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CGC VF: 8.0
ow/white pgs; Mod(A-3) sm amt of ct, pcs added, cvr clnd, int lightnd, cvr & all wraps reinf, stpls clnd
4th Superman; classic O'Mealia cover (9/38)
In a way, it's a good thing that DC cautiously kept the Man of Steel off these early Action covers, as it allowed great illustrators like Leo O'Mealia one last hurrah, a chance to show off the chops that kept DC's pre-Kryptonian comics flying off of shelves. Firmly a part of the tradition of American illustration traceable through the pulp cover craze back to the early days of yellow journalism and penny dreadful covers, this stunning cover image stands in stark contrast to the bright, yet crude imagery quickly overtaking the newsstands. Dramatic, finely detailed, and richly observed, this evocative imagery was soon to be wiped off the stands by the caped copycats soon to follow in the wake of Superman's shocking and unprecedented success. This early appearance of the Man of Steel is insanely rare, and appearances of this scarce issue tend to send collectors into a bidding frenzy.


Overstreet Guide 2018 VF (8.0) value = $26,800.

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CGC FN: 6.0
crm/ow pgs
scarce! 1st Jimmy Olsen; gorilla cvr
The colorful, detailed cover, rendered with great skill by Golden Age pioneer Leo O'Mealia, is atypical of most comics from the era, which were generally crude and amateurish, making this book one of the most sought-after from the dawn of comics. Even better, this issue features the very first appearance of Jimmy Olsen, although not named in the issue, Jimmy makes his debut in the Superman feature as a lowly office clerk and not the photojournalist he is known as today.
The central image on the cover of this FN copy is clean and unmarred, and the colors remain bright and vibrant.

Overstreet Guide 2018 FN (6.0) value = $10,710.

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CGC FN: 6.0
white pgs; Ext(A-5) ct, pcs added, clnd, int lightnd, reinf
Superman's 1st use of Super-Hearing... What?
By the mid-60s, it seemed like Superman had super-everything: Super-Vision, Super-Breath, Super-Fast-Typing, Super-Disguise-Power, you name it. Purists would balk that this was the result of overeager editors and writers trying to soup up the character for the Atomic age, but you can kinda blame Siegel and Shuster directly for this, since here's an appearance from the first year of Super-exploits, in which the Man From Krypton uses his, er, well, Super-Hearing. For something. Or some such. Okay, it's silly to think about now, but in those heady, pulp-friendly days deep in the depression and with a new war looming, readers were ready and willing to suspend disbelief as long as the stories were fun, well-crafted, and larger than life, and this early appearance is crackling with virbancy and style. This extremeley rare issue is capped off with a classic Guardineer cover in the classic pre-hero tradition.
Overstreet Guide 2018 FN (6.0) value = $70,800.
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CGC VG-: 3.5
crm/ow pgs
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 Joel Shuster illustration on this cover is a classic of simplicity and dynamism and has eye appeal above its grade. It is important to note that this is only the third appearance of Superman on the cover of a comic and that there are just fourteen copies of this incredibly rare issue that have been certified unrestored by CGC. We almost never see the book on the marketplace let alone at auction - you can throw away the guide on this one!

Also of note, this is only the third time that we have offered an unrestored example of this highly desirable and truly scarce tenth issue. Out of Superman's first three cover appearances, Action #10 has the fewest unrestored copies certified by CGC with a mere fifteen issues. With over forty unrestored copies of the mega key Action #1 and twenty-seven issues of Action #7, it's no surprise that Action #10 surfaces far less often.

This issue is special in terms of it's significance as well as it's scarcity, and has a great pre-World War II cover with Superman destroying an enemy plane with one mighty punch! Serious Superman collectors already know how tough this early issue is. It should be noted, that an opportunity to acquire such a scarce and desirable issue like this one does not present itself often.

Overstreet Guide 2018 VG- (3.5) value = $41,300.

