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The Sinister Saga of LB Cole’s Famous Police Cases #11, Up for Auction

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legendary artist LB Cole could have thought more about what made comic book covers sell on newsstands than any other artist of his time. His use of striking color and blank space, composition, and cover design make his covers unique and identifiable among comics of the time. For some of his cover work at Star Publications, he added unusual storytelling to the mix. The combination of a borderless image sequence and plenty of explanatory text revealed the premise of one of the inner stories of these comics. With the ominous caption explaining, “He was a petty trickster and very sure of himself, he would travel far down the road of crime, but he wouldn’t move an inch without the advice of his diviner, and his words were … I predict death”, the cover of Famous Police Cases #11 is a good example of this technique, and there is a Famous Police Cases #11 (Star Publications, 1953) Condition: GD Auctioned at the Sunday & Monday Comic Book Auction July 10-11, 2022, select Heritage Auctions auction #122228.

All-Famous Police Cases #11 with cover by L.B. Cole (Star Publications, 1953)

Cole teamed up with a lawyer Gerhard Kramer to form Star Publications in 1949. The company published 49 short-lived series for a total of 279 issues 1949-1954. Famous police cases ran for 11 issues, its numbering continued from five issues of the title famous crime. The publisher’s titles included horror, comedy, romance, westerns and crime, with True-to-life novels which lasts the longest with 23 numbers. blue bolt was perhaps the company’s best-known title, having been acquired from Novelty Press, which had published the title since 1940.

Famous Police Cases #11 is particularly challenging compared to most other issues in this series, but there is a Famous Police Cases #11 (Star Publications, 1953) Condition: GD Auctioned at the Sunday & Monday Comic Book Auction July 10-11, 2022, select Heritage Auctions auction #122228.

All-Famous Police Cases #11 with cover by L.B. Cole (Star Publications, 1953)
All-Famous Police Cases #11 with cover by L.B. Cole (Star Publications, 1953)

All-Famous Police Cases #11 (Star Publications, 1953) Condition: GD. Cover art of LB Cole’s skull. Water damage, mold. Overstreet 2021 GD 2.0 value = $22.

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