ACTION COMICS-1938 #18
CGC VF/NM: 9.0
Superman's powers eventually grew by the Silver Age to include super-breath, super-hearing, probably even super-toenail clipping. It's amusing, then, to see how late into his early run came his first use of X-Ray vision, in this issue, which is capped off by a typically stunning Guardineer dogfight cover. The last non-Superman cover in the series, note that DC was already anxious about losing the attention of new readers attracted by Superman, slapping an iconic Super-image on the upper corner of the logo, as if to say, "No, really, he's in here!" The Superman mythos was slowly but surely building, issue by issue, and this important entry helped create that enduring legend.
This simply breathtaking copy is tied for highest graded, and must be seen to be believed. Impossible whites, blinding yellows, and blacks so rich you can actually see the strike marks from the black plate when held to the light, this phenomenal copy is one of the true gems of this auction.