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Svindel med DC Comics' Famous 1st Edition golden age genoptryk fra 1970'erne

Hvis I fulgte Marvels udgivelser i 1970’erne, kan I måske huske de store Treasury Edition genoptryk plus originale historier, altsammen på newsprint, men med karton omslag, og trykt i tabloid format! DC Comics prøvede noget lignende i 1970’erne, genoptryk af deres gamle første numre af deres hovedserier, også på newsprint, med karton omslag, og i tabloid format! Der var vovemod dengang i 1970’erne, sådan et format ville være svært at sælge i dag, men til gengæld får vi så LIDT MERE genoptrykt end bare de første numre af hovedserierne. Faktisk får vi lange runs i både hc og tp og kronologisk og på godt papir, det er sandeligen guld alderen for genoptryk. De originale golden age hæfter var noget større end både silver age- , bronze age- , og current comic book formatet, og der var selvfølgelig nogle skrupelløse svindlere dengang i 70’erne, der hev karton omslaget af disse “Famous 1st Edition” genoptryks-hæfter fra DC Comics, i håb om at lokke nogle godtroende købere til at give samler priser for et billigt genoptryk. Ja, frækt var det, men der må være nogen, der hoppede på den, for Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide har måttet advare mod disse genoptryk uden omslag. Papiret var jo i begge tilfælde newsprint, og alle siderne var de samme, selv annoncerne var genoptrykt. Men rigtige samlere ville forhåbentlig vide, at “coverless comics” var nærmest værdiløse i 70’erne, og er stadig i meget, meget lav kurs, det er ikke noget, rigtige samlere gør så meget i, faktisk tror jeg, mange samlere ville have overordentlig svært ved at købe coverless, men det er vejen frem, hvis man vil have de gode ting, der ikke bliver genoptrykt.

fra http://goldenagecomics.org/wordpress/2009/06/12/the-trouble-with-famous-first-editions/comment-page-1/ 

Between 1974 and 1979, DC Comics published some really great Golden Age reprints called Famous First Editions.  These books were treasury sized (10 X 13 1/2 inches) and were unique in that they reprinted every detail (including ads, etc.), cover to cover, of many of the key DC Golden Age books.  They were different from the originals because (1) they were much larger than their Golden Age counterparts, and (2) they each had an outer cardboard cover that clearly identified the book as being a reprint and “limited collectors edition”.  With the outer cardboard cover removed, these books could be passed off as an original except for the larger size.  Unfortunately, over the years some unscrupulous types have removed the cardboard covers and tried to pass these off as original Golden Age books.  Recognizing the potential for this fraudulent activity, the Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide has for years printed a warning along with the description of the original book to make certain it is clear that these reprints exist and look like the originals.  Overstreet has also indicated that with the outer cover removed, these books have little or no value.  Caveat Emptor!

The Famous First Edition (”FFE”) series was part of the larger Limited Collectors’ Edition series started by DC in 1973 (The series was later changed to All-New Collectors’ Edition in 1978).  These were all treasury sized books and are currently highly sought by collectors.  The numbering of these books can always be found on the outside cover and starts with a “C” or an “F”.  The first three issues in the FFE series carry the “C” prefix, with five carrying the “F” prefix, followed by the final issue again having a “C” prefix.  Several of these issues were also printed with a special hardbound cover and dust jacket.  Following is a complete list of the FFE issues published by DC:

  • C-26 – Action Comics#1 (also in hardbound)
  • C-28 – Detective Comics #27 (also in hardbound)
  • C-30 – Sensation Comics #1 (also in hardbound)
  • F-4 – Whiz Comics #2(#1) (also in hardbound)
  • F-5 – Batman #1 (also in hardbound)
  • F-6 – Wonder Woman #1 (also in hardbound)
  • F-7 – All-Star Comics #3
  • F-8 – Flash Comics #1
  • C-61 – Superman#1 (this had a slipcase edition of 250 copies signed by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, Superman’s creators).

Og vi skal lige nyde nogle af de forsider, som de skrupelløse folk rev af i deres svindel numre:

  

 

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