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    Thrill Comics #1 Ashcan Edition (Fawcett, 1940) CGC VF 8.0 White pages. The most fascinating of the ashcan books, Thrill Comics, and its companion Flash Comics, ended the long-standing mystery of Whiz #1. For years, no one could explain whatever happened to the first issue of Whiz until the mid-'80s, when someone stumbled upon multiple copies of two strange-looking books with Capt. Marvel on the cover. Both were identical except for the titles; one was called Flash (eight existing copies), and the other Thrill (three existing copies). The interior was composed of pages 1-7 and 13 of the Captain Marvel story from Whiz #2, yet he carried the name of Captain Thunder. Fawcett apparently made a mad dash to copyright these two titles, but was beaten to the punch by DC (who nabbed Flash) and Nedor (who scored Thrilling). Even Captain Thunder's name was scrapped, thanks to Terry Thunder at Fiction House. Regrouping, Fawcett finally got their act together and put out Whiz Comics, re-lettering Capt. Marvel's name throughout the story. These 11 issues were quickly absorbed into the market for around $10,000 each during the late '80s, and few have been offered for sale since. Of the three Thrill copies found, this may be the nicest, grading VF 8.0 with white pages. A very light stain is present on the right side, along with minor wear at the top edge near the spine. Considering that the cover, rendered by Leo O'Mealia, was only printed on this issue, its appeal is even greater. Another copy may not surface for sale for quite some time; take advantage of this unique opportunity. From the collection of Nicolas Cage.

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    July, 2003
    15th-20th Tuesday-Sunday
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