MARVEL COMICS #1
CGC VF-: 7.5
This is the beginning. Without this, there would be no Marvel Universe, no Captain America punching Hitler, no Marvel movies, no Spider-Man, not even today's superhero mythology as we know it. One of the top 5 most important comics ever published, this haunting, moody, aggressively atmospheric issue took the simple, colorful genre pioneered by Shuster and Siegel and made it something vast and compelling. Featuring the first appearance of the Human Torch by Carl Burgos, the first Angel by Paul Gustavson, and, vitally, the first appearance of the Sub-Mariner, by Bill Everett, whose deft illustrations instantly raised the bar for the new hero craze and melded the classically trained pulp cover tradition with the stark new look of cape comics. Also featuring the first Ka-Zar, Ben Thompson's Tarzan swipe designed to attract the still-vibrant pulp readership, this is likely the scarcest of major Golden Age keys, which never fails to ignite a frenzy of attention when copies come to market.
Eye appeal is an aspect of grading a vintage comic book that can't be overstated enough and this book has it in spades. Truly one of the nicest copies we have ever seen. The color saturation and brightness of this cover are obvious at first glance. The yellow in the Marvel Comics' logo make it practically jump off the cover like a spectacular 3D effect. It really is a stunning copy and one of the highest graded in the census.
Marvel Comics 1 was for a time a readily available Golden Age comic in the market. Not any more. For the last five years it has become increasingly difficult to find, especially in unrestored condition. Look at it from this perspective, in five years we have sold 20 copies of Action Comics 1 and this is the first time we are bringing an unrestored (and a restored copy, see other auction lot) copy to auction. Talk about rare!
Overstreet 2011 VF- 7.5 value = $117,000. CGC census 2 in 7.5, 3rd highest grade.
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