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    Crackajack Funnies #25-43 Bound Volume Group (Dell, 1940-42) Condition: Average VG. Dell's earliest comics publishing efforts, like many other publishers during the formative years, was in the area of newspaper strip reprints. Reprint rights to such heavy hitters as Terry and the Pirates, Red Ryder, Wash Tubbs, and others was acquired, and titles like Crackajack Funnies hit the stands. Before long, the success of the superhero comics published by DC, Timely, and others lured Dell to try their own hand at original material of this type - thus was born the Owl, whose adventures began in issue #25. These two important bound volumes chronicles the Owl from the beginning. In Crackajack Funnies Volume Three (the first of the two volumes in this set), we see his first appearance, followed by a costume change in the very next issue. Other new features were introduced, but it's the Owl who really deserved more attention; he wasn't even featured on the cover until issue 31. These two volumes feature the Owl as the star of the book through to the end of the series, with issue #43. These comics were Western Publishing file copies that were bound and trimmed into hardback books designed for office reference use. Most comics have retained their like-new appearence, though the binding for Volume Three has some minor spine damage. This is an incredible chance to own the adventures of a "lost" Golden Age superhero, one whose stories have yet to be reprinted. And, as a bonus -- the first appearance of Andy Panda! Overstreet 2005 VG 4.0 value for group = $1,978. From the Random House Archives.

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