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    Double Action Comics #2 (DC, 1940) Condition: VF/NM. Only seven copies of this rarity are said to exist, and if you need proof of the demand, look no further than our last auction when a restored CGC 5.5 specimen sold for $16,730, or well above the VF/NM Overstreet value. This copy is apparently hand-assembled, as the cover extends beyond the edges of the printed pages, and this overhang means that it's not a candidate for CGC encapsulation. Two very small tears on the overhang (back cover) and a slight crunch to one corner are the only flaws of note; four of our in-house graders examined the book, with three grading it VF/NM and one NM-. This copy has cream interior pages. A Gerber "10," the book was named one of the 20 rarest Golden Age books by Comic Book Marketplace (a list that included ashcans and the like). While the Overstreet Guide says that an ashcan of #1 exists, we believe this to be false. The contents of this issue are black and white (and it may have been an experiment to see if a black-and-white comic would sell). The content is all pre-Action #1 DC fare (including Siegel and Shuster's Dr. Occult in two stories reprinted from different issues of More Fun Comics), and you'll recognize the cover as the image used on Adventure Comics #37 which came out the previous year. While the Overstreet listing would indicate that the majority of the existing copies are high-grade, we have heard accounts that contradict this. Indeed, the CGC census shows one copy each in PR, GD/VG, apparent FN-, VF/NM, and NM-. Included in this lot is a 1996 letter from comic dealer Stephen Fishler, attesting to the provenance of this copy. Overstreet 2008 VF/NM 9.0 value = $13,850; NM- 9.2 value = $18,500.
    Provenance:
    Rich Kylberg Collection
    Metropolis Collectibles
    Collection of DC editor Sol Harrison
    From the Kylberg Collection.


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    Auction Dates
    May, 2008
    22nd-23rd Thursday-Friday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 21
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