ow/w pgs; very minor amt of ct on cvr
Bob Montana cvr/art; 1st app. Mrs. Andrews (Winter 1942)Some elements of American pop culture transcend time or place and become iconic, as though they were always there. Archie Andrews, the quintessential American teen, and his friends, Jughead, Reggie, and especially Betty and Veronica, have spent over seven decades portraying the ups and downs of teenage life. Their stories prove as durable and identifiable for audiences today as when they first appeared on newsstands. Archie quickly took over the hero anthology Pep Comics shortly after his first appearance and was promptly given his own title, thereby sealing his status as the top teen comedy star. Despite an enormous print run, Archie Comics #1 has survived in astonishingly low numbers and top tier Archie collectors are notoriously known as the "black holes" of the collecting community, as once they're in a collection, they're never to be seen again. Archie Comics #1 is likely the single most-difficult major Golden Age key to obtain after Pep Comics #22, Archie's first appearance. One of the most demanded and revered of comic book keys, this book never fails to elicit excitement when copies surface at auction.
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This copy of Archie Comics #1 earned a 4.0 Universal Grade from CGC, with off-white to white pages. The book has a very minor amount of color touch on the cover, but it barely detracts from the iconic Bob Montana illustration of America's favorite teenagers Archie, Betty, Veronica, and Jughead. Archie's first self-titled book, a series that would continue to run to this day, is a historic pop-culture phenomenon. Only 69 copies of this comic are recorded on the CGC Census, with the majority of them being below a 4.0. This is an extremely rare Golden Age key that seldom turns up in this condition. Who knows how long it will be before another copy comes to auction?
Overstreet Guide 2021 VG (4.0) value = $26,400
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