CGC VF: 8.0
It is widely believed that Showcase 4 didn't just introduce the modern version of the Flash -- the issue may have saved the entire comic book industry from impending collapse. Before Julius Schwartz re-designed the Fastest Man Alive, superheroes were an afterthought in post-war comic books. Now, 58 years later, any comics not concerning superheroes are considered as something of an afterthought. This particular book was important and resonated on many levels.The Flash is now enjoying renewed popularity with a weekly television show on the CW network, bringing forth another character from print to film and increasing demand on his first appearance.
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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