ALL SELECT COMICS #1
CGC NM-: 9.2
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.
As Timelys grow in popularity and demand, and as Marvel's movie franchise keeps their heroes in the spotlight, expect high-grade Timely keys such as this to continue to gain in value. The restoration on this copy is professional and relatively minor, making it a very attractive purchase for a savvy collector wanting to maximize their buying power.
Overstreet Guide 2013 NM- (9.2) value = $31,500.
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