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    Famous Funnies #1 (Eastern Color, 1934) CGC Apparent FN+ 6.5 Moderate (A) Off-white to white pages. This was the first comic book sold to the general public through newsstand distribution! Just to differentiate from some other firsts: Funnies On Parade (the first comic book, and also offered in this same section) and a couple of other one-shots were giveaway premiums, the success of which indicated that there might be reader demand for the format. Another book, known as Famous Funnies Series 1, 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 #75 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. This issue is a Gerber "9" or "Very Rare." CGC notes, "Restoration includes: color touch, pieces added, tear seals, reinforced." Overstreet 2008 GD 2.0 value = $3,043; VG 4.0 value = $6,086; FN 6.0 value = $9,129; VF 8.0 value = $22,000. From the Kylberg Collection.

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    May, 2008
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