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    Mad #1-23 Complete Comic Book Group (EC, 1952-55). It's been said that the most influential comic book to hit the stands in the 1950s was designed as a quick way for editor and writer Harvey Kurtzman to make a little extra pocket cash. Harvey's main gig was producing highly detailed War comics for EC titles like Two-Fisted Tales and Frontline Combat. Kurtzman figured a simple humor comic would only take up a small amount of time compared to the hours spent pouring through research books for a single Two-Fisted story. And so this modest little effort began -- but it soon took on a life of its own, one that would forever change how America viewed satirical comedy. It's hard to imagine Robert Crumb's Zap Comix, National Lampoon, Saturday Night Live, the movie Airplane! and its many sequels and knock-offs, even the legendary British television series Monty Python's Flying Circus, without Mad. Here are all 23 original comic book format issues, offered together as one lot. Values run from Good to Fine; #1 is VG+, with minor restoration, but the majority are solid, unrestored VG or better. Approximate Overstreet value for group = $3,500.

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    November, 2008
    13th-15th Thursday-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.
    Mark A.,
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