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Marvel
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complete 22 pg color guide for "Choices!" story from Amazing Spider-Man #423; signed by Bob Sharen; COA included
Prior to the digital era, color guides were used to inform the printer on how to accurately print the colors of the comic book. These are ONE OF A KIND pieces of the production process of each comic book. Although they vary in size, most color guides were normal note-book paper sized photocopies of the comic book's original art, that were provided to the staff colorist, who would hand-color, water-color, or paint the color guides. The work was pain-staking and required a high level of attention to detail, as well as consistency! Often times a coding system of numbers and/or letters was used to indicate specific colors, shades, and information that was vital to ensuring the printer accurately printed the comic's coloration. These are sometimes drawn right onto the color guides themselves, and in some instances the colorists would mark them up on an acetate or rice paper overlay. Color guides are a unique, one-of-a-kind collectible aspect of the production of a comic book, and as such they have historic value, because they provide insight into the studio and artist's vision of how the comic book should appear in print. Often times the color guide colors are more vibrant and richer than the actual printed comic book, since colors often degraded when printed onto the cheap newsprint paper that comics were traditionally printed on. In addition, some of the nuances of shading and color gradation were sometimes more complex than the print house was able to recreate (or cared to take the time and effort to recreate) and so the color guides often have a truer sense of what the comic should look like, than the actual comic book itself.

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This complete issue color guide by Bob Sharen (coloring pages by Joe Bennett) features our favorite Web-Head battling it out against one of his most dangerous foes, the newly restored Electro, who feels he has the power of a god! This issue sees a Morbius-weakened Spidey defeated and begging for his life from the electrified bad guy after some intense fighting! Also feared prominently are The Rose, Madame Qwa, and Meiko the Dragonfly. Bob Sharen's colors are absolutely stunning as every panel pops off the page!
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Marvel
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complete 39 pg color guide for "The Chump, the Challenge and the Champion!" story from Amazing Spider-Man #425 - DOUBLE SIZED!
Prior to the digital era, color guides were used to inform the printer on how to accurately print the colors of the comic book. These are ONE OF A KIND pieces of the production process of each comic book. Although they vary in size, most color guides were normal note-book paper sized photocopies of the comic book's original art, that were provided to the staff colorist, who would hand-color, water-color, or paint the color guides. The work was pain-staking and required a high level of attention to detail, as well as consistency! Often times a coding system of numbers and/or letters was used to indicate specific colors, shades, and information that was vital to ensuring the printer accurately printed the comic's coloration. These are sometimes drawn right onto the color guides themselves, and in some instances the colorists would mark them up on an acetate or rice paper overlay. Color guides are a unique, one-of-a-kind collectible aspect of the production of a comic book, and as such they have historic value, because they provide insight into the studio and artist's vision of how the comic book should appear in print. Often times the color guide colors are more vibrant and richer than the actual printed comic book, since colors often degraded when printed onto the cheap newsprint paper that comics were traditionally printed on. In addition, some of the nuances of shading and color gradation were sometimes more complex than the print house was able to recreate (or cared to take the time and effort to recreate) and so the color guides often have a truer sense of what the comic should look like, than the actual comic book itself.

In today's digital age, color guides are no longer used, and therefore, vintage color guides are garnering more interest from collectors who are looking for a unique piece of a particular comic book's history and production process to own.
This complete double-sized issue color guide by Bob Sharen (coloring pages by Steve Skroce) has twice the action and thrills and is so full of awesome action pages, we can hardly contain ourselves! Featuring Spider-Man teamed up with Nate Grey the X-Man, it is a battle-fest as the two take on the recently super-juiced Electro in a battle to the finish! Also featuring the Rose, Delilah, and the first appearance of Master Zei. Here's a great example of a modern color guide that has electrifying imagery that jumps off the page!
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Marvel
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Alex Saviuk pencils and signed, Joe Sinnott inks and signed, Stan Lee signature; 10/04/09; image size 16" x 8.5"
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Archie-Marvel Comics
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Pg. 19; "Dreamland" Holly Golightly pencils and signed, John Costanza inks; 11" x 17"
"I LOVE surfing- me? Nope I've never surfed, one day but till then drawing Archie surfing is so much fun! I did put a lil' color note on making one of the gals Latino, diversity has always been inspirational to me since I grew up in NYC. And ya, that would be me in the background catching a wave wearing the coolest surf suit I could find! Oh and check out the sea gull and crab &soooo cute! I love sea life!" - Holly
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Archie-Marvel Comics
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Pg. 26; "The Gig" Holly Golightly pencils and signed, John Costanza inks; 11" x 17"
Growing up in the 60s & 70s, listening to the Archies and watching their Saturday morning cartoon totally fueled this garage band title page!
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Marvel
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Pg. 24; George Perez breakdowns, Dan Green inks & finished art; image size 15" x 10"
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DC
CGC FN+: 6.5
crm/ow pgs; Ext(P) ct, pcs added, tr sls, cvr clnd, reinf, re-glossed (all 3 edges trimmed)
1st Superman by Siegel and Shuster
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.


