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    Marvel Comics #1 Denver pedigree (Timely, 1939) CGC VF+ 8.5 Off-white pages. Overstating the importance of this issue is next to impossible. After all, everything that Timely/Atlas/Marvel has done over the past 69 years started with this comic book. Precursor to Captain America Comics, Human Torch Comics, and Sub-Mariner Comics, and granddaddy of Fantastic Four, Amazing Spider-Man, X-Men, and countless other superheroes still relevant today, Marvel Comics #1 is considered the third most valuable Golden Age comic book of all. Only a handful of copies have been certified with grades nicer than FN 6.0, and just two have earned a higher grade than this pedigree jewel.

    Classic pulp artist Frank Paul created the Marvel-ous cover, and a trio of artists who would define the "look" of Timely during the Golden Age, Carl Burgos, Bill Everett, and Paul Gustavson provided interior art, as the Human Torch, Sub-Mariner, the Angel, and Ka-Zar debuted. Comic history epitomized!

    As far as we can tell by scrutinizing, only some color breaks in the spine area kept this very, very sharp copy out of NM- or NM territory. Overstreet 2008 VF 8.0 value = $147,000; VF/NM 9.0 value = $260,000. CGC census 1/09: 1 in 8.5, 2 higher.

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