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NOVA (1976-79) #1
CGC NM+: 9.6
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white pgs; tied for second highest!
origin & 1st app. Nova (Richard Rider), 1st app. of Ginger Jaye, Movie Rumors!
Thanks to the Infinity Formula, which caused him to age at a much slower rate than most mortals, Nick Fury was able to continue his patriotic exploits well beyond his action in WWII with the Howling Commandos. Cashing in on the fever for James Bond and espionage heroes that ruled the roost in the mid-60s, the TV show, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., influenced Stan Lee to bring the cigar-chomping Fury back into the Marvel Universe, albeit, now a little older, sleeker, and at a higher rank. Introduced in the pages of Strange Tales, Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. would share the anthology book with Doctor Strange for thirty-three issues, before earning his own title. Inaugurated by Jack Kirby, the Strange Tales Nick Fury feature would then be passed on to the capable hands of Jim Steranko, who initially inked Kirby’s pencils, but soon took over at the primary artist, and soon ignited a firestorm of fandom for the spy thriller stories. Employing the psychedelic and pop art forms that were very popular in the decade, Steranko became an overnight sensation and quickly went on one of the most celebrated creative periods of the Silver Age. It was only a matter of time until Nick Fury would end up with his own title, which only enjoyed a short run of fifteen issues, but the series is now considered a milestone in the history of comics, breaking barriers between comic books and “art,” making the public take comics more seriously as an art form as not just a disposable entertainment for children and pre-teens. The first issue of Nick Fury’s solo title is entirely drawn, written, and colored by the tireless Steranko, who also composed the iconic cover design, and the incredible centerfold has to be seen to be believed. If one is interested in the rich history of the comic book form, this issue is one of the important comics that helped change the industry, expanding on what was acceptable in comics, while at once appealing to a new audience of readers and influencing everything that would come after its release.

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'The Michelangelo of comics'. Buscema was one of the mainstays of Marvel Comics during its 1960s and 1970s heyday, best known for his run on the The Avengers and The Silver Surfer, and for over 200 stories featuring the sword-and-sorcery hero Conan the Barbarian. In addition, he penciled at least one issue of nearly every major Marvel title, including long runs on two of the company's top books, Fantastic Four and Thor.

Joe Sinnott is an American comic book artist. Working primarily as an inker, Sinnott is best known for his long stint on Marvel Comics' Fantastic Four, from 1965 to 1981, initially over the pencils of Jack Kirby. During his 60 years as a Marvel freelancer and then salaried artist working from home, Sinnott inked virtually every major title, with notable runs on The Avengers, The Defenders and Thor.

Rich Buckler was an American comic book artist, best known for his work on Marvel Comics' Fantastic Four in the mid-1970's and for creating the character Deathlok in Astonishing Tales #25. Buckler drew virtually every major character at Marvel and DC, often as a cover artist.