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CGC VG-: 3.5
off white pgs
classic Shuster Superman tank cover
Ruben Blades Copy
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.
This handsome VG- copy hails from the Ruben Blades collection and maintains its bright chromatic scheme, despite some wear and tear around the edges.
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CGC PR: 0.5
crm/ow pgs; Sl(C-1) sm amt glue cvr; half pg 12 mssg, affects story; cvr dtchd; INCOMPLETE
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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CBCS FN+: 6.5
ow/white pgs
Fred Guardineer cvr/art, Bob Kane art; origin & 1st app. of Three Aces (11/39)
Superman's powers eventually grew, by the Silver Age, to include super-breath, super-hearing, probably even super-toenail clipping. It's amusing, then, to see how late into his Golden Age run came his first use of X-Ray vision, in this issue, which is capped off by a typically stunning Guardineer dogfight cover. The last non-Superman cover in the series, note that DC was already anxious about losing the attention of new readers attracted by Superman, slapping an iconic Super-image on the upper corner of the logo, as if to say, "No, really, he's in here!" The Superman mythos was slowly but surely building, issue by issue, and this important entry helped create that enduring legend.
This 6.5 copy is simply stunning, blazing reds and yellows jump off the page, and the Fred Guardineer illustration is clean, any visible imperfections are relegated to the edges of this classic dogfight illustration.
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CGC VG-: 3.5
white pgs
Fred Guardineer cvr/art, Bob Kane art; origin & 1st app. of Three Aces (11/39)
Superman's powers eventually grew, by the Silver Age, to include super-breath, super-hearing, probably even super-toenail clipping. It's amusing, then, to see how late into his Golden Age run came his first use of X-Ray vision, in this issue, which is capped off by a typically stunning Guardineer dogfight cover. The last non-Superman cover in the series, note that DC was already anxious about losing the attention of new readers attracted by Superman, slapping an iconic Super-image on the upper corner of the logo, as if to say, "No, really, he's in here!" The Superman mythos was slowly but surely building, issue by issue, and this important entry helped create that enduring legend.
While this comic has a bit of discoloration and abrasion at the edges, the central image is relatively clean, and the 3.5 rating should keep this book at a price that opens it up to a wide swath of bidders, who may not be able to obtain this classic at a higher grade.
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CGC G/VG: 3.0
ow/white pgs
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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DC
PGX PR: 0.5
crm/ow pgs; Ext tp, stpls rplcd
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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DC
FA/GD: 1.5
bc msng, cfo; incomplete
Joe Shuster cvr/art; Spectre More Fun #52 ad in last panel of Superman story
Ultra-Humanite app.
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DC
CGC VF: 8.0
crm/ow pgs; (C) spn splts sld to cvr, cvr & cf reinf
Joe Shuster cvr/art; Bernard Baily art; Superman vs wood fence battle cvr
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DC
CGC VG-: 3.5
crm/ow pgs; 2 pcs tp on 2 cntr wrap at stpls
Wayne Boring cover
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DC
CBCS NM-: 9.2
crm/ow pgs
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.
This copy is in beautiful, unrestored condition, boasting bright colors and, save for some minor corner rounding, there is very little in the way of imperfections on this Golden Age treasure.

Overstreet Guide 2018 NM- (9.2) value = $8,400.

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DC
CGC VG/F: 5.0
ow/white pgs
Moldoff, Baily art; origin of Mr. America
half page ad for All Star Comics #3
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DC
CGC VG-: 3.5
off-white pgs; Sl(C-1) bc re-attached w/glue; tp cvr & int
Hitler app.; roller coaster cover
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DC
CGC VF/NM: 9.0
ow/white pgs
Sphinx cover
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CGC VG+: 4.5
crm/ow pgs; tp on cvr
Curt Swan cvr; origin & 1st app. Brainiac; 1st app. of the shrunken city of Kandor
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CGC F/VF: 7.0
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Swan cvr; origin & 1st app. Supergirl; 1st app. Metallo
The notion of a female answer to Superman had been tried out a few times before this debut appearance, with various one-offs and stunts or imaginary stories allowing DC's staff writers try out new angles on the strip, which was seemingly running out of steam and ideas. The Superman TV series was still running, however, and merchandising for the character was as much a cash cow as ever, so the exhausted creative staff were willing to try anything to keep the flagship DC title chugging along. As Superman had never really had a sidekick like Batman's Robin or Captain America's Bucky, it was decided to try adding a little female flavor to the mix, and, based on the strong reader response to a recent Super-Girl one-off tryout, veteran scribe Otto Binder teamed with regular Superman artist Al Plastino to solidify the Man of Steel's family tree with a teenaged girl from Krypton. The results were an immediate smash, with overwhelmingly positive reader response, a massive increase in sales, and a whole new set of themes and stories for the creative staff to work with thanks to the perky, smiling blonde new arrival. Young girls especially were delighted to finally have a super-powered counterpart to Kal-El, and the character of Kara implanted herself so completely into the Superman mythos that it's amazing to think she wasn't introduced until twenty years into the character's series. The rabid response to this issue led to copies being passed along, borrowed, and read heavily, resulting in a startlingly low number of surviving copies, even by the scarcity standards of tough-to-find 1950s DCs. Coupled with the heavy demand for this historic key and the still-feverish fan base for the Girl of Steel, this is among the top-three toughest DC Silver Age keys to track down. With a television series accelerating its exposure, copies are snapped up almost the minute they hit the market, making this a no-brainer investment key, and a must-have for serious DC collectors.
This is a sturdy and bright copy of the first appearance of Supergirl, despite some writing and wear around the edges, this book is clean, the colors are vibrant and the issue is an important Silver Age key.

