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Grade: CGC G+: 2.5
Publisher: Timely
Bid History: Sold For

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End Time: 9:45 PM EDT
Wednesday 6/4/2014
Comments: crm/ow pgs; tp along entire spn, cvr reattached w/1 extra staple, not manufacturing
Kirby & Simon cvr/art; origin & 1st app. Captain America, Bucky, & Red Skull; classic Hitler cvr!
CGC G+: 2.5
We've said it before, but it bears repeating that the popularity of characters such as Captain America and the willingness of comic writers and artists to confront the Axis threat went a long way toward mobilizing a heretofore isolationist American populace in the long, dark days of the late 30s and early 40s. While many other art forms desperately avoided or ignored the ugly truth of Europe's rapid slide into fascism and Nazism in an obvious attempt to protect their own financial interests overseas, the almost entirely US-based comics business, staffed and developed largely by fugitives from those same wartime horrors, boldly waved the flag of freedom, most notably in this instant classic. Readers immediately fell in love with this gutsy, gleefully aggressive new hero, who wore his allegiance on his sleeve (well, his forehead, at any rate) and made his intent powerfully clear by taking aim directly at the mustachioed puss of the Fuhrer himself. In these pre-Pearl Harbor days, such an image was simply incendiary, and copies flew off shelves almost immediately, leading to a nearly 75 year run as the preeminent symbol of American heroism.

The premieres of the Captain America and Avengers movies have catapulted Captain America's popularity into the stratosphere. His star is on the rise. The demand for Captain America Comics 1 has grown exponentially over the last two years. Records are constantly being set and broken. With two more Cap and Avengers movies scheduled the demand will grow and grow.

The aggressive cover image, and the dynamic Simon & Kirby art within, got pulses pounding, gave rise to one of comics' first massive word-of-mouth successes and provided Timely with their first megastar. This titanic debut appearance is among the most revered comics of the Golden Age, with collectors fighting over every available copy. Marvel's savvy marketing and non-stop movie releases have seen Cap enjoying a resurgence in interest of late, and investors and collectors have been clamoring for this key. This book has smashed sales records in recent auctions. This copy is a perfect entry-level key for collectors wanting the best possible deals for their hard-earned dollar, and this book is guaranteed to once again defy expectations.

Overstreet Guide 2013 G+ (2.5) value = $15,000.

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