MORE FUN COMICS #52
CGC VF: 8.0
One of the darkest of Golden Age origin stories, the opening panels of the Spectre's first appearance feature our hero, Jim Corrigan, stuffed into a barrel, encased in cement and drowned, a grisly fate even by pre-code standards. Returning as a spirit of vengeance, Corrigan then goes on his merry way, smiting evildoers in increasingly ironic manners, their deaths becoming more and more gruesome. This surreal and unforgettable series has proven to be a cult favorite.
The title More Fun Comics stands in ironic opposition to the dark tale contained within this issue's pages. Invented by Superman co-creator Jerry Seigel, the Spectre's origin story spanned three issues, soon after the anti-hero went on to become a popular figure in DC's stable, eventually joining the Justice Society of America and, later, enjoying a renaissance in the mid-90s. The recent resurgence in popularity led to increased interest in the character and, increased value in Spectre books in general.
With a title like More Fun Comics, one might not expect the chilling tale of the Spectre contained therein. Jerry Siegel, co-creator of the Man of Steel, invented the Ghostly Guardian with Bernard Baily in this inaugural issue. This book features the first installment of the character's origin story which spans three issues. The Spectre eventually accepted membership in the Justice Society of America and continues to be an important character in DC's lexicon. Some readers might consider the cover image of the character looming above frightened baddies as pseudo-villainous, making him, quite possibly, one of the first anti-hero comic-book protagonists. The Spectre's mid-90s popularity led to many copies of this issue undergoing restoration work, making this high-grade and unrestored copy extremely rare and very, very desirable.
Overstreet Guide 2013 VF (8.0) value = $61,000.
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