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    Adventures Of Jesus - First Printing (Gilbert Shelton, 1962) Condition: Average NM. Offered here is the Book of Genesis when it comes to Underground Comix. This lot includes one of the only examples known to exist of Frank Stack's original incarnation of Adventures Of Jesus. Many folks know Stack by his pseudonym "Foolbert Sturgeon." Only 42 of these were published back in 1962, and it is very doubtful that any more exist outside of the four found in William Helmer's footlocker a little over a decade ago. These mimeographed papers represent the earliest efforts of Stack, and include some of the same cartoons subsequently printed in Gilbert Shelton's "The Austin Iconoclastic Newsletter." These early editions were not sold, rather they were only passed out to friends and fellow students. There are 14 pages and they measure 8.5" x 11". The original printing was listed in Jay Kennedy's Underground Price Guide at $600 way back in 1982! This lot also includes a Second Printing, done in 1963, as well as a subsequent 1978 printing. Jay Kennedy refers to the 1978 printings as "Facsimile Editions." A set consisting of one each of all three: First, Second, and the 1978 printings sold ten years ago for $4,500! This lot includes extensive documentation as to the authenticity of the pieces, including correspondence between Playboy Editor William Helmer and Gilbert Shelton. This is where it all started. Behold!

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    Auction Dates
    August, 2004
    13th-14th Friday-Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 13
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    I have done a preliminary analysis and the total of the hammer prices was $67,550. With BP, the final figure was $80,722.25. That is against the total insurance value of $34,785 or 2.32 x ‘pre-auction estimate’. Incredible, really, so a big thanks.
    Mark A.,
    Stratford-Upon-Avon, UK
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