'The Maltese Falcon of 70s Comics,' 'The Granddaddy of All Ashcans'
Posted by Milton Griepp on November 2, 2018 @ 6:14 am CT
Two volumes contain 13 comic stories and some additional cover art for issues that were canceled after the DC Implosion, a rapid downsizing of the DC line that year.
Burden told ICv2 that he acquired the set some time ago "from a dealer that owed me some money on a deal" and put it away and brought it out now to help finance a relaunch of his flagship property, Flaming Carrot. He listed it with Comic Connect, because "they’re good buddies of mine and we’ve had a working relationship for years."
The list price is aggressive, at $45,000. Burden points to analysis of the title by website Nostomania, which extrapolates from known sales. Very few copies have changed hands, and none recently since the big run-up in values for rare books. The most recent sales for which prices are known were in 2004 for around $3200, and in 2006 for around $4000. The 2004 sale, through Heritage, was the basis for Nostomania’s current value estimate, which supports Burden’s pricing.