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MARVEL MYSTERY #47
CGC NM-: 9.2
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PUBLISHER: Timely
COMMENTS: white pgs; 2nd highest graded! QES Certified: great eye appeal + deep color strike (red & green)
classic Schomburg WWII Nazi cover
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white pgs; 2nd highest graded! QES Certified: great eye appeal + deep color strike (red & green)
classic Schomburg WWII Nazi cover
San Francisco Copy
Who would have thought anyone would be nostalgic for a war? Yet, that's kind of what's happened in recent years, with the garish, apocalyptic propaganda of WWII looking like a solid alternative to the perpetually aggrieved, hopelessly fragmented nature of modern life. Sure, it wasn't all as "gang's all here" as it might be portrayed in the popular imagination, but latter-day audiences clearly respond to the bombastic, patriotic certainty of the type Alex Schomburg turned out regularly for Timely's parade of pro-Allies comics during the dog days of the Second World War. This startling example, featuring little digs at Goring and company, is a prime example of the hyper-detailed, frantically busy worlds of wonder Schomburg could conjure up without breaking a sweat, and it's little wonder that comics fans and wartime memorabilia collectors continue to repond to this kind of hyperactive cartoonistry.


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Known for his dizzying, bustling war covers, bondage covers and airbrush Sci-Fi covers! Truly one of the most highly collected artists of the Golden Age. Alex Schomburg was born on May 10, 1905, in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, Schomburg freelanced primarily for Timely Comics, the 1940s forerunner of Marvel, displaying his talent for action tableaux in covers featuring Captain America, the Sub-Mariner, the Human Torch, and other superheroes. He also provided covers for Pines Publications, for titles including Exciting Comics and America's Best Comics, featuring such superheroes as the Black Terror and the Fighting Yank, as well as for Harvey Comics. Stan Lee said the following about Schomburg "I've always felt that Alex Schomburg was to comic books what Norman Rockwell was to The Saturday Evening Post. He was totally unique, with an amazing distinctive style. You could never mistake a Schomburg cover for any other artist's. ... I remember hearing Timely Comics publisher Martin Goodman tell me time and again how great a cover illustrator Alex was, and how he wished we had more like him. Despite the quantity of work we gave him, despite the care and effort that went into every Schomburg cover, I cannot remember Alex ever being late with any illustration."


 

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