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    Big Book of Fun Comics #1 (DC, 1935) Condition: FN/VF. Gerber and Overstreet call it "very rare," Comic Book Marketplace listed it among the "50 Rarest Golden Age Comics," Gary Carter, whose DC collection was the stuff of legend, dubbed it the second-rarest DC comic issue, and another DC completist, Ian Levine, once dubbed it one of the 20 rarest DCs as well. Must we go on? This giant is the very first comic book annual, and the only thing that kept it off Overstreet's list of the 100 most valuable comic books is that no NM- value is listed by the Guide. This is a large comic (10 1/4" x 15"), with blank inside covers and no indicia. It has 48 pages, with 32 pages in color and the rest in black and white (note that Overstreet counts the covers as pages in calling the issue a 52-pager). It's worth noting that "To Shelby Nov. 9, 1935" is written in pen on the inside front cover. This would seem to confirm what we've suspected for some time, namely that this came out in fall of 1935, not spring of 1936 as Overstreet says (more proof: there's an ad for this in New Fun #6, dated October 1935). If that's the case, this is one of the first 30 comics ever published, and came out at a time that DC had only one series, New Fun. This is an outstanding copy, too -- a 3/4-inch spine split at the bottom is the only notable defect. The interior pages are cream to off-white. Overstreet 2007 FN 6.0 value = $6,750; VF 8.0 value = $14,700.

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