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    Four Color (Series One) #13-25 Bound Volume (Dell, 1941). This is a historic volume of Western Publishing file copies, all of which were bound and trimmed into a hardback book. Among its contents is the very first color Mickey Mouse solo comic (which has a 2005 Overstreet VG 4.0 value of $2,800, we might add), plus a number of other early firsts. The book (labeled Four Color Comics One Shots Vol. II) contains #13 (Walt Disney's The Reluctant Dragon with photos and an introduction to the film Fantasia); #14 (Moon Mullins, first issue); #15 (Tillie the Toiler, first issue); #16 (Mickey Mouse Outwits the Phantom Blot) first Mickey comic); #17 (Dumbo of the Circus, first issue); #18 (Jiggs and Maggie, first issue); #19 (Barney Google and Snuffy Smith, first issue); #20 (Tiny Tim); #21 (Dick Tracy); #22 (Don Winslow of the Navy); #23 (Gang Busters); #24 (Captain Easy); and #24 (Popeye). A handwritten note on the cover of this volume shows the confusion that reigned for years about this series. As the first 18 issues of Four Color were not marked as such, someone has written "These are not 4 color" by their listing. It wasn't until issue #19 that the words "Four Color" were actually used on the cover, and after #25, the numbering was restarted with #1, resulting in a "second series" of Four Color. This particular volume, like many we are offering in this sale, was used by the Dell editorial office to pick older stories to reprint, often with changes; the Mickey Mouse and Dumbo issues are both heavily marked with revisions for later use. As this book was used extensively, it has received wear and tear over the years; the front papers of the book and the cover of the first comic have come loose, and the spine has separated from the book. Despite this minor damage, this is still a very desirable and important item for Dell collectors and comic historians! Overstreet 2005 VG 4.0 value for group = $4,426. From the Random House Archives.

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