Miss Fury

Timely // Winter 1942-43 - Winter 1945-46
Issue count: 8

Ultra-rare female-fronted title from Timely! Miss Fury only ran for 8 issues, so buyers will not come across these too often! See some selling prices by clicking on the title!

Miss Fury

June Tarpe Mills - often going by the name Tarpe Mills, which was more gender-neutral to avoid bias that was prevalent in the 30’ and 40’s, was an anomaly; she was one of the only women artist/writers in the “all-boys-club” that was the comic book industry of the 1930s through the 1950s. And she was damned good - no qualifying needed!

Born In Brooklyn in 1918, her tastes gravitated toward the visual arts and fashion as a young woman. It’s no surprise that she ended up studying at New York’s prestigious design school The Pratt Institute. After honing her skills, she started working as a fashion illustrator.

Not finding that completely satisfying, she found herself fascinated with comic strips and sequential art, she had a lot to say as a writer also, and her art chops were great (word is she was a Milton Caniff devotee). So in 1938 she found her way in through the studios that were a pool of the premiere purveyors of comic art, providing stories for many companies on a more-or- less freelance basis: The pioneering LLoyd Jacquet Funnies Inc studio, and the prestigious Eisner/Iger studios.

Here, she rubbed shoulders with artists and writers whose legends would be made in the superhero genre of the “Golden-Age of Comics (1938 - 1954).” Mills had stories in the comic books starting in 1938 with Diana Deane In Hollywood, a series in Centaur Publishing’s titles Funny Pages and Star Comics. It was around this time that she was getting stories (most of which she wrote AND drew) placed in the same publications as Jacquet Studio compadres Bill Everett, Carl Burgos and Paul Gustavson, all three of which Martin Goodman would poach in 1939 (and would go on to wide recognition as the creators of The Sub-Mariner, The Human Torch, and The Angel, respectively) for his new enterprise : Timely’s Marvel Mystery Comics.


Tarpe would go on having steady comic book work, mostly for Centaur, for the next couple of years and would create, write and draw Cat Man (not the superhero, a different one), Daredevil Barry Finn (in Amazing Man Comics and Amazing Mystery Funnies), The Purple Zombie and Mann Of India (for Reg’lar Fellers Heroic Comics), and a soaper/detective series called Fantastic Feature Films (for Target Comics). 

An amazingly skillful storyteller and artist, her defining moment came when in late 1941, a character that she had created was picked up as a weekly syndicated Sunday color newspaper strip : MISS FURY! Having a weekly strip was considered much more respectful and prestigious - it appeared in thousands of homes every week -  than working in “those funny books,” and it was much more lucrative financially also, with Bell Syndicate paying a higher rate per strip than she would get for a whole story in the books!

Miss Fury would be what Tarpe Mills was remembered for; it was a soap opera crossed with a bad-ass costumed crime-fighter, originally referred to as “The Black Fury” early on in the strip, her alter ego was wealthy socialite Marla Drake. Miss Fury had no innate superpowers, but gained increased strength and speed when she donned a special skintight catsuit when fighting crime.Drake's alter-ego combatted several regular villains, including mad scientist Diman Saraf and Nazi agents Erica Von Kampf and General Bruno. Drake was also involved in a love triangle with her former fiancé, Gary Hale, and Detective Dan Carey.

When Timely Comics found a good deal of their staff conscripted into the Armed forces in 1942, including Everett and Burgos, Martin Goodman found himself short on new material. An offer was made to Ms. Mills to have some of her color Sunday strips re-formatted for comic book form, and thus Timely Comics Miss Fury #1 hit the newstands in the Winter of 1942. Lasting 8 quarterly issues through Winter of ‘45/’46. Heck, it was the least Tarpe could do to help out her former co-workers. The material already existed, and each giant issue of the book offered 50 - 57 pages of prime Miss Fury action and romance.

June Tarpe Mills’ Miss Fury would continue as a syndicated Sunday strip until 1953, but these * Timely/Marvel books are treasured by collectors, and are very valuable and rare! Be on the lookout for Miss Fury #1 through #8...

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Issue #1

What's Miss Fury #1 worth in 2021?

A single VF/NM 9.0 represents the highest grade available, selling at $5,079 in 2009. Other grades have shown around a double increase in value over time. A FN/VF that sold for $1,600 in 2005 now goes for $3,600, while a VG 4.0 valued at $700 in 2012 is now worth $1,600. 

Why is this comic book valuable?

The first issue in the Golden Age Miss Fury series. This heroine's strengths resemble Black Panther; no "special powers" , but excellent combat skills and vast wealth to create a powerful suit for battles. 

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GD 2.0 VG 4.0 FN 6.0 VF 8.0 NM 9.4 RECORD SALE!
$600 $1,200 $2,400 $4,500 $15,000 $0

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Issue #2

What's Miss Fury #2 worth in 2021?

