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    Mad Follies #4 Gaines File pedigree (EC, 1966). Ringo Starr by Frazetta. A photo-certificate attesting to the Gaines File pedigree will be issued to the buyer of this lot. Overstreet 2001 NM 9.4 value = $120. These magazines are from the estate of MAD Magazine publisher, William (Bill) Gaines, and were his personal “file” copies. They passed through his estate to his son Christopher Gaines in the early 1990s. In comic collecting lore, the “Gaines File Copies” of EC comic books are highly prized. Having never been circulated, their condition is extraordinary. Exemplary storage conditions preserved their page quality and nearly all of the original gloss and color saturation of their high-impact covers. These same attributes can be found on these “Gaines File Copy” magazines. However, the magazines offered here are much scarcer than the comics. Twelve copies of each MAD comic book were save by Bill Gaines, whereas only three Gaines File sets of the magazines are known to exist. In the very few previous auction offerings of “Gaines File” copy MAD Magazines at auction, the condition has been stated as Mint or Near Mint/Mint, but we feel it would be presumptuous for us to assign grades to them. They are certainly among the finest available and their condition is consistently outstanding. While some printing and production defects are inherent to the publishing process, these magazines have never been through distribution, much less ever read. Very few hands have touched them. Still, these are magazines, not comic books, and to our knowledge no universally accepted grading standards are in effect for magazines.

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    March, 2002
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