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CGC VF: 8.0
ow/w pgs; (C): tr sl to cover, spn sl, cvr cleaned; highest-graded conserved copy on census!
1st Superman by Siegel and Shuster; possibly the most famous and most important comic ever published!
Hidden Valley Collection
The most important comic book in the history of comic books. This is the introduction of the archetype of all other heroes to come. Superman transcends comic books and pop culture. He is an icon of Truth, Justice and The American Way! Created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, Superman is quite possibly the most recognizable fictional character in the world. The creation of two struggling sci-fi fans from the Rust Belt, the Man of Steel became an instant icon to depression-era readers, and easily transformed into an icon of American spirit and spunk during the brutal days of WWII. Since then, he has lasted as both a beloved character and a symbol of modern hope and vigor, making this first appearance not just a piece of comics' history, but of American history as well.
Not only a truly handsome example of this important comic, this is the highest-graded conserved copy on the CGC census, making it irresistible to anyone collecting the best of the best. With fiery colors and sturdy spine, this solid copy feels and looks stronger than most others we've seen (and we've seen a few). As with the other keys in the Hidden Vally collection, this was selected for its eye appeal and historical value, both of which is has in spades. The best-loved and best-known of all comic keys in splendid condition.
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CGC VG: 4.0
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Leo O'Mealia cvr/art; 2nd app. of Superman
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 VG-: 3.5
ow/white pgs; very minor amt of glue on spine of cvr
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
ow/white pgs; 5 pcs of tape on int. cvr
4th Superman; classic O'Mealia cover (9/38)
In a way, it's a good thing that DC cautiously kept the Man of Steel off these early Action covers, as it allowed great illustrators like Leo O'Mealia one last hurrah, a chance to show off the chops that kept DC's pre-Kryptonian comics flying off of shelves. Firmly a part of the tradition of American illustration traceable through the pulp cover craze back to the early days of yellow journalism and penny dreadful covers, this stunning cover image stands in stark contrast to the bright, yet crude imagery quickly overtaking the newsstands. Dramatic, finely detailed, and richly observed, this evocative imagery was soon to be wiped off the stands by the caped copycats soon to follow in the wake of Superman's shocking and unprecedented success. This early appearance of the Man of Steel is insanely rare, and appearances of this scarce issue tend to send collectors into a bidding frenzy.
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CBCS VF-: 7.5
ow/white pgs; Mod(A) smt amt of ct on cvr, pcs added to cvr, cvr reinforced, tear seals to cvr, spine splits sealed, cvr cleaned
rare!! Superman by Siegel and Shuster
In "The Big Scoop" Lois Lane plays a nasty prank on the hapless Clark Kent causing him to miss the last train to the scene of a dam collapse, which he easily attends anyway, because he's Superman after all. Upon his arrival he holds the dam together long enough to save many lives, but Lois ends up getting swept away in a raging flood, a scenario which was referenced to great effect in 1978's Superman, starring Christopher Reeve and Margot Kidder. This book presents the fifth appearance of Superman ever, as well as the first kiss between the Man of Steel and Lois Lane. Add that to the scarcity of this comic, in any condition, and a perfect storm of value and desirability is baked in.
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CGC FA: 1.0
off white pgs; incomplete: pc out 5th pg, affects story, cvr dtchd, Jerry Siegel written 1st pg
Joe Shuster cover/art; 2nd Superman cover! rare in any grade (12/38)
Jerry Siegel Collection
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.
This copy comes from the collection of Mr. Siegel himself, making this the comic equivalent of a cherished memento from a proud papa. Although it is showing signs of wear, this issue is incredibly scarce.

Best known as the Man of Steel's second cover appearance, this issue was actually the very first time the name "Superman" had ever appeared on the cover of a comic book. In late 1938, DC editors handed out copies of this specific issue to their staff in the hopes that it would inspire the creation of another superhero, which resulted in the creation of the Batman just a few months later.

Jerry Siegel heard about that and reportedly felt misused that others had been instructed to copy his work. When Siegel and Shuster sued DC comics, hoping in vain to regain control of Superman, Siegel compared the story and images in Action 7 with other DC comics and decided key elements from this issue were improperly borrowed for the creation of other DC heroes. The image missing from page 5 (Superman lifting an elephant) was clipped by Siegel himself to illustrate that point in that lawsuit.

