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    Marvel Mystery Comics #132-Page Issue With Variant Contents (Timely, 1943) Condition: VG. One of the scarcest Timely comics without a doubt. While Overstreet does not list a value for the book, it notes "a VG+ copy sold in 2007 for $29,000," and since Heritage was the auctioneer we'll note that it was actually $28,680. Based on this previous result, this could well be called one of the most valuable Timely issues as well.

    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 said to be another 132-pager that reprints different issues of those Timely books (we have never seen a copy of the other version).

    This comic's indicia don't mention a date, and notes the publisher as "Universal Crime Stories, Inc." The cover art is taken from Marvel Mystery #33.

    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 one account, this scarce issue was distributed only in New York City.

    There is a small (and old) tape stain on the inside front cover and the first page. The only other major defects are the tear at top left (visible on the scan) and a one-inch tear on the back cover. The page quality is a very appealing off-white, and there is no edge darkening whatsoever.

    Note that -- as with all uncertified comics offered in this auction -- we have examined the comic for possible restoration. We confirm that this is an unrestored copy.

    This comic cannot be certified by CGC because of its thickness. Overstreet 2009: no price listed (see price history above).

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    May, 2009
    21st-23rd Thursday-Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 15
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