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    Detective Comics #25-48 Bound Volumes Group of 2 (DC, 1939-41). The second most valuable comic in the hobby, Detective Comics #27, is just one highlight of these volumes, which contain ten of Overstreet's Top 100 Golden Age Comic Books! And wait until you see how nice the covers of all of these key issues look. To name a few, the copies of #29, 31, or 35 here have fresher-looking covers than any copy we have ever seen.
    While we do not have a provenance for the volumes, we think it is very possible that they originated from the library of M. C. Gaines, "the father of the American comic book." One clue is that the books are very similar to a bound volume of All-American Comics #13-24, known to be from Gaines' collection, that Heritage auctioned in 2007 (auction 825, lot 42012), though the page quality of the present volume is superior. Of course, publishers were known to sometimes have more than one copy of a given bound volume made, so this could have been merely made at the same time as Gaines' personal copy. One possible clue is written on the front papers of the second volume: "Dept. Ex. C-4." Whatever the case, these certainly do not have the look of circulated comics, and only issues #37 and #42 have any sort of marking on the cover whatsoever.
    If you're new to bound comic volumes, we should note that it is customary for the comics to be trimmed in the binding process. In this case, the comics were trimmed not only at the outer edges, but also at the spines, so for a future owner to attempt to remove the comics to break up the volume probably wouldn't be advisable. However none of this trimming affects one's enjoyment of the books. On a few issues, the trimming at the outside edge gets into the panel area, but never more than a millimeter or so (this affects a couple of pages of backup features in #27, but not the Batman story).
    While the pages have some edge tanning (particularly at the top, and more so in the first volume than the second) the pages are not brittle, so the volumes can be enjoyed without worrying that pieces will flake off. In fact we have seen Silver Age bound volumes with more edge tanning than this. The pages are off-white at the centers. Many of the inside covers have a fair amount of tanning.
    We examined every page of every issue. There are no missing pages or cut coupons, and there are no interior markings of any kind. Nor do any of the issues have restoration of any sort.
    Besides what is mentioned above, the only defects we found are as follows: #27 has a small hole through the front cover near the number 64, and a .25" tear to the right of "27" that goes through the first half of the issue; #45 has two tiny stains near the spine of the cover; issue #47 has a 1.5" tear at the top of the last page; and #48 has a 1.5" tear at the bottom of a page of the Batman story.
    The significance of these issues probably needs no introduction, but for completeness' sake we'll note that #27 is the first appearance of Batman as well as Commissioner Gordon; #29 has Batman's second cover appearance, #31, one of the hottest books in the hobby, has one of the most classic covers in comics, #33 has the first telling of Batman's origin; and #38 has the first appearance of Robin, to name but a few of the key issues mentioned here.
    So what might these volumes, which are offered without reserve, be expected to sell for? As is customary for our bound volume descriptions, we are including the VG Overstreet value as a baseline. Notable bound volumes have sold from anywhere from 20% of this value to over 100%, with most around 50%. Still, we've never offered one with this many key issues to be had for one bid, so this lot definitely has a chance to top any we've sold before.
    Overstreet 2014 VG 4.0 value for group = $311,477. From the Prospect Mountain Collection.

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