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Hi Brian,
 I have a copy of this issue and I would grade it as near mint to mint condition. The reason I am asking a question is that both the front and back have double covers. I've never encountered this before, and was wondering if you have. I'm sure it isn't a unique thing to happen, and all four covers are in the same excellent condition. Of course, I'm going to question its worth, as I've looked on e-bay and couldn't believe the prices I've seen asked for issues with double covers. But I didn't research it any further than this other than to look up places on-line to ask. Thank you for any of your time and consideration. Hope this wasn't too mundane a question for you!
    Sincerely,
   Louie Ayash

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Hi, Louie -

Thanks for your question!

You are correct - double covers are not tremendously uncommon, as you can find them all over eBay. However, their value is that the outside cover protects the interior cover. Their value? Not what you're seeing on eBay - those "asking" prices are not the same as the "getting" prices, unless the comic is a pristine Silver or Bronze age comic to begin with.

Value, as always, is determined on what the market is willing to pay for such an item.

In this case, there's a bump - due to the protective benefit and condition of the interior cover - but it's not huge.

Thing to remember in this instance is that grading will only be based on the inside cover and grading is what ultimately determines the value of the comic.

The book itself - in pristine condition (and sans extra cover) - is capable of bringing around $30 at a retail store. Less on eBay. Maybe about equal, depending on the condition.

I recommend you use the tools I provide on my collecting basics website to determine grade and approximate value:

http://metropolisplus.com/COMICSBASICS.htm

Be aware that the story of the Dharlu is not fondly remembered among fans, so this is kind of an obscure issue. But you never know when a fan might lurking out there & willing to pay a premium for that particular copy!

Hope this is helpful - let me know if you have any other questions - thanks!

Pax, harmonia,

Brian G. Philbin  

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I`ve been collecting comics for over 40 years and am able to answer most questions regarding comics, creators, fandom and the industry from the Golden Age through to today`s comics, with an emphasis on super and action heroes and most of my expertise ranges in the Silver to Modern Ages. My expertise lies in DC Comics/National Periodical Publications, although my general knowledge extends well into Marvel, Tower, Archie, Charlton & many of the "Independent" companies that began in the late 70`s & 80`s. I do have some knowledge of the Western, Funny Animals, Romance and other genres, but to a lesser degree, so please don't grade me on specific knowledge of these areas if you choose to ask me questions on those topics. For questions related to or similar to "How much are my comics worth?", please see my website, which will provide quick answers and tools for you to obtain those answers at:

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I have been a comics reader/fan for over 42 years now and have followed industry trends from distribution to creation to fandom to retail and back again. I have had articles and letters published in Comic Buyers Guide, Comic Book Marketplace, Comic Effect, have appeared on several comic book podcasts and have several websites dedicated to comics at:

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Baccalaureate of Science, Eastern Michigan University Panelology Studies w/ Robert Beerbohm, Mark Evanier, Scott Shaw, Ron Goulart, Jim Steranko, Roy Thomas and Q & As with Bob Rozakis, Elliot S. Maggin and John Byrne.

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