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    Four Color #29 Donald Duck (Dell, 1943) CGC VF/NM 9.0 Off-white to white pages. As the only copy graded above 8.0 by CGC to date, this is going to be a very hotly contested item.

    This issue was drawn entirely by Carl Barks (unlike issue #9 where he shared the art with Jack Hannah), and the lead story "Donald Duck and the Mummy's Ring" is particularly memorable. As Thomas Andrae noted, this story "begins to show the antiquarianism and use of authentic locales... which distinguishes his work from that of other comic book artists." Ron Goulart called "Mummy's Ring" and similar stories "graphic novels filled with adventure, comedy, satire, and some of the best cartooning to be found in comics." The influence of Barks' adventure tales on the likes of George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, as well as a whole generation of comic book artists, is well-documented. Of course, the name of the "good artist" was not mentioned in the comic itself, nor known to any readers until many years later.

    These were kids' comics, read many times and subject to wear and tear, and it's usually especially apparent at the mostly black outside edge and on the brown "floor." Also, the front-cover yellows and back-cover whites tend to be prone to smudging. Even a Dell file copy we'd encountered was just VG/FN, so it's truly amazing to see this book in this shape. As the auction results for top-grade copies of Four Color #386 have shown, Duck collectors bid very aggressively for the finest known specimens of Barks keys, something we suggest you keep in mind when this lot comes up. Overstreet 2008 VF/NM 9.0 value = $8,400; NM- 9.2 value = $12,000. CGC census 9/08: 1 in 9.0, none higher.

    View the certification for CGC Certification ID 0911437001 and purchase grader's notes if available.

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    Auction Dates
    November, 2008
    13th-15th Thursday-Saturday
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