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    Suspense Comics #3 Davis Crippen ('D" Copy) pedigree (Continental Magazines, 1944) CGC VF 8.0 Off-white pages. The sole highest-graded copy of the book everybody wants... do we have your attention? The classic bondage cover by Alex Schomburg is what all the fuss is about, and there's a lot of fuss indeed about #3, which is a Gerber "9" that Overstreet calls "scarce." This comic was a well-kept secret until it appeared on the frontispiece of Gerber's Photo-Journal a decade and a half ago, causing demand to skyrocket thereafter (in the 1992 Overstreet guide it had the same price as issue #2, namely $235... by the 1995 Overstreet update, "top of Guide" had hit $7,000!). It seems every longtime collector has a Suspense #3 story, with the upshot usually being that a beaten-up copy was sold for a small fortune, or that someone got his hands on one only to find that the six-pager "83 Days On A Life Raft" at the center of the comic was missing. No such worries with this high-grade copy. Also of note is that there is no Edgar Church/Mile High copy of this issue, and almost all of the other famous pedigree runs are missing it as well! We suspect that the issue may not have made it to many newsstands because of the controversial cover, accounting for its absence in other famous comic hoards. We've heard different estimates of how many copies exist, but all of them are very low numbers, and the chances of a nicer copy ever surfacing strike us as extremely slim. This book is one of Overstreet's 100 most valuable comic books, and it's one of the highlights of the Crippen collection and of our auction. Overstreet 2006 VF 8.0 value = $12,000. CGC census 6/06: 1 in 8.0, none higher. From the Crippen Collection.

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    August, 2006
    10th-11th Thursday-Friday
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