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    New Fun Comics #1 (DC, 1935) Condition: Apparent VG. The mighty publisher DC began their comics empire with this initial offering, an oversized anthology of mixed genre material. Unlike the other comic books of the day featuring newspaper strip reprints, the contents of New Fun were produced especially for this title. It was a revolutionary idea that quickly transformed the fledgling comics industry, and led directly to the publication of such iconic characters as Superman and Batman. It was the brainchild of Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson, who reasoned that all-new material in a larger format could top the competition. There's the first comic book appearance of Oswald the Rabbit (later seen in Dell's Four Color series) and the debut of Barry O'Neill (who was later a regular in Adventure Comics). This all black-and-white issue has more than just comics -- there are text features covering sports, airplanes, model-building, and radio and movies, and there are photos of cowboy stars Johnny Mack Brown and Tim McCoy, plus a group photo of the Buck Rogers radio actors. This issue is currently #28 in Overstreet's ranking of the most valuable comics, which is even more impressive considering that Overstreet doesn't list a NM- or even a VF/NM value for the issue. Since this issue's got lots of coupons and a number of cut-out features meant for kids to use their scissors on, there can't be many other complete copies in existence of this rarity, a Gerber "8". Finding attractive copies of this fragile first issue has been close to impossible, with most survivors now in tatters. This copy presents itself quite well, despite some amateur restoration, including a spine split unobtrusively sealed with tape on the interior along the entire length of the spine. The centerfold is detached, and there is some slight rust migration at the top staple. Overstreet 2007 GD 2.0 value = $6,700; VG 4.0 value = $13,400.

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