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CBCS NM-: 9.2
ow/white pgs; Ext(P) ext ct & pcs added to cvr, cvr & int reinforced, spin splits and tear seals, staples & cvr cleaned, int. lightened
2nd app. of Superman; rare!! (7/38)
Superman wasn't a sure thing. So uncertain were DC Comics (then National Periodicals) that the second cover to the Action series, prepared before the initial issue hit the stands, didn't even feature the Man of Steel on its cover. As a result, Action 2 is arguably even scarcer than the first, the number of copies on the CGC census are less than half that of the mighty Action 1. This comic, which was once considered a throwaway, worth only pocket change of the era, and intended to pass time for only a moment, has been preserved through the passage of many decades.
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CGC VF-: 7.5
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2nd app. of Superman; rare!! (7/38)
Superman wasn't a sure thing. So uncertain were DC Comics (then National Periodicals) that the second cover to the Action series, prepared before the initial issue hit the stands, didn't even feature the Man of Steel on its cover. As a result, Action 2 is arguably even scarcer than the first, the number of copies on the CGC census are less than half that of the mighty Action 1. This comic, which was once considered a throwaway, worth only pocket change of the era, and intended to pass time for only a moment, has been preserved through the passage of many decades.
DC Comics were so uncertain about the Man of Steel that the second cover to the Action series didn't even feature Superman on its cover, as a result, Action #2 is arguably even scarcer than Action #1. The stunning Leo O'Mealia cover design featuring an unusually subtle color palette is sure to please the winner of this upper-middle grade classic.

Overstreet Guide 2016 VF- (7.5) value = $61,965.
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CBCS VF-: 7.5
ow/white pgs; Sl/Mod(P) very sm amt of ct & pcs added to cvr, cvr & cf reinforced, tear seales to back cvr, cvr & staples cleaned
Joe Shuster, Bernard Baily art; 3rd app. of Superman (8/38)
Leo O'Mealia is remembered chiefly for his baseball cartooning in the 1940s and 1950s; his art hangs in a place of honor in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. Comics collectors, however, know him for his rousing, cinematic covers on Adventure, Action, and other anthology titles in the pre-Superman period of DC's history. In an age when pulp was king and testosterone-filled exploits were guaranteed newsstand smashes, O'Mealia's punchy style proved perfect for the times. While this might not be his best-known cover, it's one of his most accomplished. The cover to Action 3 is a dazzling and daring work that feels almost like a frame from a film, with rising action caught at just the right moment, and with a startlingly off-center design featuring deliberately skewed composition that grabs the viewer and refuses to let go. One of the last great "pulp" covers before the hero boom, and a justifiably revered image.
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CGC VG: 4.0
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Joe Shuster cover/art; 2nd Superman cover! rare in any grade (12/38)
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.
Action #7 features the second-ever appearance of Superman on a comic book cover, which alone, is worth the price of admission. The wonderful four-color central image is sharp and bright, coming in at a grade that is guaranteed to make this book a hot item come auction time.

Overstreet Guide 2016 VG (4.0) value = $50,000.
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CGC FN+: 6.5
off white pgs Moderate resto including color touch, pieces added, spine splits sealed, reinforced
3rd Superman cvr by Shuster; RARE!!
The first World War was seared into people's mass consciousness in the early 20th Century. Millions were traumatized by the unprecedented horrors and loss of life the war delivered in such a short time. This trauma explains the introversion the American public experienced concerning involvement in the new conflict brewing across Europe in the late 1930s. Comic covers like this, in which Superman seems angry at war as a concept rather than at war with any specific people, were common in the pre-Pearl Harbor days. The cover image is a far cry from the beefy, smiling patriot soon to grace post-Pearl Harbor DC covers, and still startles with its raw emotion and crude power. This is yet another extremely rare early Superman comic that commands top dollar on the Golden Age market.
The cover image of Superman is a far cry from the beefy, smiling patriot soon to grace post-Pearl Harbor DC covers, and still startles with its raw emotion and crude power. The incredibly striking Joe Shuster cover on this moderately restored beauty boasts powerful reds and yellows, and simply drips with Americana.
