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    Marvel Mystery Comics #8 (Timely, 1940) CGC VF/NM 9.0 Off-white to white pages. The best copy on CGC's census is the only high-grade copy we have seen in many years.

    And as if being an early issue of Timely's flagship title weren't significance enough, this issue has the first crossover ever at Timely/Marvel! Considering the intricately intertwined Marvel Universe that developed over the succeeding decades, which took for granted that all of the company's characters lived in the same world and could run into each other at any time, that's a milestone indeed. The story was the battle between the Human Torch and the Sub-Mariner, a story that continued through issue #9 and part of #10. The last page of the Human Torch story herein bills the battle as "the most famous fight in action-picture magazines."

    While the cover is credited to Bill Everett by several sources, it seems obvious to us that the main panel is Alex Schomburg art, with Everett drawing the two characters in the strip at left.

    Getting the chance to inspect these supple copies before they were encapsulated was a moment we savored, and we could understand if the winning bidder pops this one out to have that same experience. This is one to make any Timely-loving heart beat faster.

    Overstreet 2009 VF/NM 9.0 value = $15,250; NM- 9.2 value = $22,000. CGC census 4/09: 1 in 9.0, none higher. From the Chicorel Collection.

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