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    Foo #2 Original Edition by Robert and Charles Crumb (Animal Town Comics, 1958) Condition: FN. This is one you won't find in Overstreet, or in Fogel's Underground Price Guide, for that matter. "Animal Town Comics" was actually just Charles and Robert Crumb, who lived in Milford, Delaware back in 1958. The Crumb children (Charles, Robert, Sandra, and Maxon) had been producing their own homemade comics since 1950. Spurred on by eldest child Charles, each sibling had their own title (seven year-old Robert's was Diffy in Shacktown, starring "Bromo the Panda"), until finally only Robert could keep up Charles' unrelenting pace. In 1958, using printing equipment at their father's office, Charles and Robert produced three issues of Foo, their answer to Mad. At first, the boys tried to peddle the books around town as a "school project", selling only a few. Finally, by advertising in Harvey Kurtzman's Help! magazine, the brothers connected with other self-publishers, and a few copies of each of the three published issues got around -- but not many. Original copies of any of the three Foo's are impossibly scarce (mainly because the bulk of the unsold copies were burned by Robert). Here's the real deal, folks -- not one of the 1980 reprints. Other than the date being blackened out on the cover (most likely by Charles, sending the book out after the November, 1958 date), it's in remarkably well-preserved condition. It's something even most advanced Crumb collectors have never seen!

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    August, 2010
    5th-6th Thursday-Friday
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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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