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    Jack Davis - Original Art for Tales from the Crypt #33 "Lower Berth" - Complete 8-Page Story (EC, 1953). The legendary "Origin of the Crypt Keeper" story, "Lower Berth" is a truly twisted tale wherein two side-show freaks (an ancient mummy and a two-headed ogre) decide to marry and procreate, and the end result is ... yuck! This yarn features some of Jack Davis' finest EC work, with his trademark contrasting of heavy blacks with fine feathering. Oddly enough, the "reveal" of baby Crypt-Keeper has a pasted-up head, which seems to have been done to make the child look less "baby-like", and to more closely resemble the adult CK. Pages are in excellent condition, with virtually no tanning, and the usual blue-line notations. The "Crypt of Terror" stat on page one is somewhat loose on the right side, but still firmly attached. A truly important and memorable EC story. Eight pages, 15" x 22".

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    March, 2002
    15th-16th Friday-Saturday
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    I have done a preliminary analysis and the total of the hammer prices was $67,550. With BP, the final figure was $80,722.25. That is against the total insurance value of $34,785 or 2.32 x ‘pre-auction estimate’. Incredible, really, so a big thanks.
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