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WEIRD FANTASY (1950-53) #14
CGC NM/M: 9.8
(Stock Image)
SOLD ON:  Friday, 12/18/2020 10:29 PM
$10,600
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PUBLISHER: EC
COMMENTS: ow/white pgs, QES Certified: Criteria met: Preferred staple placement + perfect staple area + deep color strike (red, green, blue & yellow) + flawless spine
1st EC Al Williamson art; 2nd issue, atomic explosion cvr, panels
Gaines File Copy
Highest Graded
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DESCRIPTION
ow/white pgs, QES Certified: Criteria met: Preferred staple placement + perfect staple area + deep color strike (red, green, blue & yellow) + flawless spine
1st EC Al Williamson art; 2nd issue, atomic explosion cvr, panels
Gaines File Copy
Highest Graded
William Gaines probably didn't set out to change the course of American popular culture when he took the reins of EC, originally Educational Comics, in the early 1950s. Over a four-decade career, he did just that. Starting with the gutsy and willfully anti-authoritarian EC horror and crime titles, then with the sci-fi series that introduced young readers to the revelatory genre that had flourished since its ratty pulp origins. And finally, his groundbreaking Mad Magazine which influenced nearly every major humorist and comedian of the late 20th Century.

When he opened his vaults in the mid-90s, collectors were astonished at the high-grade EC classics contained therein, which formed the beloved Gaines File Copy pedigree. Possessed of unusually bright pages (a rarity for remaining ECs in any grade) and vivid colors, these copies are greedily sought by devoted EC collectors as they are invariably among the highest graded. In recent years, ECs have once again become red hot, as Silver Age collectors, tired of cape books, fall in love with the garish covers and overwhelming imagery. The demand for crime and horror covers makes these sci-fi series the next frontier of Silver Age collecting.
There are going to be a few words bandied around about the Bill Gaines File Copies of EC classics that are in this Event Auction, words like, perfect, beautiful, pristine, exemplary, hot diggity dog, well, you get the picture, and somehow, these words still do not give these comics their proper dues, as they are in a condition that defies mortal abilities to describe things. If there were a superhero from another planet with special powers named the Describer, maybe he could help out...maybe. So, here goes the checklist, highest graded, one of one, top of the census, QES certified, Gaines File Copy. Just look at those corners, the colors, the spine, sigh.

Overstreet Guide 2020 NM- (9.2) value = $2,050