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    Famous Funnies #1 (Eastern Color, 1934) CGC Apparent FN+ 6.5 Moderate (P) Off-white pages. This was the first comic book sold to the general public through newsstand distribution! To recap the evolution of the modern-format comic magazine: 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 issue is a Gerber "9" or "Very Rare," and indeed, we've offered copies on only two previous occasions. CGC notes, "Restoration includes: color touch, pieces added, tear seals, cover cleaned, interior lightened. (Bottom edge of cover trimmed)." Overstreet 2007 GD 2.0 value = $3,043; VG 4.0 value= $6,086; FN 6.0 value = $9,129; VF 8.0 value = $22,000.

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    February, 2008
    28th-29th Thursday-Friday
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