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    Famous Funnies (Series 1) #1 (Eastern Color, 1934) CGC GD 2.0 Light tan to off-white pages. The first comic book actually sold to the public is now one of the steepest challenges for the comic book collector! Comic Book Marketplace estimated that perhaps ten copies exist, and only four appear on CGC's census as of this writing. The print run was said to be just 35,000 -- if you compare that to Superman #1's million-copy print run and think how difficult that book is to find, the true challenge of securing one of these becomes clear. Indeed, we at Heritage hadn't had the privilege to offer one before now. This scarcity is one reason why the issue is ranked #40 on Overstreet's list of the top Golden Age books, and it would be higher if a value above VF were listed. Hoping to find a high-grade copy strikes us as sheer folly: the only unrestored copy certified with a higher grade by CGC is itself a low-grade specimen at 3.0. As mentioned above, this is the first comic book to be sold to the public, all previous ones were giveaways! And while the notation on the CGC slab calls this a newsstand comic book, our understanding is that it was only distributed through department stores. At 10 cents for 64 interior pages, this was the prototype for all comics that followed, and an extremely desirable item in any grade. CGC notes, "Cover detached." Overstreet 2007 GD 2.0 value = $4,058. CGC census 12/07: 1 in 2.0, 1 higher.

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