Frisky Animals #52, Star Publications, December 1952.

Merry Christmas to all those celebrating this festive day.

While I don’t observe the 25th I always seem to find myself caught up in the season, enjoying the festive mood and savouring the genuine goodwill permeating the air.

Keeping with tradition I’ve picked a Santa themed comic for this week’s pick. It’s hard to randomly pick a Santa Claus cover so I came up with a plan to go with a strong cover, classic artist, affordability while at the same time being just elusive enough to make the hunt formidable and exciting. This week’s Christmas themed Spotlight shines on Frisky Animals #52.

Frisky Animals #52 boasts a fantastic cover by the great L.B. Cole.

At the moment L.B. Cole may be the hottest artist of the Golden Age. Classic Cole covers like Mask Comics #1 and Startling Terror Tales #11 are setting new price records any time they sell. Luckily for us, the man was prolific allowing us some time to look for strong covers, not yet “discovered” by the collecting community at large, to be found and acquired at bargain prices.

I’ve always thought that a great Golden Age comic collection should be varied in genres and titles. Artists like L.B. Cole, Matt Baker, Alex Schomburg, Charles Biro, Lou Fine, Will Eisner and many other greats all add depth and substance to any collection.

There are only 2 graded copies of Frisky Animals #52 so don’t even try to wait one out. I’m recommending you go online and snag yourself a raw copy, I’ve seen them selling for around $30 in lower grade and around $150 in higher grade.

Happy holidays everyone.

The 48th Overstreet price break for this book is $117/$189/$260 in the 8.0/9.0/9.2 grade splits.

Reasons to buy this comic book as an investment:

  • Great L.B. Cole Christmas cover