MARVEL COMICS #1
CGC NM: 9.4
This is the beginning. Without this, there would be no Marvel Universe, no Captain America punching Hitler, no Marvel movies, no Spider-Man, not even today's superhero mythology as we know it. One of the top 5 most important comics ever published, this haunting, moody, aggressively atmospheric issue took the simple, colorful genre pioneered by Shuster and Siegel and made it something vast and compelling. Featuring the first appearance of the Human Torch by Carl Burgos, the first Angel by Paul Gustavson, and, vitally, the first appearance of the Sub-Mariner, by Bill Everett, whose deft illustrations instantly raised the bar for the new hero craze and melded the classically trained pulp cover tradition with the stark new look of cape comics. Also featuring the first Ka-Zar, Ben Thompson's Tarzan swipe designed to attract the still-vibrant pulp readership, this is likely the scarcest of major Golden Age keys, which never fails to ignite a frenzy of attention when copies come to market.
This mind-blowingly handsome copy is one of the most impressive we've ever seen of this incredibly rare artifact. Tied for highest-graded restored copy (and highest in the census, period), you will likely not see another copy this sharp, this colorful, this drop-dead-gorgeous of this extremely important key. The only comic likely to be as important and revered as the mighty Action Comics 1, and quite possibly rarer than even that historic issue, anyone who wants the very best of the very best must, must, must make a serious run at this comic. You will not see another of its like anytime soon. We are proud and delighted to offer this historic issue in such splendid condition.
Overstreet Guide 2013 NM- (9.2) value = $485,000.
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