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    All-American Comics #16 (DC, 1940) CGC FN+ 6.5 Cream to off-white pages. One of the top books in this auction, issue #16 currently ranks as the fourth most valuable comic of all time, and we have only ever sold one copy that tops this one... 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 three" of Action Comics #1, Detective Comics #27, and Superman #1, with this book even recently surpassing Marvel Comics #1 on the list! The reason this book is valued higher than the first appearances of Wonder Woman, the Flash, and other Golden Age CD heroes, 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 -- so a good ol' #2 pencil should strike fear into the hearts of all Green Lanterns, everywhere! The cover art for this issue was the work of Sheldon Moldoff. Overstreet 2015 FN 6.0 value = $60,000; VF 8.0 value = $155,000. CGC census 8/15: 2 in 6.5, 2 higher.

    View the certification for CGC Certification ID 1291736001 and purchase grader's notes if available.

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    August, 2015
    27th-29th Thursday-Saturday
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