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Event Auction XXX Highlight: Captain America Comics #1

We've said it before, but it bears repeating that the popularity of characters such as Captain America and the willingness of comic writers and artists to confront the Axis threat went a long way toward mobilizing a heretofore isolationist American populace in the long, dark days of the late 30s and early 40s. While many other art forms desperately avoided or ignored the ugly truth of Europe's rapid slide into fascism and Nazism in an obvious attempt to protect their own financial interests overseas, the almost entirely US-based comics business, staffed and developed largely by fugitives from those same wartime horrors, boldly waved the flag of freedom, most notably in this instant classic. Readers immediately fell in love with this gutsy, gleefully aggressive new hero, who wore his allegiance on his sleeve (well, his forehead, at any rate) and made his intent powerfully clear by taking aim directly at the mustachioed puss of the Fuhrer himself. In these pre-Pearl Harbor days, such an image was simply incendiary, and copies flew off shelves almost immediately, leading to a nearly 75 year run as the preeminent symbol of American heroism.

The premieres of the Captain America and Avengers movies have catapulted Captain America's popularity into the stratosphere. His star is on the rise. The demand for Captain America Comics 1 has grown exponentially over the last two years. Records are constantly being set and broken. With two more Cap and Avengers movies scheduled the demand will grow and grow. 

In addition to panelologists, auctions of this momentous comic draw the interests of collectors of WWII memorabilia, Americana, and even Nazi ephemera, all the way down to even the most-casual enthusiast of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Throw in the nearly unique nature surrounding this particular issue, and this comic is sure to create a buzz like no other. 

Printed without red inks, inconclusive reports suggest there could only be a couple of these out there, but even CGC can't confirm or deny this information; this is a rare sight to behold. It's also been noted that an all-red error cover, missing yellow ink, was also manufactured. In April of 2016, ComicConnect sold a non-error VF 8.0 copy for $288,000. 

Overstreet Guide 2016 VF (8.0) value = $120,000. 
 

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The auction end-dates are as follows:
Session 1 (Original Art, Action - Amazing Spider-Man #44) March 20, 2017
Session 2 (Amazing Spider-Man #45 - Daredevil #30) March 21, 2017
Session 3 (Daredevil #31 - Incredible Hulk #181) March 22, 2017
Session 4 (Incredible Hulk #271 - Strange Tales #77) March 23, 2017
Session 5 (Strange Tales #81 - Zip Comics #38) March 24, 2017

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