ALL AMERICAN COMICS #16
CGC VF-: 7.5
Railroad engineer Alan Scott stumbles upon a magical lantern which speaks to him and offers him unimaginable power. Scott fashions a ring from the lantern, and beings a lifelong career as a superheroic defender of justice, as the mighty Green Lantern! With all the hubbub and hullabaloo over this character of late, it's refreshing to see that folks are aware of the original GL, whose bracing adventures added both mystical pizazz and streetwise grit to the DC character stable. Dependable craftsman Sheldon Moldoff lends a moody air to the colorful hero's debut appearance, and the atmospheric cover jumped out at newsstands and grabbed readers, and the GL mythology hasn't let go since. Without this issue and this story, the cosmic scope of DC's hero universe may never have been established, and with this character, DC proved that wide variety of characters with a smorgasbord of styles could very successfully compete on the increasingly hectic hero comic market. Possibly the toughest of all Golden Age DC keys, this is a book for the true connoiseour.
While many comic collectors and investors would simply stick to the well-worn path, John Wise smartly snapped up many of the rarest and most eclectic of keys, knowing that first appearances of cult favorites other than the Big Three heroes were often more scarce and thereby more valuable than the more obvious choices. Early on, John championed keys such as All American 16, an incredible treasure that boasts the first appearance of a character that would eventually spawn no less than five reboots, the Green Lantern. The rough-hewn, foreboding mood of this debut story barely hints at the eventual space-age heroism that the franchise would eventually take on, and as a result retains a certain charm and mystical wonder that has in many ways been lost to the brief antiquity of Golden Age comics. One of the great keys for DC collectors, this book rarely comes to market, let alone in nice shape, making this an important lot for serious collectors.
Overstreet Guide 2013 VF- (7.5) value = $123,000.
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