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The Black Hole #4
Whitman (Walt Disney Productions), July 1980.Rare
This is another of the well documented rare Whitman comics only available in pre-packs in North America and possibly in limited numbers elsewhere (unverified).
This issue was written by Michael Teitelbaum and drawn by Dan Spieglem, with a painted cover art by Chuck Liese.
The issue was was titled "Another Earth - Another Universe!" and follows on from where the disney movie ended (issues #1-2 adapt the movie; issues #3-4 have the word "Beyond" next to the title and contain new adventures).
At the end of May 2012 only six were CGC certified with none grading higher than 9.2 (NM-); by mid 2014 twenty were graded in total with two 9.8's, one 9.6 and zero 9.4's.
Whilst prices for non-slabbed copies have been fairly consistent (and rising), the only two copies in CGC 9.8 both sold in 2013, one for $801 and the other for $2,653; then, in early 2014, the same one that sold for $801 was sold again for a staggering $6,250! A CGC 9.6 also sold in Spring 2014 for $1,826, indicating a healthy market for very high grade copies.
Below is the Movie poster from 1979:
Issues #1-#3 were pre-packed together and are not too difficult to get hold of (presumably more were distributed):
Below is a #4, still sealed in the Whitman 2-pack, seemily much rarer and more difficult to obtain than the previous issues:
It seems that 5 and 6 were also produced and distributed (by Editorial Novaro) but only in Spanish (for the Mexican market); there are no known Whitman copies of these issues in English.
Below are issues #1-6 of El Abismo Negro:
Full list of rare Whitman comic books featured on the website:
- Whitman: Rare Pre-Packed comics from 1980 - short article
- Black Hole, The #4 (this comic)
- DC Comics Presents #22
- Donald Duck #222
- Little Lulu #260
- Mickey Mouse #208
- Super Goof #61
- Uncle Scrooge #179
- Walt Disney's Comics And Stories #480
- Winnie The Pooh #22
- Woody Woodpecker #191