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    Foo #1-3 CGC-Graded File Copy Group Plus Envelope (Animal Town Comics, 1958). Here's a group of comics we couldn't quite bear to split up. It's the legendary three-issue run of FOO! (as it appears on the front cover of issue #1), produced in 1958 by Charles and Robert Crumb. In those early years, Robert followed his older brother Charles' lead in producing comic art, and this title was their only attempt at self publishing. The Crumb brothers were fairly well-known among the small circle of 1950s fanzine publishers, with Charles often considered the better artist of the two. Using equipment borrowed from their dad's office, they cranked out the three issues, each with an original run of 1,000 copies (actually, according to a recent message to us from Robert, there were only 300 copies of each issue published). When they had a hard time selling them (they even went door to door in their hometown of Dover, Delaware), the brothers burned what was left in their back yard (at least half of each press run, according to Robert). Who knows how many copies of each are still in existence!
    These three issues are all from Robert Crumb's personal files and are graded thusly: #1 is FN/VF 7.0 White pages; #2 and #3 are both VF 8.0 Blue pages. All three represent the only copies currently certified by CGC.
    But that's not all, and for some Crumb devotees, the best is yet to come. CGC unusually certified a large mailing envelope (addressed to Gary Delain, an early fanzine publisher himself), fully illustrated in pencil by Charles Crumb. There are pretty girls, guys reading Foo, Mickey Mouse, a Killroy, and two famous monsters: the Wolfman and Frankenstein on the front, while on the back side, there's a great illustration of the Frankenstein monster reading a copy of Foo while Igor and Doctor F. look on. The envelope is a little rough around the edges (with several old tape stains; CGC did not give it a grade), but that hardly takes away from the art. Anyone who saw Terry Zwigoff's award-winning documentary Crumb knows the sad story of Charles in his later years. Original art by Charles is practically non-existent; this may well be the single best piece of Charles Crumb artwork left around!
    This opportunity to own a File Copy set of Foo with some choice Charles Crumb original art may never happen again. If your passion is for Underground Comix in general, or R. Crumb art in particular, you have to check this lot out! Not listed in Fogel's 2015 Underground Comix Price & Grading Guide. From the Howard Greber Collection.

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    November, 2015
    19th-21st Thursday-Saturday
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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.
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