This is the actual, vintage Golden Age comic book published by the Quality Comics Group in June, 1943. This 64 page comic is complete, a prime example of one of the longest-running, most successful titles of the Golden Age of comics. It started out reprinting popular newspaper strips like Mickey Finn and Lala Palooza (both of whom appear in this issue), eventually metamorphasizing into a showcase for Quality’s original costumed and adventure features like the Doll Man, Spider Widow, Rusty Ryan, Swing Sisson, Spin Shaw and Zero. I am not a professional comic grader, I am simply selling some comics out of my collection, so I’m going to list this books’ defects as best I can. Please check the photos that go with this listing for more details on it’s relative condition. The cover, beautifully drawn by the great Al Bryant (which has come loose from the staples) has a bit of gloss left, as well as a little dirt smudging on the white and yellow areas of it. Across the top of the cover are chew marks ( insects? rats?) that cut irregularly down into the character boxes, 1/8″ to 1/2″ down. The top right corner (1/2″ X 3/4″) of the cover is chewed completely away, with more small random chews all the way through the white area just to the right of the “E” in Feature. Right edge of the cover stays pretty solid and smooth until about 1 1/2″ up from the bottom right corner where that entire corner is eaten away up to a 1/2″ in from the right edge. The rest of the bottom edge is completely sound right up to the spine. There are also chew holes through the spine around the staples about 1 1/2″ inches by 1/4″ to 1/2″ wide- that’s why the cover has come loose from the rest of the book. Interiors have very little paper browning, but their is some faint yellowish staining along the spine and top and bottom (as well as a little along the trim side) which may be related to the chewed areas . This discoloration does not actually inpinge on any of the interior art, however. There are also tears coming in from the spine at the single staple point which affects the first 7 pages of the book, and an irregular 1″ X 1/4″ chunk out of the 4th page along the right edge. Also some brownish staining on the laast interior page about 1″ in from the spine and 6″ down from the top. Despite all the other issues the top and bottom right corners are pretty square. The back cover top and bottom also shows similar irregular chew marks like the front cover, and the spine chew issues spill over onto the back cover at the spinr. There is also a 3/4″ X 1/2″ chunk out of the back cover at the spine. It’s a rough copy coverwise, but it is complete- and a possibly affordable way to own a copy of what would normally be a pretty expensive book.
Actual comic book cover was scanned flat to minimize light glare. If you need more photos, please ask.
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