CAPTAIN AMERICA COMICS #1
CAPTAIN AMERICA COMICS #1
CGC VF: 8.0
We've said it before, but it bears repeating that the popularity of characters such as Captain America and the willingness of comic writers and artists to confront the Axis threat went a long way toward mobilizing a heretofore isolationist American populace in the long, dark days of the late 30s and early 40s. While many other art forms desperately avoided or ignored the ugly truth of Europe's rapid slide into fascism and Nazism in an obvious attempt to protect their own financial interests overseas, the almost entirely US-based comics business, staffed and developed largely by fugitives from those same wartime horrors, boldly waved the flag of freedom, most notably in this instant classic. Readers immediately fell in love with this gutsy, gleefully aggressive new hero, who wore his allegiance on his sleeve (well, his forehead, at any rate) and made his intent powerfully clear by taking aim directly at the mustachioed puss of the Fuhrer himself. In these pre-Pearl Harbor days, such an image was simply incendiary, and copies flew off shelves almost immediately, leading to a nearly 75 year run as the preeminent symbol of American heroism.
The premieres of the Captain America and Avengers movies have catapulted Captain America's popularity into the stratosphere. His star is on the rise. The demand for Captain America Comics 1 has grown exponentially over the last two years. Records are constantly being set and broken. With two more Cap and Avengers movies scheduled the demand will grow and grow.
With the recent runaway success of Marvel's movie properties, younger collectors and movie buffs are becoming aware of the rich history of these iconic characters. Where once many comics readers had no idea of the pre-war pedigree of this patriotic hero, now more and more new fans and collectors are aware of these too-long-neglected pieces of American history, and as a result, Timely keys such as this are now hotter than ever. Making this and other Timely keys even more in demand are the small but dedicated army of collectors who have held the torch high for these rare and classic books for many years, and who treasure and seek out the best possible copies of these important artifacts. This high-grade copy is professionally restored, making it perfect both for those who demand the best possible copies, and those who are looking for the most bang for their comic-investment buck. After Action Comics 1, this is the hottest and toughest Golden Age key issue, and is sure to be a centerpiece of this auction.
Overstreet Guide 2012 VF (8.0) value = $77,000