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    Suspense Comics #1 Davis Crippen ("D" Copy) pedigree (Continental Magazines, 1943) CGC VF/NM 9.0 Cream to off-white pages. This first issue, a Gerber "8," had eluded us until now, and when we first spotted this book in the Crippen collection we were confident it would prove to be the highest-graded copy, which indeed it is. The bondage/torture cover has much in common with the famous cover of issue #3, you could almost call it a prototype for the later cover! The cover art for this first issue is by Charles Quinlan of Catman fame; there are seven pages of interior art by the masterful L. B. Cole. This series has been called "a ground-breaking early horror and mystery comic," and while the identity of first horror comic book is a matter of some debate, Suspense Comics deserves to be included in the discussion. The issue has the first appearance of a Spirit-like character known as the Grey Mask. Overstreet 2006 VF/NM 9.0 value = $4,116; NM- 9.2 value = $5,800. CGC census 6/06: 1 in 9.0, none higher. From the Crippen Collection.

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    August, 2006
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