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    Marvel Mystery Comics #5 Larson pedigree (Timely, 1940) CGC VF 8.0 White pages. The Human Torch blazes to the rescue on this classic Schomburg cover (his first Torch cover, and only the second Torch cover ever) which, like the preceding issues, usually turns up with faded orange colors. This copy exhibits a rich red tint. The book, once owned by actor Nicolas Cage, is clean and sharp, with a perfect spine and a .25" tear on the back cover. If not for discolored staples, the book would probably be a VF/NM.
    Marvel Mystery #5 is quite scarce in any grade (as noted by both Gerber and Overstreet), and this previously star-owned copy ranks among the best. The Human Torch story inside was drawn by Carl Burgos, the Angel story was done by Paul Gustavson, and Sub-Mariner story, by Bill Everett. CGC notes, "From the Collection of Nicolas Cage." Overstreet 2013 VF 8.0 value = $21,400. CGC census 2/14: 2 in 8.0, 1 higher.

    View the certification for CGC Certification ID 0055531011 and purchase grader's notes if available.

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    Auction Dates
    February, 2014
    20th-22nd Thursday-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.
    Mark A.,
    Stratford-Upon-Avon, UK
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