ALL SELECT COMICS #1
CGC VF+: 8.5
Timely took no chances in promoting their top-line heroes and plugged them into every comic they possibly could, leading to the inevitable anthology all-star-mashup title. With Captain America, Human Torch, and Sub-Mariner under one banner and graced by a classically unrestrained Schomburg cover, this debut issue was an instant success. These popular WWII superheroes acted as a magnet to war-weary readers hungry for excitement. This cover image eventually became an iconic classic, one of the most famous of WWII comics propaganda pieces and a firm favorite of the army of collectors that keep Schomburg's reputation alive.
Much has been said about the influence Schomberg had on his peers and the look of Golden Age comics in general, and this cover is no exception, while the book has obviously been read and enjoyed over the years, the handling has barely affected the frenzied cover illustration. The chromatic scheme still shines through, and the blues, reds, and flesh tones of Timely's Golden Age trio still jolt the senses. This classic assault on Hitler's Berchtesgaden is sure to assume a place of honor amidst some amazing collection once the hammer drops.
Two years into the war effort, Timely knew that it had history on its hands, as its patriotic marquee hero, Captain America, sold hundreds of thousands of copies of his solo book to voracious readers, and his stablemates the Human Torch and the Sub-Mariner equally racked up incredible sales numbers in both their own books and in Timely's flagship Marvel Mystery title. Not one to let a good craze go to waste, the anthology title All Select was hurriedly cobbled together, spinning yet more yarns from the groaning cabinet of inventory tales Timely was frantically commissioning from young and hungry artists eager to make their mark on the comic market. Boasting one of the most hyperactive and instantly classic of Schomburg's war covers, the book leaped off newsstands and sated the growing hunger for heroes battling the Axis. This terrific copy boasts rich blacks, strong reds, and a sturdy spine, and is one of the nicest we've seen. Timelys are red hot at every auction, and prices are rising rapidly -- this book is sure to attract attention.
Overstreet Guide 2012 VF+ (8.5) value = $16,000