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Event AuctionADVENTURE COMICS 1938-83 #40
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Grade: CGC FN: 6.0
Publisher: DC
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End Time: 10:40 PM EST
Monday 12/3/2012
Comments: off white pgs
Creig Flessel cvr, Bob Kane art; 1st Sandman (07/39)
Cosmic Aeroplane Copy
CGC FN: 6.0
While 1939's New York World's Fair comic is Sandman's actual first appearance, many consider Adventure Comics 40 to be the issue that breathed life into the character, as it contained the first story conceived for the suit, gas mask, cape, and fedora wearing hero. Gardner Fox and Bert Christman are generally credited with creating the character under the pseudonym "Larry Dean", along with illustrator Creig Flessel. They spawned a crime fighter that held strong ties to the dark, moody pulp magazines that acted as the precursor of, and inspiration to, the nascent comic book industry.

The eerie image of Sandman on the cover falls directly in line with the hard-nosed, no nonsense style DC employed in the golden era. Shown firing his gas gun, Sandman strikes a harrowing chord of fear that would soon step aside for a less-frightening incarnation of Dodd's alter ego.

The first appearance of the Golden Age Sandman is ranked as the 11th most valuable Golden Age Comic according to the Overstreet Price Guide. This is an extremely difficult key to find, even more than the Detective 27 and the Action 1. Legendary artist Creig Flessel crafts a beautiful image of our protagonist fighting crime! Rich, inky colors mesmerize the eyes while clean, off-white pages make this book a definite keeper. Oh, did we mention it is from the famed Cosmic Aeroplane Pedigree Collection.

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Overstreet 2012 FN (6.0) value = $19,000.