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#2 (#1); C.C. Beck cvr/art; origin & 1st app. Captain Marvel; Comic Book Impact rating of 10 (CBI)
#2 (#1); C.C. Beck cvr/art; origin & 1st app. Captain Marvel; Comic Book Impact rating of 10 (CBI)It's hard to imagine now, but for about a decade, Superman's most fearsome nemesis was not Lex Luthor or the Toyman, but the Big Red Cheese, Captain Marvel. His colossal popularity and mammoth sales eclipsed even the Man of Steel's as he moved as many as five million copies per issue. DC gathered an army of lawyers to pummel Fawcett and eventually drove them out of the funny book business as court costs skyrocketed just when sales began to lag. It's no surprise that DC would raise an eyebrow at the Captain when you see the Action #1 inspired cover of this first appearance.
It's in the pages within, however, that C.C. Beck and Billy Parker put their immortal spin on the new superhero mythology, as young orphan, Billy Batson, imbued the story with an unexpected poignancy. The moody, mysterious origin tale, with unfathomable caves, ancient gods, and atmospheric visuals set this series apart from all others of the day. Rich and detailed, instantly appealing, and perfectly tailored to its troubled times, Fawcett's family of Marvels remains a literary triumph and a comics cornerstone.This copy of Whiz Comics #2 (#1) earned a 5.5 CGC Universal Grade, the book enjoys fantastic eye appeal, with an exceptionally sharp cover. From February 1940, this first official issue of Whiz Comics is one of the most highly-sought Golden Age keys. This important issue contains the first appearance and origin of Captain Marvel, as well as the premieres of Sivana, Golden Arrow, Dan Dare, Lance O' Casey, Spy Smasher, and Ibis. The iconic C.C. Beck cover is quite exceptional, with sharp reds and yellows, which shine in both the logo and Captain Marvel's uniform. Just over 50 copies of this book are reported on the CGC Census, making it a very rare find, as well as a historic cultural artifact. Captain Marvel’s debut is the kind of book that continually becomes more elusive, valuable, and desirable over time. With the massively successful “Shazam!” movie already released and spin-offs and sequels coming soon, Whiz Comics has never been a hotter commodity.
Overstreet Guide 2021 FN- (5.5) value = $85,800
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