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    E. Nelson Bridwell Hand-Crafted Comic Books Original Art and Unpublished Manuscript Group of 18 (Bookshelves UnInc, c. 1956-57). An historic find of 17 one-of-a-kind original hand-crafted comic books by legendary DC writer, editor, and "continuity cop" E. Nelson Bridwell, produced when he was in his mid-20s! One of the men who helped shape and guide DC's Silver Age, Bridwell was the go-to guy for any kind of DC trivia, especially regarding the Superman family of titles.
    These books were produced in a Classics Illustrated format, the pages hand-drawn, colored, and lettered by Bridwell. This kind of genius and incredible patient dedication to detail shows that he fully understood the medium, the industry formats, and what was required to actually produce the work.
    Included are 17 issues which he grouped into separate titles: Bizarre #2-6, including two "house ads" for Bizarre back issues; Bookshelves #1, 2, 4, and 5; Celebrated Fairytales #1; Drama (featuring "South Pacific"); Exploits #1; and Illustrated Shakespeare #1-5. Also included is a spiral-bound notebook with an unpublished handwritten 16-page story by Bridwell, titled "Watson was a Rabbit".
    The comic books are mostly 48-page books, each with an acrylic painted cover. The interior pages are pencil and crayon on paper in comic book panel format, with most issues containing a two-page hand-lettered text feature at the end and/or an indicia in the front. The back covers are either missing altogether or are blank (by design), and all issues are stapled individual pages, not wraps. Condition varies from Good to Very Good.
    We have never seen anything like this. The completeness of the project and the entirely unique one-man production is impressive, to say the least! That he became an editor of a major comic book publisher is no wonder. From the Philip M. Levine Collection.


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