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    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.

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