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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 the industry, and the introduction of the archetype of all other heroes to come, Superman transcends the comic medium, and pop culture in general, as 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 transformed into a symbol of American spirit and spunk during the brutal days of WWII. Since then, he has lasted as both a beloved character and an embodiment of hope and vigor, making this first appearance not just a piece of comics' history, but of American history as well.

This apparent 6.5 copy of Action Comics #1 is a breathtaking beauty to behold. Just a lovely book all around. Every auction of this milestone comic commands staggering hammer prices but this copy, in particular, has all the trappings of a showstopper. The crystal clear appearance of the iconic cover makes an already rare find even rarer and will most assuredly attract bidders and watchers from around the globe.

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

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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 the industry, and the introduction of the archetype of all other heroes to come, Superman transcends the comic medium, and pop culture in general, as 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 transformed into a symbol of American spirit and spunk during the brutal days of WWII. Since then, he has lasted as both a beloved character and an embodiment of hope and vigor, making this first appearance not just a piece of comics' history, but of American history as well.

Page 3 from Action Comics #1 contains a wealth of Superman history and heroism in just a few panels, from Clark Kent's workaday routine as a newspaper reporter, to Superman roughing up a wife-beating, knife-wielding maniac, and finally, to Kent's wooing of Lois Lane, this page, from the most valuable comic in the hobby, has plenty Superman lore to go around. This is a perfect opportunity to own a piece of comic book legend.

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

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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 issue in 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.

This book presents a stunning color palette that belies its VG- grade, soft pink and green tones create a moody background that places the damsel in distress' red dress at the center of the viewer's attention. Leo O'Mealia's airborne action illustration is just the sort of pulpy fare that drew new readers into the burgeoning comic book phenomenon that was sweeping the nation.

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

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CGC VG+: 4.5
white pgs; Sl/Mod(B-2) sm amt of ct on cvr, tear seals to cvr, cvr cleaned, int lightened, cvr/cf reinforced
Guardineer cvr/art (4/39)
It was no accident that Siegel and Shuster gave their hero an alter ego of an earnest reporter. In the cynical, depression-battered days of the late 1930s, it was assumed that anyone running a big business or holding a position of authority was somehow running a racket, and the only ones who could expose their chicanery were the hard-bitten newsmen who turned the morning edition into a megaphone for the forgotten man. Thus, early Supes tales such as these pit our intrepid Kryptonian not against mad scientists or alien menaces, but against the money men, corporate fatcats, and corrupt politicians that dead-broke comics readers assumed were responsible for everything that had gone rotten in America. This issue features one of the last non-Superman covers, another gorgeous pulp-derived beauty from the great Fred Guardineer.
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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
This book is in commendable condition even though there is some foxing over the logo. The underwater cover almost makes you feel the pressure of the deep bearing down on you as you watch Superman lift the submarine off of the seabed. The colors on this book recreate the experience of being submerged while you oversee the action, a true classic of the Golden Age.

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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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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DC
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 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 stereotype, 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.

Having withstood the test of time, this comic has undergone some weathering, but the iconic central image remains unfaded and manages to avoid the shadowing and scuffing on the logo to a large degree. Action #23 is adorned with yet another classic Joe Shuster illustration, one which helped to define Superman in the Golden Age, and set the bar for all other heroes to follow.

Overstreet Guide 2018 VG (4.0) value = $8,000.

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DC
PGX VG/F: 5.0
ow/white pgs
Joe Shuster cvr/art; Bernard Baily art; Superman vs wood fence battle cvr
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PGX G: 2.0
tan pgs, cvr & cntrfld dtchd from stpls
Wayne Boring cover
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PR/FA: 0.75
bc mssg; cf dtchd
Wayne Boring 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 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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CGC FN-: 5.5
ow/white pgs
classic Fred Ray robot cvr, Baily art
Larson Copy
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CGC VG: 4.0
crm/ow pgs
Fred Ray classic Nazi tank cvr; 1st Star Spangled Kid & Stripesy
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CGC FN-: 5.5
off white pgs
Fred Ray cvr/art; 1st Luthor cvr
Yep, that's him getting hurled through a brick wall by the Man of Steel. After countless instances of getting thwarted by Supes and pounded into jelly, pity was shown to the bald baddie as he was given his first cover appearance in this issue. Of course, he was only shown from the back. Typical. Fred Ray's signature economy and heft make this a cover to treasure.
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CGC FN: 6.0
white pgs
classic Fred Ray Japanese WWII cover; Baily art (5/42)
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PGX FN: 6.0
white pgs
classic Fred Ray cover
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FA: 1.0
tape
WWII Nazi tank cover; Hitler app.
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CGC PR: 0.5
Brittle pgs, Sl(C-1) tear seals to cvr; cvr dtchd and nearly split; tape, 5 center wraps missing affects story (Incomplete)
rare issue; 1st Lois Lane as Superwoman; WWII cover
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CGC G/VG: 3.0
white pgs; Sl(C-1) very small amt of ct on cvr, staples replaced
classic Jack Burnley atomic radiation cvr
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PGX FN: 6.0
PGX LABEL ERROR, Staple is not popped and no tape is visible on the cover
WWII motorcycle cover (11/43)
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