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    Detective Dan, Secret Op. 48 #nn (Norman W. Marsh, 1933) Condition: GD-. The first comic with original material? By general consensus it was New Fun Comics (1935), but the discovery of Detective Dan in the mid-1990s muddied the waters quite a bit. Indeed, it came to light that as early as 1942, an article in the New York World-Telegram acknowledged Detective Dan as a seminal publication in the development of comic books.

    The first comic sold for 10 cents? We would say Famous Funnies (Series 1) #1 (1934), but here again, Detective Dan throws its fedora into the ring!

    In 1996, Comic Book Marketplace pictured a Detective Dan, describing it as the only known copy. While this is not that copy, it is certainly the only one we have ever seen. Inside are the black-and-white adventures of a detective who later turned into Dan Dunn (see the pulp by that name). This at a time when single-theme comics were basically unheard-of! Overstreet says the title inspired Detective Comics and asserts that the Wu Fang character who appears on the inside back cover (a preview of a second issue that never came) inspired the cover of #1 of the later series.

    The book measures 9 3/4" by 13". It has 36 pages including covers. A text feature covers the last seven pages. This copy is complete. This copy's cover is detached, as are the four center wraps. It has a spine split in the middle, 1/3 of the total length. As noted above, it's unclear whether more than one other copy even survives, so this is a rare chance to acquire one. Overstreet 2008 GD 2.0 value = $1,600.

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