Lot 56 of 340:
SWEETHEARTS #119 * CGC 4.0 * Marilyn MONROE Cover, 1953  

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Lot closed - Sold For (Includes Buyers Premium):$780
$500 - $800

SWEETHEARTS No. 119 [Marilyn Monroe Photo Cover]




January, 1953


CGC certified: VG (4.0). Off-white pages. Wally Wood art. Marilyn Monroe & Richard Widmark photo cover.

Marilyn Monroe cover. Crossover classic. Sweethearts was one of the originators of the romance comic genre: "In 1948, there were only three new love titles: Sweethearts, My Romance, and My Life. By the end of 1949, there were some 125 romance comics, and, a year later, 148 from twenty-six publishers." -David Hadju, The Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic-Book Scare and How It Changed America [FSG: 2008].

CGC census: One of three copies graded 4.0 (only 11 copies have been certified in total; most are 4.5 or lower). Top 10 copy. Comparable CGC sales: 4.0: $1920 (Sept. 2018). 

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