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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
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scarce! 1st Jimmy Olsen; gorilla cvr
This issue features the very first appearance of Jimmy Olsen, although he is not named in the issue, Jimmy makes his debut as a lowly office clerk and not the photojournalist he is known as today. Readers first see him eavesdropping on Clark Kent in the middle of a conversation with someone claiming to be Superman's manager.


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
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Joe Shuster cvr/art; 3rd Superman cvr
The first World War was seared into people's mass consciousness in the early 20th 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 like this, in which Superman seems angry at war as a concept rather than at war with any specific people, were common in the pre-Pearl Harbor days. The cover image is a far cry from the beefy, smiling patriot soon to grace post-Pearl Harbor DC covers, and still startles with its raw emotion and crude power. This is yet another extremely rare early Superman comic that commands top dollar on the Golden Age market.
Only 15 copies of this incredibly rare comic have been certified unrestored by CGC. We almost never see the book let alone at auction - you can throw away the guide on this one!

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

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CGC VG-: 3.5
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classic Shuster Superman tank cover
Ruben Blades Copy
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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
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CBCS FN+: 6.5
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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 early 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.
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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 early 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.
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CGC G/VG: 3.0
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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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PGX PR: 0.5
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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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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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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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CGC VG-: 3.5
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Wayne Boring cover
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DC
CBCS NM-: 9.2
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Superman/circus lion battle cover; 1st Lois Lane cover (uncredited)
Ads for Batman 1, All-Star 1 interior front cover.


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

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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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CGC VF/NM: 9.0
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Sphinx cover
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CGC VG+: 4.5
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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 DC's. 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 brand new 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.


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

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CGC VG/F: 5.0
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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 DC's. 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 brand new 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+: 9.6
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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 bolume) top edge trimmed
1st app. of Hourman (3/40)
Hourman's unusual origin and unforgettable appearance have made him a cult favorite with a determined collector base, and the scarcity of his original appearances makes them especially attractive to serious Golden Age collectors.
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CGC FN+: 6.5
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2nd Hourman; classic Shelly pirate cvr (4/40)
Image of Sandman & Hourman appear on front cover.
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CGC F/VF: 7.0
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Burnley Starman cover! rare issue (6/41)
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CGC F/VF: 7.0
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1st Simon & Kirby Sandman, 1st Simon & Kirby DC work; bondage cover
Everything must have its beginning -- note here the beginning of the Simon & Kirby DC juggernaut, which may have been overshadowed slightly by their Timely triumphs, but was no less influential and flew off shelves during the Golden Age, ensuring their place as one of the most successful of comics partnerships. This issue debuted their take on GA favorite, the Sandman, who had been revamped into full hero mode (complete with sidekick) only months earlier, making him perfectly suited to the bombastic Kirby style. Readers responded instantly, reviving the wobbly title, and reinstating the Sandman in the top tier of WWII-era DC titans.
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