A 15% BUYER'S PREMIUM WILL BE ADDED TO THIS ITEM AT CONCLUSION OF THE AUCTION crm/ow pages 1st app. of Archie, Betty, & Jughead Bobby Blue CollectionWhile the superhero craze was booming across newsstands, up and coming publishers were looking for ways to stand out from the pack by creating new twists on existing tropes. In the case of MLJ, pay dirt had already been struck with Wilbur, the original comic-book teen craze, leading Bob Montana to pitch his idea for an awkward, girl-crazy teen based on his own experiences and sketches from his teenage years in small-town Massachusetts. As with his predecessor, the character's first appearance was an instant hit with readers, but unlike the rather cartoonish and limited Wilbur, Archie's personality and social circle were completely relatable to contemporary American youth and proved to be not only resilient but arguably the most commercially successful comic book creation of all time after Superman. One of the scarcest of major Golden Age keys, this first appearance of Archie Andrews has attained iconic status in recent years, as collectors have cottoned to its importance, value, and scarcity.
This extremely rare and valuable slice of Americana never fails to generate heat in any condition, and the lower grade on this Bobby Blue Collection copy makes it especially attractive to Archie collectors who might have despaired at finding a relatively affordable example for their portfolio. In recent auctions, Archies have exploded in demand and popularity, and we're certain this wonderful first appearance of one of America's most treasured literary icons is once again poised to make history. A 2.5 copy of Pep Comics #22 sold for $36,000 in November 2018.
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