I got called by a man on Facebook the other day trying to sell me one of these reprints as a legitimate Superman # 1 … if youre not knowledgeable about this fraud, kept reading.
Individuals eliminating the outer cover from a treasury edition sized DC “Famous First Edition” reprint and trying to sell it to unwitting individuals was something that went around quite a long period of time ago and possibly it never ever disappeared.
Back in the late 1970s, DC reprinted a lot of their traditional # 1 issues in the 10 ″ large by 13.5 ″ high treasury edition format. While the primary cover (see image on the left above) plainly reveals it to be a Famous First Edition reprint, if you open it up (see picture on right above) you can see that there is a 2nd cover that is on shiny stock, similar to a comics cover, which looks basically like the real comic. These reprints are practically specific duplications of the original, so if a fraud artist merely eliminates the cardstock outer cover they have a quite persuading phony copy, down to the within front cover with the copyright date suggesting the real year of first publication, as revealed listed below:
I got an unsolicited message from a person stating he heard I gather comics and would I be interested in this comic he was helping his “good friend” sell. “Well, I have rather a couple of comics, Im not exactly sure you would have anything I d have an interest in.” I said. “How about this one?” and the man sent me a photo of Superman # 1 (like the one at the top of this on the right, however with the external cover not present so it was what appeared to be a picture of a real Superman # 1. He even sent out a photo of the within front cover, mentioning the 1939 copyright (like the photo above, other than the picture above is one I drew from my Famous First Edition reprint).
Be wise. Do not get scammed!
I regards hope he does not get some unwary person to pay any quantity of cash for this coverless reprint comic.
So heres how the scam works.
He informed me that his “friend” assured him it was a legitimate 1st printing from 1939 and he was simply trying to help him offer it. I explained that if it was 10 × 13.5 inches there was no other way that it was an original. He needs to pass the bad news along to his pal and stop attempting to sell it as a 1939 initial, so that he himself would not be included in selling it as something it was not.
Offering him the benefit of the doubt, I described the size of an actual Golden Age comics, then pointed out that DC had actually done oversized reprints in the 1970s that were 10 × 13.5. I informed him I was sorry to be the bearer of bad news, however because his “good friends” comic was 10 × 13.5 it was clearly among the 1970s reprints. Even more, given that it seemed to have had the outer cover stripped off, it probably wasnt worth very much at all.
Here are images of other comics that were reprinted large in the “Famous First Editions” series:.
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” Can you tell me how big the comic is, in inches?” I asked. “Its larger than a typical comic”, he responded. “They made them larger at that time.” “Humor me.” I stated, and asked him to get a ruler and measure the dimensions of the comic, knowing that a real Golden Age comic is going to be something approximately like 7 3/4 x 10 1/2 inches, not 10 x 13 1/2 inches. He said he d return to me, and eventually returned with the 10 by 13.5 numbers, advising me that comics were larger then.
I mentioned that if this was a genuine Superman # 1 then his best choice to maximize the quantity of cash he d have the ability to get would be to have it validated & & graded and offer it at auction. Not to be sending messages around on Facebook to individuals who are interested in comics. That stated, if he could address a few questions, I could assist him understand how most likely it was that the comic was the genuine deal.
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At this point he got mad and said” “Hey, I get it, you do not wish to buy it … why dont you just move along!!”.
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These reprints are practically specific duplications of the initial, so if a scam artist merely removes the cardstock external cover they have a pretty convincing fake copy, down to the within front cover with the copyright date indicating the actual year of first publication, as revealed below:
Offering him the advantage of the doubt, I explained the size of a real Golden Age comic book, then pointed out that DC had actually done large reprints in the 1970s that were 10 × 13.5.
He even sent a photo of the within front cover, pointing out the 1939 copyright (like the image above, except the photo above is one I took from my Famous First Edition reprint).
He said he d get back to me, and eventually came back with the 10 by 13.5 numbers, reminding me that comics were larger then.
That said, if he might address a couple of concerns, I could help him comprehend how most likely it was that the comic was the genuine offer.