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    Popular Comics #1 (Dell, 1936) CGC Apparent VF- 7.5 Slight (P) Cream to off-white pages. The first comic book appearance of Dick Tracy is also nothing less than the first-ever Dell comic book! That's momentous considering that Dell is probably the bestselling comic publisher of all time. And Dell was only the third publisher to enter the comic book market (after Eastern Color and DC). This is also the first comic book appearance of radio character Don Winslow of the Navy, who would go on to star in his own comic series at Fawcett in years to come. The rest of the book is a virtual Who's Who of 1930s comicdom: there's Little Orphan Annie, Gasoline Alley, Harold Teen, Terry and the Pirates, and Mutt and Jeff, and those are just the biggest names on a roster too long to list in its entirety (and check out an unusually lighthearted moment for Tracy, as he shares the cover with some jokesters from the funny pages). This book is rated "scarce" by Gerber's Photo-Journal. For a comic from the Platinum Age, this is an astoundingly nice copy. Yes, some professional restoration has helped with its immaculate appearance, but there don't seem to be high-grade unrestored copies around -- the nicest blue-label copy to cross CGC's desk to date is a modest VG-, so this might well hold the title of most attractive available copy. CGC notes, "Restoration includes: small amount of color touch, cover reinforced, staples cleaned." Overstreet 2005 GD 2.0 value = $675; VG 4.0 value = $1,350; FN 6.0 value = $2,025; VF 8.0 value = $4,800.

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