CAPTAIN AMERICA COMICS #1
CAPTAIN AMERICA COMICS #1
CGC NM-: 9.2
One of the greatest Golden Age keys, this issue features the origin and first appearance of the most popular patriotic hero: Captain America! The issue also features the 1st appearance of Cap's tragic sidekick Bucky, as well as his nemesis, The Red Skull! Thrill to the adventures of America's greatest hero as told by the character's creators, Joe Simon and Jack Kirby. The cover sports one of the greatest images of the Golden Age: Captain America socking Hitler in the jaw. Cap 1 is the first appearance of Hitler on a comic book cover.
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.
If there is an ultimate Golden Age key with an ultimate WWII superhero, you could easily make a case for Captain America 1. At a time when America was turning a blind eye to the horrors lurching across Europe, preferring to cocoon itself deep in its depression-era melancholia, upstart comics journeymen Joe Simon and Jack Kirby stubbornly shoved their patriotic fervor front and center, knocking together an all-American classic practically overnight. The central image of Cap punching the living daylights out of Hitler is no accident, as the largely Jewish immigrant Timely art staff knew full well the gruesome truth of the Nazi regime and were eager to strike back however they could. Combined with the undeniable power of Kirby's primitive early style, the book was a solid smash with fans made up of mostly second-generation immigrant kids.
Part of the Atlantic City pedigree, this stunning copy, remarkably preserved and even more drop-dead gorgeous in person, is a collector's dream. Stored by its owner during his WWII service and finally unearthed in recent years, it looks as if it were printed yesterday. This is a staggering copy, which is certain to attract intense bidding.
Overstreet Guide 2012 NM- (9.2) value= $275,000
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