ALL FLASH QUARTERLY #2
CGC NM+: 9.6
Eager, charismatic, and all American, the Flash embodied the unbreakable spirit of the U.S. of A. both just before and during the Second World War, and proved unsurprisingly popular with readers, earning him two self-titled solo books, a feat not even matched by Superman, Batman, or Wonder Woman, who had to make do with appearing in anthology books that were concocted before their first appearances. All-Flash was the book where fans could gorge on nothing but the scarlet speedster and his kinetic, optimistic adventures. Jay Garrick's personality and style solidified surprisingly quickly, unlike his DC counterparts who took a few months and a bunch of clumsy experimentation before fully hitting their stride. By this second issue of the run, all elements are firmly in place, especially E.E. Hibbard's clean, appealing art style, which looks strikingly modern to this day.
This copy is a gloriously preserved high-grade treasure, from the beloved Edgar Church/Mile High pedigree. The colors on the cover are truly startling, and this is arguably one of the best-preserved and sharpest of all the amazing Church relics. DC Golden Age collectors know that copies of this series usually only appear in dog-eared low to mid grade condition. This is the highest-graded copy known to exist, and is breathtaking. Anyone serious about Golden Age hero books must make a run at this truly incredible book.
Overstreet Guide 2012 NM- (9.2) value = $5,500