Overstreet Guide 2018 FN+ (6.5) value = $875,000.

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DC
CGC No Grade: 0.3
Pg. 3 only; white pgs; Clark Kent at The Daily Star, a nice show of powers, and a date with Lois
1st Superman by Siegel and Shuster
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.


Overstreet Guide 2018 GD (2.0) value = $200,000.

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DC
CGC VG-: 3.5
off white pgs; sm amt dried glue on cvr
Leo O'Mealia cvr/art; 2nd app. of Superman
Superman wasn't a sure thing. So uncertain were DC Comics (then National Periodicals) that the second cover to the Action series, prepared before the initial issue hit the stands, didn't even feature the Man of Steel on its cover. As a result, Action 2 is arguably even scarcer than the first, the number of copies on the CGC census are less than half that of the mighty Action 1. This comic, which was once considered a throwaway, worth only pocket change of the era, and intended to pass time for only a moment, has been preserved through the passage of many decades.


Overstreet Guide 2018 VG- (3.5) value = $18,900.

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DC
CGC PR: 0.5
crm/ow pgs; fc mssng; 1st wrap re-attached w/tp, bc dtchd, tp on cvr; incomplete; comes with xerox of fc
Joe Shuster cvr/art; 3rd Superman cvr
The First World War was seared into the world's mass consciousness in the early twentieth century. Millions were traumatized by the unprecedented horrors and loss of life the war delivered in such a short time. This trauma explains the introversion the American public experienced concerning involvement in the new conflict brewing across Europe in the late 1930s. Comic covers such as this, in which Superman seems to be battling against war as a concept than against a defined enemy, were common in the pre-Pearl Harbor days. This Superman image is a far cry from the beefy, smiling patriot soon to grace WW II DC covers, and still startles with its raw emotion and power. This is yet another extremely rare early Action comic that commands top dollar on the Golden Age market.
The rarest of all the early Action Superman covers with only 15 unrestored CGC-certified copies. With just one CGC 0.5 and the next highest graded a CGC 1.5, this is a perfect opportunity to own a rare key Superman comic.

Does that top panel remind you of anything? Yeah, it's the cover to Superman #1.

Overstreet Guide 2018 GD (2.0) value = $23,600.

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DC
CGC VG-: 3.5
crm/ow pgs
Fred Guardineer submarine battle cvr; Shuster, Kane, Baily art
Early Superman Action covers are scarce -- very scarce. They're also very popular with Golden Age collectors, which means the copies that do make it to market are snapped up almost instantly. This dynamic cover is a great example as to why Superman was so big then, and why GA Supes are so popular now, as the Man of Steel performs the impossible in a realistic-yet-fantastic setting, and brings truth and justice to the downtrodden in his own inimitable fashion. The fifth-ever Superman cover, and a beaut.

