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    More Fun Comics #52 (DC, 1940) CGC FN 6.0 Cream to off-white pages. One of the ten most valuable comic books is the origin and first appearance of the Spectre. And as for how difficult it is to find a nice copy: CGC, which has certified more than a million comics to date, has certified only nine unrestored More Fun #52 copies with grades higher than FR 1.0! With the exception of the Lamont Larson copy which we auctioned for $119,500, we haven't seen an unrestored copy with nicer cover colors than this one, and we don't doubt you'll say the same when you look at our scan. The high issue number can be deceiving: this is an early DC comic, published before the likes of Batman #1 and All-American #16, and the reason the number is so high is that this was DC's first comic book series (starting as New Fun Comics #1 in February 1935). Yet this is the first superhero issue of the series. And while this debut appearance was the only time that the Spectre wore a bluish-gray cape -- it was changed to the familiar green shortly thereafter -- the eerie hero has proven an enduring character, and has been the headliner of his own series many times over in the ensuing decades. His debut story was written by the Jerry Siegel (Superman's co-creator), and drawn by Bernard Baily. The sharp front cover in particular makes this one of the best copies you'll ever see of one of the essential Golden Age DCs. Overstreet 2010 FN 6.0 value = $21,000. CGC census 7/10: 1 in 6.0, 4 higher.

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