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CGC FA: 1.0
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classic Superman train cover by Shuster; RARE!! centerfold is ad for Superman #1
Note the centerfold ad: barely a year after his debut, the Man of Steel has become such an undeniable sensation that National has decided to capitalize on his fame by giving him his own solo title. Not that they're pulling him from Action Comics, mind you -- in fact, they're putting him on the cover of the comic with increasing frequency, no longer relying on repurposed covers from their other anthology titles and tried-and-true pulp-style covers. Superman is clearly here to stay, and it is announced with this legendary Shuster cover, a fine example of the strong, solidly built imagery that typified these early, more muscular adventures of the incredibly popular hero. Not only notable for the announcement of the character's upcoming solo series, this issue also boasts the debut of Superman's first real arch-nemesis, the Ultra-Humanite. Clearly inspired by villains from Saturday serials and Republic B-thrillers, this wheelchair-bound mad genius proves a cunning rival for our super-protagonist, in an debut appearance so thickly plotted and full of constant cliffhangers it practically bursts at the seams (and may have been a repurposed set of daily strips, as with the first few Action Superman appearances). A truly historic issue no matter which way you slice it, and, as with so many of these early Action issues, extremely rare.
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CGC VF+: 8.5
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rare; Spectre More Fun #52 ad in last panel of Superman story (2/40)
Nova Scotia Copy
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CGC VG-: 3.5
off white pgs, 3 extra staples added (not manufacturing)
Baily art
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FN-: 5.5
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scarce; classic cheesecake cover
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CGC FN+: 6.5
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Al Plastino Luthor cvr/art; Curt Swan art; Lois as Superwoman
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FN/FN-: 5.75
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Curt Swan art (8/51)
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CGC F/VF: 7.0
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Swan cvr; origin & 1st app. Supergirl; 1st app. Metallo; Supergirl TV series!!
The notion of a female answer to Superman had been tried out a few times before this debut appearance, with various one-offs and stunts or imaginary stories allowing DC's staff writers try out new angles on the strip, which was seemingly running out of steam and ideas. The Superman TV series was still running, however, and merchandising for the character was as much a cash cow as ever, so the exhausted creative staff were willing to try anything to keep the flagship DC title chugging along. As Superman had never really had a sidekick like Batman's Robin or Captain America's Bucky, it was decided to try adding a little female flavor to the mix, and, based on the strong reader response to a recent Super-Girl one-off tryout, veteran scribe Otto Binder teamed with regular Superman artist Al Plastino to solidify the Man of Steel's family tree with a teenaged girl from Krypton. The results were an immediate smash, with overwhelmingly positive reader response, a massive increase in sales, and a whole new set of themes and stories for the creative staff to work with thanks to the perky, smiling blonde new arrival. Young girls especially were delighted to finally have a super-powered counterpart to Kal-El, and the character of Kara implanted herself so completely into the Superman mythos that it's amazing to think she wasn't introduced until twenty years into the character's series. The rabid response to this issue led to copies being passed along, borrowed, and read heavily, resulting in a startlingly low number of surviving copies, even by the scarcity standards of tough-to-find 1950s DC's. Coupled with the heavy demand for this historic key and the still-feverish fan base for the Girl of Steel, this is among the top-three toughest DC Silver Age keys to track down. With a brand new television series accelerating its exposure, copies are snapped up almost the minute they hit the market, making this a no-brainer investment key, and a must-have for serious DC collectors.
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CGC FN-: 5.5
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Swan cvr; origin & 1st app. Supergirl; 1st app. Metallo; Supergirl TV series!!
The notion of a female answer to Superman had been tried out a few times before this debut appearance, with various one-offs and stunts or imaginary stories allowing DC's staff writers try out new angles on the strip, which was seemingly running out of steam and ideas. The Superman TV series was still running, however, and merchandising for the character was as much a cash cow as ever, so the exhausted creative staff were willing to try anything to keep the flagship DC title chugging along. As Superman had never really had a sidekick like Batman's Robin or Captain America's Bucky, it was decided to try adding a little female flavor to the mix, and, based on the strong reader response to a recent Super-Girl one-off tryout, veteran scribe Otto Binder teamed with regular Superman artist Al Plastino to solidify the Man of Steel's family tree with a teenaged girl from Krypton. The results were an immediate smash, with overwhelmingly positive reader response, a massive increase in sales, and a whole new set of themes and stories for the creative staff to work with thanks to the perky, smiling blonde new arrival. Young girls especially were delighted to finally have a super-powered counterpart to Kal-El, and the character of Kara implanted herself so completely into the Superman mythos that it's amazing to think she wasn't introduced until twenty years into the character's series. The rabid response to this issue led to copies being passed along, borrowed, and read heavily, resulting in a startlingly low number of surviving copies, even by the scarcity standards of tough-to-find 1950s DC's. Coupled with the heavy demand for this historic key and the still-feverish fan base for the Girl of Steel, this is among the top-three toughest DC Silver Age keys to track down. With a brand new television series accelerating its exposure, copies are snapped up almost the minute they hit the market, making this a no-brainer investment key, and a must-have for serious DC collectors.
