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    Mad #5 Gaines File pedigree 8/12 (EC, 1953) CGC NM+ 9.6 White pages. Typically pristine copy from the Gaines Files. After #1, this is the most valuable issue of all, owing to low distribution. It seems that some folks took too seriously the "facts" presented in a biography of publisher William Gaines that was included in this issue, resulting in many copies being pulled from the newsstands. C'mon! Who'd actually believe anything presented in Mad? It was humor, people! And usually in poor taste! The often underrated Bill Elder did the great cover and contributed interior art as did his more famous cohorts Wally Wood, John Severin, and Jack Davis. Overstreet 2008 NM- 9.2 value = $2,600. CGC census 1/09: 2 in 9.6, 1 higher.

    ‡ The owner placed a late bid on this unreserved lot and repurchased it, subject to applicable commission.

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    Auction Dates
    February, 2009
    26th-28th Thursday-Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 9
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
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