ACTION COMICS-1938 #7
CGC G+: 2.5
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 boasts 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 Jerry Siegel's punchy dialogue and rapid-fire plotting, these elements all come together to give the series an unmatched kinetic energy.
With the price of Action Comics #1 copies continuing to soar beyond the realm of most collector's budgets, this issue continues to generate steam, not only as one of the most desirable of the series but also as one of the most-sought-after Golden Age books period. A rare book that also boasts an action-packed cover showing Superman carrying a terrified man high into the air. Presenting attractively bright reds and yellows front and center, one can't help but think, why is he only holding on to that poor man's shoe? CGC has certified less than fifty copies of this issue, so whenever an example surfaces at auction, rapt attention soon follows. One lucky and determined bidder is going to be thrilled to finally hold this beauty when the dust settles.
Overstreet Guide 2017 G+ (2.5) value = $43,750.
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