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CBCS G/VG: 3.0
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Swan cvr; origin & 1st app. Supergirl; 1st app. Metallo; Supergirl TV series!!
The notion of a female answer to Superman had been tried out a few times before this debut appearance, with various one-offs and stunts or imaginary stories allowing DC's staff writers try out new angles on the strip, which was seemingly running out of steam and ideas. The Superman TV series was still running, however, and merchandising for the character was as much a cash cow as ever, so the exhausted creative staff were willing to try anything to keep the flagship DC title chugging along. As Superman had never really had a sidekick like Batman's Robin or Captain America's Bucky, it was decided to try adding a little female flavor to the mix, and, based on the strong reader response to a recent Super-Girl one-off tryout, veteran scribe Otto Binder teamed with regular Superman artist Al Plastino to solidify the Man of Steel's family tree with a teenaged girl from Krypton. The results were an immediate smash, with overwhelmingly positive reader response, a massive increase in sales, and a whole new set of themes and stories for the creative staff to work with thanks to the perky, smiling blonde new arrival. Young girls especially were delighted to finally have a super-powered counterpart to Kal-El, and the character of Kara implanted herself so completely into the Superman mythos that it's amazing to think she wasn't introduced until twenty years into the character's series. The rabid response to this issue led to copies being passed along, borrowed, and read heavily, resulting in a startlingly low number of surviving copies, even by the scarcity standards of tough-to-find 1950s DC's. Coupled with the heavy demand for this historic key and the still-feverish fan base for the Girl of Steel, this is among the top-three toughest DC Silver Age keys to track down. With a brand new television series accelerating its exposure, copies are snapped up almost the minute they hit the market, making this a no-brainer investment key, and a must-have for serious DC collectors.
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CGC F/VF: 7.0
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classic Sandman cover
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CGC G/VG: 3.0
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Creig Flessel Sandman cvr
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CGC VG: 4.0
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Flessel Sandman cover
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CGC NM: 9.4
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Bernard Baily Hourman cover
Edgar Church / Mile High Copy
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CGC VG: 4.0
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Creig Flessel Sandman cvr
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CGC F/VF: 7.0
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Jack Burnley cvr/art; Bernard Baily, Creig Flessel art; 1st app. of Starman
full page ad for World's Best Comics #1
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CBCS F/VF: 7.0
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1st app. Legion of Super-Heroes
Intended to be a one-off story featuring Superboy, the Legion of Super-Heroes has gone on to become the focus of countless stories since its introduction. Adventure Comics 247 tells the story of a group of three time-traveling teenagers from the 30th century who are looking to recruit Superboy into their outfit. Cosmic Boy, Lightning Boy (later referred to as Lightning Lad), and Saturn Girl, sit with stern faces, claiming Clark Kent is "too ordinary" to join their cause. The title story and accompanying statements by Cosmic Boy were just enough to entice young readers into finding out why Superboy was deemed so pedestrian. The curious plot-line in this issue would prove to become a benchmark for DC storytelling. The Legion returned several issues later for an encore and were adored by fans, subsequently, they appeared in issues of Action and Adventure Comics over the next few years. The continued success of the Legion proved that this story was not a throw-away Silver Age ploy, the group had staying power throughout the years, and most recently secured a reboot in the post-Infinite Crisis storyline in 2007.
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CGC NM: 9.4
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52 pages; bondage cover
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Archie Publications
CGC VG/F: 5.0
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Hillman
CGC G+: 2.5
crm/ow pgs, Resto includes spine split sealed to cover, glue on c/f at staples
1st Airboy! classic Biro Japanese WWII cover (11/42)
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Toby Press
VG/F: 5.0
1st Super Shmoo
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