ACTION COMICS-1938 #1
CGC NM: 9.4
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.
High-grade copies of Action Comics #1 don't just turn up every day, and the highest-graded unrestored copies are 9.0 (believe us, we kinda know). Marvel, then, at this expertly restored 9.4 copy, a dazzling time capsule from the earliest and headiest days of the comic book boom. The classic cover image, burned into the brains of comics fans and non-fanatics alike, has rarely been more vivid or bright, with blinding yellows and deep greens setting off the blazing red and sturdy blue of Superman's now-ubiquitous suit. The restoration on this copy is nothing short of fantastic, tastefully done and elegantly blended to bring this copy back to its pristine day-one condition. Neither the cover nor the interior have been chemically lightened or cleaned, nor have the staples, which are the original staples. The cover has not been reglossed, and any piece fill is Japanese paper or leafcasting -- no color copies or donor books were used. Initially a CGC-graded complete copy, no marriages of major missing pieces were attached to the cover and interior, and the book has not been trimmed. Among the most valuable and coveted of 20th Century pop cultural artifacts, you're unlikely to find a copy this sharp and this impressive anytime soon. Make no mistake, this is the grail, the big one, and if you're serious about comics, or Superman, you need a copy Action #1 that looks this good.