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Grade: CGC FN+: 6.5
Publisher: Timely
Bid History: Sold For

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End Time: 9:40 PM EDT
Wednesday 6/4/2014
Comments: crm/ow pgs; Joe Simon Signature Series Mod(P) ct, pcs added, tear seals, clnd, reinf, re-glossed
Kirby & Simon cvr/art; origin & 1st app. Captain America, Bucky, & Red Skull; classic Hitler cvr!
Metropolitan Museum of Art Copy
CGC FN+: 6.5
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.

In 2008, ComicConnect's Vincent Zurzolo, helped out Batman movie producer Michael Uslan by loaning a number of key issues to the 2008 Metropolitan Museum exhibit, Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy. This copy of Captain America 1, signed by Cap creator Joe Simon, was on display at that show, making it not only an historic debut, but an historic copy, as one of the first comic books ever displayed at a major American museum exhibition. Owning a copy of this important key is priceless enough, this copy is triply historic, and is certain to be a magnet for all Cap fanatics and Timely collectors. Comes with COA.

Overstreet Guide 2013 FN+ (6.5) value = $48,000.

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