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That doesn't appear to be a stain. Looks more like distributor ink, possibly with a partial erasure at the top. More serious is the color loss/and or scuffing/scratching off at the bottom of the front cover. It's a whole lot better than VG, a structural high grade book and unless in the extreme upper grades, distributor ink (which could be a whole lot worse than it is on this book) doesn't have that drastic effect on the overall technical grade.

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7 hours ago, James J Johnson said:

That doesn't appear to be a stain. Looks more like distributor ink, possibly with a partial erasure at the top. More serious is the color loss/and or scuffing/scratching off at the bottom of the front cover. It's a whole lot better than VG, a structural high grade book and unless in the extreme upper grades, distributor ink (which could be a whole lot worse than it is on this book) doesn't have that drastic effect on the overall technical grade.

Interesting.  I thought the "scuffing/scratching" on the bottom of the front cover was similar to the stains on the top and back cover.  I wondered if it could be, like you suggested, distributer ink on multiple books and the books were stacked .   Anyone care to suggest a grade?

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15 hours ago, jdraheim said:

Interesting.  I thought the "scuffing/scratching" on the bottom of the front cover was similar to the stains on the top and back cover.  I wondered if it could be, like you suggested, distributer ink on multiple books and the books were stacked .   Anyone care to suggest a grade?

Depends on what that is at the bottom. What do you feel on the surface when you lightly run a dry, clean finger over it?

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5 hours ago, James J Johnson said:

Depends on what that is at the bottom. What do you feel on the surface when you lightly run a dry, clean finger over it?

Upon further inspection, and running my finger along the area; the bottom appears to be scraped or pealed off  - perhaps another comic  stacked on this one with a wet stain, and when it was removed it took some of this cover with it.  

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38 minutes ago, jdraheim said:

Upon further inspection, and running my finger along the area; the bottom appears to be scraped or pealed off  - perhaps another comic  stacked on this one with a wet stain, and when it was removed it took some of this cover with it.  

Or someone in the chain of ownership may have gone a little overboard on the bottom, trying to rub out that ink, like they did at the top.

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