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    Famous Funnies #1 (Eastern Color, 1934) CGC FN+ 6.5 Light tan to off-white 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 that would run for more than 20 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 issue is a Gerber "9" or "Very Rare," and high-grade copies are almost unheard of -- Overstreet doesn't even list values for it beyond VF 8.0. In fact, only two copies have received higher grades than our offering to date (both VF+ 8.5), and this is the nicest unrestored copy we've ever offered! Overstreet 2014 FN 6.0 value = $9,600; VF 8.0 value = $24,000. CGC census 8/14: 2 in 6.5, 2 higher.

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    August, 2014
    7th-9th Thursday-Saturday
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