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    Adventures of Detective Ace King Book 1 (Humor Publishing Corp., 1933) Condition: VG/FN. A 1933 comic, sold for 10 cents rather than given away, and featuring a single theme? Some histories of comics would tell you such a thing doesn't exist, but here's proof (also see Bob Scully and Detective Dan, offered in this same auction). Unlike Detective Dan, this is illustrated throughout, and look who drew it: it's Martin Nadle, the real name of the artist better known to Golden Age fans as Martin Naydel of Flash Comics fame. As Robert Beerbohm noted in Comic Book Marketplace, this publication obviously influenced Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster -- a piece of "Superman" art exists showing the word "Cartoons" with interlocking O's as depicted here (the artist duo planned to pitch the character to Humor Publishing). This complete copy has some spine fraying and a half-inch spine split. It has rusted staples but with only the tiniest rust migration. As we've often noted, pre-Golden Age comics in grades above FR or GD are not easy to come by, and this is the first copy we've ever seen of this rarity. Overstreet 2008 VG 4.0 value = $750; FN 6.0 value = $1,125.

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    November, 2008
    13th-15th Thursday-Saturday
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