Lot 48 of 340:
MYSTERIES WEIRD and STRANGE #3 * Superior Horror  

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Lot closed - Sold For (Includes Buyers Premium):$48
$80 - $120





September, 1953


Fair (1.0). Cover chipped at spine and right edge; cover partially detached; page edges tanning; spine roll; on the plus side, the cover boasts rich colors and crisp blacks, and the pages are floppy and supple. Nice beater copy. Art by the Iger Shop crew.

The cover depicts a shrunken head in a man's palm, with tiny skulls leering at the reader from between splayed fingers, a badge of onanistic shame mocking the reader. Superior's mystifying aesthetic is on full display in this strange mag, abounding with what Daniel Clowes called "the mysterious x-factor of middle-aged men trying to anticipate the fantasy needs of children."

"Strip away the hokey elements and Iger shop art from these relatively rare pre-Code comics and what's left is a refreshing retreat into a sordid underworld of junkies, quack doctors and desolate bus stations - all spiraling down into violence that would have impressed the likes of De Sade." -Christopher Nelson, "An Introduction to Superior Comics," Comic Book Marketplace #73 [Nov., 1999].

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