WHIZ COMICS #1
CGC VF/NM: 9.0
This recently discovered Golden Age gem is part of a collection of books unearthed from the Library of Congress. This copy is the highest graded first appearance of Captain Marvel in the form of a CGC graded 9.0 VF/NM Whiz Comics 2 (#1) with ow/white
pages from February 1940 (the reason for the 2 is due to continuity with the ash-can version featuring Captain Thunder). Created by Bill Parker and drawn by C.C. Beck, Captain Marvel was an instant hit with adults and children; his sales even surpassed Superman during the Golden Age. This drew the wrath of DC who sued Fawcett as they believed Captain Marvel too similar to Superman and wanted to put Fawcett out of business. Legal issues aside Captain Marvel and Whiz continued to sell well for years. This issue also premieres Dr. Thaddeus Sivana, Spy Smasher, Ibis the Invincible and many more. A truly monumental book, difficult to find in unrestored condition and one of the top Golden Age comics to collect and invest in.
But that is just part of the picture. This is the very copy that Fawcett Publications sent to the U.S. Copyright office at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. to secure the historic contents published in Whiz Comics 2. While the original copyright registration card has been lost to the ages, the faint outline of the paperclip that originally held it in place can be seen at the top of the front cover. Truly Historic.
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Overstreet 2012 VF/NM (9.0) value = $79,000.