COMMENTS:A 15% BUYER'S PREMIUM WILL BE ADDED TO THIS ITEM AT CONCLUSION OF THE AUCTION ow/w pgs; very minor amt of glue on fc; QES Certified: Criteria met: impressive prime focal area + deep color strike (red, yellow & blue) Kirby & Simon cvr/art; origin & 1st app. Captain America, Bucky, & Red Skull; classic Hitler cover! (3/41) Comic Book Impact rating of 10 (CBI)
A 15% BUYER'S PREMIUM WILL BE ADDED TO THIS ITEM AT CONCLUSION OF THE AUCTION ow/w pgs; very minor amt of glue on fc; QES Certified: Criteria met: impressive prime focal area + deep color strike (red, yellow & blue) Kirby & Simon cvr/art; origin & 1st app. Captain America, Bucky, & Red Skull; classic Hitler cover! (3/41) Comic Book Impact rating of 10 (CBI)We've said it before, but it bears repeating that the popularity of characters such as Captain America and the willingness of comic writers and artists to confront the Axis threat went a long way toward mobilizing a heretofore isolationist American populace in the long, dark days of the late 30s and early 40s. Many other art forms desperately avoided or ignored the ugly truth of Europe's rapid slide into fascism and Nazism in an obvious attempt to protect their own financial interests overseas. The almost entirely US-based comics business, staffed and developed largely by fugitives from those same wartime horrors, boldly waved the flag of freedom, most notably in this instant classic. In those pre-Pearl Harbor days, such an image was simply incendiary, and copies flew off shelves almost immediately, leading to a decades-long run as the preeminent symbol of American heroism.
Captain America Comics #1 is an all-time Golden Age key, featuring the origin and first appearances of Cap, Bucky, and the villainous Red Skull. This copy earned a 7.0 Universal Grade from CGC, with off-white to white pages, a stunning achievement for any 80-year-old comic, let alone one of such historic magnitude. This book presents a beautifully preserved example of the iconic Simon and Kirby cover, which shows Captain America controversially smashing Adolph Hitler right in the face. Less than 200 copies of this book are recorded on the CGC Census, with only half graded 7.0 or higher. Only a handful of keys are this significant to the history of comics, and even fewer are this well preserved.
Overstreet Guide 2021 F/VF (7.0) value = $150,000.
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