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    Sensation Comics #1 (DC, 1942) CGC NM 9.4 Off-white pages. This isn't just the nicest copy yet certified of this key comic, it holds that status by a wide margin, with only a lone 9.0 copy even close. The issue is listed among the 30 most valuable comics by Overstreet, and well it should be, as it's got the second appearance of the number one superheroine in comics, Wonder Woman. This book came out just one month after the character was first seen in All Star Comics #8, and this can be said to be Part Two of Wonder Woman's origin, as it shows her arriving in America for the first time and also introduces her "Diana Prince" secret identity. The tale is also recognizable as the storyline that was used for the first episode of the TV show starring Lynda Carter. Wonder Woman takes the injured Steve Trevor to a hospital, and we even meet the real Diana Prince, who sells Wonder Woman her identity before leaving for South America. The tale is from the mind of Wonder Woman's creator William Moulton Marston, who signed his name "Charles Moulton." Marston was a psychologist by profession, not a comic book writer, and his totally original approach made for entertaining stories that were unlike anything else in comics. The same could be said for the unique style of artist H. G. Peter. While Wonder Woman was the undisputed star of the issue, a couple of other DC heroes of note made their debuts. Take Mr. Terrific, who's smarter than Einstein, and athletic and wealthy to boot, and thus takes on the challenge of fighting crime. Then there's Wildcat, a champion boxer who decides to use his fists to fight crime as a costumed hero (both Mr. Terrific and Wildcat have had stints with the Justice Society over the years). Also debuting was one of the title's longest-running features, Little Boy Blue and the Blue Boys, three kid pals who don costumes. There's also the Black Pirate feature by Sheldon Moldoff, which Moldoff reportedly called his personal favorite of the features he drew. The famous cover is the work of Jon Blummer. The number of existing copies of this issue is "less than average" according to Gerber. Wonder Woman has always been one of DC's "Big Three" along with Superman and Batman, whom she joins as the only superheroes to be in continuous publication for over 60 years. And of course, she's the most famous female superhero ever. We felt privileged to hold such a smashing copy of this key Golden Age book in our hands -- it would be the centerpiece of most any DC collection. Overstreet 2005 NM- 9.2 value = $44,000. CGC census 6/05: 1 in 9.4, none higher.

    View the certification for CGC Certification ID 0025438001 and purchase grader's notes if available.

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