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    Dell One-Shot Comics Bound Volume (Dell, 1939-43). Not all of Dell's "one-shot" titles were published as part of the Four Color series; here's a bound volume of nine early comics published as stand-alone issues, with a couple of titles having a second issue as well. Titles include: Tiny Tots #1, a scarce "kiddy" comic featuring four story pages and an inside back cover with Walt Kelly art; Famous Stories #1 (Treasure Island) and #2 (Tom Sawyer), a short-lived attempt to produce a Classics Illustrated-style comic; U.S.A. is Ready and America in Action, two early World War II "propaganda" books, the second of which is a comic book in format only (with text and illustrations, but no comics); Captain Easy, a very hard-to-find one-shot produced by the Hawley Co. in 1939; and two issues of Santa Claus Funnies for 1942 and '43, both containing Walt Kelly art. These comics were Western Publishing file copies that were bound and trimmed into hardback books for office use. Most books still retain their original fresh appearance. Overstreet 2005 VG 4.0 value for group = $624. From the Random House Archives.

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    May, 2005
    18th-20th Wednesday-Friday
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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.
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