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    Marvel Comics #1 (Timely, 1939) CGC VG+ 4.5 Cream to off-white pages. The book that started it all! Everything you've ever loved about Marvel and its characters descended from this premier issue, crudely published by Martin Goodman in 1939. Printing problems plagued the book from the beginning, including off-registration, various color schemes, cropped panels and poor distribution, all factors contributing to the issue's scarcity. Despite all of this, Goodman's comic was successful enough to run a second printing (with a November cover date), securing the future of Marvel Mystery, and ultimately the fate of the whole company. The cover is drawn by Frank R. Paul in a pulp-like style, showing the Human Torch melting through a safe door, and features the first appearances of Torch, Sub-Mariner, Kazar and the Angel. This copy has a scrape in the black date circle, and a stain and sliver of paper out of the margin of the back cover. Besides this, there are no missing pieces or tears, and the spine is tight with little wear. Registration is excellent. At one time Marvel #1 was the most valuable comic in fandom, but could regain that title once again; behind Marvel Mystery #4, it made the single biggest jump in value this year, according to Overstreet's top 100 most valuable Golden Age comics. Overstreet 2002 GD 2.0 value = $16,667; FN 6.0 value = $50,000.

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    July, 2002
    4th-6th Thursday-Saturday
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