People removing the outer cover from a treasury edition sized DC “Famous First Edition” reprint and trying to sell it to unwitting people was something that went around quite a long time ago and maybe it never went away.
I got contacted by a guy on Facebook yesterday trying to sell me one of these reprints as a legitimate Superman #1… if you’re not aware of this scam, read on.
Back in the late 1970s, DC reprinted a bunch of their classic #1 issues in the 10″ wide by 13.5″ high treasury edition format. While the main cover (see photo on the left above) clearly shows it to be a Famous First Edition reprint, if you open it up (see photo on right above) you can see that there is a second cover that is on glossy stock, just like a comic book cover, which looks pretty much like the actual comic. These reprints are almost exact duplications of the original, so if a scam artist merely removes the cardstock outer cover they have a pretty convincing fake copy, down to the inside front cover with the copyright date indicating the actual year of first publication, as shown below:
So here’s how the scam works.