Welcome back to this week's top pics from Heritage's weekly Sunday through Tuesday comic book auctions! Heritage holds weekly funny book auctions which feature key issues, overlooked comics, oddball memorabilia items, and more. These auctions are a must if you want to beef up your collection! Here are my top picks for you to watch.

Lovelorn #28 Signature Series 3.0

After World War II, comics took a noticeable shift. Gone were the days of the patriotic heroes, comics were more lighthearted (except for horror). Lovelorn from American Comics Group ran for 75 issues from 1949 to 1956. Most of these comics contained one-and-done stories of romance, as well as short stories without sequential art. Artist Ken Bald -- whose prior works include Sun Girl, Miss America, and Namora, did many of the covers for Lovelorn.

This book is a delight in itself, but even more impressive is that it's a Signature Series signed by Ken Bald. It's hard to find Golden Age SS books, so when you find one, grab it.

This CGC yellow label 3.0 has Cream to Off-White pages and a beautiful nautical-themed cover. Bald was a brilliant artist, and each one of his covers sings. In total CGC has only graded 4 examples of this book -- one blue label and three yellow labels. There is little sales data for this issue, so it is hard to gauge its worth. However, this is a rare treat, and would be great for any GA collector!

Barbie and Ken #1 CGC Universal 9.0

Come on Barbie, let's go party. Barbie has been an American icon since her introduction in 1959, and toys truly haven't been the same since. Barbie has managed to stay culturally relevant for decades, and with the new movie coming out this summer, Barbie is poised to become more popular than she already is.

In 1962 Dell took advantage of her popularity with one of the earliest known Barbie comic books. Barbie and Ken may have had a photo cover, but inside was a fully drawn comic. The stories detailed the imaginative adventures young girls would take with their Barbie dolls, and it's as bizarre are you can imagine.

This CGC blue label 9.0 has Cream to Off-White pages with an impressively clean white cover. To date CGC has graded 30, tho very little sales data exists. In April of 2023 a blue label 4.0 sold for $203. By comparison, a blue label 9.8 has a one-year average of $4,320. This book could be one that most people overlook, but I wouldn't. There might be a slight surge of interest in this book when the movie comes out.

Life with Archie #2 CGC Universal 4.5

This specific comic holds a special place in my heart. When I was 11, my dad and I made our weekly trip to our local comic shop, Alternate Worlds. That night their part-time employee, Mr. Bill, showed me an ungraded example of this book. At the time it was the oldest Archie book I had ever seen, and I absolutely needed it. To my dad's credit, he wasn't interested in buying a $100 comic for an 11-year-old kid, but the shop said they'd knock it down to $50, and that's how I got my first Silver Age comic (little did I know that 10 years later I would dive headfirst into the world of Golden Age books).

This classic Harry Lucey cover features the iconic imagery of Archie, Betty, and Veronica all sharing a milkshake, while Reggie and Jughead look on in annoyance. This is hands down one of the best covers Archie Comics has ever published.

This CGC blue label 4.5 features off-white pages and a bright, bold cover. To date, CGC has only graded 25 of these in total. The one-year average for similar books is $570, with prices steadily going up. This is a great book for collectors and investors as it's a popular cover by a popular artist. If you're new to collecting Archie Comics, this is a great first comic to get! And yes, I still have my ungraded copy.

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