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    Marvel Mystery Comics #9 (Timely, 1940) CGC NM 9.4 Off-white pages. The crown jewel of the Chicorel collection, this is the only copy of #9 certified with a grade above 9.0 by CGC to date.

    One of Overstreet's Top 30 Golden Age books, this one is prized not only for its scarcity but also because of the significance of the Human Torch versus Sub-Mariner battle shown on the cover.

    Unrestored copies are seldom offered for sale, but when Heritage auctioned an 8.0 copy five years ago that was the highest-graded at the time, it sold for 2.6 times Guide, and a 5.0 copy brought triple Guide last year. These multiples say it all when it comes to this book's desirability!

    Overstreet called this an "epic battle issue" and noted that this was "the first time in comics that two super heroes appeared together in one story" (the adventure spilled over into issues #8 and 10, also offered in this auction). The battle between the two heroes has been reprised, reprinted, and paid homage to many times in the ensuing decades.

    The cover art is credited to Bill Everett and Alex Schomburg.

    The front cover of this one is clean and beautiful -- try finding another copy on which the white "Marvel" letters are free of any smudging or discoloration. Ditto for the red block at the top. Ditto for the yellow block at left! The centering of this copy is all you could hope for, and the page quality is an appealing off-white.

    We would rank this comic with the Pay Copy of Marvel Comics #1 and the Kansas City copy of Captain America Comics #1 as the most desirable Timelys Heritage has ever offered. Yet this book has a higher grade than either!

    Overstreet 2009 NM- 9.2 value = $58,000. CGC census 4/09: 1 in 9.4, none higher. From the Chicorel Collection.

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    May, 2009
    21st-23rd Thursday-Saturday
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