Chicago-Dentist known as Dr. Fate selling valuable childhood comic-book collection as he struggles with rare, incurable disease. Auction Now Until-Dec. 13

Dec 02, 2013, 15:02 ET from

NEW YORK, Dec. 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Dr. Steve Landman has been collecting since he was a kid.  After reading his books, he'd package them up and protect them with plastic bags and shirt cardboards that he took from his dad's dry cleaning business.

The life-long comics fan kept his collection intact for nearly 50 years and planned to sell it when he retired.  But fate took a cruel twist for Landman, 62, when he was diagnosed with Anti-MAG IgM Peripheral Neuropathy, a rare autoimmune disease that attacks the nervous system.  The disease is taking its toll and rapidly advancing into disability.

So, Landman's turning to super-heroes for help, especially his favorite, Dr. Fate.  To cover medical expenses, plan for the future and to raise awareness of the rare, incurable disease, he's selling his comic-book collection.

His collection is in pristine condition and has an estimated retail value of over $500,000.  According to Vincent Zurzolo, co-owner of New York-based, the country's largest vintage comic auction house, demand for Landman's collection will be off the charts.

"We're selling the best 400 comics from Dr. Landman's collection in our auction," Zurzolo said.  All the key issues from the 1960's are in the collection.  "There are super glossy copies of Amazing Spider Man #1, Fantastic Four #1, Incredible Hulk #1, and even the first two appearances of Ant-Man.  Over one quarter of the books are the highest-graded examples known to exist."

When Landman decided to sell his comics, he asked for help from Gary Colabuono, the former owner of Moondog's, the Chicago-area comic shop where Landman was a customer.  The Moondog's Dr. Fate collection will be on sale through December 13th on

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