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    Marvel Mystery Comics #5 Billy Wright pedigree (Timely, 1940) CGC VF+ 8.5 Off-white to white pages. We're proud to offer the highest-graded copy of this early Timely. Both Gerber and Overstreet call the issue "scarce," and we consider it the toughest issue of Marvel Mystery to find. Of course, finding it in high grade is an even taller order. The only copy we've seen that comes close is the Lamont Larson copy (8.0), of course the Billy Wright copy has the obvious advantage of no writing on the cover. This is currently #32 on Overstreet's list of the top Golden Age books.
    It's just the second time the Human Torch appeared on a cover, and note that his look here is a lot closer to the way he's usually portrayed than the way he looked on the cover of Marvel Comics #1. The cover art by Alex Schomburg is a classic. Overstreet 2011 VF 8.0 value = $20,000; VF/NM 9.0 value = $38,500. CGC census 2/12: 1 in 8.5, none higher.


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    February, 2012
    22nd-24th Wednesday-Friday
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