Overstreet Guide 2018 F/VF (7.0) value = $4,688.

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CGC VG/F: 5.0
ow/white pgs
Swan cvr; origin & 1st app. Supergirl; 1st app. Metallo
The notion of a female answer to Superman had been tried out a few times before this debut appearance, with various one-offs and stunts or imaginary stories allowing DC's staff writers try out new angles on the strip, which was seemingly running out of steam and ideas. The Superman TV series was still running, however, and merchandising for the character was as much a cash cow as ever, so the exhausted creative staff were willing to try anything to keep the flagship DC title chugging along. As Superman had never really had a sidekick like Batman's Robin or Captain America's Bucky, it was decided to try adding a little female flavor to the mix, and, based on the strong reader response to a recent Super-Girl one-off tryout, veteran scribe Otto Binder teamed with regular Superman artist Al Plastino to solidify the Man of Steel's family tree with a teenaged girl from Krypton. The results were an immediate smash, with overwhelmingly positive reader response, a massive increase in sales, and a whole new set of themes and stories for the creative staff to work with thanks to the perky, smiling blonde new arrival. Young girls especially were delighted to finally have a super-powered counterpart to Kal-El, and the character of Kara implanted herself so completely into the Superman mythos that it's amazing to think she wasn't introduced until twenty years into the character's series. The rabid response to this issue led to copies being passed along, borrowed, and read heavily, resulting in a startlingly low number of surviving copies, even by the scarcity standards of tough-to-find 1950s DCs. Coupled with the heavy demand for this historic key and the still-feverish fan base for the Girl of Steel, this is among the top-three toughest DC Silver Age keys to track down. With a television series accelerating its exposure, copies are snapped up almost the minute they hit the market, making this a no-brainer investment key, and a must-have for serious DC collectors.
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CGC NM+: 9.6
white pgs; tied for highest graded!
Swan cover
Highest Graded
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CGC NM-: 9.2
ow/white pgs
origin & 1st app. Parasite
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CGC NM+: 9.6
off white pgs
Neal Adams cover
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CGC G/VG: 3.0
ow/white pgs; Sl(A) sm amt glue spn of cvr; (from bound volume) top edge trimmed
1st app. of Hourman (3/40)
With the aid of a powerful chemical compound, named Miraclo, chemist Rex Tyler assumes the the mantle of the Hour-Man, bestowed with super-strength, heightened senses and the ability to move faster than the speed of light, but there is one catch, these incredible abilities wear off after only sixty minutes, hence, the moniker Hour-Man. The character enjoyed a period of popularity in the Golden Age that earned him membership in the Justice Society of America as well as the All Star Squadron. The physical stress of using Miraclo eventually caused Tyler to retire from crime-fighting, as the scientist turned back to his laboratory and continued to work for the good of mankind in a humbler capacity. The four-color chromatics on this cover are a pleasure to behold, a breathtaking introduction to the Hour-Man is presented here in all of its Golden Age glory.
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CGC FN+: 6.5
ow/white pgs
2nd Hourman; classic Sheldon Moldoff pirate cvr (4/40)
Image of Sandman & Hourman appear on front cover.
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