ow/white pgs, cover detached Joe Shuster cvr/art; origin story, pin-up bc; Comic Book Impact rating of 10 (CBI)The first name in superheroes has always been Superman. "Look, up in the sky, it's a bird, it's a plane, it's...Superman!" Those words identified the character for decades and the big red "S" on his chest is one of the most-easily-recognized symbols in the world. Created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, Superman has enjoyed decades of popularity and has been featured in cartoons, serials, movies, television shows, and pretty much anything else you can put a price tag on. As one of the top Golden Age keys, this issue features Superman's origin story, a must-read for Man of Steel zealots. Often overlooked is the historical importance of this book, which showcases three of the most important supporting characters in the Superman pantheon: Ma and Pa Kent, as well as Lois Lane.
While there are 167 copies of Superman #1 listed on the CGC census, less than half of those are in original condition, and this 4.0 copy is one of the higher graded copies from that group. This book does show some obvious signs of its voyage through the decades, but it is also an unrestored copy of Superman #1, one of the top five most valuable comics in the world, and as such will no doubt be a potential record-breaker at grade. This copy presents a vibrant color palette and seems to be free of any serious condition issues, the cover is detached but the wrap appears to be in very nice condition. This is going to be one of the big stars of our 50th Event Auction, and there will certainly be very intense competition over ownership of this bulletproof classic key.
Overstreet Guide 2021 VG (4.0) value = $253,000
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Joseph Shuster was a Canadian-American comic book artist best known for co-creating the DC Comics character Superman, with writer Jerry Siegel, in Action Comics #1.