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GOBBLEDYGOOK - PROOF COPY #2
CGC VF+: 8.5
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END TIME:  Tuesday, 12/13/2022 7:21 PM
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PUBLISHER: Mirage
COMMENTS: A 15% BUYER'S PREMIUM WILL BE ADDED TO THIS ITEM AT CONCLUSION OF THE AUCTION
white pages; Proof Copy; Kevin Eastman Signature Series w/sketch
VERY RARE!! Less than 5 'prototype' proof copies exist of each issue!
Quentin Eastman Collection
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A 15% BUYER'S PREMIUM WILL BE ADDED TO THIS ITEM AT CONCLUSION OF THE AUCTION
white pages; Proof Copy; Kevin Eastman Signature Series w/sketch
VERY RARE!! Less than 5 'prototype' proof copies exist of each issue!
Quentin Eastman Collection
Gobbledygook was an early 1984 Mirage Studios production, a homemade black and white comic co-created by Kevin Eastman & Peter Laird, featuring the 1st appearance of Fugitoid, the fugitive android, a classic Eastman/Laird character that would go on to have his own series and star in other Mirage and TMNT media. Even more significantly, Gobbledygook #1 featured a back cover ad for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 before the comic’s release, making this the first true appearance of the team. As a small-press book with a print run of only 50 copies, this is an extremely rare and historic publication. Without Gobbledygook #1, there is no Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1, and none of the countless books inspired by the success of the Turtles. As a homemade creation, all copies must be personally verified by Kevin Eastman, and the production process involving individual Xeroxing and stapling makes high-grade copies incredibly rare.



From Kevin Eastman:

*Quentin was very close to us in the early days of working on the first issue (he's the one who originally loaned us the $1500 to print issue #1) and books from before the first issue like. these Gobbledygooks - he also sold art supplies and could give us a great discount, so he would stop by pretty regularly.

*So, in this situation, I recall that Peter and I tried a few different prototypes of Gobbledygook before we arrived at the ones you have CGC'd in the past - (which was a press run of 50 copies for each issue) - in fact I have one, of the three copies ever created of an 8 and 1/2 by 11 version of issue #1 - Pete has the other and a collector named Chuck Costas has one I sold him.

*For these two that Quentin submitted - these were a set of less than five created as prototypes, like a "Press Proof" so Peter and I test how the pages came together, and for the stapling, and final details like that.

*The final word here, in consideration of all of the above, the copies Quentin had and submitted would have been copies Peter and I gave him personally - and I would label them as "Prototypes/Press proofs" of GG issue #1 and #2. Further, outside of Quentin, I would guess Pete might have some additional copies of these but couldn't say for sure. I do not have a set of these personally.

Includes signed COA from Quentin Eastman.