CGC NM: 9.4
Yeah, yeah, ha ha he talks to fish, he can control whales, sure, sure, he's a lame superhero... we've heard it all before. But there's a strong case to be made for Aquaman being the most underrated, and in many ways most awesome of DC heroes, and his beardo/hookhand makeover in the early 90s is one of the few "extreme" redoes from the period that actually worked, and stuck, finally pushing the King of the Seven Seas into the spotlight and reminding jaded DC readers that, yeah, actually being able to use the entire stinkin' ocean and all its wildlife is actually pretty sweet. After a couple of decades of toiling away as a backup feature in World's Finest, Detective, and others, DC finally gave the seafaring superhero his due and launched his own debut title. As with Sub-Mariner at Marvel, the sea seemed to attract the most talented of draftsmen, and the fine, feathery pen of Nick Cardy proved perfect for these early Silver Age adventures, his sturdy brushes and firm pens giving the necessary weight and drama to these barrel-chested epics. Now the aquatic royal is getting his own shot at movie stardom in the person of Jason (Game of Thrones) Mamoa, collectors are finally cottoning on to how darned scarce this book is, and how wildly undervalued. As a result early Aqua-issues are flying out of our stockroom as fast as we can get them in, and this crazy-scarce first issue is among the most demanded of recent years.
DC keys from the late 50s and early 60s in 9.4 are extremely tough to find. Just think about this, when was the last time you saw a CGC graded 9.4 Aquaman #1 for sale? Exactly! Printed in 1962, this book still looks newsstand perfect! Great colors, nice spine and supple pages make this copy a winner every day.
Overstreet 2011 NM- 9.2 value = $2,500.