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Kirby & Simon cvr/art; origin & 1st app. Captain America, Bucky, & Red Skull; classic Hitler cover! (3/41)
Kirby & Simon cvr/art; origin & 1st app. Captain America, Bucky, & Red Skull; classic Hitler cover! (3/41)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 holy grail issue, featuring the origin and first appearances of Cap, Bucky, and 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 has a very minor amount of glue on the front cover (noted on the slab), but it does not detract at all from the beautifully preserved iconic illustration by Simon and Kirby, featuring Captain America punching Hitler in the face. Fewer than 200 copies of this book are recorded on the CGC Census, with less than 100 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.
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