Lot 5 of 340:
BLACK CAT MYSTERY #43 * CGC 7.5 * Bondage cover  

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Lot closed - Sold For (Includes Buyers Premium):$720
$600 - $900





April, 1953


CGC certified: VF- (7.5). Cream to off-white pages. Light tanning interior front and back cover. Bondage cover by Lee Elias cover. Howard Nostrand, Bob Powell, Moe Marcus, Rocco "Rocke" Mastroserio, Warren Kremer art.

Tagline: "We Dare You To Defy Taboo." Racially and sexually charged cover scenario. A woman is staked to the ground in prone position as a tribesman approaches from behind, spear aimed at rear. Her boyfriend, roped and useless, stares in horror as the scenario unfolds. "In many comic books dark-skinned people are depicted in rapelike situations with white girls. One picture, showing a girl nailed by her wrists to trees with blood flowing from the wounds, might be taken straight from an illustrated edition of the Marquise de Sade." -Dr. Wertham, Seduction of the Innocent. Rinehart: 1954.

CGC census: Only 7.5 copy. Ten copies graded higher. Top 11 copy. Comparable CGC sales: No sales in this grade; no recent high-grade sales. Most recent results irrespective of grade: $427 for 5.5 copy (March, 2019); $150 for 3.0 copy (Oct., 2019).

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