A 15% BUYER'S PREMIUM WILL BE ADDED TO THIS ITEM AT CONCLUSION OF THE AUCTION ow/w pgs; pc re-attached bc w/tape classic Gus Ricca skull cover (1/45) Jon Berk CollectionPunch Comics was created by the self-aggrandizing comic-book showman Harry "A." Chesler Jr. and the title would find itself stirring up a bit of controversy in the pre-code era, mainly due to its scandalous covers. The aptly titled series often boasted hard-hitting and aggressive covers such at this gunfight-in-a-skull classic, a hard-boiled book from a hard-boiled time. According to Mr. Chesler himself, this issue is one of the "World's Greatest Comics". Who would argue with that? A powerful image set against a foreboding, black background, we consider this cover to be one of the true classics of pre-code adventure comics.
Having personally worked with Jon Berk’s amazing Golden Age comics, we here at ComicConnect can say with confidence that the prestige of any book from this important collection is above and beyond the ordinary. Having spent years locating and purchasing only the finest the Golden Age had to offer, Berk's books are special for those in the know. This copy of the classic Punch #12 stands roundly in the middle of the pack of the 32 copies listed on the CGC census. The colors are still strong, and the construction remains sturdy. Fans of GA crime comics always slug it out over this beloved classic cover due to its unmitigated cool factor and pre-code cult appeal.
Overstreet Guide 2021 FN- (5.5) value = $9,350
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