Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice

    Description

    The Human Torch #2 (#1) (Timely, 1940) CGC NM 9.4 Off-white pages. This is one of the finest copies of this hotly sought-after Timely key that's ever been certified. Our copy ties with one other for the top on the CGC census, and the blue "Universal" CGC label signifying an unrestored copy is especially notable, since the few copies that come along seem to be restored more often than not. While the title character was already a known quantity from Marvel Mystery Comics, this issue is particularly significant in that it's got the first appearance of his fiery sidekick Toro. Unlike the Human Torch, who was an android, Toro was born with his powers, making him one of the very first mutant superheroes! The issue is listed in the #23 spot the 2009 Overstreet ranking of the most valuable comic books, and the only Timelys above it on that list are Marvel Comics #1 and Captain America Comics #1. Also appearing in this issue is the only other Timely star who approached the Human Torch's popularity, namely the Sub-Mariner (Captain America hadn't been created yet). This first cover appearance is the work of Timely's cover ace Alex Schomburg. The roster of interior artists includes Timely's top talents of the day: Carl Burgos, Bill Everett, Joe Simon, and Paul Reinman to name a few. As for the unusual numbering: the issue doesn't have any number on the cover, and though this is the first issue of the series, the indicia read #2 because Timely opted to continue the numbering from Red Raven Comics #1. This copy will be an object of desire for anyone who collects the Timely/Marvel line, and that includes just about every comic book fan! Overstreet 2009 NM- 9.2 value = $62,000. CGC census 10/09: 2 in 9.4, none higher. From the Gary Keller Collection.

    View the certification for CGC Certification ID 0071415001 and purchase grader's notes if available.


    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    November, 2009
    19th-21st Thursday-Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 16
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 5,707

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    19.5% of the successful bid (minimum $14) per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)
    Track Item

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    VIEW BENEFITS
    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
      winnings 
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Only 25 days left to consign to the 2021 January 14 - 15 Comics & Comic Art Signature Auction - Dallas!

    Learn about consigning with us

    Your knowledge of comic art and the professional, timely, and courteous treatment I received has been superb! You are a class organization to work with, who removed the stress from this whole process. The service and professionalism went beyond my expectations.
    P. U.,
    New York, NY
    View More Testimonials

    HA.com receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source: Similarweb.com)

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search