Strange Tales V1 #113: Oct 1963: Extremely rare bindery error!

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Dan'el

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This may be one of those things that is so rare that it has no value.  So far, this is the only copy of this I have seen or heard of.  This comic has three stories.  "Torch vs Plantman"; "Search for Shanng"; and "Shoemaker's Strange Assistants".  In the normal copy, the stories are placed in the book in that order.  In this copy, the Shanng story is inserted first, then the Shoemaker story, with the Torch story last.  Basically, the wraps were assembled in the wrong order at the bindery.  Normally, that would totally screw up the readability of the book but, in this case, since the Torch story takes up exactly half of the comic, it did not.  You can read this comic and never know it was out of order.  That means there could be plenty of them out there, just no one knows it.  Only reason I caught it, is that I am a comic person so, when I opened the book and saw that the first page was an ad (which is never the case), I thought it was missing pages.  Took me a while to figure it out.  I checked the staples with a magnifier and they appear to be original, so does not seem the comic was altered later. (Why would someone do that anyway?) 

I posted the cover, the first page inside the cover followed by an image of a normal copy and the last page, also followed by an image of a normal copy.  Any info on this would be appreciated.

I have all of the pages of this comic scanned with the normal pages next to them on my FF website if you want to look deeper. 

https://dekventures.com/FantasticFour/strange-tales-v1-113-rare-misprint/

 

 

 

 

 

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That is something I've never seen before. My older brother collected Strange Tales when we were kids, and I definitely remember that issue in his collection!  He used to write his initials on the covers of his books, maybe I'll come across one that he once owned. That would be great.

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2 hours ago, Cliff R. said:

That is something I've never seen before. My older brother collected Strange Tales when we were kids, and I definitely remember that issue in his collection!  He used to write his initials on the covers of his books, maybe I'll come across one that he once owned. That would be great.

It would be cool to find a comic that used to be in the family back in the day.  This comic has me befuddled.  I have had the thing for 15 years but did not notice the miswrap until I started scanning my collection for a website I am building.  Not sure where to go or who to ask to research it.  Have completely struck out so far.  I have since picked up a normal copy so I scanned the same pages and added them to this post to show what they are supposed to look like

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