ALL AMERICAN COMICS #16
CGC VG-: 3.5
Railroad engineer Alan Scott stumbles upon a magical lantern which speaks to him and offers him unimaginable power. Scott fashions a ring from the lantern, and beings a lifelong career as a superheroic defender of justice, as the mighty Green Lantern! With all the hubbub and hullabaloo over this character of late, it's refreshing to see that folks are aware of the original GL, whose bracing adventures added both mystical pizazz and streetwise grit to the DC character stable. Dependable craftsman Sheldon Moldoff lends a moody air to the colorful hero's debut appearance, and the atmospheric cover jumped out at newsstands and grabbed readers, and the GL mythology hasn't let go since. Without this issue and this story, the cosmic scope of DC's hero universe may never have been established, and with this character, DC proved that wide variety of characters with a smorgasbord of styles could very successfully compete on the increasingly hectic hero comic market. Possibly the toughest of all Golden Age DC keys, this is a book for the true connoiseour.
Artist Martin Nodell masterfully weaves a tale that immediately sets itself apart from the usual Golden Age fare offered in the back pages of this issue. The Lantern's first adventure sees him avenge the deaths of passengers involved in the very train crash that grants him his superpowers, coaxing a confession from saboteur Alan Dekker, who dies shortly thereafter from his terrified reaction to the Lantern and his awesome presence.
This copy is solid, presents a strong color palette for its grade, and is sure to see competitive bidding. The Green Lantern is a revered character in the DC lexicon, as well as a founding member of the Justice Society of America, so, one can imagine, many collectors will be looking to snap up this copy and take home the origin issue of one of comic's most-adored heroes.
Overstreet Guide 2016 VG- (3.5) value = $36,750.
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