An Underappreciate Run of Lady Luck from Quality Comics, at Auction

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The Golden Age comic book character Lady Luck is the creation of comics legend Will Eisner and artist Chuck Mazoujian. Mazouzian made his comics debut with the cover of Marvel Mystery Comics #2, and by the next year was working on Lady Luck for Will Eisner's The Spirit newspaper sections.  That backup series was soon taken over by artists including Nick Cardy and Klaus Nordling, and many of those stories were reprinted in Smash Comics #42-85 (April 1943 through October 1949). But when the Smash Comics title became Lady Luck with the December 1949 cover-dated issue, the brief new series featured new covers by Gill Fox, and new Lady Luck stories by Nordling and Fred Schwab. The series only lasted for five issues, but you can get four of the issues from Quality Comics' Lady Luck series up for auction in this today's session of the 2021 August 1-2 Sunday & Monday Comic Books Select Auction #122131 from Heritage Auctions.

Lady Luck #88 (Quality, 1950)
Lady Luck #88 (Quality, 1950)

The character has a typical and somewhat Batman-like origin story: Brenda Banks is a young socialite heiress and the daughter of a wealthy mine owner.  Frustrated with the idle complacency of her peers, she trains in martial arts and becomes a costumed detective, an "elusive enemy of crime".  There are surprisingly few copies of these listed on the CGC Census, but there are four of the five issues of the series, which contain original material not found in Smash Comics or The Spirit sections up for auction in this today's session of the 2021 August 1-2 Sunday & Monday Comic Books Select Auction #122131 from Heritage Auctions.

86 (#1) (Quality, 1949) CBCS FN+ 6.5 Off-white to white pages. First issue of the series, with numbering continued from Smash Comics. Klaus Nordling story and art. Gill Fox cover. Overstreet 2021 FN 6.0 value = $369; VF 8.0 value = $787.

#88 (Quality, 1950) CGC FN- 5.5 Cream to off-white pages. Third issue of the title. Numbering continues from Smash Comics. Lassie backup story. Gil Fox cover. Klaus Nordling story and art. Overstreet 2021 FN 6.0 value = $243. CGC census 7/21: 3 in 5.5, 13 higher.

#90 (Quality, 1950) CGC VG 4.0 Off-white to white pages. Last issue of the title. Gil Fox cover. Klaus Nordling story and art. Overstreet 2021 VG 4.0 value = $162. CGC census 7/21: 3 in 4.0, 12 higher.

89 (Quality, 1950) CGC VG- 3.5 Cream to off-white pages. Gill Fox cover. Klaus Nordling story and art. Overstreet 2021 VG 4.0 value = $162. CGC census 7/21: 2 in 3.5, 8 higher.

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