CAPTAIN AMERICA COMICS #1
CAPTAIN AMERICA COMICS #1
CGC NM-: 9.2
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.
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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