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    Crypt of Terror #17 Gaines File pedigree (EC, 1950) CGC NM+ 9.6 Cream to off-white pages. A lone woman walks down a spooky, moonlit street. She hears a noise, sees a cat, but doesn't see the lycanthrope stalking her in the background. And so, Johnny Craig's cover launches this key book, not only the first issue of this title, but also the very first New Trend book to hit the stands. Formerly Crime Patrol, the title and format changed to horror with this issue. After just two more issues, this comic changed titles yet again, and became the legendary Tales from the Crypt. This is arguably the most important pre-Code horror comic book of all. Interior artists Craig and Al Feldstein ensured the success of the fledgling genre with their stunning art. This copy is as close to perfect as you're likely to find; CGC hasn't awarded a higher grade for this issue to date. While CGC has certified this book as a Gaines File copy, no certificate accompanies this lot. Overstreet 2003 NM 9.4 value = $3,600.

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    Auction Dates
    April, 2004
    2nd-3rd Friday-Saturday
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    I have done a preliminary analysis and the total of the hammer prices was $67,550. With BP, the final figure was $80,722.25. That is against the total insurance value of $34,785 or 2.32 x ‘pre-auction estimate’. Incredible, really, so a big thanks.
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