ACTION COMICS-1938 #7
CGC FN-: 5.5
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.
If you take a close look at this copy of Action #6 and Action #7, you will notice a couple of stamps on the covers, as well as the the name "Court Copy" on the CGC label. These are very important markings, which loom large over the history of comicbooks. These two copies were the issues that were actually entered as physical evidence by National Periodicals (DC) in their historical court case against Fox Features Syndicate in their copyright infringement lawsuit surrounding Superman and Wonder Man. It was either by sheer luck or tremendous foresight that these issues still exist, and that they found their way into the hands of Jon Berk, who was the perfect person to safeguard these treasures. True rarities from the very dawn of comicbooks, signaling the first legal challenge in the medium's history, DC has continually had to fight to preserve the rights to the Man of Steel, a struggle that goes on until today. These books are scarce in general, but the provenance behind these two copies make their value nearly immeasurable to true comicbook fanaddicts.
With the price of issues of Action Comics #1 continuing to soar beyond the ken of most collector's budgets, this Court Copy issue continues to generate steam, not only as one of the most desirable of the series but also among collectibles in general. Superman stands front-and-center and this cover still retains vivid red and yellows, the unofficial signature colors of comicbooks give this glorious mid-grade copy much to offer in the eye appeal department. Only bidders whose caution caught the winds long ago need apply.
Overstreet Guide 2016 FN- (5.5) value = $68,750.
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