WONDER WOMAN #1
CGC VF-: 7.5
William Moulton Marston's complex comic creation was a vital addition to the superhero pantheon, a fearless feminist icon, equal parts warrior, diplomat, fetish object, and symbol of empowerment. Wonder Woman is one of the few Golden Age creations whose style and format were dead-on from the start, resulting in a nearly unbroken run of quality throughout the WWII-era. After her auspicious debut in All Star Comics 8, Wonder Woman grabbed her own cover and comic with Sensation Comics, her long running title that proved to be such a break-out success that DC introduced Wonder Woman 1 in the summer of 1942. This issue contains four tales of groundbreaking Golden Age heroine-ism, the first of which re-tells the character's origin story and her introduction to love interest Steve Trevor.
There's been plenty of debate over the quality of some of the recent additions to the DC Cinematic Universe. Everyone but the most jaded of hearts agrees that Gal Gadot's portrayal of Wonder Woman was a knockout. Her star turn has generated buzz in the world of geekdom, which is no easy feat. The upcoming Wonder Woman film is sure to be a sensation, which will further serve to drive the value of this book.
DC is fast-tracking a Wonder Woman movie for release ahead of the highly-anticipated Superman/Batman movie team-up and interest in this iconic character has deservingly exploded. We've maintained for years that this is among the most undervalued of Golden Age keys, with limitless growth potential. Created by pop psychologist William Moulton Marston, Wonder Woman was the first major breakaway female super-heroine. Combining radically-progressive feminist theory with nakedly-fetishized imagery, and brought to life by H.G. Peter's extraordinary illustrating style, the comic was instantly appealing both to little girls eager to see a hero of their own, and older readers blown away by the sophisticated subtexts the series offered. As the title largely sold to young women and older men, it wasn't hoarded the way boy-centric hero comics were. As a result, it is the scarcest major Golden Age hero title, with copies of some issues surviving in numbers of less than a hundred. This first issue is terribly hard to find in above average condition. Wonder Woman keys are the secret phenomenon of vintage comics, we've sold a major key or high-grade copy in nearly every convention we've attended in the past five years. The secret is finally out, but this book is still more affordable for collectors than DC's Big Three -- that will not last long, though. Get in on the action now, or you will be sorry later.
Overstreet Guide 2013 VF- (7.5) value = $18,487.
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