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    All-American Comics #16 (DC, 1940) CGC FN- 5.5 Cream to off-white pages. One of the five most valuable comics of all, and the highest grade yet awarded for that book... do we have your attention? This is the origin and first appearance of the original Green Lantern, Alan Scott. According to Overstreet, the only comics more valuable than this one are the "big four" of Action Comics #1, Detective Comics #27, Marvel Comics #1, and Superman #1. The reason this book is valued higher than the first appearances of Wonder Woman, the Flash, etc. has to do with the scarcity; Overstreet calls the issue "rare," while Gerber gives it a 7, meaning "scarce." The interior art on this first Green Lantern story is by the character's creator Martin Nodell, who's credited as "Mart Dellon" inside the issue. Nodell and Bill Finger (who assisted on the scripting here) came up with an appealing hero who spends this first story finding out the extent of his new powers. His major vulnerability was not the color yellow, but rather anything made of wood! The cover art for this issue was the work of Sheldon Moldoff. Incidentally, the comic is far from an all-superhero affair -- the backup features include Mutt and Jeff as well as Sheldon Mayer's comic artist character Scribbly. Overstreet 2005 FN 6.0 value = $28,050. CGC census 3/05: 4 in 5.5, none higher.

    View the certification for CGC Certification ID 0626711003 and purchase grader's notes if available.


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