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    Four Color (Series One) #1-12 Bound Volume (Dell, 1939-40). We here at Heritage have had the good fortune to see many bound volumes of Dell comics pass through our doors during the recent years, but nothing has impressed this cataloger as much as this incredible book. It collects the first twelve issues of Dell's original Four Color series, in a beautifully preserved hardback volume. The comics inside are breathtaking, despite the fact all were trimmed during the binding process. All were apparent VF or better copies before binding; all have retained most of their original cover gloss and supple interior paper quality. And what comics they are -- #1 (Dick Tracy -- the first color comic book devoted to this character), #2 (Don Winslow of the Navy -- considered "rare" by Overstreet), #3 (Myra North), #4 (Donald Duck, featuring Al Taliaferro strip reprints), #5 (Smilin' Jack -- first comic book), #6 (Dick Tracy -- considered "scarce" by Overstreet), #7 (Gang Busters), #8 (Dick Tracy), #9 (Terry and the Pirates), #10 (Smilin' Jack), #11 (Smitty), and #12 (Little Orphan Annie). The binding itself is remarkable, featuring a light purple cloth cover, with extremely tight, perfect binding. This is quite a contrast to the actual Western Publishing Library volumes, many of which are now coming loose with age and use. We're not sure of the origins of this beautiful volume (it's possible these were from a Western bound volume that has since been professionally rebound), but if the finest set of Four Color comics is your goal, you could do no better than this! Although the inside copies still look VF or better, it's our policy to list VG values for bound volumes. Overstreet VG 4.0 value for group = $4,536.

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    May, 2006
    11th-13th Thursday-Saturday
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