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    Action Comics #2 Court Copy (DC, 1938) CGC Apparent FN/VF 7.0 Slight (P) Off-white pages. This is the second-ever appearance of Superman, an issue ranked among the 20 most valuable comic books by Overstreet and one of the toughest of those twenty keys to come by. The last copy we offered some 3 1/2 years ago (CGC 4.5) didn't hold a candle to this one, yet it still sold for over $7,000 despite having no small amount of mold on the cover! Thanks to some professional restoration, the copy offered here is the most appealing one we've seen (for comparison's sake, the highest-graded unrestored specimen to date is a 7.0). Quaintly enough, Superman did not even appear on the cover of this anthology book, instead readers got a gorgeous adventure illustration by Leo O'Mealia. This is designated the Court Copy because it was used as evidence in DC's lawsuit against Fox and the latter publisher's character Wonder Man, claiming copyright infringement. The case was styled "Detective Comics, Inc., v. Bruns Publications, Inc., et al." and this comic was Exhibit 13. It bears two date stamps from the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, one showing March 16, 1939, the other showing April 6, 1939. When all was said and done, the judge did indeed issue an injunction "forbidding the further publication" of Wonder Man. The unique history behind this copy makes it perhaps the biggest wild card in our auction; since we observed much oohing and ahhing when this comic was on display at Geppi's Entertainment Museum, we expect spirited bidding at the auction session. CGC notes, "Restoration includes: spine split sealed to cover, tear seals, cover cleaned, cover reinforced." Overstreet 2007 GD 2.0 value = $3,871; VG 4.0 value = $7,742; FN 6.0 value = $11,613; VF 8.0 value = $28,065.

    View the certification for CGC Certification ID 0910094003 and purchase grader's notes if available.

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    February, 2008
    28th-29th Thursday-Friday
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