Last Thursday afternoon I logged on to eBay to check out the new auctions for Famous Monsters of Filmland, and staring me in the face at the top of the list was a copy of FM #4 with the Ghoul's Eye sticker!
From time to time I've seen a copy come up for auction, usually in pretty poor condition. This one looked really nice and I was about to move down the list thinking that I wasn't going to torture myself in an auction I could not afford and had no chance of winning. Then I almost fell off my chair when I noticed that the mag was on a Buy-It-Now for $149!!!
Apparently, it had only been just put up for auction less than half an hour before I found it and no one had spotted it yet. I quickly looked at the pics the seller posted and decided to just go for it. As I hit the "BUY" button and then the "COMMIT TO BUY" button my hand was trembling and my heart was racing knowing full well that this treasure could disappear before my very eyes if someone was doing the same thing faster than me.
Anyway, I won the auction and received the magazine today. It seems that the seller's friend passed away and his brother had no interest in the magazines so the seller got them. Not realizing the value of FM #4 with the Ghoul's Eye sticker he somehow came up with the $149.00 Buy-It-Now price. (Nostomania lists this issue in FINE + / 6.5, not slabbed at $2,700).
I had to brag and sent an email of to Steve Dolnick (SDMonster) who congratulated me on a "GREAT deal." As Steve said, "That's the fun part of collecting. Everyone has a story like that, but not one with a FM #4 sticker variant!"
Below are some photos. The magazine lays completely flat, still has some gloss, off-white pages, good spine with medium wear-NO splitting. The only issue is that the previous owner stamped a small rubber stamp on the back cover of the magazine (see pic). I would give this one a FINE + / 6.5. Please feel free to give it a grade.
MY BRAGGING IS OVER! THANKS FOR TOLERATING ME!! - Mike
Go directly to the link of the auction. 8 photos are there. I can't believe this nonsense. The photos I took and the photos from the auction are too "big" to put here. This system they use to put photos on posts stinks. Half the time I try to post a pic it is "too big>."
In my correspondence with him he mentioned that the FM #4 was the only really old issue he had come across. The rest started from around FM #30 and up. I put him in my "Saved Sellers" list and have been checking a few times a day since I won the auction, but nothing that interests me has turned up.
He had a few FMs up for auction (the earliest being FM #32/1965 for $29) and a bunch of comics that I never heard of. Also, he must have got some info from someone, because it appears that he revised his auction prices upwards on the comics that were left.
I just looked and the only comics he had left were 5 issues of "KONGA" for $75 (revised upward from a couple of days ago). I'm not famliar with "KONGA," but since it has a 10 cent cover price I am assuming the comic is from the early 1960s or late 1950s. He has issue #1 in the lot and they look like they are in really good shape. This could be someone's FM #4 sticker variant!
Yep, FM #6 with MT Graves sticker is the rarest of all issues of FM ever printed with FM #4 sticker variant and FM #4 coming in second and third. There are only 5 or 6 legitimate copies known to exist. This issue was distributed only in the Miami area.
However, the true HOLY GRAIL of the Famous Monster of Filmland legacy is FM #7 with the LUCKY 7 handstamped on one of the interior pages. There are NO copies known to be in existence.
For those who do not know, 100 to 200 copies of FM #7/June 1960 had one of their interior pages handstamped with a LUCKY 7. The reader who had an issue with the stamp could tear out the page and mail to FM in order to receive a free life time subscription to the magazine. The fact that the page had to be torn out all but insured that no copies with the LUCKY 7 survived.
Be that as it may, I'm going to check my FM #7 variants to see if any have the LUCKY 7. Anyone out there with a copy should do the same. You never know. The magazine would be more valuable than Action Comics #1!
Loc: Vancouver, BC
I remember talking about Lucky 7's on the boards here a while back. They sound like the ultimate FM prize. There has to be at least a few that are rolling around in collections. If anyone out there in CGC forum land knows of anyone who has seen one, I for one would love to see or hear about it.