Early Actions survive in incredibly low numbers -- any chance at a copy of one of these historic issues must be taken.
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CBCS No Grade: 0.3
crm/ow pgs; cvr, 1st 3 wraps & cf missing, affects story, incomplete
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.
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CGC G+: 2.5
lt. tan/ow pgs; (Q) cf married/dtch, 2 pcs of tape on cvr
Superman's 1st use of Super-Hearing... What?
By the mid-60s, it seemed like Superman had super-everything: Super-Vision, Super-Breath, Super-Fast-Typing, Super-Disguise-Power, you name it. Purists would balk that this was the result of overeager editors and writers trying to soup up the character for the Atomic age, but you can kinda blame Siegel and Shuster directly for this, since here's an appearance from the first year of Super-exploits, in which the Man From Krypton uses his, er, well, Super-Hearing. For something. Or some such. Okay, it's silly to think about now, but in those heady, pulp-friendly days deep in the depression and with a new war looming, readers were ready and willing to suspend disbelief as long as the stories were fun, well-crafted, and larger than life, and this early appearance is crackling with virbancy and style. This extremeley rare issue is capped off with a classic Guardineer cover in the classic pre-hero tradition.
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CGC VG: 4.0
off white pgs
Fred Guardineer car racing cvr
Action 9, which features a kinetic Fred Guardineer cover illustration and a classic Siegel and Shuster story that reveals new twists to the burgeoning Lois/Clark/Superman love triangle.
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CGC VF-: 7.5
off white pgs
Guardineer cover (4/39)
It was no accident that Siegel and Shuster gave their hero an alter ego of an earnest reporter. In the cynical, depression-battered days of the late 1930s, it was assumed that anyone running a big business or holding a position of authority was somehow running a racket, and the only ones who could expose their chicanery were the hard-bitten newsmen who turned the morning edition into a megaphone for the forgotten man. Thus, early Supes tales such as these pit our intrepid Kryptonian not against mad scientists or alien menaces, but against the money men, corporate fatcats, and corrupt politicians that dead-broke comics readers assumed were responsible for everything that had gone rotten in America. This issue features one of the last non-Superman covers, another gorgeous pulp-derived beauty from the great Fred Guardineer.
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CGC G+: 2.5
ow/white pgs
classic art deco Zatara cover; 1 panel Batman ad for Det #27; RARE!
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CGC FN+: 6.5
crm/ow pgs; Mod(P) ct, pcs added, tear seals, cleaned, reinforced, married cvr
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 FA/GD: 1.5
white pgs; 1 pc of tape on cvr, cvr re-attached with 2 pcs of tape, mod amt of tape on int. cvr
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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CBCS No Grade: 0.3
off white pgs; cvrless, 1st wrap, cf missing, affect story, incomplete, 4 staples added, mod tape on int.
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 FN: 6.0
off white pgs; very sm amt of glue on spine of cvr
classic Guardineer Zatara cover; Ultra-Humanite (Luthor)
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CBCS G-: 1.8
ow/white pgs; Conserved spine split sealed with glue, tape on cvr, int cvr, bc
classic Guardineer Zatara cover; Ultra-Humanite (Luthor)
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CGC VG/F: 5.0
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Fred Guardineer submarine battle cvr
Early Superman Action covers are scarce -- very scarce. They're also very popular with Golden Age collectors, which means the copies that do make it to market are snapped up almost instantly. This dynamic cover is a great example as to why Superman was so big then, and why GA Supes are so popular now, as the Man of Steel performs the impossible in a realistic-yet-fantastic setting, and brings truth and justice to the downtrodden in his own inimitable fashion. The fifth-ever Superman cover, and a beaut.
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CGC VG-: 3.5
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Fred Guardineer submarine battle cvr
Early Superman Action covers are scarce -- very scarce. They're also very popular with Golden Age collectors, which means the copies that do make it to market are snapped up almost instantly. This dynamic cover is a great example as to why Superman was so big then, and why GA Supes are so popular now, as the Man of Steel performs the impossible in a realistic-yet-fantastic setting, and brings truth and justice to the downtrodden in his own inimitable fashion. The fifth-ever Superman cover, and a beaut.
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CGC G: 2.0
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Fred Guardineer submarine battle cvr
Early Superman Action covers are scarce -- very scarce. They're also very popular with Golden Age collectors, which means the copies that do make it to market are snapped up almost instantly. This dynamic cover is a great example as to why Superman was so big then, and why GA Supes are so popular now, as the Man of Steel performs the impossible in a realistic-yet-fantastic setting, and brings truth and justice to the downtrodden in his own inimitable fashion. The fifth-ever Superman cover, and a beaut.
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CGC VG-: 3.5
crm/ow pgs; Sl(A) sm amt of ct on cvr, cvr reinforced, tear seals to cvr; 1 pc of tape on int. cvr
classic Shuster Superman tank cover
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CGC FN+: 6.5
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Superman covers begin; 1st published ad app. of Flash & Hawkman
December 1939. Cover and art by Joe Shuster. Still in his infancy, Superman shows us his strength by ripping the turret off an enemy tank on this Joe Shuster cover. With this issue, the regular Superman covers in the series begin, and this comic also debuted the 1st published advertising appearance of some of the most important superheroes to follow: Flash and Hawkman.
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CGC FN-: 5.5
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Joe Shuster cvr/art; Superman without S on cvr
The iconic image of Superman tearing a bank vault's door off was showcased here and later immortalized by Henry Cavill in the movie Man of Steel. It is not difficult to see why this issue has become one of the most sought after of the early Action Comics. The image of Superman performing a feat of otherworldly strength in front of a group of amazed bystanders is very reminiscent of the cover of Action Comics 1. Simon and Shuster's character touched something at the very core of Americans who were seeking a hero to help lift them out of the grim reality of the Great Depression. In what is a rarity for any Golden Age Superman cover, Big Blue's S symbol is not emblazoned upon his chest.
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CBCS FA/GD: 1.5
off white pgs; Sl(A) cvr glued to 1st wrap, spin splits sealed to cvr, tear seals to cvr; cvr, 1st wrap & cf married & dtch
Joe Shuster cvr/art; Superman without S on cvr
The iconic image of Superman tearing a bank vault's door off was showcased here and later immortalized by Henry Cavill in the movie Man of Steel. It is not difficult to see why this issue has become one of the most sought after of the early Action Comics. The image of Superman performing a feat of otherworldly strength in front of a group of amazed bystanders is very reminiscent of the cover of Action Comics 1. Simon and Shuster's character touched something at the very core of Americans who were seeking a hero to help lift them out of the grim reality of the Great Depression. In what is a rarity for any Golden Age Superman cover, Big Blue's S symbol is not emblazoned upon his chest.
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CGC VF+: 8.5
ow/white pgs; CVA Exceptional
Joe Shuster cvr/art; Bernard Baily art; Superman vs wood fence battle cvr
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CBCS VG+: 4.5
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Superman/circus lion battle cover; 1st Lois Lane cover (uncredited)
Ads for Batman 1, All-Star 1 interior front cover.
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