ow/white pgs 1st Sub-Mariner; 1st Human Torch; 1st Marvel comic
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This is the book that started it all for what would eventually become Marvel Comics. The first appearance of the Human Torch by Carl Burgos, the Angel by Paul Gustavson, Ka-Zar Ben Thompson and the first appearance of the Sub-Mariner by Bill Everett. Sci-Fi artist Frank R. Paul painted the cover showcasing the first time the Human Torch flames on. The first comic published by Timely as well as several extremely key first appearances, Marvel Comics 1 is consistently noted as one of the top 5 most valuable and important comics of all time. Without it, the Marvel universe as we know it would not exist. As the Marvel movies gain in popularity the importance of this comic will increase exponentially.
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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