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    Marvel Comics #1 Larson pedigree (Timely, 1939) CGC VF 8.0 Off-white to white pages. Over the past 50 years, this book has vied with Action Comics #1, Detective Comics #27, and, earlier, Whiz Comics #2 (#1) for the honor of being the most valuable Golden Age comic book. It currently sits at #3, behind the first two aforementioned, and ahead of fourth place Superman #1 by some $60,000 (NM- 9.2 value).

    It's the King Marvel, if you will, the first Timely/Marvel comic book, offering the first appearances of the Human Torch, Ka-Zar, and the Angel, plus the origin (and first newsstand appearance) of the Sub-Mariner. The artists are as well-known to collectors as the iconic characters they created: Bill Everett on the Sub-Mariner, Carl Burgos on the Human Torch, and Paul Gustavson on the Angel. Popular sci-fi pulp illustrator Frank R. Paul drew the searing cover.

    This copy, from one of the most renowned of pedigrees, ranks high on CGC's census among the 18 unrestored copies certified to date. Only two VF/NM 9.0 copies and a single VF+ 8.5 copy (from the Denver pedigree) have received higher grades to date. We're privileged to bring you this extraordinary offering! CGC notes, "Very minor amount of glue on cover." Overstreet 2009 VF 8.0 value = $155,000. CGC census 9/09: 1 in 8.0, 3 higher.

    View the certification for CGC Certification ID 0717925003 and purchase grader's notes if available.

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    Auction Dates
    November, 2009
    19th-21st Thursday-Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 22
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    I have done a preliminary analysis and the total of the hammer prices was $67,550. With BP, the final figure was $80,722.25. That is against the total insurance value of $34,785 or 2.32 x ‘pre-auction estimate’. Incredible, really, so a big thanks.
    Mark A.,
    Stratford-Upon-Avon, UK
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