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    Syndicate Features V1#5 (Chesler, 1937) Condition: FN/VF. Until we laid eyes on this scarce Platinum Age item, we had no inkling that an issue #5 even existed, and indeed, Overstreet only lists V1#3 of the same series (which itself is seen very seldom). This four-page, tabloid-size, three-color flyer measures 22 1/2 x 17 1/2 when unfolded; all copies were folded so that they could be mailed. This issue, dated December 15, 1937, was circulated to newspaper editors to encourage them to carry the humor strip "Foxy Grandpa." Presented here are 12 sample "Foxy Grandpa" dailies and one Sunday (though not in color). Foxy Grandpa is quite an entertaining character - he's an old-timer who not only still has his wits about him, he's spry and even athletic! The text on the first page explains that the strip is undergoing a changing of the guard, from the character's creator Carl E. "Bunny" Schultze to new artist Charles Biro, who at this time was drawing the strip under Schultze's supervision (and who drew the strips presented here). There's even a charming line-drawn portrait of the two artists together with their character. While Biro's involvement with the Harry "A" Chesler packaging shop is well-known, many comic fans who know Biro best as the artist of Crime Does Not Pay and the like might be surprised by his deft comic touch in these funny newspaper strips, with a character who only ever saw comic book publication in the pages of Star Comics. While this issue isn't listed in Overstreet, note that issue #3 has Guide values of $1,350 in FN, $1,800 in VF, and $2,400 in VF/NM condition. Pass on this Platinum Age gem at your peril, as who's to say if one will ever turn up again!

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