ow pages classic Gus Ricca skull cover (1/45)Punch 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.
The staff here at ComicConnect always enjoy highlighting major keys and hot books in our Event Auctions, but rare finds and obscure treasures are really what get our hearts racing. The classic skull cover of Punch #12, one of your humble narrator's personal favorites, makes a rare auction appearance in EA #52, in a low enough grade to entice even the most tightfisted rarity hound, but with its central cover image in impressive shape for its grade, with nice striking blacks and strong colors.
Overstreet Guide 2022 GD (2.0) value = $4,550
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