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    Marvel Comics #1 (Timely, 1939) CGC VF+ 8.5 Cream to off-white pages. Publisher Martin Goodman rolled the dice on the new medium of comic books and came up a winner when he published Marvel Comics #1. This super-key features the first appearances of the Human Torch (by Carl Burgos), the Angel (by Paul Gustavson), and Kazar, as well as the origin and first newsstand appearance of the Sub-Mariner (by Bill Everett) and is graced with an unforgettable cover by the inimitable pulp artist Frank R. Paul. One of the most expensive comic books in the world, and the genesis of the entire Marvel Universe; this fact is not lost on many collectors as the few available copies that do surface tend to disappear fast from the market. This one is solid and tight, and definitely qualifies as high grade. As one of the scarcer key issues, finding an unrestored copy is quite a challenge. Some minor feathering at the spine seems to be the only thing keeping this spectacular book out of the near mint range. Flat and clean with vibrant colors and great pages, this is a truly outstanding example of this seminal book, and it compares quite favorably to the famed Pay Copy. It may be a very long time before another copy this nice comes up for sale. Overstreet 2002 VF 8.0 value = $116,000; NM 9.4 value = $250,000.

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    March, 2003
    6th-10th Thursday-Monday
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