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    National Comics #1 Billy Wright pedigree (Quality, 1940) CGC FN/VF 7.0 Off-white pages. Only the Denver (8.0) and Mile High (7.5) copies have been graded higher, and CGC has certified just nine unrestored copies in total. Overstreet called the cover art "Lou Fine at his very best," and the featured character, Uncle Sam, made his first appearance here.
    While Sam is obviously James Montgomery Flagg's "I Want You" poster come to life, Steranko's History of Comics noted that his costume matches that of Frank Godwin's cover illustration for the January 19, 1935 Liberty Magazine. When in this debut story, young Buddy asks the hero whose Uncle he is, he replies, "Everyone's Uncle -- every American boy is my nephew!" Uncle Sam was one of the first patriotic superheroes to come along -- only the Shield precedes him, and Captain America wouldn't hit newsstands for another eight months. Overstreet 2011 FN 6.0 value = $1,623; VF 8.0 value = $3,950. CGC census 2/12: 1 in 7.0, 2 higher.

    View the certification for CGC Certification ID 916174018 and purchase grader's notes if available.

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