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    Action Comics #7 Court Copy (DC, 1938) CGC FN- 5.5 Off-white to white pages. Superman's second cover appearance makes this one of the most valuable Golden Age issues of all, holding the exalted #7 position on Overstreet's Top 100 Golden Age Comics list! And to lay it on even thicker, this is the finest unrestored copy we've offered in more than 12 years!
    And then there's the unique story of this particular copy. It 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 18. 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.
    This was a significant moment indeed, as future court battles were looming, above all DC's suit against Fawcett and the hugely popular and bestselling Captain Marvel.
    This lawsuit against Fox was also notable for underscoring the fact that there was money to be made publishing comics, and not just with established characters from other media but also with a new creation such as Superman who had been in print less than a year.
    Superman co-creator Joe Shuster provided the cover and interior art. CGC notes, "From the Collection of Jon Berk." Overstreet 2020 FN 6.0 value = $132,000. CGC census 9/20: 1 in 5.5, 4 higher.

    View the certification for CGC Certification ID 1218380001 and purchase grader's notes if available.


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