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    Showcase #1 Fire Fighters (DC, 1956) CGC VF/NM 9.0 White pages. The highest-graded copy of the toughest Showcase to find in high grade (the next-finest CGC-certified book being a lone 8.0 copy). The radiant reds of this book are really something to behold!

    Firemen would seem to be a great idea for a comic book, alas the idea never really caught on... but the "showcase" concept certainly did -- the series lasted for 14 years, and few DC collectors fail to have a soft spot in their hearts for this title.

    A note to readers inside the issue calls this "the most novel idea ever seen in the comic book publishing industry" and implies that the ideas for the series all came from young readers' letters. Editor Julius Schwartz once explained the business perspective: "The principle behind Showcase was simple. In those days, all magazines were sold on the newsstands and it took several months before you found out whether a magazine was a success or not. If it was a failure, you'd lose a lot of money. So the idea was to try new features in Showcase, wait five or six months to see how it was doing, and if it sold well, we could put it out again in its own title." Note that no issue number appears on the cover, as newsdealers were skeptical of a #1 issue then, in stark contrast to the present day. John Prentice is the issue's cover artist.

    Overstreet 2009 VF/NM 9.0 value = $4,590; NM- 9.2 value = $6,800. CGC census 4/09: 1 in 9.0, none higher. From the Motor City Showcase Run.

    View the certification for CGC Certification ID 710525001 and purchase grader's notes if available.

    More information about Showcase.

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