brittle pgs; cvr dtch. 1st & 2nd wraps split & dtch, sm amt of dried glue on int, extra staple
Origin & 1st Flash, Hawkman, Johnny Thunder; Comic Book Impact rating of 9 (CBI)Flash Comics boasted some of the most distinctive and finely drawn covers of the Golden Age, thanks to the skill of artists such as Sheldon Moldoff. His malleable style worked well both for children's cartoon comics and action-packed hero books, and here his fine line and deft sense of drama create an exciting and memorable cover image. A wonderful design from a true master that communicates the character's super skills with a few simple details, such as the sense of speed created by motion lines and the path of the bullet fired by the thug in the foreground. These elements all combine to form a perfect introduction to the newly minted hero.
The importance of this issue is often understated as it introduced the world to two of DC's biggest names, characters that continue to bear fruit today, The Flash and Hawkman. The current version of the Flash has a successful TV series that was renewed for a ninth season, as well as various cameo appearances and an upcoming feature film in the DCEU. Racing into this auction, Flash Comics #1 is a Golden Age key that introduced audiences to DC mainstays The Flash and Hawkman. Certified CGC 1.5, although noted as brittle pages, the seller had the book slabbed and said he was surprised by the brittle. "I flipped through that book before sending in, the pages are nice and supple." A photo of the pages is included alongside the back cover scan.
The cover presents sharp colors, and the iconic Sheldon Moldoff illustration remains in admirable shape considering this book’s 80+ years of existence. This is a beautiful complete example, and any signs of wear cannot detract from the rarity and historic importance of this book. Only 85 copies are recorded on the CGC Census, with only 45 being Universal Grade; a 2.0 copy of Flash Comics #1 recently sold for $92,000. A historic issue like this is extremely desirable in any condition and becomes increasingly more difficult to find over the years.
Overstreet Guide 2022 GD (2.0) value = $25,000
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