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ACTION COMICS (1938-2011) #13
CGC VG/F: 5.0
(Stock Image)
SOLD ON:  Monday, 08/30/2021 8:29 PM
$37,950
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PUBLISHER: DC
COMMENTS: A 15% BUYER'S PREMIUM WILL BE ADDED TO THIS ITEM AT CONCLUSION OF THE AUCTION
lt.tan/ow pgs
4th Superman cover, classic Joe Shuster train cover; cf is ad for Superman #1
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A 15% BUYER'S PREMIUM WILL BE ADDED TO THIS ITEM AT CONCLUSION OF THE AUCTION
lt.tan/ow pgs
4th Superman cover, classic Joe Shuster train cover; cf is ad for Superman #1
Scarcely a year after his debut, the Man of Steel had become such an undeniable sensation that DC capitalized on his fame by giving him his own title, Superman. The publishers weren't pulling him from Action Comics, mind you -- in fact, they featured him on the cover with increasing frequency, no longer relying on repurposed pieces from their other anthology titles or tried-and-true pulp-style covers. Superman was clearly a keeper, it's obvious with this legendary Shuster cover, a fine example of the strong imagery that typified these early adventures of the insanely popular hero. Not only notable for the announcement of the character's upcoming solo series, this issue also boasts the debut of Superman's first real arch-nemesis, the Ultra-Humanite. Clearly inspired by villains from Saturday serials and Republic B-thrillers, the wheelchair-bound mad genius proves a cunning rival for our super-protagonist. A truly historic issue no matter which way you slice it and, as with so many of these early Action issues, extremely rare.

This is the 4th-ever Superman cover, and it is a beauty. The red of the train truly pops against the green fields and yellow horizon. Only 51 copies of this book are recorded on the CGC census, with only 15 being at a grade of 5.0 or higher. This is a stunning find.

Overstreet Guide 2021 VG/F (5.0) value = $41,750.

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