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CGC VF+: 8.5
off white pgs; Sl/Mod(A-2) sm amt ct cvr, pcs added cvr, tr sls cvr, cvr cleaned, cvr reinf
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.
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Coverless: 0.1
6 loose pgs; 1st pg mssg, xerox of first pg included
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.
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CGC G-: 1.8
off white pgs; spine cvr split & re-attached w/tp, 1 vry sm pc re-attchd w/tp int 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.
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CGC G: 2.0
ow/white pgs; cvr re-attached with tape, tape on cvr & int. cvr
classic Fred Guardineer art deco Zatara cvr; 1 panel Batman ad for Det #27; RARE!
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CGC PR: 0.5
crm/ow pgs; back cvr missing, front cvr dtchd, incomplete, tp on cvr
classic Joe Shuster train cvr; cf is ad for Superman #1
Note the centerfold ad: barely a year after his debut, the Man of Steel had become such an undeniable sensation that National has decided to capitalize on his fame by giving him his own solo title. Not that they're pulling him from Action Comics, mind you -- in fact, they're putting him on the cover of the comic with increasing frequency, no longer relying on repurposed covers from their other anthology titles and tried-and-true pulp-style covers. Superman is clearly here to stay, and it is announced with this legendary Shuster cover, a fine example of the strong, solidly built imagery that typified these early, more muscular adventures of the incredibly popular hero. Not only notable for the announcement of the character's upcoming solo series, this issue also boasts the debut of Superman's first real arch-nemesis, the Ultra-Humanite. Clearly inspired by villains from Saturday serials and Republic B-thrillers, this wheelchair-bound mad genius proves a cunning rival for our super-protagonist, in a debut appearance so thickly plotted and full of constant cliffhangers it practically bursts at the seams (and may have been a repurposed set of daily strips, as with the first few Action Superman appearances). A truly historic issue no matter which way you slice it, and, as with so many of these early Action issues, extremely rare.
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CGC VG+: 4.5
off white pgs; cf dtch
WWII cover; Mort Weisinger cameo (12/42)
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CGC VG: 4.0
ow/white pgs
WWII Japanese motorcycle cover
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CGC NM-: 9.2
ow/white pgs
Congo Bill (5/45)
Highest Graded
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CGC VG/F: 5.0
rare; X-Mas cover
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CGC FN-: 5.5
scarce; 1st time Superman flies - not leaps?
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CGC FN+: 6.5
scarce; Wayne Boring art
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CGC VF-: 7.5
1st Fortress of Solitude
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CGC VF: 8.0
white pgs; QES Certified - Criteria met: Deep color strike (purple, blue, red, yellow), preferred staple placement
Curt Swan cvr; origin & 1st app. Brainiac; 1st app. of the shrunken city of Kandor
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CGC FN+: 6.5
Curt Swan cvr; origin & 1st app. Brainiac; 1st app. of the shrunken city of Kandor
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CGC VG+: 4.5
off white pgs; from the collection of Kevin Michael McFadden
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 VF: 8.0
Krypto vs. Streaky tug of war cvr
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CGC NM: 9.4
ow/white pgs; tied for second highest!
weightlifting cover; Origin & 1st app Black Flame
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CGC VF-: 7.5
origin & 1st app. Parasite
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CGC FN: 6.0
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2nd Sandman cover by Flessel (09/39)
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CGC F/VF: 7.0
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Classic Creig Flessel Sandman cvr; scarce!
1st issue with green-suited Sandman
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CGC FN: 6.0
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 VG/F: 5.0
1st app. Starman
full page ad for World's Best Comics #1
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CGC FN: 6.0
ow/white pgs; Sl/Mod(B-2) sm amt of ct on cvr, pcs added to cvr, cvr reinf
rare; Simon & Kirby art; 2nd Manhunter
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CGC FN-: 5.5
classic WWII Manhunter Kirby cvr
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CGC VF: 8.0
white pgs
Joe Simon/Jack Kirby Sandman cvr/art
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