Lot 6 of 340:
BLACK CAT MYSTERY #48 * CGC 9.2 * Lee Elias Cover  

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Lot closed - Sold For (Includes Buyers Premium):$1,200
$700 - $1,000





February, 1954


CGC certified: NM- (9.2). Cream to off-white pages. Lee Elias cover. Stories and art by Howard Nostrand, Bob Powell, Manny Stallman and Jack Sparling.

An ambitious wife is ashamed of her husband the exterminator: "Every time I have a chance to get somewhere socially, they find out what Barney does and drop me like a hotcake!" After much nagging, Barney exterminates a different kind of pest. A murderer is castaway on a desert island with no company but the rotting corpse of his victim. In an inversion of Reed Crandall's "Carrion Death" (Shock SuspenStories #9), in which a criminal is handcuffed to a corpse, the guy in this story becomes psychologically attached to his victim's body. Investment ad for kids promising triple returns on their 25¢ investment ("Only 25¢ for this Valuable U.S. Commemorative Set of 30 STAMPS - Guaranteed to be Worth THREE Times as Much!").

CGC census: Four 9.2 copies; only one copy graded higher (9.4). Top 5 copy. Comparable CGC sales: Two 9.2 copies have sold, the most recent for $454 in December, 2012. More recently, a 6.5 copy sold for $525 (Nov. 2018) and a 3.5 copy sold for $126 (Feb. 2019).

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