Lot 55 of 340:
STRANGE MYSTERIES #1 * 1.5 * Superior Horror  

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Lot closed - Sold For (Includes Buyers Premium):$84
$80 - $120





September, 1951


Fair-Good (1.5). Small chip at bottom spine; 1/2" spine split; tears (including 1/2" transverse tear at spine affecting pages); slight color touch-ups to cover at spine; tape repairs to inside covers. Off-white pages, supple. Iger Shop art.

Classic cover, the first of many Superior covers to feature the "blonde in red dress abducted by ghouls" motif. The stories are nightmarish and lurid, with bondage, torture, lingerie panels, singing ghosts, viking madonnas, Satanic pacts gone awry, and the dead carrying off the living to satisfy unspeakable cravings. 

"The women who are targets of male skeletons, ghouls, vampires, or your average strolling psychopath are marked by the red dresses they wear. They may, of course, be regarded as scarlet women of easy virtue... but the red is even more sinister than that: Dressed in the color of blood, a woman is an appointed, permitted human sacrifice." -Jim Trombetta, The Horror! The Horror! Comic Books the Government Didn't Want You To Read! [Abrams: 2010].

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