There are only 26 graded copies of this issue on record. The top price was $2,506 for a VF- 7.5 in 2019. Two copies at VF+ 8.0 above it represent the highest grade available, with a lower top value of $1,315 in 2012. A FN+ 6.5 that went for $500 in 2006 is now worth $2,150. That's a profit increase over 400%!

Why is this comic book valuable?

A beautiful cover art piece by Alex Schomburg. The debut of villains Pepe and Diego Manero. 

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GD 2.0 VG 4.0 FN 6.0 VF 8.0 NM 9.4 RECORD SALE!
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Issue #3

What's Miss Fury #3 worth in 2021?

The top price for this issue was $2,081 for a VF+ 8.5 in 2016. Two copies exist at this grade, with a single VF/NM 9.0 above it (this highest grade has no sales data on file). With 30 copies on record, other increases for its market show flat or fluctuating growth. For example, a FN/VF 7.0 sold for $700 in 2010, dropped down to $500 in 2012, then bounced back nicely to today's value of $1,250

Why is this comic book valuable?

First appearance of the villainous gangster Whiffy. The writing implied that he was gay, something that was unlikely to be directly referenced in 1943.

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GD 2.0 VG 4.0 FN 6.0 VF 8.0 NM 9.4 RECORD SALE!
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Issue #4

What's Miss Fury #4 worth in 2021?

There are three copies of this issue at the top grade of NM 9.4, with a historical top price of $4,255 in 2019. Other grades have shown fairly flat growth, though there are some clear winners within the mix. For one example, a FN+ 6.5 jumped from $625 in 2016 to today's value of $960. 

Why is this comic book valuable?

The cover features Miss Fury attacking Nazis. This issue's content was included in the compilation book Take That, Adolf! The Fighting Comics of the Second World War.

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GD 2.0 VG 4.0 FN 6.0 VF 8.0 NM 9.4 RECORD SALE!
$30 $60 $120 $250 $1,000 $11

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Issue #5

What's Miss Fury #5 worth in 2021?

Two copies graded at NM 9.4 represent the high end for this issue. One sold for a top price of $2,760 in 2003, but showed poor long term gains: its current value sits at $2,250. It's hard to find meaningful data for other grades given that this issue only has 22 registered copies, though there is a trend of very slow upward growth. A VF- 7.5 that sold for $325 in 2005 now sits at $575. 

Why is this comic book valuable?

Issue #4 depicted Miss Fury attacking Nazis. #5 follows up with the heroine attacking WWII war era Japanese soldiers. 

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GD 2.0 VG 4.0 FN 6.0 VF 8.0 NM 9.4 RECORD SALE!
$30 $60 $120 $250 $1,000 $10

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Issue #6

What's Miss Fury #6 worth in 2021?

A single NM+ 9.6 represents the top grade for this issue, selling for $3,384 in 2011. With only 37 registered copies available, further market data for this Golden Age book is limited. There has been a good amount of price fluctuation (declines or flatness in growth), with some small profits: a VG/FN 5.0 that sold for $300 in 2016 is now worth $550. 

Why is this comic book valuable?

Excluding the cover, Miss Fury is out of her costume for the whole issue.

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GD 2.0 VG 4.0 FN 6.0 VF 8.0 NM 9.4 RECORD SALE!
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Issue #7

What's Miss Fury #7 worth in 2021?

There are two books of this issue graded at VF/NM 9.0, with a top market value of $1,450 in 2017. This barely edged out the 2009 price of $1,425 for a NM- 9.2 (there are two copies at this grade, representing the high end). Other grades have returned moderate-to-flat growth. 

Why is this comic book valuable?

Like other books in the series, this issue features art by Tarpé Mills (the creator of Miss Fury). Mills was one of the first female comic artists; she used "Tarpé" as an alias to conceal her real name June. She was inducted into the Eisner Hall of Fame in 2019. 

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GD 2.0 VG 4.0 FN 6.0 VF 8.0 NM 9.4 RECORD SALE!
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Issue #8

What's Miss Fury #8 worth in 2021?

There are limited sales on record for this issue with only 34 copies available. Whoever is holding onto the high end should be able to turn a nice profit! A VF/NM 9.0 sold for a top price of $783 in 2015. Given the value of other issues in this Golden Age series, it should sell for a much higher price when it next becomes available. 

Why is this comic book valuable?

The last issue of this Golden Age series. The hero would be reincarnated as various (often male) heroes under the name of Black Fury. In 2013, the original character would return with her own title. 

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GD 2.0 VG 4.0 FN 6.0 VF 8.0 NM 9.4 RECORD SALE!
$20 $40 $80 $160 $600 $25

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