Undervalued Spotlight #425

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
Walter Durajlija
Walter Durajlija

Walter Durajlija is an Overstreet Advisor and Shuster Award winner. He owns Big B Comics in Hamilton Ontario.

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5 years ago


David Mackay
David Mackay
5 years ago

Ho Ho Ho Coal in your stocking Walt for another Undervalued spotlight Lite. Give us a gift in our 2019 stocking of some research and substance that supports and enlightens us about these undervalued issues. I know you can do it. Look at posts from years past. Much more in depth and informative. I fear the whole of Comicbookdaily is losing steam…..or am I just a miserable old comic grinch?

Scott VanderPloeg
5 years ago
Reply to  David Mackay

There’s always room for more writers Dave.