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    The Ultimate Horror Comic Book

    Vault of Horror #12 Gaines File pedigree 1/1 (EC, 1950). This comic book is truly one of the highlights of the sale; we believe it to be the single most desirable horror comic. Vault #12 is regarded as the first stand-alone EC horror comic, and while EC did not invent the horror genre, they made it popular and created a brand. They had national chains of distribution and a strong subscription base that other, much smaller publishers lacked. EC also had the best artists, writers and editors. To make up for their handicaps, these other, smaller publishers produced crudely-drawn comics that relied on shock value and pushing the limits of good taste. The end results were Congressional hearings, best-selling condemnations by psychologists, censorship and ultimately, the demise of the horror comic book genre and EC as a comic book publisher. The Vault of Horror runs continuously through the entire golden era of EC; offered here is the first issue of this seminal title. Overstreet designates this issue as scarce; it seldom turns up in collections, and almost never in this condition. It is uncirculated and, most likely, unread. Two small stress lines at the spine and minor wear at the top left corner are the only readily apparent defects. This is a very fresh copy with white pages. EC publisher William Gaines typically filed away twelve copies of every comic book he produced during this era; these books have come to be known as the Gaines File copies, and are highly sought after by collectors, in no small part because they often represent the best-known copies of each individual issue. But Vault of Horror #12 is legendary among Gaines File collectors, as only one single copy -- the one offered here -- was filed away for posterity. Not only is this a beautiful copy of an important book, it is unique. In order to ever acquire a complete set of Gaines File copies, this book is a must. It is the lynchpin in completing one of the most daunting -- but rewarding -- series in comic book collecting. CGC NM- 9.2 White pages. Overstreet 2001 NM 9.4 value = $4,600.

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    March, 2002
    15th-16th Friday-Saturday
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