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Event AuctionADVENTURE COMICS 1938-83 #40
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Grade: CGC F/VF: 7.0
Publisher: DC
Bid History: Sold For

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End Time: 8:35 PM EDT
Monday 9/11/2017
Comments: crm/ow pgs
Creig Flessel cvr, Bob Kane art; 1st Sandman (07/39)
CGC F/VF: 7.0
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.

This copy presents well for a mid-grade book with eye appeal that goes around the block. The colors are stunningly sharp, and any wear-and-tear is relegated to the outer corners, leaving the central image resolutely intact. With the rapid growth of the DCEU, is a Justice Society film coming soon? Better be.

Overstreet Guide 2017 F/VF (7.0) value = $36,500.

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