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    All Star Comics #1-24 Bound Volumes Formerly Belonging to Gardner Fox (DC, 1940-45). These superb volumes were originally owned by the writer of the Justice Society of America stories, Gardner Fox, who sold them to superfan Jerry Bails in February 1959 for $75. The canceled check for that transaction is included with this lot!
    The eye appeal of these comics is wonderful. The cover colors are fantastic, as our images demonstrate. The pages have tan edges, but there's no brittleness, and the pages can be flipped without fear of damage. The inside covers are fairly tan, in line with what we're used to from Golden Age bound volumes. Aside from those quibbles and the inescapable fact that the comics are trimmed as part of the binding process, we think most any collector would be blown away paging through these books. They are obviously uncirculated copies. And when do you see high-grade All Stars at all, except (if you're lucky) in a CGC slab, or in a mylar that most people would be afraid to open?
    We should note that the two volumes have different bindings, and the bindings are identical to those of the M. C. Gaines set we auctioned a decade ago, which tells us that it was DC (or rather All-American Comics) that had these issues bound.
    The second volume has a cracked front hinge, and the cover of #13 and first couple of pages have separated. Also, the second volume is trimmed more tightly on the right edges, which doesn't affect any story panels (or even come close) but it does mean the outer edge of the price circle on the cover is sometimes trimmed off.
    Much more importantly, we inspected all the most valuable and key issues closely and found no flaws beyond the slight tanning mentioned above.
    Bails made offers on the volumes more than once -- as he told Michael Eury, "I had been in contact with Fox since 1953, and finally in 1959 talked him into selling me his two bound volumes of All-Star Comics #1-24. I thought I was the only super-hero fan over 15, but didn't much care."
    Surely we don't even need to elaborate on why these comics are important, but just in case you're joining us late, the lot is highlighted by the first appearance of the Justice Society in issue #3, always one of the biggest keys in the hobby, as well as a book that has even surpassed it in value, Wonder Woman's first appearance in All Star #8!
    This lot represents the opportunity to have the same thrill Bails had 60 years ago, though alas you will have to pay much more than he did for the privilege.
    Overstreet 2018 VG 4.0 value = $60,702.

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    February, 2019
    21st-23rd Thursday-Saturday
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