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Centaur
CGC FN+: 6.5
white pgs; tied for second highest 1 of 2!
1st issue! The Clock story
The first issue of Keen Detective Funnies (formerly Detective Picture Stories) features a full-length Clock tale, along with several other stories of mystery and intrigue, keeping the subject firmly focused on detective yarns as the title of the series indicates. The anthology format gave readers plenty to choose from, and a forum for Golden Age artists like Gill Fox, Bert Christman, and Ellis Edwards to showcase their underrated talents. Another classic Centaur Publication for those fans of the dawn of comic books.
This comic is in well-preserved condition considering its eighty-year existence, boasting white pages, saturated hues, and sharp corners this book has survived the decades in style, awaiting its new owner to take it home and keep it safe for generations to come.
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Centaur
CGC FN-: 5.5
ow/white pgs; COA included
The Clock story
Billy Wright copy
Formerly Detective Picture Stories, Keen Detective Funnies featured crime and detective characters (appropriately enough) such as the Clock, believed to be the first masked character created specifically for comic books; and the delirious the Eye, who rivalled the Spectre as the last word in Golden Age surrealism.
Hailing from the Billy Wright pedigree, this copy of Keen Detective Funnies #9 is in well-preserved condition, the psychedelic cover illustration by John Patterson is disconcerting, employing powerful use of shadows and contrasting hues that retain their glow. Invoking the noirish imagery of the pulps to appeal to potential buyers, this issue is of particular note in this important series.
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Centaur
CGC FA: 1.0
brttl pgs; spn of cvr & all wraps split; only 4 copies on the census!
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Centaur
CGC VG+: 4.5
crm/ow pgs; 6 pcs of tp on int cvr & 2 on cf
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Centaur
CGC VG/F: 5.0
crm/ow pgs
rare; classic bondage/torture cover (3/40)
The Frank Thomas design on the cover of Keen Detective Funnies #18 is known as one of the most disturbing covers of the era, depicting a scene of torture and bondage that is being witnessed by the Eye, one of Centaur's more eccentric creations. These kinds of covers would become more common as WWII wore on, and the US entered the fray, but this early example is still a perennial favorite of fans of Golden Age crime books.
This cover is in very good condition for its grade, with strong colors that glow off the page. Frank Thomas' tableau of torture is clean and fresh, with any damage relegated to the furthest reaches of the cover. This is a rather impressive mid-grade copy of a popular issue from Keen Detective Funnies' run.
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Centaur
CGC F/VF: 7.0
off white pgs; second highest 1 of 1!
scarce issue; war cover
Formerly Detective Picture Stories, Keen Detective Funnies featured crime and detective characters (appropriately enough) such as the Clock, believed to be the first masked character created specifically for comic books; and the delirious the Eye, who rivalled the Spectre as the last word in Golden Age surrealism.
The Lochlan Field design on this cover is in great condition, boasting a strong chromatic scheme that employs a military green motif and a thrilling action sequence. Wartime covers that predate America's entry into WWII are uncommon, as the US hadn't quite resolved to take a side in the conflict until the attack on Pearl Harbor. The F/VF grade on this book puts it at the second-highest example on the census, adding to the desirability of this classic comic.
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Centaur
CGC VG/F: 5.0
crm/ow pgs
rare! classic Eye Sees cover (5/40)
Well, this is certainly one of the more interesting covers of the Golden Age, featuring the already bizarre the Eye shooting a power ray at a gun-toting parachutist, who is gripping a damsel in distress by her blonde locks, as other bad guys appear in various action poses, the gangsters are referred to as "attacking aliens." Are these illegal aliens, or space aliens? Wherever the threat originates from, there is something extremely strange going on in this scene. Fans of the Eye are, by nature, fans of the odd and unusual, and are assuredly enamored by the surreal Frank Thomas art on the cover of this book.
Bright yellows dominate this cover which remains in solid condition after all these years. Centaur collectors are drawn to the company's product in part based on their madcap approach to the somewhat predictable content put out by rival publishers, and this auction is full of all sorts of unexpected twists on what an anthology comics could be. If you are looking for something a bit off the beaten track, look no further.
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Centaur
CGC VG+: 4.5
off white pgs; cf dtchd, tp on cvr
rare issue; Masked Marvel cover
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Centaur
CGC VG/F: 5.0
off white pgs
rare rare and rare; Dean Denton
Ruben Blades Copy
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Centaur
CGC VG-: 3.5
ow/white pgs
Harry Sahle cvr/art; 1st app. of Air Man
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Centaur
CGC FN: 6.0
ow/white pgs
classic Air Man cvr, last issue
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Centaur
CGC VG/F: 5.0
off white pgs; Sl(C-1) spn split sld cvr, cvr reinf
RARE! The Swamp Rat
Larson Copy
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Centaur
CGC VF+: 8.5
white pgs; COA included; tied for highest 1 of 2!
RARE; Jack Cole art
Billy Wright copy
Highest Graded
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Centaur
CGC VG/F: 5.0
ow/white pgs; Sl(C-1) sm amt of glue spn cvr, tr sls cvr
rare! Corporal Merrill of the Northwest Mounted
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Centaur
CGC VG+: 4.5
crm/ow pgs
rare; Gabby Flynn
Ruben Blades Copy
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Centaur
CGC VG: 4.0
ow/white pgs; cvr dtchd
RARE; Crane of Scotland Yard
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Centaur
CGC VF-: 7.5
white pgs; highest 1 of 1!
rare issue; Eisner art
Highest Graded
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Centaur
CGC FN: 6.0
white pgs
Ben Thompson cvr; 1st app. of Masked Marvel
The Masked Marvel was an early entry into the superhero sweepstakes, the character had no super powers, instead, he relied on high-tech gadgetry, hand-to-hand combat skills and his three assistants, ZL, ZR and ZY. The Marvel was unique in that his secret identity was never revealed, making him quite the mysterious crimefighter. Keen Detective Funnies was one of Centuar Publications anthology titles, which had the common thread of offering only, well, detective stories, many of which were primitive and some pages were published in B&W to keep expenses down, but Golden Age fans love these special books from the very dawn of the comic, and this issue is one of the first examples of a masked hero in the industry.
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Centaur
CGC VG: 4.0
crm/ow pgs
rare issue; nudist ranch panel
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Centaur
CGC FN: 6.0
ow/white pgs; tied for second highest!
Masked Marvel cover! (9/39)
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Centaur
CGC VG/F: 5.0
crm/ow pgs
Masked Marvel cover! (9/39)
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Centaur
CGC FN+: 6.5
crm/ow pgs
Masked Marvel cover; somebody is really angry about sandwiches
Atlantic City Copy
October 1939
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Centaur
CGC FN+: 6.5
crm/ow pgs
scarce; Everett art
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Centaur
CGC VG: 4.0
crm/ow pgs; 1 pc tp on spn of cvr
rare issue! origin of The Eye Sees
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Centaur
CGC VG-: 3.5
ow/white pgs
RARE; Joe Simon cvr
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