FLASH COMICS 1940-49 #1
CGC NM-: 9.2
One of the great legacy characters of comics history, this is the first appearance of the original Jay Garrick Flash, whose popular exploits carried him through to the end of the initial wave of Golden Age superheroes, and whose successor, Barry Allen, kicked off the Silver Age in high style. Collecting the Flash is like collecting superhero history itself, as the book has changed, developed, and adapted, more than any other franchise, to truly reflect the tenor of its times. Here, the Golden Age of comics is represented by Jay's muscular, can-do American spirit and moxie, as an all-American boy with brains and brawn becomes a hero not just through a fluke of science, but by his courage, good will, and cheer. Did we mention Hawkman?
This book signaled the arrival not only of the Flash but also one of the other most popular characters of the era, Hawkman, who continues to loom large in the DC universe to this day. Flash Comics 1 also gives us both of their origin stories, a factor that invariably raises the interest and value of a given issue. As most fans of comics are aware of Flash being the "fastest man alive", and his role in resurrecting DC with his re-invention in the Silver Age, they know this is where it all began, a must-have comic for any serious collector. The bright color scheme of this kinetic cover highlights the action as the baddies lurk in the darkness of the foreground. This is a great find, at a very high-grade, of an issue that rarely comes to market in such incredible condition.
Overstreet Guide 2013 NM- (9.2) value = $170,000.
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