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    Marvel Comics #1 (Timely, 1939) CGC FN/VF 7.0 Off-white pages. As thrilling as it is to find any copy of the first Marvel comic book, it's especially gratifying to come across an original-owner copy!

    So hard to find in even mid-grade -- only 10 copies have been certified with grades nicer than VG/FN 5.0 to date -- the comic book that started it all for Timely/Atlas/Marvel is one of the most important comic books ever published. That's reflected by its ranking, currently 3rd, on Overstreet's Top 100 Golden Age Books. It came out 17 months after Action Comics #1 and just 6 months after Detective Comics #27, and those are the only comic books currently valued higher.

    Famed science fiction artist Frank R. Paul created the unforgettable cover, which together with the interior story, provide the first appearances of the Human Torch. Other firsts inside are the appearances of Ka-Zar, the Angel, the Jungle Terror, and the Masked Raider. And while the first appearance of the Sub-Mariner had been a few months earlier in Motion Picture Funnies Weekly #1, his origin is featured here, and it's here where he became famous.

    Carl Burgos (Human Torch), Bill Everett (Sub-Mariner), and Paul Gustavson (Angel) did the story art on the characters for which they would be forever linked.

    Overstreet 2009 FN 6.0 value = $69,000; VF 8.0 value = $155,000. CGC census 4/09: 1 in 7.0, 4 higher. From the Chicorel Collection.

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