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    Creig Flessel - Detective Comics #11, pages 32 and 33 Original Art (DC, 1938). A collector would be hard-pressed to find a DC piece of an earlier vintage than this one! It's so early that it pre-dates Action Comics #1 by five months! Creig Flessel detailed two exotic scenes from the Far East for Whitney Ellsworth's text thriller, "Incident in Algiers." Flessel had honed his talents in the pulps, illustrating yarns for The Shadow, Crime Busters, and Adventure, and made his way over to DC comics in 1936 after he answered a help-wanted ad in the newspaper. These two finely detailed scenes captured the same heady allure of the pulp magazines. Detective Comics #11 listed Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson, the man who founded the company as its editor. Not too long after this issue was printed, Major Nicholson was relieved of his duties at DC, and Flessel moved on to drawing the adventures of the Golden Age superhero, the Sandman in 1939. Another bit of fascinating lore associated with this text is that the protagonist of the yarn was named "Sergeant Bill Gaines." Comics pioneer Max Gaines's son, Bill, would have been about 15 years old at the time, and the senior Gaines' company, All-American Comics, had close ties to DC. Perhaps this was a bit of an in-joke, or a tip of the literary hat to young Bill! The image area of the double page spread is 9.5" x 14". There is some minor aging and a bit of the pasted up type has been worn off paragraph three of the story; otherwise the art is in Very Good condition. From the collection of Gill Fox.

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