STARTLING COMICS #49
CGC NM+: 9.6
Alright, let's get this out of the way right up front: yes, this robot does look suspiciously like a certain hard-drinking bot from that cartoon show, and, yeah, it's probably no accident. Let's also get this out of the way -- this might be one of the most flat-out awesome science fiction covers ever. It's also notoriously tough to find, especially in nice shape, plus it's by Alex Schomburg, one of the best-loved, most collected, and finest of Golden Age cover artists. And, it's gorgeously airbrushed, with astonishingly bright, vivid colors. Add that all up to one of the most requested, comic covers of the Golden Age. On the rare occasion it comes to market, dealers and collectors alike literally salivate over it (I've seen it), no matter what condition it's in. The creme-de-la-cool, the centerpiece of any sci-fi GA comic collection, and probably the best non-superhero comic cover ever, this is a doozy. Did we mention we love this book? We love this book.
This is the highest-graded copy of this masterpiece, and, really, we should be putting highest-graded copy in all caps or something, but we try to stay classy, but, dude, this is the highest-graded copy of Startling Comics #49. If that doesn't get you excited, I don't know what to do for you. This is far-and-away the single coolest sci-fi cover of the Golden Age, and we fully expect near-fist-fights between bidders come closing time, so bring your A-game for this one.
Overstreet Guide 2017 NM- (9.2) value = $6,000.
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