*Horror 1940-1959: Two Pre-code horrors from Fawcett in the Bute Collection this week, with similar titles. To add to the confusion, they’re both #3. Also, they have in common that they’re both misprinted/mis-cut to some degree.
STRANGE STORIES FROM ANOTHER WORLD #3 GD £145 Pre-code from 1952. Stunning skeleton painted cover by Norman Saunders. Accomplished gruesome fare on the interior. The cover is mis-cut and fitted on to the interiors at an angle (we’re pretty sure this is an original printing defect). See scan. Cover image unaffected. Apart from a few chips out of the splash margin and one interior page margin, plus a small bottom spine split, everything else is pretty good, with firm staples, great colour, decent off-white pages just tanning at the edges.
STRANGE SUSPENSE STORIES #3 VG £150 Pre-code from 1952. Great headless figure cover from George Evans. Accomplished interiors by Evans, Bernard Baily and others, a gruesome fest. Cover may be mis-cut at a slight angle; certainly the interiors are misprinted at that angle, but are unspolit with all margins in place. Unmarked cover, firm staples, nice supple off-white pages.