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Event AuctionSUB-MARINER COMICS 1941-55 #1
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Grade: CGC VF: 8.0
Publisher: Timely
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Schomburg Nazi WWII cover; Everett-a
The John Wise Collection
CGC VF: 8.0
The Sub-Mariner not only holds the distinction of being Marvel's very first superhero, but was also the first character to battle Hitler's Axis forces on the cover of a comic book (see: Marvel Mystery Comics 4). Alex Schomburg's compelling anti-Nazi cover for this debut solo issue stands out as one of the finest examples of the most popular of Golden Age motifs. Namor's creator, Bill Everett, claims he was inspired to name the character after writing several "noble" words backwards, "Roman" being one of them (Roman/Namor). The Sub-Mariner was featured in the very first issue that Timely Comics ever released, Marvel Comics 1, and went on to appear in many titles with his Golden Age compatriots, Human Torch, and Captain America.

Initially devised by Bill Everett for Funnies Inc. studio, the Sub-Mariner saw his debut in the historic Marvel Comics 1, effectively becoming the first Marvel superhero. It was a no-brainer to put the instantly successful character in his own title. Sub-Mariner attained another comic book milestone as the first hero to battle Nazi forces on a cover. Initially developed as an anti-hero whose goal was to wreak havoc on the U.S.A. and land dwelling civilization in general, Everett et al. pointed the character's rage against the Axis powers once war seemed inevitable. Arguably, Namor, alongside Captain America, may have helped turn public sentiment away from isolationism and toward involvement in the rapidly expanding conflagration then burning across Europe. This issue also featured the Angel, a holdover from the early days of Marvel Mystery, originally pegged as Timely's star hero, he was quickly overshadowed by his more interesting stable mates. This comic has tremendous importance and is a true rarity. This terrific copy is the highest-graded unrestored copy we've ever offered at auction.

Overstreet Guide 2013 VF (8.0) value = $20,000.

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