SEVEN SEAS COMICS #6
Universal Phoenix Publications
CGC NM: 9.4
The comic racks weren't always swarming with costumed heroes, even after the appearance of Superman. In fact, non-cape comics were big enough that a whole army of artists made very good livings specializing in adventure, romance, and other non-hero genres, among them the revered Matt Baker. Baker, one of the few black artists working in the Golden Age comic industry, was born in North Carolina and raised under the steel-grey skies of Pittsburgh. After being skipped for military service in WWII due to health issues, which plagued him through his brief life, he joined the legendary Eisner-Iger studio and quickly adopted their fine-lined, illustrative style, refining it into a lush, seductive gloss that made him an almost instant hit with editors and readers. His exquisite eye for detail and gift for sensitive characterization made him a natural for crime and romance strips, which combined in his legendary run on Phantom Lady. His covers are still collected avidly, most notably for series such as Seven Seas, an otherwise unremarkable adventure title that boasts Baker's trademark classy, strong women and square-jawed, contemplative men. Usually working for smaller publishers with limited distribution, Baker's work survives in low numbers, making every example of his work a rare and highly sought treasure.
This remarkably preserved copy comes from the beloved Church/Mile High pedigree, and is the highest-graded copy on the census.
Overstreet Guide 2016 NM- (9.2) value = $1,800.