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    Marvel Mystery Comics 132-Page Issue - Variant Edition (Timely, 1943) Condition: VG+. More than a rarity, this is the variant of a rarity! Overstreet calls this square bound issue a 132-pager while the cover says "128 pages," it all depends on whether you count the covers as pages or not. This book's got blank inside covers and a blank back cover, and the contents are black-and-white reprints of Captain America Comics #22 and Marvel Mystery Comics #41 -- that's where the "variant" comes in, as there's another 132-pager that reprints different issues of those Timely books. Overstreet says that less than 5 copies are known to exist of the "regular" edition and calls this one "possibly scarcer than the other version." According to John McLaughlin's 1984 catalog, this scarce issue was distributed only in New York City. This comic's indicia don't give a date, and they list the publisher as "Universal Crime Stories, Inc." The cover is taken from Marvel Mystery #33. Note that this comic cannot be certified by CGC because of its thickness. Overstreet ranks the "regular" edition among its 100 most valuable Golden Age books, assigning it a VG 4.0 value of $7,142. The Guide does not list a value for this variant, but does note "a GD+ copy sold in 2002 for $7,500."From the John McLaughlin Collection.

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    Auction Dates
    September, 2006
    8th-9th Friday-Saturday
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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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