buyers can see last price, 90-day and 12-month averages for books, directly from each auction page. Subscribers to GPAnalysis enjoy even further information: they can drill down and analyze individual sales, access trend charts, and utilize live auction links and specialized market reports.

To use the service, Heritage members can logon to the Heritage Comics website and click on the "CGC Value Guide" from within any live auction to get GPA pricing in an instant.

"This is another service that Heritage is proud to offer to our members," continued Halperin, "in addition to discounts on their CGC-submissions, free weekly newsletters, access to our exclusive Permanent Auction Archives and MyWantList services, and more. Interested collectors who are not members of Heritage's on-line community can sign up for free, and can start taking advantage of all these exciting features right away."

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Consign To Our Auctions

Prospective consignors and sellers of comics and original art are invited to call to discuss consignment options. Sell your high-quality art and comics in our high profile Signature Auctions and Amazing Comics Auctions.

Ed Jaster
800-872-6467 ext. 288,

Lon Allen
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To consign your movie posters and movie-related memorabilia, please call:
Grey Smith at 214-668-6928 or email at

Or visit our Sell Now page.

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Comics & Comic Art Expert Wanted

Heritage is looking to add a Comics expert with extremely well-honed grading skills. The ability to identify, pursue and close outright purchase and consignment deals in the Comics market is essential to this position. Individual will be expected to sort raw and graded books and create auction lots based on designated lot values. The right candidate should also have strong organizational skills and deep knowledge and contacts within the comics industry. Salary and incentive package commensurate with experience and qualifications. Please e-mail your resume, references and salary history/requirements to Jared Green.

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Weird Comic Cover of the Week

The prize for the most mystifying cover gag of the week goes to Etta KETT #14!

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September 20, 2006
Vol. 6, Issue 38

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