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    New Funnies #66-101 Bound Volumes (Dell, 1942-45). The early issues of New Funnies (the series continued from Dell's first comic book, The Funnies, which ended with #64) were among the most beautifully drawn comic books of their time. A host of talented artists contributed to this wonderful title, including Jim Pabian, Frank Thomas, Justin Gruelle, Otto Messmer (whose Felix the Cat newspaper strips were reprinted here), and more. Even Carl Barks added his distinctive touch to one of the "Andy Panda in the world of real people" stories (issue #76). This is the best-remembered feature in the book; collectors "in the know" have been searching these issues out for many years. The series ran through issue #78; after that, Andy's adventures were restricted to the usual "talking animal" world. Also of note in this set are the never-to-be-reprinted "Li'l Eight Ball" stories; the very wacky early Woody Woodpecker, appearing in "Oswald the Rabbit" stories; and in a few select issues, "the Brownies," illustrated by Walt Kelly. All these comics were Western Publishing file copies that were bound and trimmed into hardback books designed for office reference use. These three volumes were well thumbed-through (the binding on the first volume is beginning to split), but the overall look of the comics is still very nice, with many copies retaining a like-new appearance. Overstreet 2005 VG 4.0 value for group = $1,346. From the Random House Archives.

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