Before DC was home to Wonder Woman, Superman, and Batman, they were National Comics. And they printed funny comics and heroic (before the idea of the Superman was a thing) comics, but no matter how you look at it, this is one of the most important comics in the comic world. New Fun #1 is a rare, hard to find book. But Comic Connect has one!
“New Fun went beyond their predecessors and presented original adventure strips as well as the traditional funny pages. Although greatness was in store for this title and the company that produced it, New Fun had a shaky start. Published at the initiative of Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson, a retired major who had previously tried his hand at writing adventure stories for pulp publications, New Fun contained a liberal mix of adventure and humor strips, none, until the third issue, were produced in color (and then only about half were in color, a common occurrence in early comicbooks). Additionally, the first four issues were only thirty-two pages long. Issues five and six expanded to forty pages, however, many of those pages were taken up with text pieces, puzzles, and articles about various topics. Only the first three issues had slick covers, while the remainder were on uncoated paper stock. Nonetheless, although lacking in page count and color, it was clear from the outset that something ‘New’ was indeed underway.”
“The features set the standard for the anthology titles that were soon to abound in the marketplace. Spy thrillers were represented by ‘Sandra of the Secret Service’ by Bringham, westerns by Lyman Anderson’s ‘Jack Woods’, and science fiction by ‘Don Drake on the Planet Saro’. However, it is within the last issue of New Fun that the seed of a character is found that was to change the comicbook business, leading to the lucrative industry it was to become in the 1940s.”
“The sixth issue featured ‘Dr. Occult the Ghost Detective’ by Leger and Reuths — a pen name for Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, a young writer/artist team from Cleveland, Ohio (The pen name was used because Siegel and Shuster had contributed another strip in this sixth issue, and it was common practice to use aliases for individuals who contributed more than one strip per title to make it appear that the bullpen staff was larger than it was). Dr. Occult, in one story arc, incorporated several elements that set the prototype for Superman, and, for this reason, the historical importance and value of New Fun #6 cannot be overstated.”
Overstreet has the book listed at $24,439, and I couldn’t find it on GPA. To say this book is rare is an understatement, so if you’re able to afford this book, bid on it today!
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