MARVEL COMICS #1
CGC FN: 6.0
This is the beginning. Without this, there would be no Marvel Universe, no Captain America punching Hitler, no Marvel movies, no Spider-Man, not even today's superhero mythology as we know it. One of the top 5 most important comics ever published, this haunting, moody, aggressively atmospheric issue took the simple, colorful genre pioneered by Shuster and Siegel and made it something vast and compelling. Featuring the first appearance of the Human Torch by Carl Burgos, the first Angel by Paul Gustavson, and, vitally, the first appearance of the Sub-Mariner, by Bill Everett, whose deft illustrations instantly raised the bar for the new hero craze and melded the classically trained pulp cover tradition with the stark new look of cape comics. Also featuring the first Ka-Zar, Ben Thompson's Tarzan swipe designed to attract the still-vibrant pulp readership, this is likely the scarcest of major Golden Age keys, which never fails to ignite a frenzy of attention when copies come to market.
The cover is incredibly attractive, with strong reds and deep blacks, making it a solid copy for anyone looking to show off their grade-A collection. No matter how you look at it, this is a Marvel #1, rare, desirable, and certainly remarkable -- there is no such thing as a bad copy, and we're sure this one will be the pride and joy of some lucky bidder. The only comic likely to be as important and revered as the mighty Action Comics #1, and quite possibly rarer than Sup's historic first, anyone who wants the very best of the very best simply must own this book.
Overstreet Guide 2017 FN (6.0) value = $84,000.
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