Rare Casper The Friendly Ghost Vol. 1 #1, 1949, St. John Publisher, Good+ 4.5
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Rare Casper The Friendly Ghost Vol. 1 #1, 1949, St. John Publisher, Good+ 4.5:
This sale is for the very first comic book appearance of Casper the Friendly Ghost--along with Herman the mouse and baby Huey---from 1949, before Harvey bought the rights from St. John. I paid $250 for this comic about 7 years ago. The grading is tricky. I'm saying 4.5 but the repaired rips (see description below) might make it lower. However, as described, the book hold together nicely so....
CONDITION: Overall, a very nice book. The staples (not rusted) and binding are still strong.The front cover had several tears including a 5" tear through the center. These tears have been repaired with professional German archival tape, a very thin restoration tape. You can hardly see the tears on the front cover. Most of the interior pages have a 1/2" tear at the outer edge (see scans). Page color is dark cream, not too badly tanned. Back cover has small, short tears but no tape. Front cover may also have a small, short perimeter tear or two without tape. I think the scans give you a good, fair picture.
SEE MY OTHER EARLY CASPERS! I edited the Dark Horse Harvey Comics Classics series and now I'm selling my collection.
sale ENDS SUNDAY NIGHT, July 7th, 7:00 PM Pacific coast USA time or 10:00 East coast time.
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I'VE DECIDED TO ADD A BONUS TO THIS SALE: A FREE COPY OF A MINT CONDITION HARDCOVER BOOK FROM 2009 PUBLISHED BY DARK HORSE THAT REPRINTS IN THEIR ENTIRETY THIS FIRST ISSUE OF CASPER FROM ST. JOHN, PLUS THE FIRST HARVEY ISSUE OF CASPER.