Interior bc full page ad for 1939 New York World's Fair Comics
Overstreet Guide 2018 VG- (3.5) value = $4,725.
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CGC G/VG: 3.0
crm/ow pgs; cvr re-attchd w/tp
Fred Guardineer cvr/art, Bernard Baily, Joe Shuster, Bob Kane art
While DC knew that Superman was a headliner, lead times didn't allow for the hero to become the regular cover feature on the anthology title until more than a year into the run. This is one of the last pulp-style covers to grace the series before the Man of Steel claimed top billing for the duration of the series, and the legendary Fred Guardineer ends his run in style with a classic image that hearkens back to the very finest of pre-superhero illustrative imagery. Note that this issue contains a full page ad for the upcoming World's Fair 1939 comic, which served to introduce Superman to the few remaining readers not yet aware of the instant pop culture sensation.
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DC
CGC G-: 1.8
off white pgs
classic Shuster Superman tank cover
Action Comics #17 predates America's entry into WWII by over a year, but while the war raged on overseas, the US comic industry could not stay silent about the conflict. This cover shows Superman battling a nondescript enemy, using his super-strength to stop a tank dead in its tracks, and shrugging off a machine gun attack at the same time. These early Action issues certainly let readers know where Siegel and Shuster stood regarding the atrocities going on in Europe and Asia, and their iconic Kyrptonian hero would soon start turning his powers on the very real threats of the Axis powers.
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DC
CBCS VG-: 3.5
crm/ow pgs; Sl(A) sml amt ct on cvr, cvr reinf, tr sls to cvr, 1 pc of tp; from collection of Jerome Wenker
classic Shuster Superman tank cover
Action Comics #17 predates America's entry into WWII by over a year, but while the war raged on overseas, the US comic industry could not stay silent about the conflict. This cover shows Superman battling a nondescript enemy, using his super-strength to stop a tank dead in its tracks, and shrugging off a machine gun attack at the same time. These early Action issues certainly let readers know where Siegel and Shuster stood regarding the atrocities going on in Europe and Asia, and their iconic Kyrptonian hero would soon start turning his powers on the very real threats of the Axis powers.
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CGC PR: 0.5
sl brttl pgs; cvr dtchd, cvr completely split & reattchd w/tp
Superman covers begin; 1st published ad app. of Flash & Hawkman (12/39)
December 1939. Cover and art by Joe Shuster. Still in his infancy, Superman shows us his strength by ripping the turret off an enemy tank on this Joe Shuster cover. With this issue, the regular Superman covers in the series begin, and this comic also debuted the 1st published advertising appearance of some of the most important superheroes to follow: Flash and Hawkman.
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CGC G-: 1.8
sl brttl pgs; spine of cvr completely split & bc dtchd
Superman without S on chest cvr
The iconic image of Superman tearing a bank vault's door off was showcased here and later immortalized by Henry Cavill in the movie Man of Steel. It is not difficult to see why this issue has become one of the most sought after of the early Action Comics. The image of Superman performing a feat of otherworldly strength in front of a group of amazed bystanders is very reminiscent of the cover of Action Comics 1. Simon and Shuster's character touched something at the very core of Americans who were seeking a hero to help lift them out of the grim reality of the Great Depression. In what is a rarity for any Golden Age Superman cover, Big Blue's S symbol is not emblazoned upon his chest.
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CGC VG: 4.0
ow/white pgs
Joe Shuster cvr/art; 1st app. of Lex Luthor; 1st mention of Daily Planet
Just as Sherlock had Moriarty, so does Superman have his Alexei "Lex" Luthor, the template for all super-nemeses to follow, and arguably one of the best-known literary creations of the 20th Century in his own right. Initially a standard evil-genius-with-a-death-ray type, developed by Siegel and Shuster for one of the anti-war potboilers for which the series was first known, he quickly gained a popularity and style all his own, and flourished into one of the all-time great comic baddies. The first appearance of the character is among the rarest of Golden Age keys.


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PGX VG/F: 5.0
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Joe Shuster cvr/art; Bernard Baily art; Superman vs wood fence battle cvr
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PGX G: 2.0
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Wayne Boring cover
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PR/FA: 0.75
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Wayne Boring cover
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PGX G/VG: 3.0
crm/ow pgs, 1" pc of tp bttm of spn inside cvr
Superman/circus lion battle cover; 1st Lois Lane cover (uncredited)
Paul Cassidy started working on Action Comics as a "ghost" artist, helping out an overburdened Joe Shuster who, in addition to drawing Action Comics and Superman also had to grind out Superman daily strips due to the character's incredible popularity. Cassidy eventually emerged from the shadows to illustrate Superman stories and covers, like this stunning circus design, showing the Man of Steel taking on the King of the Jungle. ř ř řAds for Batman 1, All-Star 1 interior front cover.
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CGC VF-: 7.5
ow/white pgs
classic Superman cover
Superman swoops in to save the day as a gangster starts to hurl his victim off a building! A classic image of The Man of Steel. Everything you want a Golden Age Superman cover to contain!
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PGX VG: 4.0
crm/ow pgs
classic Superman cover
Superman swoops in to save the day as a gangster starts to hurl his victim off a building! A classic image of The Man of Steel. Everything you want a Golden Age Superman cover to contain!
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CGC VF: 8.0
off white pgs
Superman firing squad bondage cover
December 1940. Superman leaps to the rescue and stays the trigger-fingers of a military firing squad on this brilliantly crafted cover by Fred Ray.
Overstreet Guide 2018 VF (8.0) value = $2,198
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CGC F/VF: 7.0
ow/white pgs
Moldoff, Baily art; origin of Mr. America
half page ad for All Star Comics #3
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