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    Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos #1 (Marvel, 1963) CGC VF+ 8.5 Off-white to white pages. Look how light and bright the cover background is on this superb copy, one of the best we have ever offered.

    If you don't think this is one of the very toughest Marvel keys to find in high grade, think again. Only eight copies have been graded higher than 8.5 as of this writing, even the famously tough Hulk #1 (13 copies) cannot say that! In fact, the only major Marvel Silver Age keys with a more sparsely populated census report are Fantastic Four #1 and Tales to Astonish #27, the first and second Marvel superhero comics, both a year and a half older. Compared to other 1963 #1s like Amazing Spider-Man #1 (27 copies), X-Men #1 (37 copies), and Avengers #1 (23 copies), this one is much harder to find in top grades.

    The issue is the first appearance of the Nick Fury character, pre-dating the publication of his "Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D." adventures by more than two years. Also making their first appearances were his Howling Commandos, ("Dum Dum" Dugan, Gabriel Jones, "Rebel" Ralston, Izzy Cohen, Dino Minelli, "Happy Sam" Sawyer, and Junior Juniper). The cover art is by Jack Kirby and Dick Ayers. Overstreet 2010 VF 8.0 value = $1,855; VF/NM 9.0 value = $3,678. CGC census 7/10: 9 in 8.5, 8 higher. From the Andy Greenham Collection.

    View the certification for CGC Certification ID 976037001 and purchase grader's notes if available.


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    August, 2010
    5th-6th Thursday-Friday
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