DescriptionFamous Funnies #1 (Eastern Color, 1934) CGC FN 6.0 Cream to light tan pages. This was the first comic book sold to the general public through newsstand distribution! You can't get much more historically significant than that. Just to run down the history for you: this comic's predecessors Funnies On Parade, Famous Funnies: A Carnival Of Comics, and a couple of other one-shots were giveaway premiums, the success of which indicated that there might be reader demand for the format. Then came Famous Funnies, Series 1, which was sold to the general public through chain stores. The new format having passed those tests, Eastern Color brought out this first issue of a monthly newsstand series. It would run for over twenty years. Like all early comic books, this contained comic strip reprints -- the featured characters included Mutt and Jeff, Tailspin Tommy, and Joe Palooka (at the time, some naysayers wondered why anyone would pay 10 cents for the same strips they had already read for free in the newspapers). This comic is currently ranked #58 on Overstreet's list of the most valuable Golden Age comics -- the only reason it's not much higher is that while most comics have NM- prices listed in the Guide, no NM- copy of this is known to exist. In fact, only two copies have received higher grades than our offering to date. And we shouldn't forget to mention that the issue is a Gerber "9" or "Very Rare," so forget about waiting for another one to come along! Overstreet 2005 FN 6.0 value = $9,129. CGC census 9/05: 1 in 6.0, 2 higher.
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