This is the actual, vintage Golden Age comic book published by Eastern Color Printing in January, 1943. This 64 page comic is complete, and this 16Th issue of Heroic marked the changeover in cover subjects; the previous 15 issues ran all superhero characters on the covers. Don’t let that fool you, though; this great GA comic features FOUR costumed supercharacters in their own stories: Hydroman, Music Master, Rainbow Boy and Man O’Metal, in addition to several short “true combat adventures” from WWII, and a brief reprint of the newspaper strip Flyin’ Jenny. Artists in this issue include Bud Thompson, Russel Keaton and possibly H.G. Peter on the Man O’ Metal strip, though he is probably inked here by a lesser artist. 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 is bright and reasonably supple, though it has seen plenty of handling. The staples are tight, folded slightly toward the front of the book, but with no rust anywhere. The cover itself is still attached, but beginning to tear away at the staples. There are small creases about 1/8″ wide tearing in both directions from the top and bottom legs of each staple. Additionally, their are two small (1/16″) round punctures through the cover (but not the books’ interior below them) right on the spine, one about 3″ up from the bottom, the other 4″ down from the top. Their is minor chipping and a few small tears all along the three trimmed edges of the cover, as well as a crease (showing white ) about 1/2″ in from both top and side at the lower right corner, and several lighter ( NOT showing white) creases running up from the bottom of the cover to the side-trim, across the bottom right 2/3 of the cover. There is a 1/4″ white stain along the cover bottom, just below the head of the fallen Japanese soldier and some small spatterings of some sort of transparent liquid ( long since dried) to the left of the downed soldier, over “Outstanding Heroes of War”, and over the running infantryman’s right hand. It’s only visible when you hold the cover up to the light and view it at an angle; where the liquid has spattered, what cover gloss is on the image is dulled to a matte finish. All four cover corners have some rounding; with a bit of chipping as well at both the top and bottom spine corners. Three smallish (1/4″) slightly darker stains near the right edge of the cover, starting near “No. 16” and running up near the S in “Heroes”, and a faint penciled “W” to the right of the G in “outstanding”. Interior is pretty tight and solid, with very little paper browning. There are some mild creases through the lower right corners though the first 8 pages and a bit at the top corner throughout, and their is a blue-ink stamp at the top of the first page with a previous owners’ name- Harold Kuplinger. All interior corners have a slight rounding, as well. There are no other defects on the interiors. Back cover is clean, slight tearing at the staples (continued from the tears listed on the front cover) ; one 3/4″ tear up from the bottom edge 2 1/2″ from the trim, and fairly heavy creasing along the lower left cover corner where that corner had been folded back about 1 1/2″ up from the bottom running to 2 1/2″ in from the trim. All in all a pretty decent complete and flat copy of a pretty obscure 1940’s book starring four rare costumed super-types.
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