Four Color #386 features Uncle Scrooge‘s first ever appearance and is from April 1952. Script, pencils, ink and cover – it’s 100% through and through by one of all time greatest comic storytellers of all time – Carl Barks . I have it because it was part of the ‘ole man’s collection. In the mid-70’s when I was pillaging his stash at grandma’s house it was the most valuable comic I confiscated (at least in Overstreet’s eyes).
As a side note, I downloaded 61 sales of #386 between 2001 and 2014 from Heritage Auction and found they averaged 59% under the Overstreet pricing for equivalent grades. Now, while I see comics going on eBay all the time for over Overstreet pricing; it is curious the guide has not been able to adjust in well over a decade to actual retail pricing of so many sales for this one issue?
In fact, I got the copy shown here on eBay for almost 75% under Overstreet (at least based on the grade the seller was claiming – please look closely and tell me if you see G/VG 3.0).
As a side, side note I ran a binary logistic regression analysis (statistics lingo) on this sample of 61 and determined that controlling for year of sale and grade of comic there was a statistically significant difference in sales price between CGC graded and non-CGC graded books. It amounted to a $33.73 premium for the CGC graded copies. Based on this data grading cost could “pay for itself” by adding a 7% premium (over the price average in this analysis). The “break even” would be on books valued at $275 and above.
I continued adding to my collection some of the greatest Carl Barks Four Color Dell Comics which include:
- #223 “Lost in The Andes” (April 1949)
- #256 “Luck of the North” (December 1949)
- #263 “Land of the Totem Poles” (February 1950)
- #275 “Ancient Persia” (May 1950)
- #353 “Duck Album” (October 1951)
- #408 “The Golden Helmet” (July 1952)
Here is an important tip for Barks hunters. Barks art is recognizable by the “pie slice” in the eyes. Notice on the Duck Album above Donald’s nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie have tiny white circles (not drawn by Barks). The rest of the family have the tiny white pie-slice – Barks art!