CGC VF: 8.0
The Silver Age was launched with the daring revamp of this classic Golden Age franchise, developed by Julius Schwartz and Robert Kanigher, and beautifully drawn by the legendary Carmine Infantino and Joe Kubert. Topped off with a cover that became a classic nearly as swiftly as its namesake, the issue features the origin and first appearance of Barry Allen as the Silver Age Flash.
This copy was part of the collection assembled in the 90s by Nicolas Cage, who built an impressive array of books through Metropolis Collectibles during that period, and whose books are known for strong eye appeal and fine centering. Showcase 4 is another of those keys that tend to turn up only in battered condition, making this higher-grade copy especially appealing to DC fans and Silver Age aficionados. Without this book, there would have been no Silver Age, no second hero renaissance, no DC revival, no Marvel Age. Vitally important, and a solid investment.
Overstreet Guide 2012 VF (8.0) value = $18,500
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