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    The Lone Ranger #1 Ashcan Pulp Group (Spartan, 1936) CGC FN- 5.5 Cream to off-white pages. As The Lone Ranger radio program was becoming a nationwide sensation in the 1930s, the Spartan Publishing Company produced a prototype Lone Ranger pulp magazine in order to secure a copyright. The interior of this 32 page ashcan prototype includes two Western stories with illustrations, but no actual Lone Ranger content other than the title page, which notes, "The Lone Ranger Rides -- A Glimpse Down Pioneer Trail." This is generally considered the first print appearance of The Lone Ranger, with only two copies known to exist (the other copy has been graded by CGC as 5.0). This is the original copy sent to Library of Congress, and includes two rubber stamps on the cover: "Sample Copy" in blue is right below the "5¢" price, and a red stamp dated August 25, 1936 appears to the right of the Ranger's head. Interesting to see the Lone Ranger wearing a red bandana mask, instead of his usual black domino mask!
    Included with this historic item is a copy of The Lone Ranger Magazine V1#2, dated May 1937 (in GD/VG condition), plus a set of rare Lone Ranger Magazine Club items: a letter on Lone Ranger Magazine stationary, membership card (filled out and dated 8/11/37) and a cool metal Lone Ranger Magazine Club pinback badge (none of these are listed in Hake's Pop Culture book). If you consider yourself the ultimate fan of Fran Striker's masked Western avenger, this is a must-have set of items. Hi-Yo Silver!

    View the certification for CGC Certification ID 0910139001 and purchase grader's notes if available.


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    November, 2015
    19th-21st Thursday-Saturday
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