ow/white pages; Ext Prof Rest: mod. amt ct & pcs added cvr, pcs added interior, cvr & cfld reinf, spn splts sld, tr sls, cvr & stpls clnd, int. lightened Joe Shuster cvr/art; 3rd Superman cvr (3/39) Comic Book Impact rating of 8 (CBI)The First World War was seared into the world's mass consciousness in the early twentieth century. Millions were traumatized by the unprecedented horrors and loss of life the war delivered in such a short time. This trauma explains the introversion the American public experienced concerning involvement in the new conflict brewing across Europe in the late 1930s. Comic covers such as this, in which Superman seems to be battling against war as a concept rather than against a defined enemy, were common in the pre-Pearl Harbor days. This Superman image is a far cry from the beefy, smiling patriot soon to grace WW II DC covers, and still startles with its raw emotion and power. This is yet another extremely rare early Action comic that commands top dollar on the Golden Age market.
The Joel Shuster illustration on this issue’s cover is a classic of simplicity and dynamism, and the restoration work performed on this copy has given the iconic image a new lease on life. It is important to note that this is only the third appearance of Superman on the cover of a comic and that there are only 43 copies of this incredibly rare book listed on the CGC census, making this a painfully difficult issue to obtain. We rarely see the book on the marketplace let alone at auction - you can throw away the guide on this one! Expect intense bidding action over bragging rights to this classic, this incredibly clean and sturdy CBCS-graded copy is the finest restored example of this landmark known.
Overstreet Guide 2022 NM- (9.2) value = $400,000.
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