ACTION COMICS-1938 #7
CGC FA: 1.0
Although Superman proved to be a smash hit from day one, DC didn't have any Man of Steel covers lined up for the character until six months after his debut, relegating him to interiors while wrapping the issues in the illustrative, punchy, pulp-style covers that had graced both New Adventure and More Fun up to that point. Action 7 is the second-ever appearance of Superman on a comic book cover. Joe Shuster's perfectly understated style sets the mood for the character's early appearances, his bold strength and boisterous energy perfectly match the simplified lines and stark, evocative landscape that work in perfect unity with Siegel's punchy dialogue and rapid-fire plotting, these elements all come together to give the series an unmatched kinetic energy.
This copy comes from the collection of Mr. Siegel himself, making this the comic equivalent of a cherished memento from a proud papa. Although it is showing signs of wear, this issue is incredibly scarce.
Best known as the Man of Steel's second cover appearance, this issue was actually the very first time the name "Superman" had ever appeared on the cover of a comic book. In late 1938, DC editors handed out copies of this specific issue to their staff in the hopes that it would inspire the creation of another superhero, which resulted in the creation of the Batman just a few months later.
Jerry Siegel heard about that and reportedly felt misused that others had been instructed to copy his work. When Siegel and Shuster sued DC comics, hoping in vain to regain control of Superman, Siegel compared the story and images in Action 7 with other DC comics and decided key elements from this issue were improperly borrowed for the creation of other DC heroes. The image missing from page 5 (Superman lifting an elephant) was clipped by Siegel himself to illustrate that point in that lawsuit. (Sharp-eyed collectors may note that, while CGC's label says this copy has a piece out 5th page, we are offering a copy of the 5th wrap in a separate auction)
Early Actions survive in incredibly low numbers -- any chance at a copy of one of these historic issues must be taken.
Overstreet Guide 2013 GD (2.0) value = $11,429.