ACTION COMICS-1938 #1
CGC VG/F: 5.0
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.
If you collect comics, you want this book. If you don't collect comics, you want this book. Everyone wants it. Few collectors are privileged, lucky, or determined enough to own the comic that started it all, the first appearance of Superman. Experts bandy about that fewer than a hundred copies are known to exist. This is it, Action Comics #1, the beginning of superheroes. As an anthology, the Superman episodes on pages 1-13 make up the first of the book's eleven adventure stories, and explain the character's origin. Superman was sent to Earth as a baby from a far-away planet possessing super powers, he grows up, rescues people in distress and captures crooks, and he's been doing so ever since. Almost nothing in this catalog would exist today without this comic book. This is a definitive artifact of Americana and is of genuine historical significance. This book should be in a museum. Rest assured, whatever this sells for, will look cheap in a short period of time.
Overstreet Guide 2017 VG/F (5.0) value = $510,000.
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