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While 1939's New York World's Fair comic is Sandman's actual first appearance, many consider Adventure Comics 40 to be the issue that breathed life into the character, as it contained the first story conceived for the suit, gas mask, cape, and fedora wearing hero. Gardner Fox and Bert Christman are generally credited with creating the character under the pseudonym "Larry Dean", along with illustrator Creig Flessel. They spawned a crime fighter that held strong ties to the dark, moody pulp magazines that acted as the precursor of, and inspiration to, the nascent comic book industry.
The eerie image of Sandman on the cover falls directly in line with the hard-nosed, no nonsense style DC employed in the golden era. Shown firing his gas gun, Sandman strikes a harrowing chord of fear that would soon step aside for a less-frightening incarnation of Dodd's alter ego.
Usually only offered in low grade or restored condition, this amazing blue-label copy is one of the very few untouched copies we've seen in nicer grades. One of the true cult classic keys of DC's initial years, this unforgettable cover entices serious Golden Age buyers like no other.
Overstreet Guide 2016 F/VF (7.0) value = $35,050.
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