DARING MYSTERY COMICS #1
CGC NM-: 9.2
The tenuous bridge between the pulp fiction of the 1930s and the hero boom of the 1940s is nowhere more blatant than here, in this characteristically-hyperactive bondage cover from the great Alex Schomburg. The Buck Rogers-esque imagery combined with Timely's trademark nightmare villainy dares the reader to open the page, to behold a bold new direction. The initial entries in this series were hurriedly packaged by the Chesler and Jacquet Studios, allowing many young artists to cut their teeth on the new heroes, including Joe Simon, Bill Everett, and Carl Burgos, with Jack Kirby eventually joining the roster. These early issues crackle with the inventive, fearless creativity of those early days of comics, where artists could take insane chances and publishers would try pretty much anything in pursuit of an enormous and constantly-growing readership. Without this historic issue, Marvel as we know it, may not have happened.
Hailing from the Windy City pedigree, this stunning copy is the second-highest-graded known to exist, and blazes with color and energy as though it were just printed yesterday. As with so many of John Wise's books, this is a cornerstone of comics history, guaranteed to delight and excite Marvel fans and comics historians. A genuine rarity.
Overstreet Guide 2013 NM- (9.2) value = $40,000.
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