Cover artist for Justice Traps the Guilty #20??
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Hi, I own the pictured JTG #20 and I’m wondering if it is actually a Kirby cover. 
 

Background facts: 
 

JTG #19 and JTG#21 are Kirby covers

Mycomicshop and a CBCS graded JTG#20 list Marvin Stein as the cover artist. 
 

Most of Marvin Stein’s covers have his name on them. This one does not. 
 

CGC conspicuously left off the artist information on my copy. This was the first copy to be graded by CGC. 
 

Anyone have any insight into this? 

 

 

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On 2/22/2022 at 5:54 PM, Bronty said:

I wonder if it isn't a bit of both?   The central figures seem more Stein to me but the policeman in the foreground looks more kirby to me.

Maybe some sort of Simon, Kirby, Stein collaboration? 
 

Would that be why CGC left off the artist info? 

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On 2/22/2022 at 6:11 PM, Bronty said:

Nice avatar, btw.   Batlash is one of the best comics from that era.   I just wish it had been longer lived because what a great series it was.  

I'm guessing CGC wasn't sure of the answer and so they left blank?

 

Thanks! Yep, Batlash is one of my favorite characters! 
 

I’m thinking that’s why CGC left it blank, because they couldn’t definitively say for sure. 

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On 4/14/2022 at 5:09 AM, Steppenwolfscomics said:

In case anyone was losing sleep over this issue, it’s Stein. CGC added the info to this copy I sent in. 77388445-7B1B-406D-937F-E0BFEA543576.thumb.jpeg.d83f879f68fb270b694feba9715b0aa8.jpeg

Wow, I didn't realize how much these could go for. A CBCS 6.0 of issue #20 just sold for $600 in a heritage auction. I have nice copies of issues 12, 14 and 52 at CGC and going into a future Comiclink auction. Will be interesting to see how they do.

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On 4/14/2022 at 6:49 PM, LDarkseid1 said:

Wow, I didn't realize how much these could go for. A CBCS 6.0 of issue #20 just sold for $600 in a heritage auction. I have nice copies of issues 12, 14 and 52 at CGC and going into a future Comiclink auction. Will be interesting to see how they do.

Yeah, I saw that on Heritage. Thought it was crazy! At the time there were no CGC graded copies of number 20 as the two I submitted hadn’t been graded yet, but still I thought it was bonkers.  
 

I have 12, 14, and 52 in 7.5, 5.0, and 5.0.  I’ll probably be bidding on yours if they are higher. I particularly like the cover of #52. 

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On 4/14/2022 at 11:45 PM, Steppenwolfscomics said:

Yeah, I saw that on Heritage. Thought it was crazy! At the time there were no CGC graded copies of number 20 as the two I submitted hadn’t been graded yet, but still I thought it was bonkers.  
 

I have 12, 14, and 52 in 7.5, 5.0, and 5.0.  I’ll probably be bidding on yours if they are higher. I particularly like the cover of #52. 

Yeah we’ll have to see. Only have photos of the front but I’ll let you know what they come back as.

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