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    Famous Funnies: A Carnival of Comics #nn With Original Mailing Envelope (Eastern Color, 1933) CGC VF/NM 9.0 Off-white pages. Widely regarded as the second comic book ever published, this comic was marketed by M.C. Gaines to a host of retailers including Kinney Shoe Stores and Milk-O-Malt, all of whom used it as a promotional giveaway for their customers. Gaines was leading up to a key test for this new product: would anyone pay 10 cents for a comic book? This "carnival" contains reprints of strips starring Joe Palooka, Mutt and Jeff, Reg'lar Fellers, and other favorites. This historic item would be neat to have in any grade, and the fact that a VF/NM copy has survived is quite amazing -- no copy has been graded higher by CGC to date.

    As for the envelope: collectors had long suspected that these early Famous Funnies were not only in-store items but also used as mail-away premiums. Yet this wasn't confirmed until 1995, when Mark Wilson's article in Comic Book Marketplace pictured a copy. This is only the second time we've seen one of these envelopes. Overstreet 2008 VF/NM 9.0 value = $8,900; NM- 9.2 value = $13,000. CGC census 10/08: 3 in 9.0, none higher.


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    November, 2008
    13th-15th Thursday-Saturday
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